Week 18

IMG_2894full share (above)

IMG_2891 medium share

IMG_2889small share

Last Box of the Season

The last week of the season is here my friends. Its been a fantastic growing season with about as perfect weather as you can ask for. We hope you have enjoyed sharing the fruits of the season with us and that it has brought nourishment and delight to your dinner table. One of the greatest things about growing food as a CSA farm is knowing that we are sharing our produce with caring and thoughtful members of our community.

Help Us Grow!

This Fall and Winter we have more to do than the usual taxes, planning and number-crunching. We are also–as you likely well know–about to move to a new farm and have a lot of infrastructure to put in and work to do to get it ready to grow organic vegetables.   All of this, of course, costs money and we could use your help by signing up early for your 2016 CSA share.

If you’re already planning on getting a share please sign up now for next season. Early member sign ups allow us to pay for needed capital improvements now, so we are ready to roll come next spring. (Don’t forget you can get a CSA as a gift-share if you’re looking for a holiday gift idea!) Every sign up gets us closer, and it sure takes a lot of members to build a new farm:

IMG_2460our new farm’s capital costs in number of members

IMG_2455pouring concrete at the new farm 

Survey Time

Every year we ask members to take a member survey. The feedback helps keep us focused on doing the things our members like and make sure we are improving every year.  If you have 10 minutes, please fill out this anonymous 10 question survey–your opinions are greatly appreciated!  Please select the survey based on your share size below (it’s the same survey for each size, it just helps us sort the information):

Small Share Survey

Medium Share Survey

Full Share Survey

In the Box:

  • Winter Squash: Butternut or Acorn
  • Sage
  • Garlic
  • Onions (1# medium)
  • Shallots (1 1/2 # full)
  • Carrots: Napoli (1.5 lb small, 1.75 lb med, 2 lb full)
  • Cauliflower or Romanesco
  • Cabbage
  • Celeriac (2.5# med & full)
  • Beets (2.5# full)
  • Potatoes (2# full)

Recipes

I’d be remiss to not direct everyone to one of the best ways to combine sage and squash: Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage. This classic, indulgent recipe brings out the best of both ingredients, and it’s really fun to roll out the gnocchi with friends and family pitching in.

Full and medium shares got celeriac one last time, and here is a wonderful Bacon and Celeriac Soup for the cold weeks ahead.

Finally, since fall sends most of our carb-meters running, here’s an indulgent and hearty Sausage, Onion, Sage and Squash Bread Pudding that uses many of your box contents in one simple dish. It can easily be made without the sausage if you’d like it for a Meatless Monday meal.

We sincerely hope that you’ve been able to make good use of the produce and the recipes we’ve provided. Quality time in the kitchen is an important part of our lives and we are grateful that you’ve invited us into yours.

Thanks for being a part of our farm this season.  Have a wonderful winter!

Brandon, Heather, Maybelle and the rest of the crew!

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