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Posted 1/23/2019 12:31pm by Amy Philson.

Today is Week 4 of our Winter CSA.  We're halfway through the cold season (even though our real cold just started).  Last weekend some of your farmers received just a few inches of snow along with freezing rain, but most of us saw about a foot of snow.  Today we have about an inch of rain falling, and then it is supposed to turn cold again.  All that water freezing will make chores even more challenging as we navigate across ice to care for our animals and winter crops.  Hopefully we will get another layer of snow on top of the ice to give us some traction.

Farm News

Even though it is cold, your farmers are still hard at work.  At Hazy Hollow Farm, Grateful Life Farm, Mickley Farm, Miller Farm, Detweiler Farm, and Bushel and a Peck Farm we are busy caring for animals.  Our grass fed animals get hay during the winter that was cut and baled last summer and fall.  Other animals (like chickens) are fed grain along with hay.  During cold snaps, it is a challenge to keep animal water from freezing.  Sometimes water heaters don't quite cut it, so we need to break ice and refresh their water multiple times each day.  We also clean their stalls in the barn and put down fresh bedding.  And chicken eggs need to be collected multiple times each day to prevent them from freezing.

Glacial Till Farm 

They don't have any storage crops for us this winter, but they are increasing their production this year to include some.  Here are some snippets that they have shared this month:
"The ground was finally frozen enough to start cutting the logs I stacked last winter into firewood. I removed all the trees from the edge of the field to let more sunlight on the crops. This wood will heat my house."

"Completely reconfigured the the tool shed to get ready for the deer fence addition and root vegetable wash station. So I had to move the goats to stall three, and clean the goat bedding out of stall one which will now be a BCS “garage”." (BCS is a multi-purpose farm tool for tilling, etc.)
"After 8 years the wheelbarrow I found along the side of the road broke. So I decided to go with this farm cart. It straddles my beds so I can apply compost only on the beds."

Grateful Life Farm

Winter has returned and our farm has been blanketed with a layer of fresh snow nearly every day this week.  We always worry about the animals when temperatures drop, but they surprise us with their resilience.  If we block wind and snow in a snug shelter and make sure they always have fresh water, they do very well.  Slightly before first light, the laying hens are ready to start their day and I can hear them while I drink my coffee, calling me to get my winter clothes on and get myself outside ASAP!

When I open the door, I can see that a wild rabbit has been busy during the night making her rounds.  The rabbits in the pasture pens are thrilled for me to shovel off a fresh patch of grass for them and replace the ice in their bowls with fresh warm water.

And when I'm finished feeding and watering, it looks like a gloriously sunny day is dawning behind the pine trees!

CSA Shares

We have a couple of new products in our CSA boxes this week.  The Gilfeather Turnip is on Slow Food's Arc of Taste.  Here is some info I found about it:

"A Vermont heirloom root crop with a long story as well as a long history. John Gilfeather first began selling his farm-original rutabaga, calling it a 'turnip' (as rutabagas are often called in Vermont), in the late 1800's, jealously protecting his propriety by careful trimming of the tops and roots to prevent "unauthorized reproduction" of his genetic treasure. Fortunately for his Precious, some seeds eventually escaped Gilfeather's hoard, and were commercialized by a market farming couple unrelated to the Gilfeather family. The name was thereafter protected by a registered trademark until 1995, when the trademark was allowed to lapse. Such efforts to keep control of open pollinated seeds seem quaint today, when the dominant model of protection has become the legally heavy-handed Utility Patent.
The genetic story is also interesting. The bachelor Gilfeather's "turnip" is actually an interspecies cross between a rutabaga (Brassica napus) and a true turnip (Brassica rapa). Such crosses are uncommon, but occur at a rate of 1% or less when the plants flower together in close quarters. Mr. Gilfeather's discovery likely resulted from keeping his own seed on the farm, and paying attention to the 'off-types' that can result from doing so. I can relate. This is how I became a plant breeder.
'Gilfeathers Turnip' leaves have the color and shape of rutabaga, with a good kale-like flavor. The root is shaped like a football rather than a sphere, lacks the purple top of both common turnips and rutabaga, has the color of a white turnip (as opposed to the yellowish flesh of common rutabaga), with a texture and flavor intermediate between the two. When cooked and mashed, the color and texture would mislead many to think of mashed potatoes. The flavor is mild, with less of the sulfurous taste that we associate with the Brassica family. When allowed to grow to seed, the seed plant has a close-branched architecture like a turnip with flowers almost identical to Siberian kale and rutabaga." from http://www.wildgardenseed.com/product_info.php?products_id=284

Rosie Asian Greens are a pac choi variety developed by Johnny's Seeds.  Use it in any recipe that calls for an Asian green like mizuna, mibuna, pac choi, etc.  Or you can use the leaves in place of spinach and use the stems in soups or stir-fry.

