CSA Week #20 ~ First Late Season Share

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

This is the first of the Late Season deliveries…..if you are NOT participating in the Late Season and would rather not continue to receive the weekly BLOG then you can scroll on down to the bottom of this post and unsubscribe there. If you are a Half Share Late Season member, you will be receiving this post even if it’s not your week to pick up a share. If you have questions about when your pickup day is, please call/email the farm office and I will be happy to help you.

WHAT WILL BE IN YOUR SHARE THIS WEEK:

  • Pears
  • Cauliflower
  • Lettuce
  • Swiss Chard
  • Butternut Squash
  • Kuri Squash
  • Fennel
  • Onions
  • Golden Beets
  • Stir Fry Mix
  • Radishes

RECIPES:

Maple Roasted Red Kuri Squash w/Lemon & Garlicky Greens

Braised Red Kuri Squash

Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna

Shaved Butternut & Carrot Salad w/Dates & Sunflower Seeds

Butternut-Pear Soup

Squash Pot Stickers

Swiss Chard, Fennel & White Bean Gratin

RoastedFennel Pesto w/Fennel Fronds, Toasted Almonds & Garlic

Greetings and welcome to the Late Season! We’re so glad you’ve decided to continue on and we’ll be feeding you a little bit longer. It felt strange this week not to be harvesting and readying for a Tuesday/Wednesday delivery this week. We didn’t spend the time idle, I can assure you! The crew has been quite busy harvesting for wholesale orders, and digging up burdock root….that’s right, it’s that time of year once again! There’s nothing like the sweet smell of burdock to signal that fall is really here. If you’re a burdock lover, you’ll be finding it at our markets soon, and in local groceries.

The weather was quite challenging today, and our crew was out in the rain a lot. The harvesting was very muddy, and did their best to clean the veggies well, but you might see residual mud on some of the radish greens…a quick wash should remedy that!

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Last Saturday was our end of season Harvest Celebration and our 25th anniversary of offering our CSA program to the community. I guess Mother Nature got the invitation because she sure decided she would like to attend! She definitely made her presence known! We didn’t let the weather deter us, and the party went on as planned, although under cover for the most part, with the exception of the hayrides down to the pumpkin patch to retrieve Jack O’ Lanterns. They were huge and beautiful this year! To make our hayride more weather friendly, Chris and

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Jimi turned it into a “conestoga wagon” of sorts, and it kept folks mainly dry. Thanks to all

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of  you who braved the storm to attend…the food was amazing, as usual, and we had lots to keep us entertained….Elizabeth Lutz, the face painter extraordinaire blessed us with her presence, and sent everyone away with their hearts desire on their faces, even Jabrila!

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Of course, we pressed apple cider again…Wali was in charge but he had many helpers!

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They all had a great time, but not as much fun as Jeremy and Kiegan had harvesting the apples….they didn’t waste time handpicking each one though! They made short work of the task by Kiegan climbing the tree and shaking the apples down..some even actually landed in the bins, and on the tarp they spread below the tree!

We had some crafts for the children to fool around with and the Circle of Children folks were here to help make seed balls. The Circle of Children folks were gifted 60 acres of property on Triangle Lake with a fully-developed Conference & Retreat Center. They began operating on this land in January of 2012, and the property title was officially received in 2014. The center is surrounded by 180 acres of private wildlife preserve. Their facilities include a commercial-sized kitchen, dining hall, giant activity barn with a theater stage, lodges, cabins, offices, residential houses and lake access with a private dock.

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Chance, Sonia, Ashley and Astraya making seed balls

Some of their goals are to offer project based learning, youth programs, and family camps throughout the year. They are especially enthusiastic about offering the conference center to groups that are interested in exploring creative ways to integrate children into worships and classes. The sustainability of the center is made possible by voluntary contributions, and works on a “pay it forward” model. They welcome donations and visits!

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The children loved making the seed balls with clay, compost and seeds. They also learned about pollinators and how important they are. They took the seed balls home to dry and in the Spring they will throw them out into fields and forests!

We hope you all enjoy your first Late Season fall box….have a great weekend!

❤️ Linda and all of your farmers

 

 

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