Winter CSA Week 6

Hello CSA Members!

We hope you all had a happy holiday and are ready to cook again this week. We have lots of great veggies coming your way!

Here is what we *hope* to bring you for Week 6 of our Winter CSA:

REGULAR SHARE

CHOICE: Potatoes OR Celeriac
CHOICE: Beets OR Turnips
CHOICE: Kohlrabi OR Brussels
Leeks
CHOICE: Herb OR Radish OR Onion OR Garlic
CHOICE: Bok Choi OR Lettuce
Mixed Winter Squash

LARGE SHARE ADDITIONS

No large share during Winter CSA

FRUIT SHARE
No fruit share during Winter CSA

 

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Winter CSA Week 5

Hello CSA Members!

Don’t forget, pick up is on TUESDAY this week! Happy Thanksgiving!

If you came the last few weeks, you may have noticed that we are working on reducing the amount of plastic we use at CSA. We are going to be offering veggies that we once bagged (like potatoes, turnips, and brussels for example) in quart containers so you can use your reusable produce bags. We will, of course, still have plastic bags available if you need them!

Here is what we *hope* to bring you for Week 5 of our Winter CSA:

REGULAR SHARE

CHOICE: Garlic OR Radish
Onion
CHOICE: Celery OR Celeriac OR Brussels
Potatoes
CHOICE: Turnips OR Beets
CHOICE: Kale OR Collards OR Chard OR Bok Choi OR Lettuce
Pie Pumpkin

LARGE SHARE ADDITIONS

No large share during Winter CSA

FRUIT SHARE
No fruit share during Winter CSA

 

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Winter CSA Week 4

Hello CSA Members!

This week is shaping up to be very cold! We’re working on loading you up with some great Thanksgiving veggies this week and next.

If you came last week you may have noticed that we are working on reducing the amount of plastic we use at CSA. We are going to be offering veggies that we once bagged (like potatoes, turnips, and brussels for example) in quart containers so you can use your reusable produce bags. We will of course still have plastic bags available if you need them!

Here is what we *hope* to bring you for Week 4 of our Winter CSA:

REGULAR SHARE

Watermelon Radish

CHOICE: Garlic OR Herb
CHOICE: Onion OR Leeks OR Winter Radish
Cabbage
Potatoes
CHOICE: Turnips OR Brussels OR Celery
CHOICE: Kale OR Collards OR Chard
CHOICE: Lettuce OR Bok Choi
Butternut Squash

LARGE SHARE ADDITIONS

No large share during Winter CSA

FRUIT SHARE
No fruit share during Winter CSA

 

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Simple Winter Squash Soup

This soup feels like an indulgence. It’s creamy and filling, and complex tasting using just a few ingredients and it takes just a few minutes hands on time to make, and just one pot.

My favorite thing about this soup is thinking of delicious toppings and food to dunk in the soup. Here I sauteed some apples and added bacon and some cheddar cheese.

Basic is always good too, here I had some sage butter with croutons and it was so good.

You can use any orange flesh winter squash. I used a butternut squash.

Gather your ingredients.

  • 1 pumpkin, butternut squash or any orange flesh winter squash, about 2 1/2 to 3 pounds seeded, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 large onion, or a couple leeks chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt and 1 tsp pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
  • 3 to 4 cups vegetable broth or water. I used Better than Bouillon
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons butter or oil
  • Sage, ginger or other herbs are optional but delicious
  • Any fun additional topping or dunking vessels you like! Black beans! Tortellini! Grilled peanut butter and jelly! Granola! Leftover roasted vegetables! Add some cream, coconut cream, or curry! Kale or collards! Blue cheese and walnuts!

Warm the butter or oil and sauté the onions until they are soft, about 5 minutes.

Add the peeled and cubed squash, herbs if you are using any, garlic and salt and pepper and cook that for about 8 to 10 minutes until it just starts to soften.

Add the water or broth and simmer until the squash is really soft, about 30 more minutes. You should have just enough liquid so the squash is poking out like a crocodile’s head in a swamp. You can adjust as needed.

I used an immersion blender to mix mine. You can move it to a blender and blend until smooth, leave it chunky or mash it with a potato masher until it semi-smooth. It does have a lovely shiny creamy texture if you blend it.

Leftovers are of course great.

Hope you are all the winter squash in your CSA share!

Mo

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Winter CSA Week 3

Hello CSA Members!

The snow has arrived so we will see  on Monday what survived. This weeks veggies look like a great soup week!

Here is what we *hope* to bring you for Week 3 of our Winter CSA:

REGULAR SHARE

CHOICE: Herb OR Garlic
CHOICE: Onion OR Leeks
CHOICE: Cauliflower/Romanesco OR Brussel Sprouts
CHOICE: Potato OR Beets
CHOICE: Kale OR Collards
Salad Greens CHOICE
Delicata Squash

LARGE SHARE ADDITIONS

No large share during Winter CSA

FRUIT SHARE
No fruit share during Winter CSA

 

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Batch Roasting Vegetables

There are endless ways to use roasted vegetables. I like to make a weekly big batch of roasted vegetables, especially in the winter, to be able to quickly create several healthy, vegetable dense meals all week and just cook once!

