Celeriac (Celery Root) – Celeriac is a great storage root vegetable that is a staple of the winter diet. These roots can be eaten both cooked or raw and have a similar flavor to that of celery stalks. Make sure to try this week’s Recipe of the week: Celery Root Puree!
Rutabaga – although not well known or eaten in the U.S. is a common staple, winter food in European countries. Traditionally rutabaga is used to add flavor to soups and stews, added to roasted winter vegetable medleys, or mashed as a side dish. Mashes are commonly made with other vegetables such as carrots, parsnips and potatoes with a little bit of cream or butter, and are served as a side dish to traditional “Sunday roasts” or other meat dishes.You can also eat rutabaga raw by slicing it into thin strips and adding it to fresh salads.
German Butterball Potatoes
Black Turtle Beans (dry) – This week we are excited to introduce our first of many varieties of dry beans that we were able to grow here on our new land in West Salem. Yes these black beans, which many of you may buy in a can at the store, can be grown here in the Willamette Valley!
Red Ace Beets
Red Cipollini Onions
Well, it has finally arrived… we have reached the end of the 2013 Summer CSA. As we say goodbye to the fall vegetables, we are excited to introduce some new winter vegetables to all of you. This past week the below freezing temperatures have given us all an abrupt introduction to winter. You know it is cold when you go into the walk-in cooler to warm up after working outside, and the cooler’s average temp is only 38°F! With our fields covered in ice and snow, the weather has put a hold on fresh greens. This has given us the opportunity to show you some of the variety of storage vegetables that we have to offer without even harvesting anything from the fields. With milder weather returning soon, we hope that some of the greens will be back for the start of the Winter CSA.
As farmers we are thankful for this weather as it reminds us of the amazing vegetables that we are able to grow here in the Willamette Valley. With the influx of out of season greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc. that flood the supermarket displays during the winter months we often forget some of the delicious winter vegetables that many people have never even heard of. We encourage all of you to explore these foods that may be new to you and let your creative spirit come alive in the kitchen this season. Seasonal eating has allowed us to liven up and diversify our diet, bringing back the art of cooking, rather than simply feeding the family as a daily chore.
We hope you have a wonderful holiday break, full of food, family and friends. Thanks again for all of your support this season and are looking forward to seeing you all again with the start of the Winter CSA on Tuesday, January the 7th. Enjoy this week’s vegetables!