Week 4 Vegetables, Winter 2014

The First Flower of the Year: Purple Sprouting Broccoli!
The First Flower of the Year: Purple Sprouting Broccoli!

 

  • Black Turtle Beans (dry) – These black beans, as many of our CSA members have commented enthusiastically, have a flavor incomparable to store-bought black beans.  That’s because we just harvested them this last fall, which means they are fresh.  Enjoy these beans in this week’s recipe for Juevos Rancheros, but just be warned: their texture and flavor may astound you!
  • Gigante Kohlrabi
  • Carrots
  • Green Cabbage
  • German Butterball Potatoes
  • Delicata Squash- This will be the last week for these delectable squash.  Their rich, nutty flavor 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.  Get them while there still here.
  • 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.
  • Red Cipollini Onions

 

 

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Farm Happenings

This week is an exciting one for us as we are starting to buy some of the major infrastructure  and tools that will serve the farm for years to come. All of your support this winter has allowed us to purchase a new greenhouse and cultivating tractor for the upcoming season!

As we mentioned last week we were looking for a place to put this new greenhouse. After making calls to multiple West Salem landowners we were able to find a spot to put our 20’x30’ greenhouse. This greenhouse is triple the size of the one we built last spring, which will give us more room to grow for both the CSA and farmer’s market.

In the next week or so we will be going to look at a Farmall Cub cultivating tractor. This small tractor will help us with weed control, spreading fertility, digging furrows and hilling crops such leeks and potatoes. The Farmall will help us grow more efficiently, allowing us to provide more vegetables to our local community. Instead of spending a day and a half digging furrows for our potato planting we will be able to complete these tasks in less than an hour. While we enjoy doing many tasks on the farm by hand, we are grateful to have the help of appropriate machinery with some of the tasks that are especially hard on the body.

We hope you enjoy this week’s vegetables, and thanks to your support and our new infrastructure additions there will certainly be more vegetables to come.

 

Week 1 Newsletter - Winter 2014

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