Friday, September 12, 2014

2014 Share 13

2014 CSA Share 13

This week on The Shire fall is truly here.  The air has taken a chill and in the course of a week Farmer Figgins has gone from shorts and tee shirts, to jackets and Carhartts.  To match this we have more fall crops coming your direction this week.  Many which with a little effort can be preserved for months to come.  New we will have the first wave of winter squash, some sunflowers ready to be hung and dried.  We also are including a bulk of garden huckleberries, which are an easily preserved crop, so take advantage this week.  

Acorn Squash

NEW THIS WEEK! These beautiful squashes are as good to eat as they are to use as a fall decoration.  The acorn is a rich squash that is ideal as a side dish along a nice roast chicken as part of a fantastic family dinner.  It can also be used to make a delicious soup.  Or by roasting with maple syrup can be a dessert like dish, which in Farmer Don's book means you get 2 desserts because a vegetable can't count as a dessert.

Acorn Squash Soup


Delicata Squash

NEW THIS WEEK! The Delicata Squash is a variety of butternut squash.  It is an easily prepared vegetable, no need to peel this squash, with a rich taste that is ideal for Roasting or being caramelized.

Roasted Squash Recipe



NEW THIS WEEK! These once beautiful giants, are ripe with seeds.  Save yourself from the expensive and less healthy snack and make your own roasted sunflower seeds.  The First step is hanging your sunflower upside down and tieing a plastic bag over the head allowing the dried seeds to collect.  At which point you boil the seeds with salt and then roast in the oven for a favorite snack.  

Sunflower Seed Recipe


Garden Huckleberries

This is the other unique fruit we are growing this year.  Like the Ground Cherry it is related to the tomato plant.  This fruit is not very tasty raw and requires a little work to make this the delicious specialty it is meant to be.  It is great to use for Jams, on Ice Cream or can be added to the Ground Cherries to make a unique mixed berry pie.  Again from our favorite source of information 

Mother Earth News Pie

Garden Huckleberry Jam

Ground Cherries

This has been a surprisingly popular crop.  This interesting garden specialty is from the tomato family, and luckily has so far been unaffected by the blight.  These small paper covered fruits have a super sweetened tomato flavor, which is closer to a strawberry and has the smell of cantaloupe.  They are fantastic added to vanilla ice cream.  They also can be the basis for a great pie or jam which can be found on Mother Earth News.


These Small white turnips are great for use raw in salads, or can be roasted, boiled and mashed, or diced and added to a soup.  This vegetable is a staple food that can be used in every meal and many ways let us know what your favorite way to eat them are!  


Okra was a new vegetable to us last year that we brought back again this year.  We like to use our Okra by dicing it with a jalapeno and add it to a cornbread mix.  Okra can also be grilled, sauteed, fried, stir-fried, or added to soup.  

Grilled Okra

Spicy Sauteed Okra

Chicken and Okra Gumbo


Peppers- Jalapeno, Ancho, or Anaheim

We have a mix of peppers this week either a Jalapeno, Ancho, or a Anaheim pepper.  Each has a little different use.  Jalapenos, are typically added for spice to a dish, especially salsas, sauces, and stir-fry. Ancho peppers are pretty diverse and can be used diced, or stuffed and roasted.  



 We have a dark purple variety and a white variety, perfect for ratatouille or eggplant Parmesan. Raw eggplant can have a somewhat bitter taste, but becomes tender when cooked and develops a rich, complex flavor. The flesh is smooth and meaty, capable of absorbing large amounts of cooking fats and sauces, making for very rich dishes and making it a great meat substitute for vegan and vegetarian dishes!


We have changed up the salsa verde recipe this week, it is a fresh recipe that requires no cooking.  This salsa is great on pork chops!  This interesting vegetable is related to the tomato and must be removed from it's papery husk before use.  It can be used in many of the same ways as a tomato either in sauces or green salsas.  

Salsa Verde


This green became a favorite for us at the farm Farmer Don certainly came to love it.  There are many great ways to enjoy this super food, which is loaded with vitamins.  You can of course eat it raw, or throw it in a juicer.  We really enjoy throwing it in the cast iron with  butter, salt, pepper, and some red pepper flakes and sauteing for a few minutes for a great side to any meal.  It is also a great healthy snack when you bake them into Kale Chips.  

Kale Chips

Swiss Chard

Enjoy these multicolored Swiss Chard leaves this week! Swiss Chard is high in minerals and fiber, and looks a bit like a giant beet leaf.  Swiss chard with red ribs is often a little sweeter, with less bitter undertone than Swiss chard with white ribs. All the varieties of chard can be prepared the same way, but they can have a different flavor. Some people prefer the ribs, some prefer the leaves, so experiment and enjoy this summer! Try some of these easy recipes to start out.

Fresh Herb Bundle

We've got  bunches of Terragon, Dill, Italian Basil and Lemon Basil this week, enjoy!  

Can't use it all? Here's a simple How-To on drying your own herbs

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