West Hartford CSA Pickup Week 19

October 23, 2014 at 1:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Harvest Notes October 23rd 2014

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Beets Cylindrical beets are east to slice and incredibly sweet! Try roasting them in the oven for some candy that doubles as a good iron source. These should store very well so there is no rush in using them this week.

Pie Pumpkins Decorate for Holloween and then make a pie after the holiday! These pumpkins are delicious for pumpkin soup, pie filling, or curries. If you want to preserve it as an eating pumpkin I recommend resisting the urge to place it on your front stoop or carve a scary face into it:)

Scallions These green onions work well for stir-fries, salads, dips, curries, or soups.

Eggplant The very last of these summer vegetables. It has been a great eggplant year and we hope you have enjoyed them!

Bell Peppers You’ll notice that some of these 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. Peppers freeze very well raw- just cut them up, lay them out on a cookie sheet, freeze, and then transfer the frozen peppers to a ziploc bag.

Hakurai Turnips These juicy turnips are perfect for raw salads or snacks. You can also roast these in the oven or saute them. I always cut them right before serving as they dry out and take on a certain bitterness if left chopped in the fridge. The greens are delicious! Separate them from the root and store separately in the fridge. Steam them lightly for a nutritious, bright green side dish or toss them into soups, stir-fries, and curries.

Salad Radishes Try roasting these in the oven with turnips or just slicing them up for raw salads. Some people like radish greens and others find them too tough to eat.

Butterhead Lettuce This lettuce is well described by its name. It forms a buttery, blanched head like a loose cabbage.

Arugula This spicy green is eaten raw in salads or cooked like any mustard green. Try making arugula pesto or filling for filo dough creations.

Cayenne These peppers are are spicy and dry very well.

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

Beets

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Pie Pumpkins

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Scallions

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Peppers

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Eggplant

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Turnips & Radishes

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Butterhead Lettuce

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Arugula

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Hot Peppers

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Sage

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