FARM BLOG

CSA 2013 - Week #16

The contents of the share may fluctuate through the week.  Please check the newsletter here for an updated list.

In the Box

Celery Root - 2 pieces
Baby Bok Choi - 1 bunch
Scallions - 1 bunch
Arugula - 1/2 lb. bag
Zucchini - 1 piece
Long Red Peppers - 3 pieces
Sweet Potatoes - 1.75 lbs.

STORAGE TIPS
In a bag in the fridge: Celery Root, Baby Bok Choi, Scallions, Arugula, Peppers
On the counter:
Sweet Potatoes

FRUIT SHARE

1 bag mixed Bartlett Pears & Gala Apples

Ripen pears on the counter, then refrigerate.

This week's Recipes

Simple Celery Root Soup
Martha Stewart's Celery Root Primer
Stir Fried Bok Choi with Ginger and Garlic

News from your Farmer

Continuing our update from last week, here are a few notes on this week's share...

Sweet Potatoes! - These are different from the sweet potatoes you are familiar with.  They are freshly harvested from the soil the day before you receive them and are not yet cured. The skins are very delicate and they should not be refrigerated.  The typical post-harvest process of heating the potatoes for 7-10 days hardens the skins and prepares them for storage.  We will cure future harvests, but we wanted to give this special first harvest right away.  We are giving out a variety of sizes right now because we are digging the crop daily.  Some are large, some are babies, but all taste great.  In general these sweet potatoes will cook faster than older ones, so you'll have to adjust your cooking times accordingly.

Red Long Peppers - It has been quite a wait for these to turn from green to red, but here they are!  Our first red sweet peppers in many, many years.  Peppers suffer from cold injury at the temperatures of a normal household refrigerator, but they will stay in ok shape for a few days.  45-60F is best, but should be in a plastic or wax bag so they don't dehydrate.  Hopefully you cannot resist eating them right away and won't have to worry about storing them. 

Baby Bok Choi - Our lovely greens are beginning to return now, and we have a good sized bunch of baby bok choi for everyone.  This is true baby bok choi with a light green stem.  The whole thing is edible!

Baby Arugula - This is beautiful arugula.  We have washed some of it, depending on the picking conditions, but we recommend that you re-wash at home before you eat it.  It has a short shelf life due to its delicate leaves, so be sure to handle gently and eat it as soon as possible.   

Celery Root - A fascinating vegetable that many of you may not be familiar with.  Strange looking, great smelling and excellent if prepared correctly.  We have included recipes to assist you  in succeeding with this oddball but super vegetable!

The tomatoes are not finished quite yet!  We are taking a little hiatus due to the very slow ripening occurring with the colder weather.  We do expect to harvest more tomatoes in small quantities over the next few weeks.  The weather will decide this, as tropical warm season crops dislike cold weather and growth rates decline.

Here's to a wonderful upcoming fall harvest for all!  - Farmer Matt

Upcoming Events!

Our CSA Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday, October 20th from 11am-3pm! 

This event is FREE for all current CSA Members and their guests.  Stay tuned for more information coming soon!

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