Winter Newsletter

Winter Share 2010-2010

Winter Share '10-'11 will begin December 2010.  Check back here for the first newsletter then!

Winter Share - Week #5

Week of March 8th - FINAL DELIVERY OF THE WINTER SHARE SEASON

Carrots
Rutabaga
Beets
Watermelon Radish
Spinach -OR- Arugula -OR- Kale 
*Greens are super-tender.  See notes below!

CROP NOTES
This final box is heavy on Rutabaga, so check out our Rutabaga Recipes for some inspiring ways to cook them up!

Arugula - This arugula is exceptionally tender and is unwashed. Be sure to wash gently and spin dry. Do not leave it to soak in water.  
Spinach - The spinach needs to be washed twice to remove all the soil. We recommend two rinses in a big bowl of water.  Spinach Cooking Suggestions: Since this spinach is so tender, it is best washed, drained in acolander, placed in large pot with a top and cooked over the lowest possible heat until just tender. Stir occasionally and add butter or olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Be careful not to overcook!
Watermelon Radish - Try roasting! We found them to have a delicious "meaty" flavor when roasted, either alone or with other vegetables. Also delicious in soups! 

NEWS FROM THE FARM
It sure feels like spring is just around the corner... We've been enjoying this gorgeous warm weather and we hope you have too! The greenhouse is filling up with flats of seedlings to be planted out in the fields over the next few months and farmers Matt and James hope to get out to the fields to do some early field prep before the end of the week. We hope you've enjoyed the winter share this season. Growing greens in the greenhouse worked out well for us, so we'll be expanding to grow more for next year's share.

WHAT DID YOU THINK? Please send us your comments and suggestions about the winter share- we'd love to hear from you! E-mail me at info@goldenearthworm.com

SPRING WALKING TOUR
We hope you'll join us for our Spring Walking Tour on Sunday, May 2nd from 2-4pm. More info here.

For those of you who wanted to see a picture of your new farmer, here's baby Galen picking spinach with me for yesterday's lunch...  See you all in June!

Winter Share - Week #4

Week of February 15th

Russet Potatoes -OR- Yellow Potatoes (Russets have rough, thick skin - Yellows have smooth skin)
Sweet Potatoes  (the last of the crop!)
Carrots
Rutabaga
Beets
Watermelon Radish
Spinach -OR- Arugula

CROP NOTES
Potatoes - Russets can be baked with the skin on, or peeled and mashed. Yellow potatoes are excellent roasted with the skins on.
Arugula - This arugula is exceptionally tender and is unwashed. Be sure to wash gently and spin dry. Do not leave it to soak in water.  
Spinach - The spinach needs to be washed twice to remove all the soil. We recommend two rinses in a big bowl of water.  Spinach Cooking Suggestions: Since this spinach is so tender, it is best washed, drained in a colander, placed in large pot with a top and cooked over the lowest possible heat until just tender. Stir occasionally and add butter or olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Be careful not to overcook!

NEWS FROM THE FARM
Our onion seeding was a success and they're germinating beautifully! We'll spend the remainder of this month finalizing our planting schedules for the upcoming season and finishing up our seed orders. Once March rolls around we'll be in full-gear seeding in the greenhouse.

On the home front, baby Galen is finally sleeping through the night (thank goodness) and melting his parents' hearts with his new-found smiling and laughing skills! :) 

Winter Share - Week #3

Week of January 25th

Russet Potatoes (excellent variety for baking or peeled and mashed)
Sweet Potatoes 
Carrots
Rutabaga
Beets
Watermelon Radish
Spinach -OR- Kale 

CROP NOTES
Due to some mechanical issues related to the storage, the sweet potatoes may have some cosmetic damage. We're sending you extra poundage to make up for any spots that will need to be cut out or peeled.  The carrots may have a slightly bitter skin, so you may want to taste them first and peel them if necessary.  

NEWS FROM THE FARM
As we near the end of January we're almost finished putting together our seed orders for the upcoming season. We're also getting the greenhouses cleaned out in anticipation of the onion seeding which will start in earnest the first week of February. We'll need all the space we can get with nearly 500 flats of onions to be seeded! We've always been behind schedule with our onion seedings, but not this year...  Onions take quite a long time to grow from seed, so even if we start now, they won't be ready to transplant out in the fields until April.

Winter Share - Week #2

Week of January 4th

Carrots
Beets
Rutabaga
Sweet Potatoes
Butternut Squash
Watermelon Radish (Storage: in plastic in the fridge)
Celery Root
Yellow Potatoes

STORAGE TIPS
Click on the crop above to read more about ideal storage conditions.

NEWS FROM THE FARM
Happy New Year!  Matthew and I welcomed a beautiful baby boy on New Year's Day, born at home on the farm. We're a little tired, so please excuse the short newsletter this time around! More news from the farm for the next winter delivery.  Stay warm...

Winter Share - Week #1

Week of December 14th

Radicchio - 1 head
Red Kale - 2 lb.
Broccoli - 2 heads
Green Kale - 2 lb.
Baby Bok Choi - 1 head
Sweet Potatoes - 3 lb.
Butternut Squash - 1 piece
Rutabaga - 3 lb.
Celery Root - 2 pieces
BONUS: Garlic (Quality is questionable, but we had it available so it's worth a try!

WINTER STORAGE TIPS
Sweet Potatoes and Butternut Squash should be stored at room temperature - and dry. (Above 55 F is important - cooler temperatures will result in chilling injury to the sweet potatoes.)   Keep in paper bags or baskets out of direct sunlight.

Rutabaga and Celery Root should be kept in plastic bags in the refrigerator where they won't dry out. They need high humidity in order to stay crisp, so put into a plastic bag first with a few drops of water. Under these conditions, these crops can easily keep until May! (You'll be getting more, so I recommend enjoying them as they come!)

Greens should be stored in plastic bags in the fridge.  The broccoli should be used within a few days, but the kales should keep for a while.  

NEWS FROM THE FARM

With the mild temperatures we've experienced so far this month, there are plenty of fresh greens included in this week's share! All the greens (radicchio and broccoli included) were harvested from our fields. We're not sure if we'll be so lucky as to harvest from the fields for the next delivery, but that's what the greeenhouses are for! Check out our farmers' blog to see what's growing in the houses for your upcoming shares. 

Matthew and I are patiently awaiting the arrival of a new member of our farm family and we look forward to sharing the news with you by the next delivery! In the meantime, we send all our best wishes to you and your families for a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!

- Maggie, Matthew & James