Tuesday, November 11, 2014
In the Share - Week 30
RADICCHIO A first for us. They are gorgeous little things, some more green, other varieties more traditional red-and-white. They go well in a salad with most of your share this week: 2 kinds of lettuce, 2 kinds of cabbage, fennel and tat soi. Just to warn you, they are supposed to be bitter. If the bitterness is too much for you, try roasting or baking. (BTW: Tom is under the weather tonight, so I apologize for the lack of recipe-sharing).
FRESHLY-DUG CARROTS The first of the fall harvest - very tender and sweet!
NEXT WEEK: Lettuce, sweet potatoes, beets, turnips, greens, garlic and endive.
Another abrupt change in the weather this year! It was hard to believe that we needed to prepare for winter when it is 70 deg. F. But we trusted the forecasters and scurried around the fields getting the last of the harvest in. Even the hardy cabbage won't survive 18 deg. F which is the forecast for tonight and more or less for the next week. So, in came the last of the lettuces, fennel, radicchio, endive, carrots and a truckload of cabbages. Shorter days mean the harvest continued past sundown.
The other big task in preparation for freezing temperatures is to mulch the crops that are staying out in the fields. Think strawberries, garlic, onions and leeks. With most of the harvest work done, CSA farm shifts consist of some packing and weighing of the share items, but if you are coming out to the farm this week or next prepare to throw lots of straw around.