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Salad Turnips and Romaine Lettuce
Harvest #22 (Week B) should include lettuce, romaine lettuce, salad turnips (hakurei and scarlet), napa Chinese cabbage, regular cabbage, greens mix, broccoli raab, winter squash, celery, fennel, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, and a chicory. Some items will be a choice. U-pick should include dill, cilantro, herbs from the herb garden, and flowers.
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October 19, 2014
Registration open for 2014 Winter CSA, 2015 Main Season CSA
By Derek McGeehan
Registration for the 2014 Winter CSA and the 2015 Main Season CSA is available for current farm members on the Member's Page of our website. To sign up, simply log in and click on the 'Join' button on the right hand side of the page and follow the few steps. The Winter CSA is a 6-week (for now) season extension CSA with cold hardy greens such as arugula, greens mix, lettuces, chard, chicories, and kale; root crops like radishes, turnips, kohlrabi, rutabaga, and beets; as well as certain storage crops like garlic, winter squash, celeriac, and cabbage. Harvests are very similar to those at the end of the Main Season, and will begin following the final week of the 2014 Main Season, and will run through the last week of December. Pick ups are on Tuesdays from 1-8 PM. The 2015 Main Season CSA should once again last 26 weeks from May to November. Prices for the Main Season, the 12th CSA season, remain unchanged, but we have removed the $5 discount for making one payment instead of two due to some confusion during the sign up process. When you sign up, a $200 deposit or full payment is due to secure your membership. Registration for non-members will begin later in the fall, probably in December. E-mail us if you have any questions.
October 19, 2014
Fall brings an abundance of new veggies
By Linda Dansbury
Fall is like spring in that on a weekly basis we see the harvest change with new items appearing each week. Last week we saw the first of the chicory family, which mostly means endive and escarole, with some radicchio for a couple of weeks. We also received broccoli raab last week and the salad turnips are coming in this week. Try not to be overwhelmed by the amount of green you see in the pick up room. Many of these greens can be eaten raw in salads or on sandwiches, or cooked in a variety of ways.
Broccoli raab is a rather bitter green, but is very nutritious. Most information about broccoli raab states you have to boil it to get some of the bitterness out - some recipes say up to 10 minutes! I often just cook the thick stems until tender, but don't cook the leaves until I make the recipe. The classic Italian way to make broccoli raab is to cut off the tough bottom stems and then roughly chop the rest - leaves, stems and flower buds all are eaten. In a skillet, drizzle olive oil and chop some garlic, as much or as little as you want. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and some red pepper flakes and let it go for about a minute. Add the broccoli raab and keep it moving in the pan until desired doneness. You do want to cook it until the stems soften. When serving, grate a little parmesan cheese and fresh ground pepper on it. It can be served as a side dish or added to a sandwich of pork or roast beef. There are a few recipes on the website, and I am adding a new one for this week: White Beans with Broccoli Raab. I think that all of the more assertive greens are really good with white beans. The creaminess of the beans softens the bitterness.
Salad/scarlet turnips are small white and red globes, different than the turnips you may first think of. They are called salad turnips because they can be eaten raw, like a radish. Eaten alone, or sliced into salads, they are crunchy and have that nice "bite". They can also be cooked, along with their greens. Check out the website for a few recipes, including one of my favorites Asian Turnip Green and White Saute. Or try a new recipe I just added, Pickled Salad Turnips.
Endive, escarole, greens mix can be used in salads or cooked, or added to your daily smoothie. Don't be alarmed with all of the greens. This time of year, warming soups and stews benefit in taste, color, and nutrition from the last minute addition of chopped greens. Try the Braised Radicchio, Escarole and Fennel recipe on the website. Braised fennel is delicious, and don't worry about not having the radicchio yet. The heads of endive we have received are more than enough for this recipe. It also helps use up the tomatoes that at this time of year don't have the texture they did back in August.
Enjoy the harvest and please let me know what you do with yours at lindadansbury@Comcast.net
October 19, 2014
How did I enjoy my harvest this week?
By Linda Dansbury
How did I enjoy my harvest this week? For one, in the past few weeks I have gotten back to eating huge green salads - mixed greens, including the farms custom greens mix, scallions (now from my garden), tomatoes, celery.
Beets, tarragon, greens, - I found a few beets in the fridge from earlier in the year, so I roasted them up and made a salad. The dressing is pretty much a classic Dijon vinaigrette, with some chopped tarragon. I line a plate with greens that have been lightly dressed, then the roasted/peeled beets are dressed and then arranged on each plate. Some bits of fresh, local goat cheese are placed around each plate, along with fresh ground pepper and some candied pecans or walnuts.
Tomatoes, leeks, herbs, spaghetti squash - I made tomato sauce with a bunch of my garden tomatoes, and I used leeks instead of onions. I cooked it with a little pork for a long time, so there were little bits of pork in it - yum! I served it over roasted spaghetti squash and sprinkled parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley over the top.
Broccoli, leeks, carrots, parsley - made broccoli soup - no cream needed. Just sauté the chopped leeks and carrots until tender. Add chicken or vegetable stock and add the broccoli stems and some of the tops - reserve some of the tops that have been chopped into little pieces for garnish. Cook until very tender. Meanwhile, boil the tops for about 1-2 minutes and then plunge in ice water and drain once cooled. Using an immersion or regular blender, whir up the soup until desired texture. I like it pretty smooth. Serve hot, garnished with the reserved broccoli tops, fresh ground pepper, a squeeze of lemon juice and chopped parsley.
Arugula - if you have been a faithful follower of this column, you know that I love arugula salad. Some of the arugula this week went on a home made pizza - topped with cheeses and proscuitto and baked in a 540 degree oven on a pizza stone. When pizza is finished, top with chopped fresh arugula. Delicious.
Broccoli, cauliflower, leeks, garlic, acorn squash - Roasted veggies in a 400 degree oven until charred and softened. Topped with toasted pine nuts and grated a little lemon zest over them. I could eat this almost every day, switching up the veggie combo with what is on hand.
October 19, 2014
When is the final CSA pick up?
By Derek McGeehan
We're aiming to go through 26 weeks of harvest distribution again this year. Full shares and Week B half shares, your last pick up will either be Monday, November 17, or Thursday, November 20. Week A half shares, your last pick up will either be Monday, November 10, or Thursday, November 13. Let's hope for a mild rest of the season!