West Hartford CSA Pickup 20October 25, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Wow, twenty CSA shares delivered and only three left of the season! Together we have made our way through the delicate greens of spring, the colorful fruits of summer and have arrived at the hardy roots of fall. All in all it has been a fantastic crop with the average weekly large share valued at $36.38. This marks a 39% discount over our farmer’s market prices, an incredible value and we hope the weather cooperates well enough so that we can provide such a value to members every year.
This fall a few of our more common veggies didn’t do as well as we would have liked – our last succession of carrots succumbed to deer pressure and the broccoli found its roots too wet after these heavy rains. However, the overall outlook for these last few deliveries is good. You will get a chance to delve into some of the less common roots our region has to offer like rutabega, turnips and radishes while squash, onions and greens should also make their way to that final, pre-Thanksgiving delivery.
Daikon Radishes are a main ingredient in our kimchi. They are a popular East Asian vegetable for sushi or stir-fry. I once had a Japanese Daikon Radish cake that was out of this world. For the ambitious cooks among us, check it out: Daikon Mochi. You can find a few more ideas here: Daikon Ideas. This may be a good sushi week with all of the Asian veggies you’ll be receiving
Komatsuna is an Asian cooking green with a mustard flavor. It is great in stir-fry or braised.
Bok Choi (large share only) is another Asian green that would go well combined with komatsuna, or left on its own. You can stir-fry it, braise it, or marinate it for a raw salad.
Broccoli (large share only) hasn’t done well on our farm this fall. We had hoped to give you loads of this popular vegetable but the area we planted it in ended up very wet. The heads did not grow very well and some of them weren’t of high quality. Alas, we are happy to be ablt to give out a little bit of broccoli and we will have to wait for next spring to harvest a healthier crop of it.
Salad Mix is comprised of baby mustards and lettuce.
Delicata and Jester Winter Squash are similar in texture and cooking quality. The both have relatively thin, edible skins and cook more quickly than other squash. Each share gets to choose one of these. The seeds of all these squash you have been receiving are quite useful as well. Ben, one of this year’s Adamah fellows, has not only been roasting them to eat but in his infinite creativity has been blending and pressing them (using a soymilk maker) into a milky drink! Here is some more information about roasting seeds for snacking Roasted Squash Seed
Pie Pumpkins (large shares only) can decorate your home all the way through holloween and then make their way into pie by Thanksgiving. They will store well and have a deliciously silky flesh for pies, soups, ravioli filling, roasted veggies or any other winter squash dish.
Sage goes great with the fall root and winter squash flavor profile. I like to chop it finely and saute it for a squash soup topping or roasted veggie medley.
Onions These onions will store for months.
Garlic came in relatively short supply this year. We just planted half of next year’s crop with a group of one hundred and fifty 7th graders who spent their class trip away from New York City here on the farm. They had a lot of fun learning about this robust fall-planted crop and getting their hands dirty. We are planting a lot this year in hopes of having many more deliveries of garlic next season.
Purple Top Storage Turnip is a hardy root. It isn’t so good raw, like the small white turnips you have received in your shares thus far. Rather, it makes incredible soups and cooked veggie dishes. My favorite thing to do with these is to slice them very thin, coat them in olive oil, salt, pepper and perhaps a bit of sage or other fall herb, and then roast them at 375 in the oven. They take longer to boil or roast than potatoes or other root veggies, so be sure to put them in first if you are cooking them togeher.