Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sunday - Week # 17



Hi,

I hope you are doing well. Our small shares this week have orange yummi peppers, heirloom tomatoes, celebration squash, and green cabbage. Our full shares have all of that, including additional tomatoes and squash as well as sweet potatoes and lettuce mix.

New in the shares this week are our sweet potatoes and celebration squash. Sweet potatoes are a wonderful fall treat, and have a delicious flavor and texture that goes well with almost anything hearty. In addition to normal potato preparations, sweet potatoes can be used in breads, cakes and pies. They store best outside of the refrigerator, in a dark, cool place, and will only stay for a week or two. The celebration squash is a special variety that we grow--it is a cross between sweet dumpling and acorn squash. It's flesh is somewhere between soft and starchy and it has a slight sweet-potato flavor as well.

I am sure you will note that this is the first cabbage in a long time--because it has just come back into season. I know they can be pretty large for a lot of households, but if you store them in a bag in the refrigerator, they will stay for several weeks--especially if you keep using the outer leaves. I'm sure many of you know, but cabbage is great in slaws, soups, haluski, stir fried, used as a wrapper, or made into sauerkraut, among many other uses. If you cook it correctly it should be slightly sweet, and not have a foul 'cabbagey' smell--that is a sign it's been over-cooked.

We had a great monthly meeting with our growers this week, and everything seems to be going along nicely. There are lots of new items coming into season in the next few weeks, and we are excited for the fall, and hoping it will go as well as this summer has. This cool weather is threatening something an early first frost (it usually comes around the middle of October) as well; which won't throw anything off to much, but has the growers very busy trying to get everything in order so they are prepared. Several things will be out of season as soon as the first frost hits, but perhaps the biggest is the tomatoes--so please enjoy those; since anytime now they will be the last of the season.

Plans for the Winter CSA have been finalized, and I have posted the link to sign-up on our web site. I will send you a seperate email in the next few days with all of the details about that.

In response to some of the feedback in our last survey, I am going to include special notes at the bottoms of the newsletters for the next few weeks, and will compile them into a chart on our web site as well. I am hoping we will be able to make some adjustments and share them before the season begins next year.

Please remember to return your bags.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me.

Enjoy!

-Mark

A Note on Checklists:

We distribute checklists to our pick-up sites for your benefit; to help ensure that everybody receives what they have subscribed to and minimize confusion and mishaps. Often, some boxes have a mix of both sizes of shares, so it is important to remember what share you have subscribed to, and to make sure you pick that one up. If you are having somebody else pick up your share for you, it is also important that you let them know these things. The checklist should act to reinforce this, and they have cover sheets which describe which color bags are for which shares and have my phone number in case you have any questions. The checklists are not something we receive back every week or review, and though occasionally I receive some that have notes on them, I am sure that I miss several others. If there is a problem and it needs immediate attention, please call me, otherwise, please send me an email and I will get back to you.

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