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

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Rutabega

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Scallions

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Eggplant

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Peppers

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Lettuce Heads

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Arugula

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Onions

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Cabbage

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Apples

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