CSA Week #17

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:              

Hope  you’ve marked your calendar for the end of season Harvest Celebration! We’re celebrating our 25th year of our CSA program! We hope  you’ll be able to come spend the day with us!

Saturday, October 15th                                                                                                                                     Noon to 4pm                                                                                                                                                             Potluck from 12:30pm to 1pm, followed by hayrides down to the pumpkins! We’ll be pressing cider, there will be face painting and some craft tables for the kiddies, and we’re hoping to have the Circle of Children group here to make seed balls!

Fall Biodynamic Prep Meeting                                                                                                          Sunday, October 2nd                                                                                                                                8:30am -5:30pm, bring a brown bag lunch, event followed by a potluck dinner

Grass Fed Beef                                                                                                                                                               We still have a few shares left of our grass fed beef! If you meant to order, or have been sitting on the fence, the time is now to reserve your share before they’re all gone!    

IN YOUR SHARE THIS WEEK:

  • Kale, Lacinato
  • Swiss Chard
  • Eggplant
  • Peppers
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Acorn Squash 
  • Pears, Star Crimson

RECIPES:

Spicy Squash Salad w/Ginger-Lime Dressing

Squash Kale Soup   

Stuffed Acorn Squash w/Quinoa & Pistachios

Kale & Celery Tiger Salad

Kale & Walnut Pesto

Oven Roasted Cauliflower w/Garlic, Olive Oil & Lemon Juice

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A lovely fall morning scene on the farm today

What a change of scene from last week….we were all walking around covered in rain gear, and muddy boots….today, the crew are all in shirt sleeves and sun hats! What is that saying….if you live in Oregon and don’t like the weather, just wait a minute! We know there is more rain on the way this week-end but we’ll relish this gorgeous warmth and sunshine while it lasts!

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This little guy was found in the eggplant patch today!

It was certainly a lovely day to do some squash harvesting. At the end of each season, we all share at the morning circle what tasks we liked best and least on the farm during the season. Invariably, harvesting squash is usually high on the list. The crew  goes out into the field with lopers and clips the squash fruit from the vines, that have mostly died back by this time of year. They group the fruit in bundles in the field a certain lengths from each other. We then load wooden totes onto the back of our flat bed truck, and one person stands on the flat bed, while others toss the squash up to him/her to place in the tote….it’s lots of fun, and the pace is quick. There is a lot of counting involved as well so we know how many fruit come out of the field. All of the squash look really great this year!

You’ll have Acorn Squash  in your boxes this week…I posted some recipes for you this week that sound delicious, but if you have a favorite please do share! If you don’t eat your squash right away, store in a cool, dry dark area…they will last quite a while.

Farmer Feature:

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One of our long term crew on the farm this season is Steve Knox. Seven years ago an interest in homesteading and self-sufficiency led Steve from Missoula, Montana to Winter Green Farm. Previously a line cook and a college student, Steve earned a degree in Political Science and traveled to Nicaragua and Italy to study food and agriculture.

Once in Oregon, Steve took to the Winter Green Farm lifestyle. He developed a profound respect for the community of experienced and knowledgeable farmers who by now have taught him countless skills. He helps to train and run the harvest crews, runs the PSU Farmers Market in Portland, and helps to manage our wholesale orders. He is an eager and quick learner, and is always happy and willing to lend a hand on any task.

Last spring, Steve and his partner Terah purchased a parcel of farm land in Walton, Oregon. Steve has been raising chickens for several years, for egg production and also meat birds. This year he and Terah  raised a large single batch of chickens, which are currently for sale. If you are interested in adding more local, pasture raised chicken to your diet, you can contact Steve at 406-208-7775. The chickens sell for $4.50 per lb or $4.25 per pound when you buy 3 or more.

Farmer Feature:

Thought I would share Farmer Porter’s progress with  you….his melon crop venture was so successful that he was able to realize his dream of purchasing a fishing boat! He is now Captain Porter and hopes to take his boat out this weekend for the first maiden voyage…maybe we’ll be adding Salmon to our farm offerings in the future!

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We hope you all have a wonderful week ahead, and of course, enjoy your veggies!

Linda and all of your Winter Green Farmers

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