This Week's Harvest
Bounty Season September 20
Lettuce Head: The lettuce head is Breen, a mini romaine. To store: Put it in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Do not put it directly into the refrigerator without bagging if first or it will dehydrate and wilt.
Tomato: These come from the hoophouse, the outside tomatoes are finished. Store at room temperature as it ripens and in the refrigerator after you have sliced into it.
Bok Choy: This compact, vase-shaped plant with pale misty-green stems and oval green leaves is a traditional stir-fry vegetable. Very sweet and juicy. How to use: For stir-fry, separate leaf from stem and chop both into 2” wide diagonal chunks. The stem pieces should be added to the stir-fry several minutes before the leaves; they need longer to cook. Also good raw as salad with a nice vinegar and oil or Asian dressing. Store in the refrigerator in a plastic bag.
Celery: This deep green, extremely flavorful celery is not the same as the California celery we have all become accustomed to. This celery tastes more like celery! It is a fabulous addition to most any dish. Store in the refrigerator in a plastic bag. Celery will become quite limp if simply placed on the refrigerator shelf. You can freeze celery for use in cooked dishes. Clean and chop into pieces. Blanch (submerge in boiling water) for 2 minutes, remove from boiling water and submerge in ice cold water. Drain. Pack into freezer containers or zip lock bags. Store in the refrigerator.
Kohlrabi: For those of you unfamiliar with this tender, tasty, round member of the brassica family (the same family of which broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower are members) we hope you’ll be pleasantly surprised. It’s the vegetable that looks like an alien with antennae sticking up. We recommend eating it raw. There are recipes for cooking it, but they don’t do it justice. You must peel off the tough outer skin before eating it. Uses: Slice it and put it on a sandwich; eat it like a carrot stick, with or without dip; grate it onto a salad, eat it like an apple, use it in a slaw. If you really want to cook it, sauté grated kohlrabi in butter, add herbs or curry for enhanced flavor. Store in the refrigerator.
Kale: The big, deep green leafy vegetable. Nutritionally, kale is vastly superior to most vegetables. Simple use: Remove leaves from stem, cut into pieces, sauté in olive oil with onion and garlic until tender, 10 min or so. Can also add stock while sautéing for a very nice flavor. Store kale in a plastic bag in the refrigerator, it will become limp if allowed to dry out.
Winter Squash: Delicata is the long striped squash, sometimes called sweet potato squash because it is so sweet. You can eat the skin of Delicata. Simple preparation: Slice squash into 1/2 inch rounds; oil each round on all sides; bake at 400 on a baking sheet; turning the squash once so both sides get golden; about 10-15 min per side. Store at room temperature. Squash can be frozen after it is cooked. To prepare any type of winter squash: Slice in half, remove seeds, place on a baking sheet cut side down with a half inch or so of water and bake at 350 until easily pierced. Note: Delicata may not keep long. It often develops small spots which can get soft quickly. If you see this happening, best to cook your squash.
Sweet Pepper: Pepper harvest is slowing down. We are delivering Carmen, the long, pointy, sweet variety, and Ace, the bell pepper; the size of both is getting smaller as we harvest more and more from each plant. Store in the refrigerator. To freeze peppers: Chop into pieces. Place on a baking sheet and freeze. After they have frozen put them into a ziplock bag. (If you simply cut them and put them into a bag they will likely stick together in a big chunk.
Garlic: Enjoy. Store at room temperature.
Broccoli: This fall broccoli is called Belstar. Store: Keep broccoli in a plastic bag or crisper drawer in the refrigerator to prevent dehydration.
Potato: This variety called Peter Wilcox is a favorite on the farm. Purple skin, yellow flesh and creamy consistency are the highlights of this potato. Store in a cool dark location.
Edamame: (Green Vegetable Soybeans) The small fuzzy beans are edible soybeans. The beans have a buttery flavor and a tender-firm texture. The fuzzy pods are NOT edible, it’s the beans inside that are the gourmet prize! To Prepare: Place the soybean pods into a pot; add water to cover by one inch; add salt generously; bring to a boil, and let boil for 5-10 minutes or until the beans slide easily out of the pods. Drain off water, serve in the pods; shell by sliding the softened pods between your front teeth and enjoy. You can slip them out of their pods and freeze them or enjoy them in a rice dish or on a salad.
*Eggplant: You will receive either a long, thin Asian variety called Dairyu or a traditional Italian variety. If eggplant is a challenging vegetable for you, make sure to check out the recipes on our web site. It can be a fun vegetable to cook with and to eat. Store in the refrigerator.
*Partial Deliveries - items that might be in your share this week Our farm is purely CSA (we do not sell at farmers market and do minimal wholesaling) so all of the produce we grow goes to you, our CSA members. We pack up to 1,000 shares each week. Some vegetables mature at the same time while others mature over an extended period of time. When we harvest a smaller quantity we do partial deliveries, meaning we deliver an item to some pick up sites one week and the other sites during the following weeks. We keep very close track of who gets what when. Fairness and equality are very important to us. So if you have a friend who picks up at a different site and you hear about something they received and you didn't, know you will receive it too. Let us know if you have any questions
**Understanding A-WEEK an B-WEEK rotation
Some of the vegetables we grow are delivered just one time to each member. In order to organize this, each of our pick up sites is designated as either an A-Week or a B-Week site. The designation coincides with the week the Bi Weekly share is delivered to that site. When we deliver an item to an A-Week site only, that means all of the Weekly, Large and Bi Weekly shares at that site receive the item. The following week that item goes to the other sites. Everyone will receive the same variety of each vegetable or fruit we grow, but not necessarily in the same week