Week 2 Vegetables, Winter 2014

Week 2 Share

  • Cannellini Beans – Cannellini beans are large, velvety-textured, nutty flavored beans that hold their shape well when cooked.  Try them slow-cooked (after being boiled for 10-minutes) in a crock pot with a pork roast and eaten, piled on a slice of French bread. Cannellinis are superb soup beans and are one of the main components of Minestrone.  It’s hard to go wrong with these excellent beans.
  • Red Beets
  • Carrots
  • Baby Kale
  • Yellow Finn 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.
  • Parsnips
  • Leeks

 

Frost survivor: Purple Sprouting Broccoli.  Coming soon...

Frost survivor: Purple Sprouting Broccoli. Coming soon…

 

Farm Happenings

The big news of the week is that we finished ordering our seeds for the 2014 season!  With both an expanding CSA and farmer’s market to grow for, we are planning for a big (and busy) year . With all of your payments last week, we were just able to order everything that we needed, so thank you.

This year we are planning to be at the Salem Saturday Market from mid-June through the end of October—which means good things for the CSA.  We will be stocking a big booth each week with a diverse assortment of vegetables, which means we can provide a greater diversity of vegetables to the CSA. This means that as CSA members, you will get the benefits of the market’s diversity of choice but with the year-round availability, lower cost and supportive community associated with being part of the CSA—not to mention that you can feel good about keeping the farm going by making it possible to buy much needed seeds and equipment during the winter months (thank you!).

One of the more noteworthy things that we ordered for this coming season is a box of Seascape strawberry crowns: enough to plant two full beds of strawberries! Strawberries are perennial plants here in the Valley, and don’t produce well until their second season.  So, while strawberries may not be given out as a full-item until next year, there may be a sampling of strawberries for the CSA this summer as the young plants begin to set their first few fruit.

In the coming seasons we hope to be planting more perennial fruits like raspberries, blueberries and even fruit trees like apples, pears, and plums.  I’m sure you can imagine tree fruits and berries becoming a regular part of the CSA. Even in the winter, storage apples and pears could be offered as an option each week.  We are very excited about adding fruits and other foods (flour, grains, eggs, milk, etc.) to the CSA in upcoming seasons.

Imagine the possibilities as you enjoy this week’s share.

 

 

Week 1 Newsletter - Winter 2014

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