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Fall CSA Week 3: Chicken Scratches

Hello Members, We enjoyed a sunny and productive weekend on the farm, continuing the task of tucking everything in for winter. We removed the plastic from our mini seedling hoop house and cleaned it up in order to replace the plastic in a few days. We also moved the chickens along the garlic patch. They are working hard to get the area ready for garlic planting in about a week by scratching around and adding fertility. We also finished cleaning up our tomato hoop houses by taking down the plants, clearing out all the weeds and spreading and watering in the cover crop seed. Same thing where the potatoes were. In the meantime we are still harvesting sweet carrots, crossing our fingers that our broccoli heads keep growing, watching the cover crops grow and are up to our ears in onions. Speaking of onions... Bulk Purchasing: This year we are offering our wholesale price for bulk onions and butternut squash on orders over 10lbs for onions and 20lbs for butternut. Let us know if you would like some, and tell your friends. 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 cookie is Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip. 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! Chard - rainbow fall chard. Chop and saute with garlic and oil. Add tamari and sesame seeds as a topping. Pro Tip: sauté the stems first then add leaves so they have time to get tender. Brussel Sprouts - roast with olive oil, salt and pepper and serve with almost anything. Our brussel sprouts have aphids which are small bugs. Wash with water but it is hard to get them all off and you still might see some. Head Lettuce - curly red heads. Celery - time for fall soups and stews. Our celery has a strong and delicious flavor. Onions - Storage onions, red and yellow. A large quantity for stocking up! Carrots - deliciously sweet fall carrots, best eaten raw but also good for soups, sauces, carrot cake, you name it! Tomatoes - the last of the tomatoes; red slicers and maybe even some green tomatoes. Here is a recipe for green tomato and apple chutney Butternut Squash - Great for roasting in cubes or making a creamy fall soup. Pie Pumpkins - small pumpkins perfect for baking. I recommend Pamela Salzman's chocolate pumpkin tart, always a hit! Also roast, scoop out the meat, puree and freeze for winter pies. Potatoes - Roast with olive oil, salt, pepper, rosemary and paprika for Jasen's favorite meal. Our potatoes are slightly damaged from wire worms but just peel and enjoy. The damage doesn't go below the surface. Pick Your Own This Week - chives, parsley, thyme, rosemary, sage, lemon balm. 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!

Recipes Ideas: If you still have a kabocha squash hanging around try this Thai Kabocha Squash Soup. It's easy, creamy and so flavorful. Tonight Catherine is making us this hearty brussel sprout and bacon pasta, seems perfect for a rainy cozy night. 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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