West Hartford Pickup Week 21

November 1, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Adamah farm endured Sandy relatively unscathed. Everyone is safe, the fields did not flood, the soil did not sustain much erosion and the veggies stood tall and strong through the storm.

The main building of the Isabella Freedman campus did take a hit, however, when a one-hundred year old tree fell across the roof. No one was hurt and removing the tree from its clean slice through the building proved more straightforward than any of us imagined. Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGmCvkWzoSo.

We are thinking of all of you and hoping that you fared well. The might of this week’s weather reminds us, yet again, how interconnected we are and how relevant the climate is to our lives. We are grateful that you recognize this and choose to throw your lot in with a local farm, tying your meals to the weather in a truly meaningful way.

“Unusually” severe weather events have become increasingly “usual” over the past few years. No individual event can be traced to the role humans play in climate change but the trend is indeed connected. Reducing your carbon footprint with a diet based around local, organic vegetables is one of those small steps toward a more reslient society that we should each be proud of, especially when it tastes so good and is so nutritious.

CSA Fair

November 15th is the last CSA delivery of the season and Adamah will be at the JCC to celebrate! Join us when you pick up your share and feel free to invite any friends or family who want to learn more about the CSA.

4-7pm
Adamah Market and Sampling
Apple Cider Pressing
Meet the Farmers
Registration for 2013 CSA Shares

5:30 – 6pm
Q&A and Goat Gurt Smoothies with Adamah – Folks can learn more about the farm, Adamah, Isabella Freedman, vegetables, how the CSA works and the broader food system from an Adamah panel

Harvest Notes

Broccoli Raab (large shares only) is also called rapini and it is a delicious, mustardy vegetable whose stalks, leaves and buds are all good for cooking. This website gives a good introduction http://whatscookingamerica.net/BroccoliRaab.htm

Sunshine Squash (large shares only) is in the kubocha family. The flesh is very thick and it is incredibly rich and creamy when roasted.

Butternut Squash did very well on our farm this season so you will receive a number of them. It is a very versatile squash that stores for months.

Sorrel If you have a hankering for sour, sorrel is a much more delicious alternative to sour patch kids or lemonheads. Yonah (9) and Ibby (4), who spend a lot of time in the Adamah fields, eat raw sorrel by the fistful right off the plant. If raw sorrel isn’t quite your bag, try adding it as an herb to meat or making a soup like this one http://nymag.com/listings/recipe/sorrel-soup/.

Leeks are delicious slow cooked and added to jsut about any dish that calls for an allium.

Kale is a versatile super food whose health benefits argue that the old addage be changed to “a serving of kale a day keeps the doctor away”.

Purple Top Storage Turnips are a hearty fall crop for soups and roasts. Check out a few ideas here http://waywardseed.com/products/recipes/p-69.html

Sorrel is a relatively uncommon, tart herb. Try it raw, chopped up onto a salad or in soup.

Onions These onions will store for months.

Lettuce doesn’t fare too well in below freezing temperatures so we went ahead and harvested the whole patch before this weekend’s cold weather. Everyone will get at least one large head of lettuce and large shares will also get a few small heads.

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