Hello CSA Full Share members,
This week is the last CSA box for the season. Despite the snow, I really do still have fresh produce to put into your boxes, thanks to the high tunnel, and the fact that some crops like to be buried in snow. So here is what you’ll find in your box this week:
Green heirloom tomatoes – you have a choice with these. You can either set them on your window sill and let them ripen up, or you can make some fried green tomatoes. I’ve included Jim’s aunt Mary’s fried green tomato casserole on the website, if your interested in trying that. But please note, that as is typical of amazing cooks, they just wing it with the ingredients, and there is no such thing as using measuring cups.
Semi-ripe heirloom tomatoes – Some heroic tomatoes are almost ripe, so I’ve included some of them too. They will need a little more time on your window sill, but they’ll be ripe soon. Considering that they’ve been exposed to the cold elements, they won’t be quite as tasty as the summer tomatoes, but they will be great to cook them up and use them in chili, stew, or soup.
Peppers – sweet and hot
Cucumbers – two more this week
Winter squash – either a buttercup or a butternut squash
Kale – This hearty green can easily tolerate the cold. This week you’ll find two varieties – dino and curly kale. Both are delish, and both can be used in any kale recipe you find.
[Hopefully] Swiss Chard – Why do I say “hopefully?” While this green does have tolerance to the cold, it’s not as tolerant as kale. I picked some today for the folks in St. Cloud and it was doing well. But we have more hard frost on the way, so we will see how it survives later in the week. You’re probably wondering “why don’t you pick it right now for everyone later this week??” Good question. The answer is that Swiss chard wilts really fast, so if I pick it now, it’ll be wilted later… such a dilemma. Fingers crossed.
Beets with greens – a few small beets complete with greens attached. The greens are terrific to add to a salad, or sauté as a side dish. Here are a few beet and greens recipes to consider too.
Please complete the survey that was provided in last week’s box. Your feedback is very helpful as I begin planning for the 2014 CSA season.
As usual, the delivery/pick-up schedule is as follows:
St. Cloud – delivered to your offices on Tuesday morning
Made of Mora – ready for pick-up by 11:00 on Thursday
Sapsucker Farms – ready anytime after noon on Thursday or Friday
Cambridge City Market Co-op – ready for pick-up by 10:00 on Friday
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Thank you so very much for supporting our farm. We hope that you have enjoyed the produce and we look forward to serving you in 2014.
Bountiful blessings to you all,