  • 1 kohlrabi from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. carrots from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 lb. potatoes from Miller Farm
  • 2 lb. sweet potatoes from TOG
  • 1 lb. onions from Miller Farm
  • 1 garlic from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. Gilfeather turnips from TOG
  • 1/2 lb. cremini mushrooms from TOG
  • 1 bunch green onions from Harmony Grove Farm (one of you received garlic chives instead because they ran short)
  • 1 bag Rosie Asian greens from Harmony Grove Farm

Recipes

Asian Greens and Shiitake Mushrooms (use creminis instead!)

Choy Sum (Asian Greens) with Garlic Sauce

Creamy Tagliatelle and Mushrooms (use any pasta shape you like)

Chickpea and Turnip Lemon Soup 

Mashed Carrots and Turnips

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Soup

Potato, Corn and Kohlrabi Chowder

Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Curry (Add chickpeas or lentils to make a plant-based meal, or some cooked chicken if you prefer.  This post has a link to make your own curry paste if you feel adventurous in the kitchen.)

Kohlrabi and Carrot Slaw (Leave out the red cabbage if you don't have it; it adds a little flavor, but it's mostly for color.)

If you make something delicious with your CSA veggies, please share it with me or on our Facebook page!

Have a great week and stay safe.

Amy

Posted 1/9/2019 10:25am by Amy Philson.

Today is Week 3 of our Winter CSA Season.  Deliveries are running ahead of schedule today, so you can pick up earlier if you wish at every location except Slippery Rock.

Our farmers have lots of certain types of storage crops that last through part or most of the winter.  Others grow year-round in heated greenhouses.  However, we don't currently have enough to fill all of the shares, so we supplement with veggies from a certified organic farmer's cooperative a few hours away.  We cooperate with another local co-op for transportation, because they, too, supplement with produce from TOG in the winter.  This arrangement brings you greater variety in the winter with regional food (not within a 60-mile radius but still considered local when looking at the grand scheme of our food).  This week we supplement with sweet potatoes and parsnips, two crops that I have been asking our farmers to grow for years but no one has had much success with, especially to store them long-term.

Farm News

Grateful Life Farm

As we prepare for a new farming year in 2019, we take time to reflect on the previous year; what went well, what could be improved on, and what lessons we took from our experiences.  Our biggest change for 2018 was to improve our broiler chicken operation by hiring help to process larger groups of chickens on a single day.  We were so nervous about this!  Where and how would we find people who would want to come to our remote farm to do this physically and emotionally challenging job and would care about food safety, quality, and the welfare of our birds as much as we do?  To our surprise, getting help was one of the best decisions we ever made.  We found wonderful people whose kind spirits and tireless hard work made the job so much easier.  We enjoyed passing on our knowledge to those who wanted to learn, and in turn, we learned from those who had experience processing chickens on other farms.  Other people will likely not do a job exactly as you would, but it’s possible they will do it even better!  We finished each processing day with a crew lunch with meats and vegetables from our farm.

 

CSA Shares

  • 1 red cabbage from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. carrots from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 lb. potatoes from Miller Farm
  • 1 lb. beets from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. onions from Miller Farm
  • 1 lb. parsnips from TOG
  • 2 lb. sweet potatoes from TOG
  • 1 bag arugula from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 head lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm

Recipes

Roasted Beet Hippie Bowls with Horseradish Cream (interesting name, kind of like a buddha bowl)

Roasted Carrots and Beets with Thyme

Slow Cooker Red Cabbage

Crunchy Red Cabbage and Tuna Slaw

Sweet Potato, Lentil, and Feta Salad

Best Sweet Potato Casserole Ever (Paleo.  My family's absolute favorite sweet potato recipe.)

Roasted Parsnip Salad

Maple Roasted Parsnips

Warm Mushroom and Arugula Salad

 

Have a great day!  I am off to New Mexico for a week, so please be patient if I don't respond to emails quickly.

