I know, you’re probably wondering what the photo of the bumble bee has to do with a smorgasbord. Well, nothing really. I just saw a bumble bee on these flowers along the edge of our driveway when I went out to get the mail today, so took photo of it. I thought it was pretty an decided to share it with you.
And now, what do I mean by a Smorgasbord of Everything? It means that since this is the last CSA box of the season for the half share members, I’m filling the boxes with all of the different things I still have left on the farm, but not every box will be exactly the same. So here are some of the things you’ll find:
All boxes will have:
Apples – we harvested apples this week, and since we grow about 30 different varieties, so we mixed a whole bunch of different kinds together into one bag. Some of the varieties you’ve heard of such as: Zestar, Honeycrisp, Regent, Cortland, MacIntosh, Beacon, Honey Gold, Chestnut Crab, and Haralson. Then there are some varieties you’ve never heard of such as: Striped Harvey, Famouse, Minnesota 1734, Empire, and Kaneb Sweet. I guarantee you will have lots of fun tasting and comparing them all….even though you won’t know which one is which. However, please note…the apples have not been washed at all. In fact you will see some that have some freckles of dirt on the skins. No worries, it may look ugly, and if you really want to remove it you can scrub it off with a scrub brush. But just beware that there have been many birds lounging in these trees throughout the growing season…. if you know what I mean….
Winter Squash – you’ll find either an acorn, buttercup, butternut, or red kuri squash. The acorn and buttercup squash are dark green with bright orange flesh; Butternut squash is tan with orange flesh, and the red kuri is bright orange with orange flesh.
Grapes – I have a huge grape crop this year, and they just keep on giving. So you’ll have another carton of table grapes for snacking or making jam.
Green and/or ripe heirloom tomatoes – You’ve had a lot of experience with the ripe tomatoes, but the green tomatoes offer you a couple of options. 1.) you can let them sit on your kitchen counter and they will ripen up just like the ones you’ve enjoyed all summer. 2.) you can pickle them or prepare fried green tomatoes and try Jim’s Aunt Mary’s recipe on our website.
Herbs – some type of herb, either sage, parsley, or thyme. I’m sure you will recognize parsley, so for the boxes that have either sage or thyme, I will put a label on it for you.
Peppers – the hearty pepper plants bounced back after being attacked by both the deer (in the hoop house) and the groundhog. Both the sweet peppers and the hot peppers made a comeback, so you’ll find a little of each.
Random appearances – these items will be randomly placed so you’ll just have to see what surprises I’ll have in store for you.
Beets and/or beet greens – even though the deer in the hoop house really munched them down, some of them survived and many of the greens grew back. For those beets that really got chomped, you’ll see that the root has been removed, but the greens are still nice and edible.
Swiss chard – large leaves of greens with colorful stems of red, pink, yellow or white.
Potatoes – red, white, yellow, or blue, just like you’ve seen over the past few weeks.
Kale – dino or red Russian varieties.
Artichokes – one or two here and there.
And now, for the half share members, the season has come to a close. Full share members you have one more week to go. All of you will find an evaluation form and self-addressed, stamped envelope. I would really appreciate your feedback on your experience with the Sapsucker Farms CSA this year.
As for next year… I will no longer be doing a CSA. While I will continue to grow organic fruits and vegetables, I will be pursuing a new direction for the growing operation. For those of you who are interested in a CSA, I highly recommend Fresh Starts Farm located right here in Mora. This is a wonderful farm with lots of experience growing vegetables, and their CSA serves the Mora, Cambridge and Duluth markets.
Meanwhile…in other news from the farm…
We are delighted to announce our newest Yellow Belly Small Batch Hard Cider flavor: Barrel Aged. This is our cider blend that has been aged in oak bourbon barrels. It’s very smooth, with a delicious balance of apples and a very slight note of bourbon and oak. It is now available in Mora, and is rolling out in retail stores and restaurants across the Twin Cities and the rest of Minnesota.
Thank you all for your support.
I want to thank each and everyone of you for supporting our farm. I hope that you have enjoyed your experience with the Sapsucker Farms CSA, and I certainly hope I get to see you at the Mora Farmers market, or when I’m doing a Yellow Belly tasting at stores across the Twin Cities and other parts of Minnesota.
Cheers to you all,