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October 3, 2015

Share renewals are due by October 9. There are still some winter shares available if you are interested in getting one. Forms are available in the share room.

This Week's Share

Brussels sprouts will be new to the share this week. These are a most unusual vegetable that grow along a woody stalk right in the arm pit of each leaf. We distribute them on the stalk and they just need to be plucked off prior to cooking. We are thrilled becuase we have the best crop of Brussels we ever have grown. They are abundant, disease free and long stalked with beautiful sprouts. They also happen to be one of favorite vegetables. Try them roasted or stir fried.

The cauliflower are finally coming in too! Our cauliflower is sweet as can be. Roast it, steam it, or put it in whatever you happend to be cooking. Even though there is plenty planted out there, its proven to be fickle this year. I predict it will be in and out of the share as it chooses.


Recipe of the Week: 

Stir-Fried Brussels Sprouts with Garlic Aioli Dipping Sauce

  • 1 lb or so Brussels sprouts
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • soy sauce

Heat oil in a pan and put in sprouts. Stir and fry for five minutes. Pour some water over top, turn down the heat and let cook, stirring occasionally. Add water as needed to keep from burning but don't put too much. As they become tender, let the remaining water cook off. Add some soy sauce to taste and let fry and brown. Serve with aioli to dip them in.

Aioli: Chop garlic and mix into mayonnaise. Its that simple and SO GOOD!! You'll start putting it on everything!

Finish strong

The Brussels sprouts are looking great!
The Brussels sprouts are looking great!

Dear Friends,

October is here and just like that someone turned down the temperature and turned up the rain. I feel like we woke up one morning only to realize the whole world had changed around us while we were sleeping. Where did the bright, sunny, unseasonably warm weather go? I don’t think it has rained more than 2 days in a row for 3 months but here we’re looking at 5 straight days of cloudy skies and showers. We went from dusty and dry to wet and muddy in a blink of an eye and now we’re trying to find our rain pants, and hoping Hurricane Joaquin heads off to sea.

The extended rain has puts our bulk harvests temporarily on hold. While I would love to keep marching right along with our plan, it is nice to have an opportunity to catch up on some of our indoor tasks. We’re almost all the way through our onion processing, and we need to sort out our seed garlic for planting at the end of the month. The rain might not be great for pulling carrots out of the field, but it is nice for all the cover crop that we’ve been seeding over the past few weeks. Getting a lush blanket of rye established in our fields is one of the final check marks off of our list every year and a sight that I often look forward to seeing. A well established cover crop holds the soil in place over the winter and also holds onto the nutrients present in the ground.

As we dip our toes into the October waters, it is becoming more and more apparent the race is really entering into the home stretch. Even as the work tends to lessen a little bit, things can be the hardest at this time of year. We have less work to do, but we also have much less time. It stays dark later and it certainly gets dark a lot earlier. In addition to the days being shorter, freezing temperatures are going to be here before we know it. Cold fingers and tired farmers. It’s hard not to want to be inside when the weather really starts to turn. To sleep a little bit later, make some tea and light a fire. Maybe some day, but not quite yet. We have a lot to do and not so much time in which to get it done.

Carrots, beets, rutabagas, parsnips, turnips, radishes, cabbage, kohlrabi. All the crops we still need to bring in. Not to mention the 5 more weeks of CSA distribution, and all the lovely produce out in the field that goes along with that.  10 acres of cover crop to seed and garlic to plant. The cat and dog curl up and sleep the morning away, but not us. We reacquaint ourselves with our long johns, buy a few new pairs of gloves and a couple more pairs of wool socks. Maybe insulated coveralls for when things get really frigid.

Farming late into the fall and winter certainly presents a challenge, but it also presents a great opportunity. Great moments are born from great opportunities, and that’s what we have here this fall. The goal is to have everything harvested and farm buttoned up before the snow starts to fall. Not an easy task, but certainly an attainable one. We have put so much work into the season already, there is no reason not to finish strong.

Hannah, Mary, Marycia, Erica and Larry

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Max and Kerry

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