Amy

Posted 12/19/2018 12:04pm by Amy Philson.

It's Week 2 of our Winter CSA Season.  Just a reminder:  we have a 3-week break between deliveries this time, resuming on January 9.

What's new at our farms this week?  Let's see....We have seen the sun for two days in a row now!!!  That is great news for the greenhouses at Harmony Grove Farm.  Plants don't grow when it's cloudy and cold.  Even when it is cold outside, the sun quickly warms our greenhouses and perks up the plants.

We are all dealing with lots of mud.  With the warmer temps this month, the ground isn't frozen, but it's wet.  So it's difficult to do much in the fields and woods that requires machinery.  Some of us need to cut firewood, but it's too wet to drive trucks into the woods.  Some still need to cut corn or beans...again, too wet.  I have seen a meme recently that goes something like this:  "You're a farmer?!?  Cool!  What do you raise?"  I reply, "Mud.  I raise mud."  But freezing temps are coming soon.

There's not much else to report this time of year.  We all keep very busy most days, but sometimes there isn't much to say about the routine chores.

CSA Shares

  • 1/2 pt. maple syrup from Philsons' Bushel and a Peck Farm
  • 1 spaghetti squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. carrots from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 red cabbage from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 lb. potatoes from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. onions from Miller Farm
  • 1 bag barese chard from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 head lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm

More variety is coming in January!

Recipes

Maple Chai Tea Latte.  I always use maple syrup or honey to sweeten my coffee and tea.  You can make this with regular milk or a dairy-free alternative.  Take some time to enjoy a special drink.

Maple Balsamic Pork Tenderloin.  This would be delicious with chicken, too.

Maple Apple Breakfast Crisp

The Barese is like a cross between Swiss chard and bok choi.  It would be a great fit for this Swiss Chard and Onion Fritatta.

Garlic Spaghetti Squash with Herbs.  A vegetarian meal with crispy pine nuts.

Roasted Carrots and Mushrooms.  Delicious!

Healthy Applesauce Carrot Muffins

Red Cabbage and Carrot Slaw

Asian Quinoa Salad (with red cabbage and peanut sauce)

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

Your farmers at Northwest PA Growers Co-op want to wish you and your family happy holidays.  May you enjoy peace and love and family this season.

Amy

 

 

Posted 12/5/2018 12:48pm by Amy Philson.

Welcome to NWPA Growers' Winter CSA!  Most of you are returning members, and we thank you for sticking with us (or coming back) for the winter.  New members, we hope you enjoy the local farm products this winter.  I send this email out on CSA day telling you what is in your share, giving you farm news, and sharing some recipes to give you inspiration for your veggies.  We use Pinterest to organize our recipes, so if you have a Pinterest account be sure to follow us.  We also have lots of recipes on our website from past years if you need even more ideas.

Farm News

Harmony Grove Farm

We have barely seen the sun in the last few weeks, so our greens are growing extremely slowly.  They keep very well in our heated greenhouse, so we just have to be patient while they grow.  Because we aren't harvesting or planting much right now, we have slowed down, taking time to hunt and rest during these early days of December.

We make this Garlic Chive Cracker Spread every time we have party, and everyone loves it. It’s very simple to make.   

Garlic Chive Cracker Spread:

  • 1 oz Chopped Japanese Garlic Chives
  • 1 package Cream Cheese softened at room temperature
  • Some salt, garlic powder, & onion powder to taste  

Mix everything together, and make into a log. Enjoy!!  

Bushel and a Peck Farm

We are in a very busy season at our farm right now.  Our temporary store, Philson & Friends at Grove City Outlets is in full swing, so at least one of us is there almost every day. Our store features mostly locally made products, from maple syrup, honey, and beef jerky to decorative glass, leather purses, jewelry, and more.  Stop in to see us if you're looking for unique gifts and want to support local businesses.

We are also busy bottling maple syrup and making more maple products to keep the store shelves full.  Plus we will soon be in the woods repairing sap lines and stretching new lines to prepare for tapping in February.  We are looking forward to taking a break in January and early February before the sap begins to run.  But we never know what the weather will hold.  Last year, we had an unseasonably warm January with lots of sap running, only to shut off in February.  With farming, we have learned to be flexible when it comes to planning too far in advance, because those plans will inevitably change.

