West Hartford CSA – Final Pickup!

November 20, 2013 at 11:50 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Thank you for helping to form a healthier, more ecologically sound, and more just food system in our area! For the past twenty-three weeks young farmers have worked with the soil, the sun, and the (often challenging) weather to bring you a colorful array of healthy foods. Your commitment to our CSA has allowed the Adamah fellows to grow as leaders while donating fresh food to local folks in need and contributing to a vibrant regional economy that is less dependent on fossil fuel. Despite extreme challenges from our modern climate, the CSA community was able to enjoy loads of local, organic food thanks to the hard work of the farmers and the commitment of members. We wish you a wonderfully warm season of hunkering down with storage roots, apple crisps, and the last of the fresh greens.

2014 CSA Registration

Please join us again next season! You can find all the details and link to our secure payment and registration website by visiting http://jewishlocalgreens.wordpress.com/

Harvest Notes November 14th2013

In honor of our final CSA delivery the Adamah farmers came up with some vegetable puns while washing root veggies in cold water.

Carrots If you carrot for these orange beauties very carrotfully, they will store for a long time in a bag in your refrigerator.

BeetsThese veggies can’t be beet for storage quality and sweet earthiness. Try shredding them along with cabbage and carrots for a colorful raw salad, roasting them for candied root veggies, or making borscht with your turnips, cabbage and/or other greens.

Turnips These storage roots turnip each fall and can be mashed or roasted for a lower carb, nutritionally unique, flavorful alternative to the potatoes that we lost in early summer storms. Storage roots like turnips can last for months in the crisper of your refrigerator.

Kale The heavy rains of early summer limited our kale and broccoli production this season so we are glad to give out both of these incredible greens this week. This variety goes by many names including dinosaur, toscano, Italian, and lacinato. Other greens kale in comparison to this particularly dark, healthy variety!

Cauliflower OR BroccoliHard frosts like the ones we have received recently concentrate the sugars in many greens including broccoli, cauliflower, kale, spinach, and cabbage. You are likely to find all of these crops sweeter than usual.

Spinach These should be delicious raw for salad or cooked in a soup or saute. The soon you eat them, the healthier and crisper they will be.

Cabbage My dad recently called me up with this recipe for cabbage steaks which is apparently all the rage in the internet recipe world. These heads should store well for a few weeks at least if kept humd in the refrigerator.

Apples Our expectations of blemish-free fruit drive many farmers to spray their trees to get rid of aesthetic problems like the fly speck discoloration you will find on this week’s apples. It is clear from the looks of these delicious, fresh, New England apples that no harsh chemicals or even potentially problematic organic sprays have been applied

Storage Guide for This Week’s Share

CROP

SHORT STORAGE LIFE

(eat first)

MED STORAGE LIFE

(4-10 days)

LONG STORAGE LIFE

(2-6 wks)

STORE IN FRIDGE IN BAG

STORE ON COUNTER

FREEZES WELL

Carrots

*

*

Beets

*

*

Broccoli

*

*

*

Radish

*

*

Spinach

*

*

*

Kale

*

*

*

Oregano

*

*

Turnips

*

*

Apples

*

*

Cassie Harvesting Turnips

Cassie Harvesting Turnips

Washing Roots

Washing Roots

West Hartford CSA Pickup Week 22

November 7, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Join us for the Season’s Last Pickup at our New Location- Beth David Synagogue

BETH DAVID SYNAGOGUE will be the new pickup site for 2014 shares.  It is located at Farmington Avenue & Dover Road and you can enter from the  parking lot on Dover.

Thursday November 14th’s pickup will also be at Beth David for EVERYONE, including aleph and bet members, from  4:00pm – 6:45pm.

We will celebrate the 2013 season with opportunities to
• Buy pickles, jams, and cheese

• Meet some of the farmers who have grow your food

• Make apple cider and wild ferments

• Get early bird discounts on registration for 2014 shares

sHarvest Notes November 7th2013

Roots and greens rule the fall harvest and this week is no exception.

Carrots These store beautifully if you keep them in a bag in the fridge to prevent them from getting wobbly and dried out.

