CSA Newsletter -2009: Winter Week 4

Winter Week 4: Wednesday, Dec. 16th Last pick-up Regs Only

8 December, 2009 (12:46) | CSA Newsletter | By: cassie

Welcome to Winter! This past week on the farm has had its share of challenges, but we made it through and have another great box in store for you.

We are very proud to say that you will have two greens in your box this box. This is the longest we’ve ever been able to provide greens! The spinach has been growing since September in our hoop house, and its nice and sweet. The tatsoi was also grown in our hoop house. This is a wonderful green. We like to call it bok choy’s baby cousin. Just like bok choy, you can stir-fry this green or use it in soups. It has a crunchy, edible stalk, and tender leaves.

The rest of the items in your box are the regular cast of root and storage veggies. As always, see the recipes on page 2 to get some cooking ideas. Don’t worry if you can’t use one of your roots right away – many of them will store for several months. They may sprout a bit if they’ve been in the fridge a while, but your roots will keep. Many years Mike and I will beets and carrots and the like still in our fridge when the following season’s crops come in! It’s amazing what a plastic bag can do to protect your veggies for a long period.

In other farm news, it looks like we will still have some carrots, potatoes, and a few other root crops to sell in the new year. We have decided to do an additional storage share in the early winter. It will most likely be a two box share with pickup at the farm only. We will send out information via email as soon as we have it all put together.

Meanwhile, we will begin taking registrations for the 2010 Summer & Winter CSA beginning January 1st. Registration should be up online by the end of this week. For those of you on the near west side of town, you’ll be pleased to know we’re adding a dropsite nearby Whole Foods for next season. Hopefully that will bring more convenience to some of you.

With this box comes a close to the 2009 season and things start to slow down a bit for us. We are able to walk (ski) out in the snow covered fields and reminisce on the many hours of labor that went into the season. Overall this was by far the best year we have ever had as a farm and as a family. To this we really have you, our members, to thank for supporting us and allowing us to make a living farming the way that we do. When we started the farm 5 years ago we really didn’t know where it would take us and if we would ever be able to make a living farming.

After the last two successful seasons we are really counting our blessings and looking forward to many years of providing you with high quality vegetables.

Our best wishes to you and yours. Happy holidays, and we hope to feed you again next year!

Sincerely

Mike, Cassie, Zea and Crew

In the Box:

  • Assorted Squash (You may get a butternut, acorn or festival)
  • Carrots
  • Celeriac
  • Garlic
  • Green Cabbage
  • Onion (Yellow and/or Red)
  • Parsnips (white, similar to carrots, large at top, very small at bottom)
  • Potatoes (Red)
  • Potatoes (Blue)
  • Rutabaga
  • Tatsoi (A dark green leafy bunch, great used in stirfries or soups)
  • Spinach

Thanks for joining us!

Happy winter to you all.

We hope to feed you again next season!