FARM BLOG

Winter '12-'13 - Week #3

Winter Share - Week of January 28, 2013

What's in the Share

Click on a crop below to view more information, cooking tips and recipes...

Yellow Potatoes - 5 lbs.
Parsnips - 1 lb.
Rutabaga - 1 lb.
Watermelon Radish - 1 lb.
Beets - 2 lbs.
Kohlrabi - 2 lbs.
Carrots - 5 lbs.
Sweet Potatoes - 5 lbs.
Green Cabbage - 2 heads
May also include Belgian Endive

News from the Farm

In our last email we welcomed Zinn, who is now four weeks today, and growing cuter by the day!  Today, we welcome Stephen Searl, our new Farm Manager.  He comes from a family farm on the North Fork and most recently worked for Peconic Land Trust, a not for profit conservation organization that preserves farmland and open space.  He will be managing the CSA program and post-harvest production, and will be involved in many other aspects of the business including production, marketing, and outreach.  Stephen lives in Southold with his wife and two children.

In other news, the bitter cold of last week kept the farm relatively quiet and kept us focused on indoor work. Despite the snow that continues to fall outside, this week looks warmer and wetter...

Something new...Belgian Endive!
You may receive Belgian Endive in your share this week, and if not this week, then in the next delivery. 

Belgian Endive is a member of the chicory family and is a gourmet specialty prized by chefs.  It starts out growing as a root crop in the fields during the summer.  It is harvested in the fall and the tops are removed for storage.  We then plant the roots in batches in shallow trays and allow them to force a head in complete darkness.  (This is why the endive is white and pale yellow.) You can read more about the growing process of Belgian Endive here:  http://kitchengardeners.org/growing-belgian-endive

We recommend savoring the endive raw in a salad with shaved parmesan cheese and a light vinaigrette.  While most Belgian Endive is bitter and often cooked, ours is not, so we recommend trying it raw to best experience its delicate flavor and texture. 

Store your veggies properly!

We encourage you to click on a vegetable from the list above to find a full page of information about each crop.  Be sure to follow the storage instructions carefully to maximize the life of your veggies.  When stored properly at home, you can expect the roots to last you through the full 3 weeks between each winter share delivery.

Connect with your Farm

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 BLOG with pictures and videos of our farming practices!  Or find RECIPES and join the community on our FACEBOOK page! 

If you have questions or concerns about your share, please do not hesitate to contact us.  That is one of the benefits of knowing where your food comes from!  Your farmers are happy to hear from you at info@goldenearthworm.com at any time, for any reason.

This week's Recipes

Thyme Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Parsnip and Shallot Tart

Simple Sauteed Cabbage