CSA Shares

  • 1 butternut squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 kohlrabi from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 cabbage from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 lb. potatoes from Miller Farm
  • 1 lb. carrots from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. onions from Miller Farm
  • 2 oz. Japanese garlic chives from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 2 heads lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm

Recipes

In honor of Hanukkah, try some Garlic Parmesan Potato Latkes.  These should be served with sour cream or applesauce.

Panko Crusted Creamy Carrot Casserole

Creamy Potato Kohlrabi Soup

Cashew Cabbage (if you don't have green pepper, skip it or sprinkle a little red pepper flakes to spice it up)

One Pot Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Kohlrabi Carrot Fritters

Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto

Thai Butternut Squash Red Curry

If you make one of these, share a photo on our Facebook page.  Or if you find another delicious recipe, share that!

Have a wonderful week.  We will see you in two weeks!

Amy

Posted 11/14/2018 7:48pm by Amy Philson.

Another season has come to an end.  We are putting most of our gardens and fields away for the winter.  We have harvested our storage crops for Winter CSA.  A few farmers have greenhouses that will prolong the season, hoping for enough sunshine and warmth to harvest a some greens this winter.  Our garlic is planted.  We are preparing barns and coops to keep our animals protected from the cold.  Our bees have enough honey stores to survive the long winter.  Our maple trees are going dormant, awaiting the warmth that will make the sap run in the spring.  It's time for your farmers to take a rest.  Except that's not how it works.  Most of us have animals that need even more care in the cold months.  Things need fixed around the farms that get neglected during the busy growing season.  Some even heat a greenhouse with wood to continue harvesting through the winter.  But we do make sure we take some time to relax when it's frigid outside.

Thank you all for your continued commitment to local farmers.  We count it a privilege to provide you with nutritious food for your families.  This has been a season of transition for NWPAGC.  Two of our long-time farmers moved on to other ventures.  Other farmers remained with NWPAGC but are narrowing the focus of their farms away from produce.  Two farmers joined us, filling some of the gaps that others left.  So this season has been one of adjusting and finding the right balance.  At our winter meeting we will discuss the ups and downs of this season as we prepare for an even better season next year.

CSA Shares

Full Share

  • 1 butternut squash from Miller Farm
  • 1 cabbage (red or green) from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 acorn squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 lb. red potatoes from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 kohlrabi from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 cauliflower from Detweiler Farm
  • 8 oz. Siberian kale from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 lb. sweet onions from Miller Farm
  • 3 choice from Detweiler Farm and Miller Farm

Small Share

  • 1 butternut squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 cabbage (red or green) from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 acorn squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 lb. red potatoes from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. sweet onions from Miller Farm
  • 2 choice from Detweiler Farm and Miller Farm

Mini Share

  • 1 cabbage (red or green) from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 acorn squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. red potatoes from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. sweet onions from Miller Farm
  • 1 choice from Detweiler Farm and Miller Farm

Recipes

Spicy Ground Beef and Butternut Squash.  Vegetarian?  Switch up the ground beef with lentils.

Chai Spiced Butternut Squash Pie.  Like pumpkin pie.  Gluten-free/grain-free crust.  This will be on my menu soon!

Butternut Squash Soup.  The recipe calls it the best, but isn't every other recipe you find on Pinterest the best?  Anyway, I am eating a version of this soup for lunch all week.  Most of my family doesn't care for butternut squash soup, so when I make it it's mostly mine.  My win!  I say I am eating a version of this because I used this recipe as my guide.  I cooked a whole squash and pureed it...didn't measure.  I didn't have leeks or red onions so I sauteed sweet onion along with the apple.  I don't have any chicken broth on hand, so I skipped it and just used a little water to thin it at the end.  And I used nut milk in place of the cream.  It's still delicious even with all the changes.  I like a little hard cheese sprinkled on top of my squash soup, too.

Cabbage, Potato, and Sausage Soup

Warm Red Cabbage with Cranberries, Goat Cheese, and Almonds

Chinese 4-Ingredient Fried Cabbage.  Quick and easy.

Amazing Roasted Cabbage Soup.  The roasting adds depth of flavor.  Even cabbage-haters like this.

Roasted Red Cabbage with Lemon and Garlic

Cranberry Apple Acorn Squash

Kohlrabi Gratin with Mushrooms.  Switch up the oyster mushrooms with baby bellas or white button.  It calls for a few kohlrabi, but you have that many in one package!

