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CSA Week 14: September Spinach

Hello Members, On Thursday we did our final transplanting of the season; spinach, leaf lettuce and red and gold beets. Now our seedling hoop house is emptied of transplants and full of drying onions. I love the cyclical nature of farming. The greens that go in in the early spring and then again in late summer, the potatoes we planted in May now unearthed in piles of gold, red and purple, the sunflowers dying back to make way for seeds for next year. Amidst the cycles of the seasons the farmers are busy, seeding, planting, weeding, noticing, harvesting, preserving and planting again. We watch tiny seedlings grow into vining squash plants, tomatoes reach eight feet toward the sky, pole beans form a stalwart green wall in the hoop house. Summer is turning to fall around us and we are steadily slowing down. Remembering to take small vacations (this weekend we went boogie boarding on the NH seacoast with my Mom!) and take time to cook with the bounty the farm is providing. So relish in the final days of summer tomatoes, roast up some winter squash and potatoes and welcome back the beautiful fall greens. Especially spinach this week is back! Fall CSA LAST CALL!

  • Please sign up! Email us if you would like to join

  • Bring a check to CSA pickup or pay by Venmo

  • $140 total ($35/week) please pay by September 13th

  • Starts Tuesday October 4th and runs the 4 weeks in October

  • Storage crops and greens!

Please please remember to bring granola jars, pint and quart containers and rubber bands back, we reuse them. Make sure to read our whole newsletter for updates recipe ideas and important information.

CSA Pickup Important Reminders Pickup is from 3pm-5:30pm at Nubanusit Neighborhood and Farm. If you can't make it for any reason, send us an email, we have options! Bring a reusable bag to pack your share into. We also encourage you to bring your own produce storage bags. Check out our selection of Orchard Hill bread and cookies at pickup! This week's cookies are Double Dark Chocolate Chip and Ginger Molasses Our veggies can last weeks if stored properly! Click the document below for tips on storing your produce. Vegetable_Storage_Tips.pdf

What's in my share this week?

This week may include:

Kale - chop leaves sauté with oil, salt and pepper, add to pasta dishes, even smoothies or pancakes. Very tender newer kale! Swiss Chard - chard is back! My favorite way to prepare is to chop leaves and stems, saute stems first in a little oil and garlic, then add leaves and soy sauce and sesame seeds. Spinach - with these cooler temps spinach is back and we are excited. Great for sautéing, smoothies, pancakes, eggs and everything in between. Arugula - spicy greens for salads or sautéing. Storage Onions - yellow and red, fully cured and will last months if stored in a cool, dark place. Cherry Tomatoes - so sweet, the perfect snack, add to salads or roast. See recipe below! Full Size Tomatoes - red, yellow and purple, perfect for BLTs and other sandwiches, chopping into salads, adding to soups or just eating like an apple! See recipe below! Sweet Bell and Frying Peppers - a rainbow of sweet peppers. The long skinny ones are good frying peppers, all are great eaten raw or lightly sautéed. Purple and white peppers have a milder flavor than the classic green. Melons - if you got a melon and it wasn't good, please let us know and we are more than happy to replace it. Green Beans - tender and delicious steamed or eaten raw. Delicata Squash - first of the winter squash. Chop and season with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast in the oven for 20 minutes. Add a little maple syrup for an extra treat! Carrots - storage carrots so not quite as sweet as the early summer variety. Great for soups, stews, of course snacking raw and at our farm party Colin even made a carrot cocktail! Garlic - a staple in every kitchen if you ask us. Use as a base for sautés, soups, in sauces and roast whole cloves alongside your potatoes. Pick Your Own This Week - chives, parsley, thyme, rosemary, sage, lemon balm, chamomile and flowers (zinnias, marigolds, sunflowers, strawflower, you name it!) How our CSA works: When you arrive at pickup you will see tables with bins of veggies. Please read the whiteboard before you start so you are familiar with the process. There will be 12-14 items to choose from, you may choose 8 of these items. For example one item may be 1 bunch of swiss chard, 4 beets, or 1 bag of lettuce mix. If you want more of something you may take 2 or more of that item but that counts for 2 (or more) of your 8 items. If you have questions about this please ask! Remember to only take what you enjoy and if you don't want 8 items, take less!

Not a CSA Member? Find us around the Monadnock Region!

There are many ways to engage with the farm even if you don't get a share each week!

  1. Pop-Up veggie cart on Tuesdays from 3pm-6pm in front of the West Peterborough Post Office

  2. Shop our Farm Store any day of the week, during daylight hours at Nubanusit Neighborhood and Farm (Pro-Tip! We stock the store on Wednesdays after CSA so a great day to get the most variety).

  3. Join our CSA! We have a few spots left with a pro-rated price depending on how many weeks remaining.

  4. Find our veggies at these local spots around the Monadnock region

    • The Root, Temple

    • Nature's Green Grocer, Peterborough

    • Vital Provisions, Peterborough

    • Rosaly's Farmstand, Peterborough

    • The Optimist Cafe, Jaffrey

Recipes Ideas:

It is winter squash season at last. We have been keeping it simple recently with the delicata and I highly recommend it. Simply cut delicata in half, scoop out seeds and cut into desired size. Toss on a sheet pan with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast at 375 for 20 ish minutes. Add a drizzle of maple syrup and cinnamon if you are feeling it! Throw it on a rice bowl or salad or eat plain. Delicious!

Send us your recipes if you tried something and loved it.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! We are excited to be growing for you.

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