Cauliflower OR Romanesco These two veggies cook quite similarly. They are both delicious raw with a creamy dip or roasted with olive oil. Each bud of the Romanesco is composed of a series of smaller buds arranged in a logarithmic spiral, forming a natural fractal.

Winter Squash The early summer hail and floods reaked havoc on our winter squash crop as they require a long season so there are only a few per share. Whether you chose butternut, acorn, or jester (the striped yellow and green squash) you can learn more about your variety here. These store best at about 55 degrees with 60% humidity.

Salad Mix Be sure to leave your bag of greens open so it has an opportunity to dry.

Watermelon RadishThese long storing radishes are quite pretty and can be used raw or cooked. Try this salad recipe or some of these ideas.

Turnips Like rutabagas, turnips have an earthy flavor and can be mashed or roasted for a lower carb, nutritionally unique, flavorful alternative to the potatoes that we lost in early summer storms. Storage roots like turnips can last for months in the crisper of your refrigerator.

Mustard Greens These cooking greens can be steamed using this simple recipe for a vitamin rich meal.

Apples We harvest these from a nearby orchard and the aesthetic blemishes, namely a discoloration called “fly speck” which does not affect the taste or quality of the apples, are evidence that harsh chemicals are not sprayed.

OnionsThese troopers survived hail and flooding in the Sadeh. The small size and low quantities pales in comparison to our plentiful, giant onions from years past but the flavor is just as good.

Storage Guide for This Week’s Share

CROP

SHORT STORAGE LIFE

(eat first)

MED STORAGE LIFE

(4-10 days)

LONG STORAGE LIFE

(2-6 wks)

STORE IN FRIDGE IN BAG

STORE ON COUNTER

FREEZES WELL

Carrots

*

*

Watermelon Radish

*

*

Cauliflower/ Romanesco

*

*

*

Winter Squash

*

*

*

Salad Mix

*

*

Mustard Greens

*

*

*

Onions

*

*

Turnips

*

*

Apples

*

*

West Hartford Pickup Week 21

October 31, 2013 at 10:19 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Harvest NotesOctober 31st2013

We were finally hit hard enough with frost on Monday night (25 degrees) that even the high tunnel pepper and eggplant plants died. We harvested every last summer crop and lettuce head in preparation. From here on out, it will be cold hardy and storage veggies only.

Carrots The rest of the season’s carrots will be topped. These store beautifully if you keep them in a bag in the fridge so they don’t dry out.

Red Cabbage This is another good storage vegetable, not to mention a gorgeous vegetable all around.

Lettuce Head This is the very last of the lettuce for the season as it can’t survive a hard frost. We harvested them before they hit full size but hopefully you have enough there to put on sandwiches, or combine with other veggies for a full salad.

Peppers and Eggplant The last of summer!

Rutabega Very similar to turnips, rutabeagas store well and have an earthy flavor when either mashed or roasted. Check out some simple recipes here.

Scallions We had quite a bumper scallion crop this season. You can use these just like an onion in most dishes.

Arugula This spicy mustard green can be eaten raw in salad (perhaps with goat cheese, walnuts and apples) or cooked. Check out some ideas here.

Apples This could be a good pie or crisp week with all of these fall fruits. I once had a surprisingly delicious apple and onion bake at a potluck that you may want to try.

OnionsThese troopers survived hail and flooding in the Sadeh. The small size of these pales in comparison to our giant onions from years past but their flavor is just as good. Unfortunately, due to the hail and flooding of early summer, we will not have nearly the quantity of onions to distribute this season as we had in the past.

Storage Guide for This Week’s Share

 

CROP

SHORT STORAGE LIFE

(eat first)

MED STORAGE LIFE

(4-10 days)

LONG STORAGE LIFE

(2-6 wks)

STORE IN FRIDGE IN BAG

STORE ON COUNTER

FREEZES WELL

Carrots

*

*

Rutabega

*

*

Scallions

*

*

*

Eggplant

*

*

Peppers

*

*

*

Lettuce Heads

*

*

Arugula

*

*

*

Onions

*

*

Cabbage

*

*

Apples

*

*

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