Fall CSA Newsletter-Week 4-November 17, 2012

by jennifer on November 18, 2012

This week is the last week of the Fall CSA. We hope you have enjoyed it, especially the abundance of monster cauliflower! It has been encouraging how much food we are still able to grow this time of year. And with the aid of the giant greenhouse we are almost done putting up, we hope to have some more tender fare for next year’s fall share like lettuces, spinach, and herbs. I can’t say it enough how lucky we are to live in such a mild climate that allows us to grow food nearly year-round. And let us all say a little thank you to our fellow mud-sloggers Isaac, Lauren, and Jonathon who have been troopers out in the fields helping us harvest and prep the farm for the off-season these past few weeks. Jim and I appreciate their help and company, esp. on the less pleasant weather days.

Remember, the Olympia Farmers Market is still open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10-3 through the weekend of December 16th. Please continue to support your local farmers, food producers, and artisans by making the market the first stop on your weekly shopping trips. They have heating stations down there so you won’t freeze. Come see us!

What’s in the Box:
Carrots-red and orange
Parsnips
Leeks
Curly kale
Shallots
Yellow onions
Red onion
Red cippolini onion
2 types garlic
Yellow finn potatoes
Delicata squash
Pie pumpkin
Rutabaga
Celeriac
Red cabbage
Kohlrabi
Dry bean mix

The 100 Mile Holiday Meal Challenge: At this point many of you are in the middle of planning and shopping for the big Thanksgiving meal. You may have heard of the 100 mile Thanksgiving Challenge. It is an idea that was proposed many years ago and seems to gain steam each year. It is a call to try to source the bulk of your Thanksgiving meal from local growers. In this region of the country you can get almost everything from just the surrounding counties: turkey, ham, lamb, potatoes, squash, Brussels sprouts, celery (or celeriac), carrots, beets, dinner rolls and breads, stuffing mixes, desserts, cider, wine, fruits, flower arrangements, etc . The Olympia Farmers Market is a good first stop (open Saturday and Sunday from 10-3). The Olympia Food Co-op and Olympia Local Foods are a good second stop. THEN you can hit your local grocery store for the other odds and ends. You may consider modifying your “traditional” holiday menu to reflect what is actually available around here. Sure sweet potatoes are good, but so are turnips, rutabagas, and winter squash. Make it your new tradition. If you have already done your shopping, consider the challenge for your other winter holiday gatherings.

Recipes to try for your Thanksgiving meal
:
Pumpkin Pie
Sesame Kale & Cabbage Salad
Holiday Kale Salad
Honey Balsamic Beet Salad
Tamari Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Roasted Kabocha Squash and Creminis with Fresh Herbs
Red Cabbage with Cranberries
Pumpkin Cheesecake

Sign up for the 2013 CSA
I am in the process of setting up the sign-up wizard for the 2013 season. I’ll send an email when that is ready.

We hope you have a restful winter full of good food, good friends, and time with family.

Your Farmers, Jennifer and Jim

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