Once your vegetables are cooked you can store them in the refrigerator for a week pull out what you need.

You might feel like a nice hearty salad, easy to do once the vegetables are already cooked.

Or add roasted vegetables to any polenta or pasta dish. Maybe make a roasted vegetable grilled cheese and sub the roasted vegetables for kale.

Sometimes I am cleaning out the refrigerator and need to use up droopy vegetables and other times I am trying to make room because I’m picking my CSA share soon. This week I had some turnips, fennel, delicata squash and Romanesco to use up before my pickup. So this is what I used this week.

To roast vegetables you will want to wash your vegetables and peel them if you like. Then cut them up about the same size so they cook evenly and drizzled some olive oil and salt and pepper and roasted them for about 25 minutes in a 425F oven. After 25 minutes stick a knife in them and see if they are done or if they need more time.

I like to keep my vegetables segregated so if one variety gets done before another I can take it out and let the others finish cooking. Today everything was done at the same time.

While the oven was hot I decided to roast some kale too. I don’t know if I had ever roasted kale before, but, why not? The tray was dirty and the oven was hot.

My absolute favorite breakfast and lunch is savory oatmeal. I make enough oatmeal for the week and warm up enough for a meal and add whatever vegetable odds and ends I have. I like to top it with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and cheese. The olive oil and pepper and cheese take oatmeal over the top.

Having a stash of already roasted vegetables at the ready make meal prep a breeze and the different combinations and endless so you never have to get tired of basic dishes.

I hope you are enjoying your winter CSA.

Mo

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Winter CSA Week 2

Hello CSA Members!

So far the cold weather hasn’t gotten too bad so we still have lots of fresh herbs for you this week!

Here is what we *hope* to bring you for Week 2 of our Winter CSA:

REGULAR SHARE

CHOICE: Herb OR Fennel
CHOICE: Onion OR Garlic OR Winter Radish
CHOICE: Celery OR Kohlrabi OR Turnips
CHOICE: Cauliflower OR Cabbage OR Celeriac
Potatoes
CHOICE: Spinach OR Arugula OR Lettuce
CHOICE: Chard OR Collards OR Kale
Pie Pumpkin

LARGE SHARE ADDITIONS

No large share during Winter CSA

FRUIT SHARE
No fruit share during Winter CSA

 

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Roasted Fennel

If you haven’t tried roasting fennel you should. Roasting fennel brings out sweet and caramel flavors and the strong licorice taste of raw fennel becomes very subtle and more rounded. Much how onions become sweet and less sharp when they are roasted.

I think roasted fennel is a simple elegant side dish. Here is some roasted fennel with this simple cauliflower sauce.

You want to roast fennel pretty hot and quick to make sure it caramelizes. Cut up your fennel bulb add some olive oil and salt and pepper and roast it in a 400-425F oven for 20-25 minutes.

I hope you give it a try.

Mo

 

 

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Welcome Winter CSA Members!

Caterpillar tunnelWe are excited to welcome you to our third Winter CSA! Like many things, our Winter CSA was born out of a “pivot” due to Covid. In 2020 we decided not to have our fall farm stand/pumpkin patch so we had a lot of vegetables at the end of the season but we weren’t sure where to go with them. We decided to give a Winter CSA a try and it was great! It was a way for us to stay in touch with some of our regular CSA members at a time of year when the farm moves at a more relaxed pace. And our members were so excited to be able to continue getting fresh vegetables when most farm fields are hibernating for the winter.

Caterpillar tunnel interior

A lot of crops we have now are things like beets, turnips, and winter squash that we harvest in the fall and they keep for a long time. But we are able to bring you fresh greens thanks to our caterpillar tunnels. Take a look at the tunnels in our field at Thomas Open space and you’ll see where we are growing crops like kale and collard greens. The tunnels are sort of a low-tech greenhouse and inside we throw a blanket (aka row cover) over the greens and they are protected just enough to keep them alive. One bonus is the the cold helps to make the crops a little but sweeter!

We’re looking forward to seeing you each week and keeping you fed for the rest of the year! ~Amy

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Winter CSA Week 1

Hello CSA Members!

It’s the first week of Winter CSA! We’re thrilled to continue bringing you veggies for the next ten weeks.

Here is what we *hope* to bring you for Week 1 of our Winter CSA:

REGULAR SHARE

Herb CHOICE
Cauliflower
Fennel
Celery
Salad Greens CHOICE
Bunched Greens CHOICE
Winter Squash

LARGE SHARE ADDITIONS

No large share during Winter CSA

FRUIT SHARE
No fruit share during Winter CSA

 

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