Kale and Kohlrabi Salad

Kohlrabi and Apple Salad.  I shared this recipe a while ago.  My daughter made it this week at my request, since she won't eat kohlrabi salad.  It was delicious.  She left out the walnuts (I'm not sure why), and it was just as good.  Those of us who like slaw loved this recipe, so I thought I would share it again.

Well, that's a wrap on this season.  To those of you who actually read my newsletters, thank you for putting up with my ramblings all season.  I'll see some of you in three weeks for the Winter Share.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Amy

Posted 11/13/2018 1:23pm by Amy Philson.

Greetings from your local farmers at Northwest PA Growers!  Our Summer/Fall CSA Season ends tomorrow, and we are looking forward to our Winter CSA that begins in just three weeks.  If you haven't yet signed up for Winter CSA, you're running out of time.  Delivery is twice/month December - March, so it's not a huge commitment.  Enjoy produce and other farm products from Pennsylvania through the cold winter.

Find out all the details here or go right to the sign-up page here.

And if you have already signed up, tell your friends and neighbors about it.  Don't keep all the goodies to yourself!

Posted 11/7/2018 6:28pm by Amy Philson.

Hi everyone,

This is going to be a short and sweet newsletter.  This morning I went straight from packing boxes early to our store at Grove City Outlet Mall.  We are getting ready for opening day on Friday, and we are in a mad rush to get things set up and entered in our checkout software by then.  I am going to write this newsletter, eat dinner, and go to bed.  I hope you understand.

While it has been a little warmer lately, we haven't seen much of the sun in weeks.  This means that our greens are in waiting mode.  Hopefully the sun today gave them a little boost and we will continue to have more sunshine.  So enjoy the greens that are in your Share today because I'm not sure how many will be ready to harvest for next week.

CSA Shares

Full Share

  • 1 butternut squash from Miller Farm
  • 1 lb. onions from Miller Farm
  • 2 lb. potatoes from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 cauliflower from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 bag garlic from Red Dog Farm
  • 1 bag Siberian kale from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 head lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 3/4 lb. ground cherries from Detweiler Farm
  • 3 choice from Detweiler Farm, Harmony Grove Farm, Miller Farm, and Glacial Till Farm

Small Share

  • 1 butternut squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. potatoes from Detweiler Farm
  • 5 oz. leaf lettuce from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 head lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 3/4 lb. ground cherries from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 choice from Detweiler Farm, Harmony Grove Farm, Miller Farm, and Glacial Till Farm

Mini Share

  • 1 butternut squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 5 oz. leaf lettuce from Glacial Till Farm
  • 3/4 lb. ground cherries from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 choice from Detweiler Farm, Harmony Grove Farm, Miller Farm, and Glacial Till Farm

Recipes

Curried Cauliflower Rice Kale Soup (There are a bunch of soup recipes here.  Scroll down to find this one.)

Roast Head of Cauliflower with Creamy Mushroom Sauce (this is a little lengthy.

Chicken, Wild Rice and Butternut Casserole

Parmesan Butternut Squash Gratin

Melting Potatoes

Next week is our LAST WEEK of this season.  Winter Shares begin in December.

 

Posted 10/31/2018 11:24am by Amy Philson.

Today is Week 22 of the season.  We only have two more weeks to go!  Our season ends one week before Thanksgiving.  This year we have a three-week break between seasons because of the way the holidays fall.  If you haven't yet joined our Winter CSA, be sure you do it soon.  We will be making decisions soon about which locations have enough members for delivery. 

Farm News 

Glacial Till Farm

We have been busy planting their garlic:

We needed these couple of days of warmth to give our kale a boost of growth for the next cutting.

Harmony Grove Farm

The drastic change in temperatures and cloudy days caught our lettuce off-guard recently.  Growth almost came to a halt, and we had to begin heating our greenhouse earlier than expected.  But growth is speeding up, and we will have lettuce for CSA Shares again next week.

Bushel and a Peck Farm

We are busy getting ready to open Philson & Friends, our temporary store at Grove City Outlets.  Opening day is November 9, and we will be there through Christmas.  We sell our maple products at the store, and we also invite other local artisans and farmers to join us to share the rent and expenses.  Besides our maple products, we will also have local honey, soaps, lotions, jewelry, home decor, alpaca, pet products, and more.  If you know of any local artisan who may be interested in joining us, please ask them to contact me.  We still have a few spaces left, and they don't have to be there.  We are spending lots of time getting the store ready and also bottling syrup and making other maple products.

