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In the Box: Autumn, Week #24

Kohlrabi. Image via GEOF
Kohlrabi. Image via GEOF

Golden Earthworm Veggie Share*
Kohlrabi – 2 piece
Fennel – 1 bunch
Radicchio – 1 head
Carrots – 1 bunch
Broccoli – 3 heads
Cauliflower – 1 head
Surprise Item – 1 piece/bag
*Contents of the share may fluctuate over the week.

Fruit Share
1 bag mixed apples (Empire, Winesap, and Cortland or Fuji)

Milk Not Jails
Dairy share pick-up

Village Fishmonger
Fish share pick-up

A few friendly reminders & updates:

STORAGE TIPS
In a bag in the fridge: All veggies!

Winter Shares SIGN-UP NOW! DEADLINE Nov 18th
There are two kinds of Winter Vegetable Shares: 1. Golden Earthworm’s root vegetable share, and 2. Winter Sun Farms‘ frozen local vegetable share. The two shares complement each other well, so feel free to sign-up for both! In addition to veggies, you can also purchase a Cider Share and/or an Apple Share from Briermere Farms. Sign-Up DEADLINE is Monday, November 18th! Sign-Up now!

It’s Turkey Time with Lewis Waite Farm CSA Extras
Order turkey or other favorites (like bread, cheese, grains, meats, eggs, etc.) from Lewis Waite for delivery on Thursday, November 21st. Note the NEW ORDER DEADLINES. Turkey DEADLINE Nov 14th. Please be sensitive to the busy farmers and order on time. Late orders may not be filled. Place your order now!

NEWS FROM THE FARM
Snow! It may be beautiful, but it’s not nice weather for working in fields.  As the season comes to a close, it’s less comfortable for our workers picking and washing the veg in these cold temperatures. They deserve a big thank you for their hard work all season, and especially now as they work through the snow and wind and freezing wash waters.

CONNECT WITH YOUR FARM
Golden Earthworm welcomes you to explore their website to learn more about our farm and the wonderful things you can do with your weekly share.

+ FIND RECIPES+ VEGETABLE INFO & STORAGE TIPS

If you have questions or concerns about your share, please do not hesitate to contact the farm. That is one of the benefits of knowing where your food comes from!

RECIPES FROM THE FARM
5 Ways with Kohlrabi
Baked Radicchio
Roasted Fennel and Cauliflower Soup

Enjoy!

In the Box: Summer, Week #12

Sweet Dumpling Squash
Sweet Dumpling Squash image via GEOF

Golden Earthworm Veggie Share*
Acorn Squash – 1 piece
Sweet Dumpling Squash – 1 piece
Scallions – 1 bunch
Fennel – 2-3 pieces
Peppers – 2 pieces
Green Beans – 3/4 lb. bag
Cucumbers – 2 pieces
Tomatoes – 3 lb. bag
*Contents of the share may fluctuate over the week.

Fruit Share
TBD…

Herb Share
TBD…

Milk Not Jails
Dairy share pick up

Chef Demos are Back!
Have you been wondering how to use all those cucumbers we’ve received in the past two weeks? Wonder no more—CSA Chef demos return to this week‘s pickup! Chef Daphne will be on deck with some ideas for your share. Stop by for some yummy samples and tips between 5pm and 7pm.

A few friendly reminders & updates:

STORAGE TIPS
In a bag in the fridge: Scallions, Fennel and Green Beans
In the fridge: Cucumbers and Peppers
On the counter: Tomatoes, Acorn & Sweet Dumpling Squash ** see note below about squash!

NOTES FROM GOLDEN EARTHWORM
What a great share this week! **A quick note on the winter squash… They should be stored on the counter, but eaten within 1-2 days. We’ve had some disease issues with these plants and have noticed that many of the squash have been rotting prematurely. So be sure to eat them right away!

Baby farmer is just starting to eat solid foods and as of last night, his favorite is the sweet dumpling squash! I would have to agree—it is absolutely delicious! The best way to prepare the winter squash is to wash the skin well and cut in half lengthwise with a knife. Scoop the seeds out of each half and place face down in a baking dish with a few tablespoons of water. Bake, uncovered in a 350F oven until the flesh is soft. Depending on the size and variety, this takes anywhere from 30-60 minutes.

CONNECT WITH YOUR FARM
Golden Earthworm welcomes you to explore their website to learn more about our farm and the wonderful things you can do with your weekly share.

+ FIND RECIPES 
+ VEGETABLE INFO & STORAGE TIPS

If you have questions or concerns about your share, please do not hesitate to contact the farm. That is one of the benefits of knowing where your food comes from!

