Monday, November 23, 2015

FALL CSA Newsletter ~ Week 4

Happy greens after last nights heavy frost!
So here we are at week 4, the last week of our Fall CSA and week 24 of our CSA season.  We really are not sure where the last 24 weeks of harvesting have gone and the farm is going to be rather quiet come next week!
This November we have been blessed with amazing weather. Even with the very heavy -8 frost we woke to this Monday morning! We are delighted to have been able to put so many more fresh greens into the Fall CSA box this year compared to last.

Renewal letters and registration forms for 2016 have now been sent out for next years main season CSA.  Bulk boxes will be available as of next week.  Please remember there is no weekly, bi weekly or monthly commitment to these, you can order them as needed.

A huge Thank You from Michael and I to all our CSA members for an amazing season and for allowing us to be the farmers who have nourished you and your families this year.

This weeks basket:
Potatoes - This soup is great as you can use any of your root vegetables! Putting down roots soup.
Patatas bravas
Cream of potato and turnip soup
Slow cooked oxtails with carrots and potatoes
Kalettes - Yes they are back by demand! I think we had better keep these on the growing list for next year! Remember you can freeze the kalette buds and leaves.  We have also found them great for teething puppies as they love the stalks!
Parsnips - Parsnip and carrot cake
Pac choy
Turnips - It will depend on how the weather goes this week! It will either be Hakurei (the white ones) or golden turnips.
Braising greens - One of our CSA members said steaming the braising greens made them very sweet and tender.
Asian greens - This will all depend on the weather and how they all hold in the hoop house to which varieties head out into the boxes.  All the Asian greens can be eaten raw, steamed, stir fried or added into a potato hash or a frittata.

Monday, November 16, 2015

FALL CSA Newsletter ~ Week 3

We have had high winds, rain and cold days but are feeling lucky that we are still able to harvest lots of fresh greens from the field. 
Last Tuesday morning we planted the last of the garlic so the official count is 6000 cloves.  We would never have achieved this if it had not been for the help of three of our CSA members who helped with this epic task we set ourselves at the end of last year. 
We are still digging out root crops from the field and we have a rather full root cellar at the moment!  Clearing of the field continues which is making for some very happy pigs and chickens.
Seed catalogs have started to arrive and planning is well under way for the 2016 season.  

While the weather continues to be in our favour you will notice a lot more greens again in this week's basket.
This week's vegetable basket:
Potatoes - Parsnip and potato cakes
Pac Choy - Steamed pac choy
Carrots - These carrots are still coming fresh out of the ground and most of them do not need peeling. Just give them a wash and eat away!
Parsnips - Parsnip puree
Hakurei Turnips - These are fresh and sweet, best eaten raw but you can cook them.
Leeks - Leek and sundried tomato frittata.
Braising Greens
Bekana - Can be eaten like lettuce, used for wraps or added to stir-fry
Radicchio or Escarole - Chargrilled radicchio