Week 11, September 4, 2014

What's in the box? 

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tomatoes (heirloom and slicers)

head lettuce

sweet and bell peppers

savory (herb bunch)

wee melon

dragon tongue beans

spinach

broccoli

arugula

onions

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same as above in smaller quantities, but no beans

Notes on the box... 

Savory has an intense peppery flavor and is excellent for seasoning beans, poultry, fish, and ground pork.

Tomatoes should be stored on your counter, stem side down.  I've included a recipe for roasting before freezing, but if you are short on time and would like to save some (and have the freezer space), you can cut out the core and freeze them whole in a freezer bag.  Then when you are ready to use them, thaw them out and as you warm them, the skins will slip off.  They are best used in soups during the winter.   

Recipes... 

[yumprint-recipe id='47'][yumprint-recipe id='46']Fresh Spinach Tomato and Tortellini Soup

Quinoa Spinach Mac and Cheese

On the farm...

Wow!  Summer passed very quickly this year!  We have been wearing sweaters and long sleeves and rain jackets lately.  The summer crops have or are quickly running out of steam.  Another week of tomatoes, though they may taste a little mealy and watery from the cool wet weather.  Peppers are still there, but slow to ripen.  Corn, melons, and other cucurbits have bit the dust...  Onions have been brought in for curing and cleaning.  There will be more carrots, beets, radishes, potatoes, and greens to look forward to.  Broccoli is back after a short break...  We hope you enjoyed the few hot days of Summer and that you are ready for the great cool down.  I'm sure there will be some more perfect days this season, and hopefully the first frost will hold off for long enough to get the peppers red and the winter squash ripe in the field.  We have yet to put in our wagers for first frost, but feel free to take a guess as to when you think it will be this year! 

We still have Winter Shares available.  They are really more of a fall extension share.  4 more weeks following the last CSA delivery of the normal season.  They will go until the week before Thanksgiving.  If you are unable to sign up, just email us to let us know that you would like to sign up and we can add the share to your account. 

Reminder:  Harvest Party will be September 20th.  Come between 3 or 4 to look around the farm, climb on tractors, visit animals, and have a ride in the farm gator or go kart!  There will be pumpkins to bring home and hopefully some music!  Dinner will be around 6 and we will provide burgers.  We ask that you bring a side to share.  Feel free to BYOB.  After dinner there will be a bonfire.  You are welcome to camp at the farm or check out some of the local campgrounds in Amery or Clear Lake.  Let us know if you plan on coming out! 

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Friend of the farm enjoying some sweet corn.  Nice work!

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 We wanted to share the Hungry Turtle Learning Center's September events.  The Chris Koza concert is the day before our harvest party.  Why not make a weekend of it and come camping in Amery or Clear Lake?:

FALL FORAGING WORKSHOP September 8, 6pm at Hungry Turtle Farm 410 125th Street | Amery, WI 54001 with Brett Laidlaw $20 participation fee | limit 12 participants Foraging is a good walk enhanced by the prospect of finding delectable wild foods. Weather permitting, we will take a walk in the early fall meadows and woods, looking for wild fruits, nuts, greens, and mushrooms. Afterwards, we will see what we can make from our finds, talk about safe foraging techniques, and discuss valuable resources for foragers. Wear sturdy shoes. Class limited to 12 participants. SIGN UP HERE!

AN EVENING OF MUSIC with Chris Koza and Rogue Valley $7 September 19, 7pm at Hungry Turtle Farm 410 125th Street | Amery, WI 54001 Known as one of the Twin Cities most dynamic live acts, Rogue Valley and lead singer/songwriter Chris Koza are an internationally-recognized band who perform regularly at top Twin Cities’ venues, festivals, and have extensively toured the US sharing stages with artists such as Lucinda Williams, The Jayhawks, and Nellie McKay among others. Their songs have been featured in television and film, most recently in Twentieth Century Fox’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. SIGN UP HERE!