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CSA Week #21

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Well, I do believe our Indian Summer is gone and maybe fall too – this week end and actually most of the week was pretty cold and damp and rainy!  I don’t typically have the doors closed for CSA days, but this week would have just been too cold and windy to have the doors open!
We still are trying to get our potatoes harvested!  It is do or die mode now!  This week is looking like we might be able to get them all done – but I don’t put too much confidence in the weather forecasts on being 100% accurate!  So, if you come to the CSA on either Tuesday or Thursday and you don’t see me but Valerie instead you will know that we were able to get potatoes harvested!!
***ONE NOTE*** IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN THAT WILL BE TRICK OR TREATING ON THURSDAY AND THAT IS YOUR DAY TO COME TO THE CSA – YOU CAN SWITCH TO TUESDAY IF THAT WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR YOU!  IF YOU COULD JUST LET ME KNOW SO I KNOW TO HAVE MORE PRODUCT FOR TUESDAY THAT WOULD BE GREAT!!!
Also – the winner winner vegetable dinner this week is Karin Leffel. I will have one last giveaway this week so that the winner can pick it up the last week of the CSA.  (Did I just say last week – say it isn’t so!!!!)  So, it will be another harvest basket giveaway this week!!  Don’t forget to sign up!!
It will be 10 tickets for a full share and 5 tickets for a half share this week.
Available for you this week will be……………..
Garlic
Potatoes – Red, White and Yukon Golds
Onions – sweet spanish, cooking and reds
Shallots
Bell Peppers and some specialty hot and sweet peppers
Cabbage – Red, Savoy and Green (these varieties are all good winter keepers)
Pie Pumpkins
Kale
Broccoli
Brussel Sprouts
Cauliflower
Butternut
Dumpling
Spaghetti (it’s not real pretty and not real big)
Here are some different ways to do Brussel Sprouts (thanks Hiedi)
– preheat oven to 350 degrees. spray an 8″ by 8″ glass or non stick pan. place 1 lb of Brussels sprouts on bottom, then cover the sprouts with 1 lb of sliced kielbasa, which allows the sausage juices to drip over the spouts. Cover with foil & bake for 40 minutes.
– olive oil, season salt, garlic, sauteed.
–  blanch them for a few minutes, cut in half and then saute with olive oil, fresh garlic, salt and pepper and balsamic vinegar. Yummy.
– Roasted Brussels as above then tossed with pomegranate.
Maybe that will give you a few different ways to do them!  Enjoy!!
I will see you all on either Tuesday or Thursday from 2 – 7 !!
Happy Halloween!!
Until then………………
Gail

CSA Week #20 – October 22nd & 24th

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Well, it looks as if our Indian Summer may be on its way out.  They are calling for much cooler weather by the week end – they have even started to suggest that four letter word that starts with S to maybe start showing up!  I am absolutely not ready for that yet!  We are surprised that we still have some decent peppers left.  We have not gotten a killing frost yet, but it looks like maybe Jack is on his way this week too!

We are still in the process of harvesting winter squash – however, we can see the bright light at the end of the squash field – we are almost done picking up all the winter squash and putting it in the barn – potatoes, on the other hand, are a different story.  I would LOVE to see the bright light at the end of the potato field, but that won’t be for a little bit yet.  The harvest is yielding like crazy – which is a great thing – but we are slowly starting to run out of space to store them!  We are truly blessed to have such an abundant crop of potatoes when the season didn’t start out looking that great – at one point early after we planted we had potatoes under water – we have had to skip those spots but still are digging lots and lots of potatoes.  It is taking us about 5 minutes to fill a 20 bushel bin full of potatoes!  If the weather cooperates and we can miss a few rain showers than we can keep digging.  Right now they are in the best place possible – (although ideally the in the barn would be great) but right now they are in their own natural root cellar – so weather pending we will keep on harvesting potatoes this week!

