Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Wed/Thurs - Week 14


I hope you are doing well this week. Our small shares this week have slicing tomatoes, green zucchini, red kuri squash, watermelon, kale and orange yummi or mature (red/orange) sweet banana peppers. Our full shares have additional tomatoes, red kuri squash, and peppers as well as gold potatoes, yellow onion, yellow beans, and garlic--but do not have zucchini.

It is hard to believe--but we are just about 2/3 of the way through the season--which means it is time for another Member Feedback Survey. I hope you will take a moment to give us some feedback and let us know how this experience has been for you, and how we can improve it for the remainder of the season and next year.

New in the shares this week are our red kuri squash, yellow onions, and yellow beans. The red kuri squash is one of our favorites (also happens to be very popular in Japan)--it has a mild nutty flavor and a light-but-starchy consistency. It can be roasted, stuffed, or even whipped like you would potatoes. The yellow onions are something you are probably already familiar with---they are spicier and more astringent than the candy onions, but not quite as much as red onions. The yellow beans should also be familiar--they are just a different variety of string beans and can be prepared the same way you would green beans. The watermelons are a mix of yellow and red seedless and sugar babies, and each have their own distinct flavor.

We had a really great time at the Peak of the Season Farm Tours, and I'd like to thank everybody who joined us--it was a truly wonderful afternoon. I had to run around a bit, but it was a pleasure to meet so many of you, and show you around some of our farms. I hope you all had as great a time as we did.

We are still working on finalizing the details of the Winter CSA, but I can tell you now that it will be $30/share, and we will only deliver them once every other week, starting the second week in November and going through the end of January. We are planning on consolidating all of our routes into a single one around Pittsbugh that we will do on Saturdays--which means it will not be available at every site we use now. Those are the main points, but I will get a lot more info to you once it is more finalized.

We are now done with all of the farm events we had originally planned for the season, but we are considering having an end-of-season Members' Dinner, or a couple even. There is a question about it in the survey, but if you have any ideas/feedback about that, please feel free to contact me.

Please remember to return your bags.

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



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