Archive for November, 2012

Winter Share week 6; November 15, 2012

What’s in the box?

garlic

onions

potatoes

butternut squash

broccoli

carrots

cabbage

dino kale

spinach

celeriac

Notes on the box…

We had some very low temperatures here.  It made us spend a lot of time waiting for things to thaw out so that we could harvest.  Thankfully we got everything that couldn’t stand the super cold temps (it got down to 14 degrees on Monday night!) out of the field in time.  Then on Wednesday it warmed up enough for the ground to thaw so that we could dig some carrots.  Everything is extra sweet and yummy thanks to the cold temps.  Enjoy it!

The kale bunches were made by us taking off the entire top of the plants off and bunching them.  The leaves are young and tender enough that they don’t need de-stemming.  I just cut the whole bunch up without even taking the leaves off the stalk.  I toss out the stalk along with the base of the leaves.

Recipes….

Potato and Celeriac Gratin

Spinach Ricotta Gnocchi

Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Garlic Butter and Sage  I roasted several butternut squash and made a double batch of this gnocchi to put in the freezer.  It’s a project, to be sure. But if you have some time and feel like spending it in the kitchen, this is a nice way.  This was my first time making gnocchi and it came out so delicious!

Korean Kale and Squash Soup  This recipe calls for soybean paste, but I didn’t have any and the soup still tasted really great.  We ate it with a scoop of brown rice.  After a couple of heavy meals, this was nice and light, but still comforting on a cold day.  Otto really liked the kale in this soup.  He ate the squash, the kale, and then drank the broth!

Pumpkin Roll    We made this for Craig’s pre-birthday party.  We really love Birthdays because they are an excuse to bake and because we love celebrating our friends!

 

On the farm….

This is the last of the Winter Share boxes for the 2012 season.  We hope that you enjoyed the extended season and that you still have some veggies to serve on Thanksgiving!

We will soon be sending out an email about chicken that we will have available for delivery.  We are waiting until after the Thanksgiving holiday to get those deliveries out.

 

Craig and Lauren are moving on to help out our friends at Foxtail Farm this Winter.  We are REALLY going to miss those two.  They have been with us for 2 full seasons and we’ve really enjoyed working with them.  They are going to have the most amazing farm someday!

We are hunkering down and will be spending the Winter working on getting our cheese facility licensed and planning the 2013 season.  We are keeping our fingers crossed for a nice snowy Winter.

 

Many Thanks and we are looking forward to the 2013 season!

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Winter Share Week 5; November 8, 2012

What’s in the box?

winter share week 5

pie pumpkin

butternut squash

curly kale

yellow storage onions

garlic

red onions

broccoli

spinach

potatoes

cabbage

carrots (not pictured)

Notes on the box….

The broccoli tastes SO SWEET now.  We roasted some after tossing it with a little olive oil.  We put a little lemon zest and salt and pepper on it and when we tasted it I had to check to make sure that I hadn’t mistakenly put sugar in the salt shaker.  It’s really that sweet.  We are really enjoying it and we hope that you and your family do as well!

The carrots are still quite small, but very tasty.  The smallest ones are wonderful if left whole and roasted or steamed.  Pretty fancy, too!

Green vegetables and carrots should be stored in your fridge.  Everything else should be stored outside of your fridge (in a cool, dark place if possible).

Recipes…

Balsamic Roasted Winter Squash and Wild Rice Salad

Kale Salad

What to do with cabbage, potatoes, and kale?  Colcannon!  

On the Farm…

We are still adjusting to the slower pace that comes with the end of the season.  Getting some projects done that got pushed to the side during the big growing season.  We’ve gotten to do some visiting and help out some friends by milking their cows when they went on vacation.  A couple of steers went to the butcher this week.  We will have broiler chickens as well as stewing hens in the web store soon.  We are still deciding on the best day to deliver them, but we will email everyone about it soon.  The snow was really flying on Tuesday morning, though it didn’t stick around for long.  We have been enjoying some mild days and hope you all enjoyed Halloween and election day!  Enjoy your box.  Next week will be the last delivery of Winter CSA boxes.

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Winter week 4

Pie Pumpkin

Butternut squash

onions

potatoes

garlic

brusselsprouts

spinach

broccoli

collards

parsley

much of the same as last few weeks. this is the nature of the colder months ahead. what we have now is what we will have until Spring. 

What is up with these carrots?  carrot planting failed on the first try, hot weather and dry conditions forced us to replant. Then it got cold this fall sooner than average (we have had night time temps in the teens) so they haven’t really had enough growing degree days to size up. The taste is great though. roast them whole if are making a crock pot roast or a bird in the oven. Or with brussel sprouts and onions. what you have are TRUE baby carrots. but we thought the taste was worth all the trouble we went to digging in the partially frozen wet ground.

 

This is the last week for the brussel sprouts. Spinach will keep coming, and more Butternut squash. Broccoli is not too happy with the colder weather but still seems to be pushing on despite it. More kale on the way as well. and we will have potatoes onions and garlic and one more round of celeriac… 

 

We will have some chicken posted in our webstore soon! we will send an email to let you know.  stock up for the winter chicken soup season. 

until then..

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