2017 CSA ~ Week 20 First week of the Late Season!

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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BOSC PEARS IN BOXES TODAY!

Today you will have Bosc Pears in your box…..Bosc Pears are harvested before they are ripe, and then they need to sit for a bit to ripen up. Set them in a cool, dry area, out of direct sunlight if possible, and you will know they are ripe when the give a little when you gently press your thumb or finger against the skin. Enjoy!

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TOMATO SAUCE AND STRAWBERRY SPREAD!

We have Tomato Sauce available for purchase right now and are expecting our new batch of Strawberry Spread to be ready soon. You can preorder either item and we will send it to your delivery site with your next CSA Share. The Tomato Sauce is $7.50/jar and $85/case of 12…..the Strawberry Spread is $4.50/jar and $50/case of 12.

WHAT’S IN YOUR SHARE THIS WEEK:

  • Bosc Pears
  • Stir Fry Mix
  • Cauliflower
  • Winter Squash ~ Carnival
  • Collards
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Onion
  • Napa Cabbage

RECIPES:

Fresh Spring Rolls w/Peanut Sauce

Stir-Fried Napa Cabbage w/Spicy Garlic Dressing

Beet & Carrot Salad w/Curry Dressing & Pistachios

Grilled Beet Baba Ghanoush

Puffed Cauliflower Cheese

Collard Greens, Cornmeal & Sausage Soup (Sopa de Fubá)

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The Carnival Winter Squash included in your share this week!

Welcome to the Late Season! We’re excited to  bring our winter fare to you for the next 5 weeks. It’s getting to be that time of year when we spend more time indoors, and cooking good food is always a favorite pastime, not to mention healthy and delicious! We’re pleased our food will be included in your menu.

Thanks so much for all of you who came out to the Harvest Celebration….we had a really great turnout, and the sun blessed us with warmth and light, and made the hay rides very enjoyable. Remember last year when it poured and we had to take hay rides in our Conestoga Wagon! We enjoyed delicious food at the potluck….everyone out did

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Elizabeth Lutz, face painter extraordinaire, creating a rainbow cat on Emily’s face

themselves with delicious dishes of baked ziti (three different varieties….thank you Amy!) as well as potato salad, root bakes, salads, biscuits, brownies, cookies and so much more. A feast to be remembered! Cider pressing went very well and thanks to the Urban Farm at the University of Oregon for lending us their wonderful cider press….we pressed enough for everyone to enjoy many glasses, as well as send some extra home with folks

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A happy member with her Phoenix rising.

who stayed until the end. Elizabeth Lutz made the trip out to adorn members with spectacular face painting…you can find her at the Saturday Market for the remainder of the season, and possibly at the Holiday Market this year. She is a fantastic artist and her creations just get better every year. Thanks also to our wonderful crew for helping to clean up the farm! She looks better than ever!

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Jabrila and Porter discussing the fine art of cider pressing

Now that we’re only harvesting one day a week for Friday and weekend delivery, that leaves us time in the beginning of the week to catch up on projects and get the farm ready to put to bed. While we still do harvest through out the winter months, most of the crops will finish up. For most of the remaining crew, we go down to a 4 day week, taking off on Mondays. This is the time of year when we begin to take up row cover from the fields, and store it away for next season. We take the plastic off of the Spanish tunnels that are used for Farmers Market crops no longer being grown…that helps to avoid issues when and if we have snow to deal with. The barn is being readied for the cows return, which will happen as Thanksgiving gets closer. No shortage of tasks to complete before winter sets in! And of course, there is the endless CSA box washing  to be done!

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Andrea and Emma cleaning up the CSA bins

We hope that you all have a lovely weekend….with the amount of rain predicted, seems like a good time to snuggle in a warm, cozy kitchen, making squash soup! Whatever you do, we hope you find joy in doing it, and we hope you enjoy your share this week!

Linda and all of the Winter Green Farmers

 

 

 

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