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CSA Recipes

Posted 11/8/2017 9:59pm by Amy Philson.

Our current CSA season is over in one more week.  But you can still eat locally this winter with our Winter CSA.  Instead of every week, our pickups are generally every two weeks for the Winter and Spring Shares. Support your local farmers even in the winter!

Grateful Life Farm

This week we've had several unwelcome visitors to the farm.  Earlier in the week I was checking on the progress of some of the younger spinach and lettuce.  I pulled back the floating row cover from two beds to find complete destruction.  The spinach looked as though I had walked down the rows with pruning shears and the little lettuces were eaten down to stubby cores.  We've had previous crop damage from voles and I've successfully treated the area with Plantskydd granules.  However, I have only struggled in the past with them eating root crops like beets and carrots and I had not applied any of the repellent to spinach or lettuce beds.  Their population in our garden seems to be expanding, probably because a food source is available and we have fenced out the larger animals that are their natural predators, but they are small enough to go through the fence or tunnel under.  In addition, the landscape fabric we've used this season for weed control gives them somewhere to hide.  We decided to go out in the rain and apply Plantskydd to everything, and also try a sonic deterrent and several packs of mouse traps.

The second visit came last night around 12:30, when we were woken by a hen screaming bloody murder.  Hearts pounding, we jumped out of bed, tugged on boots, and ran to the chicken coop.  I couldn't see anything at first, and we almost thought they had just been alarmed by a spilled-grain munching vole.  Fortunately we didn't go back to bed, because another trip around the coop with a strong flashlight revealed a possum hiding under the nest boxes.  We dispatched the possum and none of the hens appeared harmed.  I'm not sure why the possum was so slow to attack that the hens could sound the alarm and we feel very lucky, but we need to evaluate our system to determine how the possum gained entry in the first place and shore up the weak points.

Bushel and a Peck Farm

We are very busy at our farm right now.  While most farms are slowing down and preparing for long rests during snowy days, our busy season is upon us.  Last year, we set up a stand at Shenango Valley Mall in Hermitage for the month of December to sell our maple products. This year, we are expanding greatly.  We are opening a store at Grove City Premium Outlets for the holiday season.  Along with our maple products, we will have lots of locally produced and natural products from other artisans and local businesses.  Our goal is to open this Friday, and we have a ton of work to do to get ready before opening. 
 
Along with our store, we are stretching more tubing in the woods to expand our maple production.  Then, when the tubing is in place, we will wait until the weather is right to tap the trees and collect the bountiful sap to boil into maple syrup in the spring.

CSA Shares

Full Share

  • 1 butternut squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 cabbage from NuWay Farm
  • 1 cauliflower from NuWay Farm
  • 1 lb. watermelon radish from NuWay Farm
  • 1 lb. candy onions from Miller Farm Products
  • 2 garlic from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 bag parsley from NuWay Farm
  • 1 head lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 3 choice from NuWay Farm, Detweiler Farm, Byler Farm, Mullett Farm, and Grateful Life Farm

Small Share

  • 1 butternut squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 cabbage from NuWay Farm
  • 1 cauliflower from NuWay Farm
  • 1 lb. candy onions from Miller Farm Products
  • 1 head lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 2 choice from NuWay Farm, Detweiler Farm, Byler Farm, Mullett Farm, and Grateful Life Farm

Mini Share

  • 1 butternut squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. candy onions from Miller Farm Products
  • 1 head lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 choice from NuWay Farm, Detweiler Farm, Byler Farm, Mullett Farm, and Grateful Life Farm

Recipes

Roasted Cauliflower, Mushroom and Wild Rice

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

Roasted Watermelon Radishes

Watermelon Radish Tart with Lemon Thyme

Amish Cabbage Patch Stew

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash Chili

Do you notice a trend here?  With colder weather, we are attracted more toward roasted and stewed dishes.  These make up the bulk of our meals, with a little bit of fresh thrown in, contrasting with summer when most of our meals are based on fresh, raw veggies.  I rather like the change of the seasons and the different ways we prepare foods according to the seasons.  Put on a pot of soup or stew to enjoy with your family this weekend.


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