Welcome to the 2014 Winter CSA! (Week 1)

 

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  • Jacob’s Cattle Dry Beans This week we are excited to introduce Jacob’s Cattle Dry Beans. Also known as Trout or Appaloosa beans, these are a delicious heirloom that hold there shape well under long cooking. Their flavor has been described as rich, nutty and fruity. A standard kidney-shaped, white and red speckled bean with a rich flavor that is perfect for baked beans and soups. They are also delicious when refried or cooked and added to tacos or bean salads.
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Cabbage
  • Gigante Kohlrabi
  • German Butterball Potatoes
  • Delicata Winter Squash – Delicata squash have a rich, nutty flavor that is excellent when roasted in the oven; both skin and flesh can be eaten. Their convenient size make them perfect for individual, small servings and they cook quite quickly.
  • Cooking Turnips
  • Red Cipollini Onions

 

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Farm Happenings

Welcome all of you to Osprey Farm’s first ever Winter CSA. We are excited to have all of you join us as we enjoy this winter season’s abundance of vegetables.

Despite the frigid December weather, we are happy to report that while some of the plants did succumb to the cold, many of our field crops survived! We are thankful for these plants that will give us more variety in our diet this winter.

Before the frosts came we worked hurriedly to cover as many of the plants as we could to protect them from the impending weather. When the freeze came, all we could do was sit nervously and watch as all the plants became frozen  little ice sculptures in the field. While some plants looked perfectly preserved in the frost, once thawed, we watched as they collapsed into a slimy mess of vegetative matter. While many of the plants out of cover became victim to the cold, our  kale, collards, cabbage, brussels sprouts, leeks, purple sprouting broccoli and fava beans managed to survive.

We made it through the first of the cold weather, with a big sigh of relief, but we still recognize that winter has just begun. The unusual weather patterns this year have taught us a valuable lesson: that we cannot depend on the “stereo-typical” mild Oregon weather. Uncommon weather patterns such as the 86 degree day in early May and the two weeks of below freezing temperatures in December have helped us realize that each year can be vastly different and in turn so will be our diet as it is dependent on the seasons, yearly weather patterns, and the overall global climate.  Some years we will have an abundance of greens year-round, while other years we may be left to enjoy only the rich, hearty root crops.

As farmers we look forward to the challenge of growing food in this changing climate and we are grateful for all of your support. We hope you enjoy the first week of vegetables!

 

Week 1 Newsletter - Winter 2014

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