FARM BLOG

CSA 2011 - Week #18

What's in the Box - September 27, 28 & 29

VEGETABLE SHARE

The contents of the box may change this week.  Please check back daily for an updated list. You can click on a crop below for recipes and storage information. 

Baby Arugula - 1 bag
Yukon Gold -OR- Red Flesh Potatoes - 1 bag
Green or Red Batavian Lettuce - 1 head
Celery Root (Celeriac) - 2 pieces
Garlic - 2-4 pieces depending on size
Cranberry Beans -OR- Green Beans - 1 bag (cranberry beans-- only the inside are edible - discard the pods)

FRUIT SHARE

The listing for the fruit share is for our Long Island sites ONLY.  Please contact your core group if you belong to a Queens pick-up site for your updated weekly share. 

1 Bag Mixed Apples  - Gala, Yellow Delicious & Mac Varieties

QUEENS HERB SHARE

Parsley
Basil

notes on the share

Celeriac and cranberry beans highlight this week's share - items you most likely won't find at your local supermarket.  Celeriac, or celery root, is one of the ugliest crops we grow, but it has a beautiful, intense celery flavor that is perfect in soups and gratins.  You must remove the skin by cutting it off with a sharp knife.  Inside you'll find hard flesh similar to that of a potato.  The cranberry beans must be shelled first (the pod can then be discarded).  I like to boil them in a good amount of water for about 25-30 minutes and then throw them in a salad with arugula and shaved parmesan. They are also delicious in soups!

Here's what some food bloggers and NPR are saying about cranberry beans and celeriac:

http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2008/09/cranberry_beans.html
http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/04/gulping-beanfuls/
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6551175

News from the Farm

We have a lot of beautiful crops coming in this fall.  Drumroll....Here is what you can look forward to over the next 8 weeks of the seaseon:  Lettuce Mix, Arugula, Spinach, Baby Turnips, Baby Bok Choi, Broccoli Raab, Golden Beets, Carrots, Kohlrabi, Green Kale, Toscano Kale, Broccoli, Cabbage, Lettuce, Sweet Potatoes, Leeks, Russet (baking) Potatoes, Collards, Chinese Broccoli, Rutabaga, Watermelon Radish and Daikon Radish.  There may even be a few other crops I've forgotten.  We're looking forward to an excellent fall harvest! Click on the thumbnail images below to see these crops in the fields...

Join us for our annual CSA Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 16th! 

CSA HARVEST FESTIVAL -- Sunday, October 16th 2011, from 11am-3pm

This is a private event open to all current CSA Members only.  Please bring your own picnic lunch, lawn chairs or a blanket and sturdy walking shoes for touring the farm. 

Highlights of the Festival
Hayride Tours
Walking Tours
Cooking Demonstrations
Animal Shearing

Kids Haystack Game
Live Music
Storytelling for Kids
Farmstand Open (Produce & Organic Baked Goods for sale!)
Q&A with Farmers 

No RSVP Necessary.  *Light* Rain or Shine (heavy rain will cancel).  We hope to see you there! 

Explore our Website
We welcome you to explore our website to learn more about our farm and the wonderful things you can do with your weekly share. Check out our CROP GUIDE to find tips on maximizing the life of your veggies, and our RECIPE section to search for ways to cook up your box!

RECIPES

Mashed Celeriac
Celeriac & Beet Salad
Cranberry Bean & Arugula Salad