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Posted 9/20/2017 2:19pm by Amy Philson.

Well, after the last couple of weeks, we didn't expect such hot summer weather in the middle of September.  I love fall...the warmish days and cool nights, apples, pumpkins and squash, colorful leaves, sweaters in the morning, cleaning out the gardens.  But sometimes fall just gives me a teaser and then lets summer crowd it out for a little bit longer.  I can wait...as long as fall gets its fair share of days and winter doesn't rush in.

Silver Wheel Farm

Silver Wheel Farm

You are welcome, whoever you are! Now that we (Silver Wheel Farm) no longer sell at Farmers Markets we miss the personal interactions with customers. It was so gratifying to find this little note taped onto a returned flower bouquet container. All of the farmers that are part of our cooperative work very hard to send our members the very best produce, meats, cheeses and more, and it is nice to know that we are appreciated. 

Grateful Life Farm

On Saturday, our rabbit doe Brandi had a litter of seven!  She and the babies are doing well.  Unfortunately, our Silver Fox doe Coco, who was also scheduled to kindle that day, turned out to not be pregnant.  I kept checking the nest box obsessively through the weekend and into Monday, but finally accepted reality, removed her nest box, and took her back to the buck's hutch last evening for a few hours.  That pair has successfully produced a litter earlier this season, so I suspect the buck may have been temporarily sterile from the summer heat and humidity.   

On Sunday, we processed our fifth batch of broiler chickens.  Our daily chores are diminished substantially now that we have only the laying hens, the rabbits, the turkeys, and one last batch of broiler chickens to care for.  This is good because we are losing daylight rapidly and the time between evening chores and dark is shrinking fast.  Despite this, I've managed to clean out some garden beds and plant out several flats of spinach transplants in time for the rain Wednesday night to water them in well.  With more inside time, I've also been able to put a batch of tomatoes through the canner and cook a couple of simple but delicious chicken meals I'll share with you. 

I think we often feel that cooking requires recipes, special ingredients, trips to the store, and more effort than we can muster after a long workday.  While that can be a fun way to cook, we can often nourish our bodies without much effort from our garden, farmer's market, or CSA box and the seasonings in our cupboards.  One night, I placed parchment paper on a baking sheet, preheated the oven to 425 F, and spread out assorted legs, drumsticks, and wings.  I seasoned them heavily with salt, pepper, onion powder and paprika and roasted them for 25 minutes.  I also roasted cherry tomatoes and cut up eggplant, onions, and zucchini tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper for a side dish.  Another night, I marinated boneless skinless breasts in coconut aminos (a gluten-free soy sauce substitute) with a dash of fish sauce and maple syrup, while I baked a few buttery Yukon gold potatoes.  I grilled the breasts on high heat for 5 minutes per side.  Shawn always complains that boneless, skinless breasts are dry, but he loved these and gobbled them up!  

CSA Shares

Full Share

  • 1/2 lb. arugula from NuWay Farm
  • 1 bunch carrots from NuWay Farm
  • 1 bunch beets from NuWay Farm
  • 6 corn from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 spaghetti squash from Mullett Farm
  • 1 bunch parsley from NuWay Farm
  • 1 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 2 Choice from NuWay Farm, Detweiler Farm, Mullett Farm, Silver Wheel Farm, Springfield Acres, and Grateful Life Farm

Small Share

  • 1/3 lb. arugula from NuWay Farm
  • 1 bunch carrots from NuWay Farm
  • 4 corn from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 acorn squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 bunch parsley from NuWay Farm
  • 1 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 Choice from NuWay Farm, Detweiler Farm, Mullett Farm, Silver Wheel Farm, Springfield Acres, and Grateful Life Farm

Mini Share

  • 1/3 lb. arugula from NuWay Farm
  • 2 corn from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 Choice from NuWay Farm, Detweiler Farm, Mullett Farm, Silver Wheel Farm, Springfield Acres, and Grateful Life Farm

Recipes

Save those beet greens!  Citrus Sautéed Beets and Greens

Balsamic Roasted Baby Carrots

Carrot Apple Bread

How to Cook Beets

Beet, Carrot and Apple Salad

Arugula and Apple Salad with Goat Cheese and Pecans

Turkey, Mushroom and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash (Cut the recipe in half with one acorn squash)

Baked Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar and Butter

3-Ingredient Twice-Baked Spaghetti Squash

Cheesy Garlic Parmesan Spinach Spaghetti Squash (you could sub arugula for the spinach)

Enjoy this warm "fall" weather!


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