This is the last week of the 2010 CSA Season.
Meet Your Food
Butternut or Canada Crookneck Winter Squash: Canada Crookneck is on the Slow Foods Arc of Taste. Find out what that means here.
Beets OR Leeks
Black Turtle Dry Beans: Use just as you would any other dry bean. These beans aren’t near as dry as store bought varieties. They will cook tender in less than 2 hours, and there is no need to soak them overnight. Just make sure you triple rinse them, allowing any dry ‘chaff’ to float to the top of the bowl, where it is easy to pour off, leaving clean beans.
Yukon Gold Potatoes
Rutabaga OR Cabbage: Try mixing mashed rutabagas with mashed potatoes for a nice twist on a old classic. If that’s too much work, peel and slice into sticks and eat raw with carrots and dip.
Kohlrabi: The return of a spring favorite! Have you tried crisping the leaves into cruchy “chips”? Wash and pat dry, cut in large pieces or strips, toss/drizzle with olive oil and salt, and cook on a baking sheet in the oven (250-300 degrees) until crispy. Check them often while cooking in the oven so they don’t burn.
Cipollini Onions: Deliciously sweet when cooked, cipollini onions are the perfect accompaniment to sautéed mushrooms. Furthermore, mushrooms and cipollini onions make a fantastic ‘topping’ for any winter squash.
Farmer Jones Notes
In my mind, the photo above sums up this season nicely. All of you, new friends and old, have contributed such joy to my farm and CSA program this year. I truly hope you’ve appreciated the seasonal eating experiment as much as I have appreciated being your Farmer. As we head into the winter months, know that I’ll be hard at work making adjustments to the farm plan. Just like all these plants we tend so carefully, I want our Farmer-Eater connection to continue to grow and blossom. Please, if you have any ideas, suggestions, thoughts on the subject, don’t hesitate to connect with me. For example, based on your feedback, one change I’m already planning to implement is a reminder email each Friday, to help those of you with such busy schedules not forget the veggies.
On another note, I have decided to add at least 10 shares for next season and would like nothing more than to fill those spots with friends of yours, so thanks in advance for spreading the word.
With deep, profound gratitude,