Week 17; October 16, 2014

What's in the box? 

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butternut squash

savoy cabbage

leeks

braising mix (baby kale)

collards

pak choi

sage

daikon radish

potatoes

onions

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potatoes

onions

butternut squash

pak choi

braising mix (baby kale)

leeks

sage

daikon radish

Notes on the box... 

 Everyone's favorite, Butternut Squash!  The skins of these are not edible.  you can peel them with a sturdy vegetable peeler or with a knife.  Butternut is great for soups and sautees, and steaming and things.  It makes a fantastic "pumpkin" pie.  In fact, most of the canned pumpkin that you can buy in the store is actually made of butternut squash.  It should be kept on your counter. 

Daikon radish is great for kimchi if you've been considering some home fermentation, also great for quick pickles to add some crunch to sandwiches, and soups.  We also have some recipes for a few new things to try.  Daikon will keep for about forever in a plastic bag in your crisper.  Cut off what you need for a recipe and leave the rest for another time. 

Recipes... 

[yumprint-recipe id='55']Stir Fried Ginger Pak Choi

Kimchi

Daikon Au Gratin

 Daikon and Pork Soup

Daikon Radish Soup

Bibimbop with Beef Golgogi

Cabbage and Radish Slaw with Peanut Dressing

White Bean and Pumpkin Hummus

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Chickpeas, Kale, and Pearl Couscous

On the Farm...

Second to last CSA box for the main season.  We still have some Winter Shares available, but you will need to email us if you'd like to add it.  We also have the 2015 early signup open and hope that you will jump on it!  A deposit is required at signup, but the next payment isn't due until January.  And you can use your RETURNIP coupon for a discount.  Early signup ensures you get this seasons price.  Were you on the wait list for an egg share in 2014?  Early signups get you an egg share before they sell out!

Are you looking to take care of your Winter wellness?  Looking for natural immunity boosters before cold and flu season starts?  Try out a Red Clover Herbal Apothecary Winter CSA share. 

Looking to eat up local foods through the cold Winter?  We highly recommend the Winter Share of Foxtail Farm!  This will get you deliveries of storage crops, homemade breads, granola, soups, and frozen veggies for multiple deliveries from November into 2015.  Deliveries are once every three weeks.  Please have a look and consider this option!  Foxtail Winter Share is a great value!  Contact Foxtail Farm for their 2014 sign up information. 

Next week we will put out the member survey. We hope you have enjoyed the season and look forward to being your farmers for as long as you'll have us! 

This week on the farm....

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And some beautiful mornings

and some garlic planting!

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and some more dirt eating happened

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some more dirt eating happened

each clove of garlic was planted into well fertilized soil by hand with love so that we may offer up big beautiful heads of garlic into your boxes next season!  We planted all that wasn't sold as the "garlic add on" plus a little over 100 pounds of seed that we purchased.  Garlic for all next season! 

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We all got in on planting.  Even our sweet kitty Whitman came out to the field to help out. 

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Otto spread some milkweed seed in hopes of good butterfly habitat for next season.

The pak choi stood up and said "Hello!"

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The cabbage patch offered up some heads that were too big for CSA boxes

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The daikon radish jumped up out of the soil and said "Pick me!  Pick me!"

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The colors continued to get even more beautiful!  We had no idea that was even possible.

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And we had some fun times, as usual.  And quality control stayed on top of the job.  And after two wonderful seasons, our jewel of an employee, Miranda hit the road for new adventures.  Her hard work and nurturing spirit and genuine care made a lasting impression on the farm and our hearts.  We feel lucky to have had her in our community and we feel lucky to count her as a great friend.  Bon Voyage, Mud Pie!  Come on back anytime!