West Hartford CSA Pickup Week 17

October 14, 2014 at 1:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Harvest Notes October 14th 2014

Potatoes These yellow fleshed potatoes are especially good mashed or roasted. Store in a cool, dark, dry place.

Jester Acorn Squash This fancy variety is a bit dryer than the green acorns and incredibly sweet. I have been roasting these in the oven by simply slicing them in half and coating in a little oil. Then I eat them with rice and a mango pickle I got from a South-Asian grocery store. The sweetness pairs well with the vinegar. My nine-month old daughter eats them gleafully without seasoning but lots of mess. If you don’t make it through all of your squash in a given week don’t worry! You can store them for weeks in your kitchen and for months if you have a cool, dry basement. As a bonus to the soft, sweet flesh of winter squash, the seeds are also delicious when separated from the flesh, layed out on a baking sheet, and roasted in the oven.

Onion Occasionally you may find that one layer of an onion is bad while the rest of it is perfectly good to eat. This is because each leaf of the onion plant corresponds to an onion layer. If one leaf goes bad then just one layer will also go downhill.

Hot Paper Lantern These hot peppers are my favorite- spicy with a good flavor. They dry very well.

Bell Peppers We harvested all of the bell peppers that were big enough this week because we were worried the plants would die in frost. You’ll notice that some of them are in the process of ripening from green to red. They will be a little sweeter than a green pepper but not quite as sweet as a red. Pepper freeze really well raw- just cut them up, lay them out on a cookie sheet, freeze, and then transfer the frozen peppers to a ziploc bag.

Romanesco This surprising looking 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.

Salad Mix This fancy mix of baby greens is an easy, ready to eat salad.

Sage A little bit of this herb goes a long way so be careful not to over-season with it. It is a good match for winter squash when sizzled in oil or you can make a simple tea with hot water. You can also dry it for later use by hanging it upside down.

Storage Guide for This Week’s Share

CROP

SHORT STORAGE LIFE

(eat first)

MED STORAGE LIFE

(1-2 weeks)

LONG STORAGE LIFE

(2 or more wks)

STORE IN FRIDGE IN BAG

STORE OUT OF FRIDGE

FREEZES WELL

DRIES WELL

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Winter Squash

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Onion

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Peppers

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Romanesco

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Salad Mix

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Sage

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