CSA Week #18

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

We are opening up the tomato patch to members this week! You will be able to come any day this week, from 7:30am to 330pm, that way there will be someone available to show you where the tomato patch is. Please call or email ahead to the farm office to let us know you will be coming…541-935-1920 ~ folks@wintergreenfarm.com

Late Season Shares: I will be sending out the information for the Late Season members this week….if you have been meaning to reserve a Late Season share, please get in touch soon! The first Late Season Share will begin on Friday, October 21st and go right up to the week before Thanksgiving.

HARVEST CELEBRATION!

Hope you’ll come on out to the farm on Saturday, October 15th to join in the festivities to celebrate the wonderful season we have shared. We’ll begin at about Noon and share a potluck lunch until 1pm, when we’ll begin hayride tours down to the pumpkin patch to choose  your Jack O Lantern…they look amazing this year!

IN YOUR SHARE THIS WEEK:

  • Apples ~ Gala variety
  • Carrots
  • Turnips, Hakurai variety
  • Collards
  • Peppers
  • Eggplant
  • Celeriac
  • Onions
  • Delicata Squash
  • Stir Fry Mix
  • Leeks

RECIPES:

Apple & Root Vegetable Hash

Celery Root & Apple Remoulade

Leek-Celery Root Stuffing

Garlic Delicata Squash

Winter Squash Rolls

Maple-Glazed Turnips & Carrots

Oh my goodness! Hard to believe this is the next to the last Standard Season share! This season seemed to go so quickly. This week’s box surely represents the fall season. We are putting in the very last of the eggplant, and really combed each plant to make sure to find one for each member! Some may be a little small, but I’m sure they will be tasty. As the summer crops recede, we make room for the hearty veggies such as squashes and in your box for the first time this season, Celeriac root! Hope you all enjoyed the bag of Stir Fry Mix you received two weeks ago…we’ll have another for you this week. I sautéed mine with onions, garlic, apples and added some apple cider vinegar to finish…a perfect combination of sweet and sour!

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For those of you who have never tried one before this alien looking beauty has a distinct, refreshing flavor reminiscent of a cross between celery and parsley.

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Celery root stores well at cool temperatures, so keep it in the veggie crisper in the fridge. I’ve included some recipes that sound delicious, and you can also find more recipes on our website in the last few season’s Blogs and also in the archived box notes, from when we were “old  school”..  First time in the box this season, delicious Gala apples from Mt. Hood Organics….

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The mornings are darker as we circle up at 7am….won’t be long before we move the start time to 7:30am so we can see what we’re harvesting!

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Josh and Jeremy with their leek cache….quite a harvest!

Neighbor Farmer Feature:

This week I’d like to introduce you to the farmer family at Just Earth Farm!

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Just Earth Farm is a family farm run by Winter Green Farm CSA members Joe Ramagli and Susanne Stover. Their raw milk herdshare operation recently became the 12th raw milk farm in North America to be listed by the Raw Milk Institute (RAWMI). You can read more about RAWMI’s Common Standards for safe raw milk production for human consumption here.

Just Earth Farm is committed to ecological grazing and other production practices that heal the Earth, unwavering commitment to zero pesticide residues through organic-only feed and pasture, and helping to build the community’s health and well-being through providing whole, nourishing food. They love seeing their farm’s products help people improve their health!

The cows on the farm enjoy the good life, so that they can produce the safest, sweetest, and most nutritionally balanced milk possible. Although Just Earth Farm is not certified organic, every single input on the farm is either certified organic or non-certified organic. The certified organic bedding straw, alfalfa, and meadow hay are all grown in Oregon, and any cows who eat grain are fed certified organic grain and supplements at milking times. Cows have access to 15 free-choice minerals to keep their bodies in ultimate health and balance, so that illness is a rarity on the farm. If any do become ill, they are treated with homeopathic, herbal, and dietary remedies, with antibiotics used only in extreme cases as a last resort.

Susanne and Joe run their farm alongside their Jersey and Dutch Belted milk cows, a flock of pastured laying hens, their son Cedar, newborn Aurelia, some crazy cats, and lots of friends and family helping to keep the farm in tip-top shape. They invite all potential members to come see the farm and taste the milk.

To learn more or schedule your farm tour, contact Susanne at 541-321-2707 or susanne@justearthfarm.com

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

Linda and all of the Winter Green Farmers

 

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