Season extension, Week 2 October 29

What's in the box?

  • onions
  • potatoes
  • carrots
  • butternut squash
  • spinach
  • collard greens
  • turnips
  • cabbage
  • brussel sprouts
  • broccoli (a few people got bulk carrots instead because we ran out of broccoli)

Notes on the box. 

Fingerling potatoes are so yummy.  My favorite way to cook them is to roast them.  But to make them the very best way, par boil them whole and THEN cut the bigger ones in halves or quarters and leave smaller ones whole.  Finish them by roasting in the oven in a cast iron skillet and top with lots of butter at about 450 until the outsides are browned and crisp.

Spinach is sweetened by the frost now and sweet.  Great for fresh eating in a salad or for cooking.    We washed it, but always suggest another washing to be sure there's no dirt.

Collard greens are also frost sweetened and nice.  The greens just get better when the weather gets cold.  

Cheese shares.

It's lasagna time!  Spinach and this ricotta together is sure to make a nice one!  Or Butternut squash lasagna.  Yum.  I love making ricotta when it's cold out.  The milk has to be heated to 180 degrees before the acid is added to coagulate the milk into the ricotta.  The whole cheese room gets very warm and toasty.  Sometimes I really miss being out in the field, but being inside on these cold days makes me feel very lucky! 

And Antares, our cows milk manchego.  A favorite, for sure. 

Recipes. 

Butternut Spinach Lasagnain case you can't decide on one or the other!

Japanese Cabbae Pancake  Uses 6 cups of cabbage, that will make a dent in your cabbage supply

Braised Cabbage

Pan Roasted Turnips and Carrots

Large dice turnips and thick coin carrots.  Heat a pan over medium heat with some oil of your choice.  Add turnips and carrots and saute for a few minutes.  Add a splash of water or stock and cover.  Uncover and stir occasionally until carrots and turnips are fork tender.  When they are, uncover the pan and turn the heat up to allow water to evaporate and edges of turnips and carrots to caramelize.  You can add some crushed garlic, crushed red pepper, butter, soy sauce, and honey or any combination of those if you like.  Otherwise you can season with a little salt.  The veggies are so tasty they don't need much dressing up! 

 

On the farm.

It's snowing as I write this.   

It got cold!  It got the kind of cold that once you get cold, you don't feel warm for the rest of the day until you get a hot shower.  Damp and misty cold.  The kind of cold that calls for more coffee! And soup, stews, braised food, and going to bed early. 

We hope you keep your oven going with these veggies and stock pile what you can't use for later.  Stay warm and stay dry out there! 

 Sadie enjoying the Wintery mix before the snow started

Sadie enjoying the Wintery mix before the snow started