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Posted 9/26/2018 7:04pm by Amy Philson.

Hooray for the cooler weather that is starting NOW!  I love the cool nights and seasonable days of fall, colorful leaves, baking with squash and apples, and all that jazz.  Our animals are more active instead of hiding in the shade.  

We are starting to clean out garden beds from produce that has come and gone.  Others we are milking a little bit more out of, like cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers, before they give up for the season.  We are continuing to harvest storage crops and tending fall plantings.  But it's much more comfortable work when it's cooler outside.  I know that most of us will be complaining all too soon about the freezing cold, but after our hot summer (and September!), we are loving this.

I forgot to tell you that some of our farmers would be at Slippery Rock's Village Fest last Saturday.  Did anyone stop by to chat with Herb from Hazy Hollow Farm or Derek from Glacial Till Farm?

What is up with some of those butternut squash?!?!  I was shocked when I saw the size of some of those monsters.  I'm sure that some of you chose the smaller squash, thinking "what in the world would I do with a squash that size?"  But some of you are probably like me and picked out the biggest one you could find in the box.

Here is a great tip for turning squash into pureed "pumpkin" if you have a high-speed blender like Vitamix or Blendtec.  You can do it with other blenders, too, but I can't promise that it will turn out as smooth.  Cook the entire squash, skin, seeds, and all.  You can bake it whole or cut in chunks, steam it, simmer it, or (my favorite) cook it quickly in an Instant Pot.  Let it cool a little, then throw it in your blender and let it do its thing.  It will puree the skin and seeds, with all their vitamins that you usually throw away.  The pureed squash can be frozen in zip-top bags to use later in recipes.  Or freeze it in ice cube trays or in globs on a tray lined with parchment or a silicone mat and transfer to a bag when frozen.

CSA Shares

Full Share

  • 1 butternut squash from Detweiler Farm or Miller Farm Products
  • 1 spaghetti squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. sweet onions from Miller Farm Products
  • 1 pt. cherry tomatoes from Detweiler Farm or Miller Farm Products
  • 1 head lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 head romaine lettuce from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 bunch radishes from Glacial Till Farm
  • 3/4 lb. ground cherries from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 kohlrabi from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 Choice from Detweiler Farm, Harmony Grove Farm, Glacial Till Farm, and Springfield Acres

Small Share

  • 1 butternut squash from Detweiler Farm or Miller Farm Products
  • 1 lb. sweet onions from Miller Farm Products
  • 1 pt. cherry tomatoes from Detweiler Farm or Miller Farm Products
  • 1 head lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 head romaine lettuce OR 1 bunch radishes from Glacial Till Farm
  • 3/4 lb. ground cherries from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 Choice from Detweiler Farm, Harmony Grove Farm, Glacial Till Farm, and Springfield Acres
  • The farmers ran short of cherry tomatoes, so we subbed 1 lb. of tomatoes or lettuce in some boxes. 

Mini Share

  • 1 butternut squash from Detweiler Farm or Miller Farm Products
  • 1 sweet onion from Miller Farm Products
  • 1 head lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 Choice from Detweiler Farm, Harmony Grove Farm, Glacial Till Farm, and Springfield Acres
  • There was a miscommunication about numbers, so some of you have an extra lettuce instead of onion

Recipes

What are ground cherries?  Read about them here with some ideas on how to eat them.  My favorite way is to just peel back the papery skin and bite the fruit off the stem.  

Ground Cherry Coffee Cake

Ground Cherry Clafoutis

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta:  I made a version of this for supper tonight, and I thought it was delicious.  Some of my children weren't as enthusiastic when they found out it had squash in it.  I say a version because I changed some of the seasonings and used manchego cheese instead of cream.

Butternut Squash Bread:  Think pumpkin bread, except better.  I almost always use butternut squash in recipes that call for pumpkin.

Maple Dijon Chicken with Roasted Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts

And here is one that I share every year, just because...The Absolute Best Pumpkin Pie...Ever

Southwestern Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash Cake.  Yes, this sounds weird, but why not?  I use butternut squash or pumpkin in cake all the time.  I'm going to give this one a try, but I will probably adjust the recipe to be gluten-free.

Romaine Salad with Pears, Blue Cheese, and Pecans

Garlic Sauce Romaine Lettuce

Happy cooking...and eating!

Amy

 


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