West Hartford CSA – Final Pickup!

November 20, 2013 at 11:50 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Thank you for helping to form a healthier, more ecologically sound, and more just food system in our area! For the past twenty-three weeks young farmers have worked with the soil, the sun, and the (often challenging) weather to bring you a colorful array of healthy foods. Your commitment to our CSA has allowed the Adamah fellows to grow as leaders while donating fresh food to local folks in need and contributing to a vibrant regional economy that is less dependent on fossil fuel. Despite extreme challenges from our modern climate, the CSA community was able to enjoy loads of local, organic food thanks to the hard work of the farmers and the commitment of members. We wish you a wonderfully warm season of hunkering down with storage roots, apple crisps, and the last of the fresh greens.

2014 CSA Registration

Please join us again next season! You can find all the details and link to our secure payment and registration website by visiting http://jewishlocalgreens.wordpress.com/

Harvest Notes November 14th2013

In honor of our final CSA delivery the Adamah farmers came up with some vegetable puns while washing root veggies in cold water.

Carrots If you carrot for these orange beauties very carrotfully, they will store for a long time in a bag in your refrigerator.

BeetsThese veggies can’t be beet for storage quality and sweet earthiness. Try shredding them along with cabbage and carrots for a colorful raw salad, roasting them for candied root veggies, or making borscht with your turnips, cabbage and/or other greens.

Turnips These storage roots turnip each fall and can be mashed or roasted for a lower carb, nutritionally unique, flavorful alternative to the potatoes that we lost in early summer storms. Storage roots like turnips can last for months in the crisper of your refrigerator.

Kale The heavy rains of early summer limited our kale and broccoli production this season so we are glad to give out both of these incredible greens this week. This variety goes by many names including dinosaur, toscano, Italian, and lacinato. Other greens kale in comparison to this particularly dark, healthy variety!

Cauliflower OR BroccoliHard frosts like the ones we have received recently concentrate the sugars in many greens including broccoli, cauliflower, kale, spinach, and cabbage. You are likely to find all of these crops sweeter than usual.

Spinach These should be delicious raw for salad or cooked in a soup or saute. The soon you eat them, the healthier and crisper they will be.

Cabbage My dad recently called me up with this recipe for cabbage steaks which is apparently all the rage in the internet recipe world. These heads should store well for a few weeks at least if kept humd in the refrigerator.

Apples Our expectations of blemish-free fruit drive many farmers to spray their trees to get rid of aesthetic problems like the fly speck discoloration you will find on this week’s apples. It is clear from the looks of these delicious, fresh, New England apples that no harsh chemicals or even potentially problematic organic sprays have been applied

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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Beets

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Broccoli

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Radish

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Spinach

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Kale

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Oregano

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Turnips

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Apples

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Cassie Harvesting Turnips

Cassie Harvesting Turnips

Washing Roots

Washing Roots

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