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Posted 10/18/2017 5:16pm by Amy Philson.

I love fall.  The cool mornings, the sunshine warming the afternoons, the colorful leaves.  I also like the change in food from season to season, bringing new flavors to our plates that we had tired of several months ago.  This is Week 20 of our 24-week season...only 4 more weeks to go! 

Farm Updates

NuWay Farm

Hello NWPG Supporters,
 
Here we are now in mid-October already.  The leaves are turning color, the days are shortening, winter seems not far away.  I love living where the seasons are so distinct.  Whenever I tire of the present season, a different one will soon be along.  This year's growing season was for us just typical.  Some crops were a flop, while others were a success.  No matter the weather, it is usually good for something.  That's the benefit of being diversified.
 
You all can probably see the changes in the seasons by the contents of your share box.  In the spring, there are lots of greens, in the summer there are tomatoes, in the fall we have root crops, and in the winter storage crops and greens from high tunnels.
 
If your root cellar is filled, your woodshed stocked, a fat hog in the barn waiting on doomsday, winter need not be dreaded.  I look forward to some rest.  Let's enjoy it.

David's son, Willie, is healing slowly.  He is in rehab in Ohio, taking two steps forward and one step back.  His progress doesn't seem fast enough for the family making many trips back and forth and wishing for him to return to normal.  However, a severe brain injury and broken pelvis take a long time to heal. Please continue to pray for them as they come to your mind.

Grateful Life Farm

Last Sunday, we processed the last of our broiler chickens for the season, our experimental batch of Robust White broilers.  We processed them at 60 days old, just a bit longer than our normal 55 days for standard Cornish Cross broilers, and achieved only a slightly lower average weight than our largest batches for this season.  We had no mortality, excluding the two baby chicks that did not survive their first 24 hours, and no lameness or other leg problems.  We enjoyed working with these birds very much because of their energetic temperament and they produced a handsome, tasty carcass, still double-breasted, but with meatier legs.  However, a few weeks prior to processing, we started to notice each day during pen moves that they were leaving a lot of feathers behind.  This turned out to be because they have a lot more feathers than Cornish Cross broilers, probably the reason they are hardier!  The difficulty in plucking them cleanly led to an extra hour spent on our already long processing day.  We will consider carefully if we will raise these birds again.  We may use them in the beginning and end of the season to allow us to extend the production season a week or two beyond what typical broilers can comfortably weather.

This week we moved our rabbit doe Brandi and her four week old litter of seven to their pasture pen.  They always seem so happy to have lots of room to run around and grass and clover to munch on.  Today I put a nest box in our second doe Cocoa's hutch.  She is scheduled to have a litter this weekend.  After being sold out of rabbit for quite some time, we are looking forward to having more available starting in early December and through the winter. 

CSA Shares

Full Share

  • 1 cabbage from NuWay Farm
  • 1/2 lb. kale from NuWay Farm
  • 1 cauliflower from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 acorn squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. beets from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 3 Choice from NuWay Farm, Detweiler Farm, Springfield Acres, Grateful Life Farm, Silver Wheel Farm, Miller Farm Products, and Mullett Farm

Small Share

  • 1 cabbage from NuWay Farm
  • 1/3 lb. kale from NuWay Farm
  • 1 cauliflower from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 acorn squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 2 Choice from NuWay Farm, Detweiler Farm, Springfield Acres, Grateful Life Farm, Silver Wheel Farm, Miller Farm Products, and Mullett Farm

Mini Share

  • 1 cabbage from NuWay Farm
  • 1 acorn squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 Choice from NuWay Farm, Detweiler Farm, Springfield Acres, Grateful Life Farm, Silver Wheel Farm, Miller Farm Products, and Mullett Farm

Recipes

30-Minute Kale, White Bean and Chicken Soup (Sub other veggies that you have on hand for the zucchini, since it is out of season.  I would add carrots, squash, or sweet potatoes.)

Healthy Egg Kale Breakfast Cups

Creamy Cauliflower Chowder (gluten-free)

Low Carb Loaded Cauliflower

Roasted Acorn Squash with Cranberry Walnut Quinoa Stuffing (I made this last night and it was delicious!  Even those who usually turn up their noses as squash liked it.)

Italian Sausage and Brown Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash

Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Acorn Squash

Sautéed Cabbage

Apple Cranberry and Almond Coleslaw

Roasted Cabbage Wedges with Onion Dijon Sauce (I've shared this one before, but it's my family's favorite cabbage recipe.)

Kale and Beet Salad

May your home be filled with the aroma of fall and love around your table.


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