Hello Members, We made it to the final week of CSA for the season, and what a great season it was! Thank you all for joining us on this farming journey. Every season brings different joys and challenges and we are grateful for each of you taking this ride with us. We are so excited to announce that we are officially Real Organic certified which certifies that we grow in soil. This certification means a lot to us as it is a grassroots movement led by farmers, for farmers and distinguishes organic production that works toward the whole health of the farm (soil, plants ad people) and is working to reclaim the word organic. You can read about the project here. On the farm this week we had a great crew of helpers working with us to replace some old hoop house plastic. It takes a lot of coordination and hours to accomplish these two tasks so we are very grateful to get it done. Usually hoop house plastic is replaced every 4-5 years and both of these were over 7 years old. Looking toward this week we will hopefully plant our garlic which involves shaping beds and spreading compost. We are planting the garlic in an area that is historically very wet in the spring so the raised beds will help drain water. Most of our cover crops have been spread, we still have some onions to clean and we will harvest our experimental plot of popcorn! If you are interested in helping out on the farm in the next few weeks, send me a message! We love having volunteers and there is always plenty to do. If you are interested in bulk purchasing please keep reading for that info. 2022 by the Numbers:
23,000 lbs of food harvested, distributed, stored and eaten (and counting!)
~200 quarts of granola made
50 CSA families fed
15 Market Cart Days
2 hoop house plastics replaced
2 Organic Certifications (USDA and Real Organic Project)
1 farm porcupine friend made
Please please remember to bring granola jars, pint and quart containers and rubber bands back, we reuse them. Keep reading for recipe ideas!
Working together to replace the seedling hoop house plastic
Bulk Purchasing: This year we are offering our wholesale price for bulk yellow onions and butternut squash firsts and seconds (seconds must be used asap).
Please send an email to email@example.com with your bulk order and we can arrange for pickup
Orders must be over 10lbs of each (for reference 10lbs of butternuts is about 3 butternuts and 10lbs of onions is about 15-20 onions.
Bulk pricing: Butternut firsts $1.25/lb, seconds $0.90/lb, onions $1.25/lb.
Both of these can be stored at room temperature on your counter or in a kitchen drawer and will last for 6 months or more (does not apply to butternut seconds!)
We are in peak soup season in my opinion and this fennel and butternut squash soup sounds delicious for a rainy evening. Looking for a fun way to try celeriac this week? This celeriac mash is a fun way to do something different instead of mashed potatoes.
What's in my share this week?
This week may include:
Broccoli Leaves - similar to kale and collards, very sweet but tough. Sauté until tender in plenty of oil or butter and season with salt and pepper. Broccoli - thank gosh some of our broccoli heads sized up in time! Limited supply. 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! Baby Shallots - small but mighty in flavor these do great as soup bases (see the recipes above). We didn't have a great shallot season this year but what we have are delicious. 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. Celeriac - a close cousin of celery and is the root of the plant. Delicious flavor especially good in soups either cubed or pureed. Also great eaten raw as a snack dipped in hummus. Fennel - strong flavor small heads. Good eaten raw or tossed on a roasting pan with other root veggies. 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!
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 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
Thank you for a wonderful, delicious season.