So we are in summer-to-fall transition time here at the farm – boy did it come fast this year! This is the time of year when summer crops start to drop off and we see the beginnings of the fall harvest manifest on the ground 🙂 The first of these fall crops you will see in your share this week is rutabaga! I know this doesn’t always start as everyone’s favorite vegetable, but I beg the skeptical to give this one another chance. If you have not appreciated rutabaga before, I strongly suggested making rutabaga fries in the oven. This is one of my favorite fall treats. For rutabaga fries: you just cut the rutabaga into wedges, batter them in olive oil, salt and maybe your favorite herb (oregano always works nicely), lay them flat on a pan and roast them in the oven at around 400 degrees until they are soft in the middle and crispy on the outside. After, take them out of the oven and dip them in ketchup and enjoy!
I know it seems a little early to dig into fall dishes, but with unusually cold weather like this (we have almost had two frosts! Luckily not, but that is scary for early September!), and with the large amounts of rain, our summer crops are not looking like they will hold out for all of September. So please forgive the small quantities of eggplants, peppers and squash that may be coming in the next couple weeks. We still have tomatoes, but fewer than in the past. This means we will just have to dig into those cool weather crops a little earlier than usual!
Before I move onto the share this week, I want to thank everyone who came out to the farm this past weekend for Open Farm Day and the Harvest Dinner. We were blessed at the Harvest Dinner with a beautiful starry night and amazing food, and I hope everyone who came enjoyed themselves as much as I did! Thank you all again for your support of our Fresh Access program. We will have another Fresh Access fundraiser coming up in November, a fall Concert in the Loft! Keep your eyes peeled for details coming soon.
Note: Box Share Members – PLEASE RETURN YOUR WAXED BOXES TOMORROW!
What’s in Your Share? Week 14 CSA
Brussel’s Sprout Tops – Can be easily combined with collards in recipes
Chioggia and Red Ace Beets – Chioggia is a new variety this week, they have a beautiful peppermint-stick colored inside, and a more mild flavor than red beets.
White Mini Onions
Yellow Onions or Ailsa Craig
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