CSA Newsletter – Week 14 – September 16, 2015

by jennifer on September 16, 2015

week 14 CSA share

Week 14 – Large Share

Today you will see some new items in your box-colored carrots and kohlrabi! These carrots have a heartier carrot flavor. They sweeten up a lot when you cook them, which gives you a nice balance of sweet and savory. I recommend tasting each one in its raw form just to see the difference, but then using them in cooked dishes. You can save the orange ones for snacking. We don’t grow a ton of colored carrots because they take seemingly forever to ripen. We’ll hand them out now and again before the season is done. Kohlrabi is back again. Some of you got green and some got purple. For those of you who joined late and missed the spring kohlrabi tutorial, simply slice it, peel it and eat it raw. You can cook it, too and use it as you would a turnip. It makes a great addition to a salad, veggies tray, stir fry, soup, etc. Or just bring it in your lunch.

What’s In the Box:
Orange carrots
Colored carrots
Cabbage or celery
Beets or chard
Beans or green pepper
Summer squash
Red onions
Garlic
Sweet red pepper
Parsley or dill
Lettuce
Yellow finn potatoes
Kohlrabi

A lot of folks have been asking how many weeks we have left. After this week the full season shares have 4 more weeks. The last delivery is the week of October 14th. For those of you getting an 8 week Height of the Season share, NEXT week is your last week. If you want to continue through October 14th, let me know and I’ll give you the pro-rated price.

FALL SHARES & STORAGE SHARES:
*NOTE: Due to our smaller crew  in the fall, we can only offer weekend delivery for the fall shares. You can pick it up at the farm, the Olympia Farmers Market, or the Tacoma Proctor Farmers Market.

We have limited spaces left for our 4 week early fall share and the 4 week late fall share, so sign up soon.

EARLY FALL SHARE: Four additional deliveries starting in late October when the main season ends. Enjoy a wide diversity of hearty winter crops like carrots, winter squash, leeks, kale, parsnips, and more. Since these crops store so well, we only offer the large size. See our CSA details page for more info.

LATE FALL SHARE:
Yet another 4 weeks of yummy fall goodness. Delivery starts a week after the EARLY FALL SHARE ends.

STORAGE SHARE:
This share will consist of 10 lbs yellow onions, 2 lbs red onions, 2 lbs cipollini onions, 2 lbs shallots, 1 lb garlic, 5 lbs each of 2 types of potatoes, & 15 lbs assorted winter squash. This share will be delivered the 3rd week in October at the pick-up site of your choosing.

LOCAL MEAT:

Several of our neighboring farms here in the valley are offering various types of meat. Both farms do an outstanding job of caring for their animals.
The first farm I will recommend is August Farm run by Liza Judge and Marianne Copene. They currently have humanely raise chicken, pork and lamb available. August Farm’s Fall Chicken CSA starts Sunday Sept 27th. It’s not too late to join. There are four share sizes, choose between two and five chickens a month. The Fall Chicken CSA runs from September through November, with three monthly deliveries to a convenient drop site in West Olympia. Check out their website to find more information and to place an order or contact them at info@august-farm.com. Looking to stock your freezer with meat for winter? They also have pork and grass fed lamb available. August Farm’s animals are hand raised outdoors on pasture and fed certified organic and local grain.

The other farm is Bone Dry Ridge run by Selma Bjarnesdottir. Selma is an awesome shepherdess and currently has Icelandic lamb available. Check out her website to see what else she has to offer.

A Fun & Delicious Event on October 24th Sponsored by the South of the Sound Community Farm Land trust.
Come spend an evening eating and drinking local foods and beverages prepared by local chefs and sourced from local farms (including ours!) This event is a fundraiser to help our local land trust to continue to preserve farmland in the South Sound area. Visit the SOSCFLT website for more details and to purchase tickets.

Happy eating!

Jen

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