Wednesday, September 28, 2016

2016 CSA Share 18

2016 CSA Share 18

Fall is here! And with it more rain and clouds and windy blustery days. This week we have the last of many summer crops---green beans, peppers, summer squash, cucumbers and tomatoes are on their way out. Looks like late blight is starting in our field tomatoes, so this may be our last week of tomatoes! But we had a good long run with them this year. New this week are some fall favorites----watermelon, acorn squash, turnips, and mixed greens. 

Farmer Figgins has been sick the past week, so not much new going on on the farm. The piglets are starting to eat grain along with their mother's milk, giving her some relief. Most of the lambs will be going to the processor soon, but our hogs will be with us a month at least more, fattening off the garden leavings. 

Expect pumpkins next week! 

Large Share pictured: 2 bell peppers, 2 cubanelle peppers, 4 jalapeño peppers, 2 anaheim peppers, 2 roma tomatoes, 2 heirloom slicer tomatoes, 2 lbs snacking tomatoes, 2 bags of mixed greens, 4 acorn squash, 2 bunches turnips, 2 lbs green beans, 2 watermelon, 2 summer squash, 2 cucumbers, 2 bunches herbs

Small share pictured: 1 cucumber, 1 summer squash, 2 jalapeño, 1 bell pepper, 1 cubanelle pepper, 1 anaheim pepper, 1 roma tomato, 1 heirloom slicer, 1 lb snacking tomatoes, 1 lb green beans, 1 bag mixed greens, 1 bunch turnips, 2 acorn squash, 1 watermelon, 1 bunch herbs

Mixed Greens

 New this week, a return of fresh greens from the farm! This is a mix of lettuces, mizzuna, arugula, spinach, sorrel, chard, and mustard.

Acorn Squash

New this week, the first of the winter squash! Enjoy some baked acorn squash for desert on a cold fall evening.


 This week we have more purple top turnips for shareholders. 


New this week are watermelon! We planted these a bit late this year, so they are on the small side. All our watermelon this year are our favorite heirloom variety Moon and Stars. 


The cucumber vines are practically dead, but Farmer Figgins found a few good fruit to share! 


We have heirloom slicers, snacking tomatoes, and red paste tomatoes this week! The tomatoes are starting to look like light blight is having their way with them, so enjoy these while we have them. This may be the last week!


Cubanelle, jalapeño, bell and Anaheim peppers this week! Enjoy some fresh salsa with this mix of hot and sweet peppers. Cubanelle peppers have sweet, mild flesh with rich flavor great for cooking and frying. It is thinner-walled, best suited for quick cooking. Popular in spanish, italian and slavic dishes, many cooks prefer it to bell types. 

Summer Squash 

Our summer squash are slowing down. Try these sautéed or grilled with our carbonara recipe or in a cooling summer pasta salad. The larger zucchini are great shredded and then made into muffins or bread. Summer squash are starting to slow down, so enjoy them while we still have them. 

Green Beans

More green beans this week, though they are slowing down. The yellow beans are yellow throughout, and will keep their color when cooked, the purple beans however are only purple on the exterior and will change to green when cooked. 


For herbs this week we have apple mint, catnip and tarragon.  

To preserve your herbs you can hang them to dry out of the sun and rain where there is good air flow until dry, then crumble into a paper bag and transfer to a storage container. Tarragon leaves can be frozen or dried. If left to dry for too long though, the leaves lose their flavor, so make sure to store them in airtight containers as soon as the leaves are dry. 


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