Tuesday, November 19, 2013
In the Share - Week 30
LEEKS: One of the last crops we harvest in the field. Cold-hardy and so tasty!
HAKUREI TURNIPS: These are coming out of the high tunnel. The caterpillars munched on the greens a bit, but they are still very edible.
SPINACH: More big leaves from the high tunnel spinach.
RADISHES: Baby red and pink radishes out of the tunnel. They are amazingly not spicy for a change!
BEETS: A bag of beets for your culinary adventures. I made chocolate beet cake awhile back (use a bit of shredded beets in the icing for a pretty pink chemical-free icing). Yumm!
CARROTS: More glorious orange roots, now going topless!
GOLD BALL TURNIPS OR BULB FENNEL: We hope this is a good choice for you all. Some folks would like both, but I think there are more of you who would be happy with just one or the other. If you get the fennel, see Tom's post for a recipe from one of your fellow CSA members.
HERB CHOICE: Cilantro, dill, sage, thyme or a dried herb.
CAULIFLOWER, CABBAGE OR LETTUCE: So, don't get your hopes up for being able to choose among these items. We have a few of each and will be doling them out by distribution point based on how quickly they need to go. Wednesday folks will get mainly cauliflower, Saturday folks will most likely only see cabbage or lettuce.
NEXT WEEK: Don't forget! The CSA is on hiatus for the week of Thanksgiving. Have a great holiday and we will get you all one last share the first week of December: sweet potatoes, garlic, watermelon radishes, carrots, beets, greens and herbs.
The freezing weather last week marked a turning point on the farm from the flurry of fall harvest to a retreat into winter. A few crops remain outside, some carrots and leeks that we hope to finish digging this week, but the majority of the harvest is either in cold storage, in the high tunnel, or in our collective bellies. That reminds me of a CSA farm in CA not far from where I use to live called Full Belly Farm. I always thought that was a great name because it makes you smile and maybe think a bit. CSA is kind of like that. The bounty of the harvest can make you smile, even giggle when you get that odd-shaped carrot, but it also perhaps opens a door to another way of living on our little planet. Next week we will all sit down to our family tables and give thanks. I know Tom and I will be thinking of the soil, the sun and the rain, but we will also be thinking of all of you. Thank you!!