West Hartford CSA Pickup Week 22

November 7, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It would not be a complete Adamah CSA season without a hurricane and a fall snow storm, so I guess we are right about on schedule!

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.

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

Beets come in two shapes on our farm, red and cylindrical. They taste and cook the same and we are sending both kinds to the CSA pickup. You have good ingredients for borscht in your share this week with the onions and cabbage. You could also try this recipe I found from Red Fire Farm, where I once worked, that combines beets, winter squash and goat cheese into a delicious looking strudel: http://redfirefarm.com/recipes/maindishes.html#beetstrudel

Rutabega is a lot like a turnip but with a richer, more earthy flavor. It cooks the same way as a turnip- taking longer to boil or roast than a potato. It will store for a long time in the crisper in your refrigerator so you can use it over Thanksgiving or even weeks after. Red Fire Farm has another recipe that combines two items in your share this week: http://redfirefarm.com/recipes/sides.html#squashpuree

Butternut Squash stores best in a dry cabinet at room temperature.

Cabbage This is the autumn of the small cabbage here at Adamah. Most of our cabbages were planted in a very wet area and just never grew as big as we would have liked. I love cabbage for its ability to soak up the flavors of seasoning and other ingredients in a mixed dish. My favorite way to prepare cabbage is roasted in the oven with a little olive oil, sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper.

Mint We always like to include a few sprigs of an herb in the CSA shares. Mint is soothing to the stomach and makes a tasty tea when steeped in hot water.

Salad Mix We harvested these fancy baby mustards and lettuce in the snow! We were racing the beautiful onslought, trying to get your salad mix in before it was buried. I am a bit concerned that the quality may have been compromised by the sudden snow fall, freezing temperatures during harvest, and the fact that we couldn’t clearly see the greens we were picking under the snow. The mix looks good overall but it might not last quite as long as we are all used to, so you might want to eat it in the next few days.

Red Onions We have noticed that a few of our onions have bad layers. Hopefully, you won’t find such a case but if you do, you can usually compost those layers and rinse off the rest to for use.

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