BGF News - October 24, 2017-Vol. XXXIII, No.20
|A "little" cold weather collard harvest to finish out the season|
In this week’s box:
Hot Peppers: Wenk's (orange, jalapeno-like) & Helios (orange habanero) (in the sm. plastic bag)
Kohlrabi: Vienna Purple &/or Vienna White
Sweet Peppers: asst.
Winter Squash: Butternut
Winter Squash: Butternut
And perhaps one of the following:
Broccoli: Belstar or Gypsy
Broccoli: Belstar or Gypsy
For those with the Egg option [full & half shares]: one dozen free-range eggs (assorted colors)
For those with the Herb option: chives, peppermint & lemon thyme
Featured Recipes: ** indicates a BGF favorite
Asian Kohlrabi Leaves
Kickin Collard Greens
Napa Cabbage & Carrots with Rice Wine-Oyster Sauce
Curried Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk
What’s up on the farm?Precipitation in the past week: 1.40"
|Washing carrots after 1.40" of rain, "What a difference a spray makes..."|
We had a special treat mid last week when the staff of Practical Farmers of Iowa spent the day with us, helping out on a number of seasonal tasks including weeding the new strawberry plot, harvesting winter squash, caging fruit trees and prepping 140 pounds of seed garlic for planting. WE can't thank them enough for all their help, humor and friendship!
|PFI staff "cloving out" seed garlic|
VegEmail Sales: This year instead of a Winter CSA, we are trying something new. We tested out this system late last winter and it worked well, so this fall we are rolling it out for the whole "backside of the calendar." Starting the week of Nov 7th we will send out an email with a link to an order form that lists all of the produce/products that we have available for sale that week. If you see things you would like to purchase, just fill out the order form and then meet us that following Tuesday at Peace Tree in DM or the Grand in Knox. Payment is due at the pickup. We will do it (nearly) every 2 weeks from Nov to the start of market in May. If you were a member of the CSA in the past year or ordered during the Jan-May VegEmail season earlier this year then you are on the email list.
Final outdoor Farmers Market: This Saturday, October 28th
VegEmail sales begin: Tuesday, November 7th
Fall indoor farmers market: November 17-18, at Capitol Square in DM
Winter indoor farmers market: December 15-16, at Capitol Square in DM
A little detail on your produce this week:
Broccoli: Wrap broccoli loosely in a plastic bag and keep it in the vegetable bin of your refrigerator for up to a week. Immediately before cooking, soak broccoli, head down, in cold, salted water (1 teaspoon salt to a 8 cups of water) for 5 minutes. Any [organic] critters will float to the top where you can rescue them or allow them to suffer a salty death. (Note: If you soak broccoli in salt water before storing, it will become too rubbery and wilted to enjoy.) Slice the juicy, edible stems and use them wherever florets are called for. Peel particularly thick skin before using
Kohlrabi: If you plan to use it soon, wrap the whole unwashed kohlrabi—stem, stalks, leaves, and all—in a plastic bag and keep it in the refrigerator. Otherwise, remove the stalks and greens from the bulb and use them within a week. Store the bulb in another plastic bag in the fridge and use it within two weeks. Rinse kohlrabi under cold running water just before use. Unless the skin seems particularly tough, kohlrabi does not have to be
peeled. Just trim off the remains of the stalks and root. Grate, slice, or chop kohlrabi as desired. There are lots of great kohlrabi recipes out there, but our favorite is the most simple, just slice and serve chilled with a sprinkle of sea salt.
Napa Cabbage: Store Napa cabbage whole in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. To prepare the entire head at once, cut it in half lengthwise, remove the core, and chop as desired. Or, separate and wash individual leaves as needed.
Peppers: Place whole, unwashed peppers in a plastic bag, seal, and refrigerate for a week or more. Rinse peppers just before use. For sweet peppers, cut around the stem with a small knife and lift out the core. Slice down the side to open it up and then cut out the inner membranes. Store unused portions in a sealed bag or container in the refrigerator.
Winter Squash: Store winter squash in a cool, dry, dark place with good ventilation for up to a month, depending on the variety. Once squash has been cut, you can wrap the pieces in plastic and refrigerate them for five to seven days. To make it easier to prep winter squash for your recipe, try the prebaking method: pierce the squash to allow heat to escape while it is in the oven, then bake the squash whole at 350° F until it is just barely tender to the poke of the finger, 20 to 30 minutes. This softens the shell and makes cutting and peeling much easier.
A few other details: All of your GREENS will keep best if stored in a plastic bag, with the top folded over and placed in the produce drawer of your refrigerator.
* NOTE: You will notice over the course of the season that some box contents listed above say "Perhaps one of the following..." These are items that we can’t harvest in sufficient quantities for the whole CSA to receive at one time. We do track who gets what and we will do our best to ensure that everyone eventually receives each item. On some items this may take several weeks, so please be patient.
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That’s about it this week, if you have any questions or comments be sure to let us know.
Best from the farm,
Jill & Sean (and Luci & Indigo)