CSA Shares

Full Share

  • 1 spaghetti squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 delicata squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 3/4 lb. ground cherries from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 kohlrabi from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 bag parsley from Detweiler Farm
  • 8 oz. arugula from Glacial Till Farm
  • 2 lb. red potatoes from Miller Farm
  • 1 lb. sweet onions from Miller Farm
  • 3 choice from Detweiler Farm, Miller Farm, and Glacial Till Farm

Small Share

  • 1 spaghetti squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 3/4 lb. ground cherries from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 bag parsley from Detweiler Farm
  • 8 oz. arugula from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 lb. red potatoes from Miller Farm
  • 2 choice from Detweiler Farm, Miller Farm, and Glacial Till Farm

Mini Share

  • 3/4 lb. ground cherries from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 bag parsley from Detweiler Farm
  • 5 oz. arugula from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 lb. red potatoes from Miller Farm
  • 1 choice from Detweiler Farm, Miller Farm, and Glacial Till Farm

Recipes

Dark Chocolate Covered Ground Cherries ...so simple but elegant!

Ground Cherry and Apple "Salsa"

Roasted Delicata Squash and Goat Cheese Fritatta (and a yummy-looking apple salad, too!)

60 Spaghetti Squash Recipes ... click the arrow to scroll through the photos for links to the recipes.

Kohlrabi Fries

German-Style Kohlrabi

Lemon Lentil Parsley Salad

Buttery Parsley Potatoes

Homemade Falafel ... falafel is usually fried in oil as in this recipe, but I have baked it, too, with minimal oil.  It doesn't always hold together as well, but it still tastes delicious.  Choose whichever method you desire.

Red Potato Salad with Creamy Cashew Dijon Dressing ... for a creamy dairy-free/vegan option

Roasted Carrot Salad with Arugula and Pomegranate ... You can sub balsamic vinegar for the pomegranate molasses, but don't skip the pomegranate seeds!  It also calls for fennel bulb, which will add depth of flavor but it won't ruin the salad if you leave it out.

Roasted Sweet Potato, Wild Rice, and Arugula Salad ... roast some winter squash in place of the sweet potato if that's what you have.  Maybe add a splash of maple syrup or honey to the squash to make it mimic the sweet potato more closely.

I hope nobody drowns in all this rain that is supposed to come the next couple of days.  I'm afraid that we will have some farmers getting stuck in the mud this week.

Amy

 

 

Posted 10/24/2018 6:50pm by Amy Philson.

This is Week 21 of the CSA Season.  Three more weeks to go!

Farm News

An update on the broccoli from Detweiler Farm:  We have used an organic-approved pesticide on the broccoli crops, and between that and the cooler weather, the striped cabbage worm has slowed its damage.  We hope that you were happier with the more recent broccoli.  The worms didn't hurt the kohlrabi, though!  Did you see the giant kohlrabi in the Choice box today??  If you need recipes, check out our kohlrabi board on Pinterest.

Glacial Till Farm

Garlic prep has begun! I’m putting 1200 in this year. It smells so good.

My first trials of salanova lettuce! Someday I think I’ll have high tunnels full of this lettuce for winter production.

Grateful Life Farm

This week we have seen a sharp decline in egg production, as many of the birds shed their feathers and grow new ones for winter, and the daylight hours diminish.  Eggs will be in short supply from now until late February/early March when the day length encourages them to lay lots of spring eggs.  Each year as our hens get older and their egg production drops off, we raise a group of new birds who will eventually replace the older ones. 
 
This summer we started a group of Buff Orpingtons and last week we decided they were big enough to join the flock.  We moved them into the coop, and we’ve been working to make sure they are getting their turn at the feeder, going in at night, and getting roost space. 
 
Although some chicken keepers recommend introducing chickens more gradually, using temporary fences to keep them separated but visible to one another, we have fortunately never had much problem with introducing new birds.  Chickens can be violent towards other chickens, especially when their group social structure changes, but we’ve found that our system allows enough room for chickens to simply run away from each other when needed, and we’ve fortunately never experienced chickens injuring others.  These young hens are very friendly!