Save the Date:
Golden Earthworm’s Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 20th
The farm has set the date for this year’s Harvest Festival, and though it’s not until October, we would like to start gauging member interest. We’ll have a signup sheet at this Thursday’s pickup, so if you’re interested in attending, be sure to put your name down- with enough member interest, we’ll organize a bus trip to the farm, as we did last year! Stay tuned for more trip info.

RECIPES FROM THE FARM
Fresh Tomato Sauce
Fennel with Olive Oil and Parmesan
Green Beans Braised with Tomatoes and Basil

In the Box: Autumn, Week #21

Radicchio
Radicchio, halved. Image via GEOF.

Veg Share*
Butternut Squash – 1 piece
Green Kale – 1 bunch
Escarole – 1 head
Radicchio – 1 head
Broccoli – 2 pieces
Fennel – 2-3 pieces
Dill OR Cilantro – 1 bunch
Spinach – 1 large .75lb bag
Bonus! Garlic seconds – 1 or 2 small pieces (Some garlic is missing a clove or two. We are using up the slightly damaged garlic which still has many good quality cloves. The brown discoloration on some of the cloves is just on the surface and is cosmetic, although you may want to cut it off before using.)
*Contents of the share may fluctuate over the week

Fruit Share
Mixed bag of Empire and Mutsu Apples

Milk Not Jails Dairy Share
Weekly dairy share pick up AND à la carte order pick up!

Lewis Waite Farm CSA Extras
Pick up your Lewis Waite orders today! Forgot to place an order? The next deadline is October 28th for delivery on November 1st. Please place your orders for Thanksgiving Turkeys by November 5th to be guaranteed a bird!!

A few friendly reminders & updates:

Winter Veg & Fruit Shares via Winter Sun Farms
Early bird signup for the Winter Sun Farms winter share continues online. The total price is $137. Read more and sign up online.

Continue reading In the Box: Autumn, Week #21

In the Box: Summer, Week #10

Veg Share*
Toscano Kale – 1 bunch
Cucumbers – several pieces
Fennel – 1 head
Fresh Yellow OR Walla Walla Onions – 1 bunch
Baby Watermelon – 1 piece
Bell Pepper – 1 piece
Green Long Peppers – several pieces
Red Tomatoes OR Sungold Cherry Tomatoes – several or a pint
*Contents of the share may fluctuate over the week.

Fruit Share
Donut Peaches (aka UFO Peaches)
Blackberries OR White Peaches

Herb Share
Spearmint
Sage

Milk Not Jails Dairy Share & Monthly Dairy Specials
Weekly dairy share pick up—don’t forget you milk!
Also, à la carte dairy item pick up is THIS WEEK (Milk, butter, ice cream, etc.)

A few friendly reminders & updates

Lewis Waite Farm CSA Extras
The next Lewis Waite order deadline is Sunday, August 5th for delivery on August 9th. Anyone, not just CSA members, can order these products and pick up from our CSA. They have an amazing selection of items, all produced by small local farms.

Milk Not Jails Monthly Dairy Specials
The next dairy à la carte order deadline is Friday, August 10th at 5pm for delivery on August 23rd. Anyone, not just CSA members, can order these products and pick up from our CSA. Enjoy amazing products and support criminal justice reform at the same time. Continue reading In the Box: Summer, Week #10

In the Box: Summer, Week #5

Our veggie farm, planting new strawberries! (image via GEOF)

Veg Share
Zucchini – several pieces
Cipollini Onions – 1 bunch
Fennel -OR- Kohlrabi – 1 bunch
Baby Spinach – 1 bag
Radicchio – 1 head
Swiss Chard – 1 bunch
Toscano Kale – 1 bunch
Red Boston Lettuce – 1 head

Fruit Share
Blueberries – 1 pint

Herb Share
Oops! Sorry for the confusion, herb shares start this week (not last week as we had posted earlier).
Lemon Thyme
Summer Savory

Milk Not Jails Share
If you have a dairy share this season, remember it is a weekly share, so pick up your dairy today too!

Lewis Waite Farm CSA Extras
Pick up your Lewis Waite extras today! Forgot to order? The next deadline is July 8th for delivery on the 12th.

Reminder: Early bird signup for Winter Sun Farms’ winter shares continues online. The total price is $137. Read more and sign up (right now!) online.

Continue reading In the Box: Summer, Week #5

In the Box: Summer, Week #4

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Pea cover crop (img via GEOF)

Veg Share
Kohlrabi – 1 piece
Fennel – 1 piece
Carrots – 1 bunch
Cilantro – 1 bunch
Escarole – 1 head
Scallions – 1 bunch
Arugula – 1 bag
Green Romaine Lettuce – 1 head
Green Boston Lettuce – 1 head

Fruit Share
Red Currants – 1 pint

Herb Share
Starts this week!!

