FARM BLOG

CSA Week #22

THIS WEEK IN THE BOX - week of October 26th

VEGETABLE SHARE 

Lettuce Mix - 1/4 lb. bag
Carrots - 1 bunch 
Daikon Radish or Kohlrabi - 1-3 pieces - The Japanese love this veg!  You can prepare it like any ordinary radish, shredded or sliced raw in salads, but it's also delicious cooked up in soups. It's one of my favorite additions to a warm and soothing miso soup.
Leeks - 2 pieces
Cilantro - 1 bunch
Green Kale - 1 bunch 
Baby Salad Turnips - 1 bunch
Baby Bok Choi - 1 bunch
Green Tomatoes - 2-3 pieces - As you know, our tomato crop was hit hard by the late blight earlier this season, but some tomatoes hung out on the vine unharmed.  The only problem was that they never turned red! There is always a silver lining....green tomatoes are a huge treat and if you've never cooked with them before, you're in for a big surprise!  Try this week's chutney or fried green tomato recipe (see below).  The chutney will store for a very long time (over a year) in the fridge and is delicious on rustic bread with slices of sharp cheddar cheese.  
Green or Savoy Cabbage or Broccoli - 1 piece or head -  These are mini-cabbages!  Not on purpose, however.  Usually we like having cabbages that are medium to large size, but these ended up stunted in growth because they were in their transplant cells a bit too long back in the summer. They also faced some serious weed pressure in the field.  ...Luckily, they still taste just as good!

FRUIT SHARE
Bosc Pears & Apples  
- 1 bag - Bosc pears are ripe when they turn an even brown color. They are still firm when ripe!  Refrigerate immediately when ripe. If left to soften, they will be rotten when you cut them open, so be careful!

Be sure to remove fruit from plastic bags immediately when you get them home.  They can ripen out on the counter or in a paper bag.  Store ripe fruit in the fridge.  

NEWS FROM THE FARM

Our sweet potato storage container is arriving at the farm on Wednesday morning and it couldn't happen at a better time! The sweet potatoes are ready to be cured and they need just the right conditions for it. I'll post some pictures and more details next week once it's up and running!  

WINTER SHARES
Winter shares for the 2009-2010 season will be available through our Queens groups (for current Queens members only) and a pick-up at the farm in Jamesport.  Please contact your core group directly for inquiries about the Queens sites.  If you are interested in picking up at the farm, please e-mail us at info@goldenearthworm.com.  There are a limited number of shares available.  

THIS WEEK'S RECIPE SUGGESTIONS

Classic Fried Green Tomatoes
Green Tomato Chutney
Pickled Daikon Radish
Braised Leeks with Lemon 

More recipes for all the week's produce can be found here on our RECIPES page.