West Hartford CSA Pickup Week 19

October 17, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Harvest Notes October 17th2013

This is a truly beautiful week for CSA shares. The array of colors mirrors the autumn landscape surrounding the farm.

 

Rainbow Carrots Woah, so beautiful! These may look eccentric but the original domesticated carrot was purple. Colored carrots have similar flavor to orange ones.

French Breakfast Radishes Salad radishes are back for fall! Enjoy them raw on salad or you can saute or roast them- perhaps with turnips. The greens are a bit tough but brave chefs do find uses for them.

Hakurai Salad Turnips These are juicy with a bit of a bite. The brown marks you may find due to pest damage can be easily removed. Like the radishes, you can eat these raw in salad or cook them up. The greens are delicious.

Red Pepper These long thin red peppers are sweet, not spicy.

Jalapenos Spice lovers probably appreciate the weekly dose of hot peppers. If you don’t fall into that category, consider sending them to the give-take box or to a heat tolerant neighbor.

Cilantro Try this herb with beans, stews or salads.

Cauliflower My favorite method for cooking cauliflower is roasting and it goes particularly well with romanesco.

Romanesco This psychadelic veggie cooks and tastes like cauliflower. Each bud is composed of a series of smaller buds arranged in a logarithmic spiral, forming a natural fractal. It makes a stunning raw snack with creamy dip.

Oakleaf Lettuce Dark red lettuce is healthy and gorgeous.

Apples We harvest these from a nearby orchard that does not use spray anything at all on their trees. You will therefor notice some aesthetic blemishes, namely a discoloration called “fly speck” which does not affect the taste or quality of the apples.

Tomatoes As long as the plants keep giving us a trickle of tomatoes we’ll keep sending them down to West Hartford.

OnionsThese troopers survived hail and flooding in the Sadeh. The small size of these pales in comparison to our usual 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 that 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

Tomato

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Carrots (W/out Greens)

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Radishets (W/out Greens)

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Turnips (W/out Greens)

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Greens from root veggies

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Cilantro

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Peppers

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Lettuce

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Cauliflower

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Onions

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Romanesco

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Apples

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Adamah fellow Danielle displays one of our best ever batches of kimchi

Adamah fellow Danielle displays one of our best ever batches of kimchi

Adamah fellows Maggie and Glick wash rainbow carrots to reveal the sparkling colors beneath the dirt

Adamah fellows Maggie and Glick wash rainbow carrots to reveal the sparkling colors beneath the dirt

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