Milk Not Jails Share
If you have a dairy share this season, remember it is a weekly share, so pick up your dairy today too!

Reminder: Early bird signup for Winter Sun Farms’ winter shares are *this Thursday (June 21st)!* Bring your checkbooks. The total price is $137. Read more and sign up (right now!) online.

Continue reading In the Box: Summer, Week #4

Kohlrabi Salad

Recipe via CSA Member, KC Trommer



Ingredients
2 medium red or green kohlrabi bulbs
1 large carrot, peeled
1 teaspoon fennel seed or 1/2 teaspoon ground fennel
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 small garlic clove, pressed (optional)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 to 2 Thai bird chilis (optional), minced

Method
1. With a sharp chef’s knife, peel the tough outer skin and cut the stems from the kohlrabi. Julienne the kohlrabi with a mandoline or sharp knife (you will have about 4 cups), and then julienne the carrot.

2. If using whole fennel seed, toast the fennel seeds in a small dry sauté pan over medium heat until they begin to brown slightly and smell toasty. Transfer them to a mortar and pestle or spice grinder, and grind them into a coarse powder.

3. Combine the ground fennel seed, vinegar, salt, pepper, and garlic and chilis, if using. Slowly whisk in the two oils. Pour over the vegetables and toss to coat. Taste for salt. Serve.

Yield: 4

Roasted Fennel and Red Onion Salmon


Recipe and image via Real Simple

Ingredients
2 small fennel bulbs, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
1 large red onion, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
6 cloves garlic, smashed
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
1/2 bunch fresh thyme sprigs
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 6-ounce salmon fillets, skinned
1 lemon, halved
about 3 cups cooked rice (optional)

Method
1. Heat oven to 400° F. In a roasting pan, toss the fennel, onion, garlic, tomatoes, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper, and the oil. Spread evenly and roast for 20 minutes.

2. Move the vegetables to side of pan, add the salmon, then redistribute the vegetables around the salmon. Squeeze the lemon halves over the salmon. Sprinkle the salmon with the remaining salt and pepper.

3. Return to oven and roast until the salmon is the same color throughout and flakes easily, 10 to 12 minutes.

4. Serve immediately, with the rice, if desired.

Fennel with Bread Crumbs


recipe and image via Food Network / Mario Batali

Ingredients
1 bulb fennel, cut in 1-inch chunks
3 TB olive oil
1 clove garlic, peeled
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup dry vermouth
Chopped parsley leaves
Good bread crumbs

Method
1. Blanch the fennel until soft.

2. In a medium sauté pan, heat the olive oil, add the garlic and sauté.

3. Season fennel with salt & pepper & add to pan

4. Cook without moving so fennel can brown a bit. Toss gently.

5. Add vermouth and season with pepper.

6. Stir in the parsley and toss.

7. Serve with bread crumbs sprinkled over top.

Fennel


Fennel has a sweet, mild licorice flavor and is not to be confused with herb anise, which is grown for its seeds and sold as seasoning. Fennel is composed of a white or pale green bulb from which closely superimposed stalks are arranged. The stalks are topped with feathery green leaves near which flowers grow and produce fennel seeds.

Nutrition:
Fennel is an excellent source of vitamin C. It is also a very good of dietary fiber, potassium, manganese, folate, and molybdenum. In addition, fennel is a good source of niacin as well as the minerals phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, iron, and copper.

Storage:
Tightly wrap fresh fennel in a plastic bag and refrigerate for up to one week

AKA:
Sweet Anise

Origin
Fennel belongs to the Umbellifereae family and is therefore closely related to parsley, carrots, dill and coriander.  Fennel’s esteemed reputation dates back to the earliest times and is reflected in its mythological traditions. Greek myths state that fennel was not only closely associated with Dionysus, the Greek god of food and wine, but that a fennel stalk carried the coal that passed down knowledge from the gods to men.

Cooking tips:
The bulb, stalk, leaves and seeds are all edible. Cut the stalks away from the bulb at the place where they meet. If you are not going to be using the intact bulb in a recipe, then first cut it in half, remove the base, and then rinse it with water before proceeding to cut it further.
The best way to slice it is to do so vertically through the bulb. If your recipe requires chunked, diced or julienned fennel, it is best to first remove the harder core that resides in the center before cutting it. The stalks of the fennel can be used for soups, stocks and stews, while the feathery leaves can be used as an herb seasoning, like dill weed, to flavor soups and stews.

Substitutions:
Celery (more aromatic, cooks faster)
1 tsp fennel seed = 1 lb of fennel,
1 tablespoon Pernod (liqueur) = 1 lb of fennel
Bok choy stems

Equivalents:
1 lb fennel = 3 cups sliced

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