Week 16; September 20, 2018

What’s in the box?

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Parsley
heirloom tomatoes
beets
Black Futsu Squash
Arugula
Spinach
Butternut Squash
Cilantro
Radish
Onions
Bell Peppers/ Sweet Peppers

Notes on the box.

This is the second to last box! Next week is the last week of the main season delivery. Season Extension will continue on for four weeks for people with Eat Like a Farmer, Eat Like a Vegetarian Farmer, and Season Extension shares.
Winter Squash! Black Futsu and Butternut Squash will hold for quite a long time, so no pressure to eat them all in a week. They will keep for at least a month and possibly two months. They should be kept dry and out of the fridge. The skin of the Futsu is edible and I like them cut into moons and roasted or cut in half and roasted and used for stuffed squash. The Butternut should be peeled and can be used for squash soup, curries, or ravioli or pie filling.
Happy to have parsley and cilantro at the same time. It means you can make Chimichuri! See recipe below. Put it on roasted Futsu moons, carrots and beets, or really just about anything for a wonderful bright flavor.

Cosmic Wheel Creamery Cheese Shares.

The Herdsman. You got this one earlier in the season, but this batch is quite different. The earlier one was made in early spring before the pastures were really growing. This batch was made in June and it’s a nice little golden nugget that tastes like grass and sunshine! I send Cheese Curds again this week so that I would have some for people to snack on at the Harvest Party and to bring to a cheese making demo that I’ll be doing for school kids. Enjoy these little squeakers!

Recipes.

Chimichurri

Sausage and Apple Stuffed Squash (recipe calls for acorn, but Futsu would be great)

Black Bean and Butternut Squash Quesadillas

Stovetop Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

On the Farm

We hope you can make it to the farm for the Harvest Party this Saturday the 22nd. It’s a potluck, but don’t feel like you can’t come if you don’t bring a dish. Bring your friends and family. All are welcome! We will get started about 4 and we will be making some kabobs and veggie dishes to share. There will be tours, tractors to play on, fields to explore, and animals to see. At sundown we will have a little fundraiser for the Land Stewardship Project. We will share some info about LSP and show some short documentaries in the barn. Then we will show a fun movie for the whole family. The suggested donation to see movies is $10 and that will get you an LSP membership. We really appreciate this organization and think anyone that cares about local and sustainable agriculture will appreciate them, too!
Send us a quick RSVP if you plan on coming so we can get a rough count of people coming out. Let us know if you have any questions. For directions you can put Turnip Rock Farm into google maps and you’ll get here!

Below is a message from our dear friend, neighbor, and herbalist Nancy of Red Clover Apothecary. She is offering her Seasonal herbal CSA share for Fall/Winter. Be prepared! Your herbal share can be delivered to your Turnip Rock CSA drop site. Order soon!

Happy Autumn to all,
It's that time of year. Our Earth in this part of the world is moving further away from the Sun. And the plants are moving their energy down into their roots to be stored for the winter. We know what's coming. It's both beautiful and harsh.  
It's the perfect time of year to sign-up for our Fall/Winter Herbal Share. The herbal remedies in our share help build immunity and protect us against the flu.

What's in the share this year:

Elderberry Syrup – 6 oz.
Winter Warming Elixir – 10 oz.
Winter Wellness Formula Extract – 2 oz.
Herbal Sore Throat Spray with Calamus Root – 1 oz.
Herbal Cold Season Tea – 1.5 oz.

For detailed information on each herbal remedy and to sign-up, please go to http://www.redcloverapothecary.com/…/whats-in-the-herbal-c…/

Wanted to share some of the great pictures that Joel took when he visited the farm. So great to connect with fellow farmers! Joel said he grows a lot of butternut squash and it’s a favorite. We are dreaming of visiting and working on his farm in Kenya some Winter!