CSA Shares

Full Share

  • 1 butternut squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. tomatoes from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 cabbage from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lb. beans from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 garlic from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 bunch kale from Glacial Till Farm
  • 8 oz. salad greens from Glacial Till Farm
  • 2 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes from Miller Farm
  • 3 choice from Detweiler Farm, Miller Farm, and Glacial Till Farm

Small Share

  • 1 butternut squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 cabbage from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 garlic from Detweiler Farm
  • 8 oz. baby kale from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes from Miller Farm
  • 2 choice from Detweiler Farm, Miller Farm, and Glacial Till Farm

Mini Share

  • 1 acorn squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 cabbage from Detweiler Farm
  • 5 oz. baby kale from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes from Miller Farm
  • 1 choice from Detweiler Farm, Miller Farm, and Glacial Till Farm

Recipes

Creamy (vegan!) Butternut Squash Linguine with Fried Sage

Skillet Chicken, Butternut Squash, and Beans

Cabbage Roll Soup

Creamy Four-Cheese Spinach Butternut Squash

Crunchy Shredded Roasted Cabbage with Parmesan (calls for savoy cabbage, but it would work fine with head cabbage)

Kale, Butternut Squash, and Apple Salad

Baby Kale, White Bean, and Tuna Salad

Baby Kale, Mozzarella, and Egg Bake

Crispy Yukon Gold Potato Wedges

Have a great week!  I will "see" you Friday morning.

Amy

 

Posted 10/17/2018 11:41am by Amy Philson.

Today is Week 20 of our CSA Season.  Only 4 weeks left in this season.  If you haven't signed up for Winter CSA, be sure to do so soon so we know how to plan.

The weather has taken a big turn since last Wednesday.  Most of our farms have experienced light frost this week, so the last of our summer crops are finished now. But there are many crops that can withstand frost, and others that get better after a frost.  We continue to put garden beds to bed for the year as we clean them out.  Some will receive a cover crop that will be tilled in as green compost in the spring.  It's also time to plant garlic for harvest next summer.  When we plant garlic in the fall, it begins to establish roots in the ground and then goes dormant for the winter.  In the spring, it then returns to growth and is harvested in June or July.

Glacial Till Farm

Buckwheat is a great cover crop to suppress weeds. I have been planting it thick as my first crop on newly established plots. It also provides loads of flowers for our beehive that is maintained by Craig Cowan from the barefoot forge. After the flowers are done and before the seed matures, I flail chop it and incorporate it into the top layer of soil for its organic matter. It also leaves my soil with a very nice tilth. 

Our next crops of arugula, lettuce, and baby kale are almost ready for harvest, so look for those in the coming weeks.

Detweiler Farm

We are sorry for the issues with the striped cabbage worm that has been affecting the quality of our broccoli.  We are taking steps to combat the pest with organic approved methods.  In order to hopefully make up for the damaged broccoli, we have sent replacements this week for you to choose from at pickup.  Some of these do continue to have worm damage, but the cooler weather has slowed the pest so it should be easier to trim damaged parts from the broccoli.

CSA Shares

Full Share

  • 2 acorn squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 bell pepper from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 bag parsley from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 spaghetti squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 8 oz. salad greens from Glacial Till Farm
  • 8 oz. kale from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 bunch radishes from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 lb. onions from Miller Farm
  • 3 choice from Detweiler Farm, Glacial Till Farm, Harmony Grove Farm, and Miller Farm

Small Share

  • 1 acorn squash from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 bell pepper from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 bag parsley from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 8 oz. salad greens from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 lb. onions from Miller Farm
  • 2 choice from Detweiler Farm, Glacial Till Farm, Harmony Grove Farm, and Miller Farm

Mini Share

  • 1 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 8 oz. salad greens from Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 choice from Detweiler Farm, Glacial Till Farm, Harmony Grove Farm, and Miller Farm
  • (I had planned 1 acorn squash for Mini Shares, but I miscounted when telling the farmer how many.  So you will receive your missing acorn squash next week.)

Recipes

When I have lots of hearty greens like our salad greens from Glacial Till Farm, I love to make bowls with greens as the base.  How to Make a Buddha Bowl breaks down the anatomy of a great bowl and gives you a bunch of recipes to choose from.

Chopped Autumn Salad with Apple Cider Dressing would be great with either the salad greens or lettuce.

Sausage and Kale Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

Acorn Squash, Kale and Barley Soup -- Vegan!

Sausage & Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash

Maple Butter Roasted Acorn Squash with Pecans

I think it's a hot soup and tea kind of day today.  I'm going to go make myself a cup of tea and start a pot of soup for dinner.  Have a great week!

Amy

 


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