We will again have a giveaway this week – I will be doing another harvest basket – everyone seems to like those so I will be doing it this week and again next week (you read that right – two weeks in a row) that way the last week I won’t have the drawing so you whomever would win wouldn’t have to come back to the farm to get it.

This week full shares will receive 10 items and half shares will receive 5 items…………

New this week…………..

CSA Savoy cabbage

Savoy cabbage – this is a lighter/sweeter tasting cabbage and is great for coleslaw – or cabbage rolls because the leaves are softer and more pliable for rolling.

Red Cabbage – this is often used in salads and coleslaw and is used alot in German dishes.

Green Cabbage – we are now harvesting our winter cabbage – which means that it will store for long periods of time – keep it somewhere cool and just peel the outer layer and it will look as good as the day it was picked.

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Brussels Sprouts – this is how they grow – we peel the outer leaves off and use huge clippers to cut the bottom of the stem and you just have to pluck off the sprouts – they look like little mini cabbage heads – very sweet and are very good for you!

Garlic

Potatoes – also 10 lb. bags and 50 lb. bags will be available for you to purchase.

Onions – sweet spanish, red and cooking

Shallots

Pie Pumpkins

Acorn Squash

Dumpling Squash – tastes like Acorn but sweeter

Butternut Squash

Kale

Cauliflower

Peppers – Bells, sweets and hots

I look forward to seeing you either on Tuesday or Thursday between the hours of 2 – 7!  Have a great week!

 

Until then………………..

Gail

For those of you that have asked about Lexi she is fine – she has been staying in the house because as she is getting older she tends to be a little cranky around a lot of people – and with a lot of small kids that come every week I would feel awful if she nipped at anyone!

Lexi in basket

And here is a throwback photo of Lacee when we first got her – she was such a cute little thing – now she is almost as big as a horse – but lots of fun and all the kids just love her almost as much as she loves seeing them every week!!

Little Lacee

I can’t imagine her trying to fit in there now!!

CSA Week #19 – October 15th & 17th

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Wow – hard to believe that there are only a few weeks left for the CSA!  Where has the time gone?  We continue to stay busy here on the farm!  This week our potato harvester was brought out and was greased and a few minor repairs were made and it was ready to go!

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Here is what the machine looks like – we searched for quite a while before we found exactly what we wanted – and would make our job easier!

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Paul drives the tractor and sets it on the row of potatoes that need to be dug.  The machine then digs the potatoes and sends them up the conveyor to where I am standing and usually one other person.

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We pick off any stones or clumps of dirt or potatoes that look green or have been sliced – the good potatoes travel on down into the bin.  The red strands of plastic help to let the potatoes fall into the bin gently without getting bruised – there is a big “pillow” inside the bin so the potatoes will hit that and then roll into the bin.  It takes us about 5 minutes to fill a bin and a bin will hold about 20 bushel of potatoes.  The help really enjoys when the harvester comes out of the barn – it is much easier to stand and sort potatoes then to bend over and fill hampers – and it is much faster!  As we get older we are always trying to find ways to better improve our harvest methods!  If we can save from bending over and having an aching back the next day then we are all for it!  It’s not easy getting older!!

This week full shares will receive 10 tickets and half shares will receive 5.

You can chose from the following……….

Garlic

Potatoes  – also available are 10 lb. bags and 50 lb. bags for purchase

Onions – cooking, sweet spanish and red

Shallots

Eggplant – last week

Peppers – bell peppers, sweet banana’s, cubanelles, yummy’s (these are small orange peppers that are extremely sweet and have very little seeds) poblano’s, jalapeno’s, green hots and yellow hots.

Cabbage

Pie Pumpkins

Kale

Cauliflower – white, orange and purple this week

Acorn Squash

CSA orange buttercup

Orange Buttercup – tastes just like a regular buttercup but sweeter – it has a drier consistency – much like mashed potatoes and this squash makes the best pumpkin pies!

Green Beans

I look forward to seeing you all on either Tuesday or Thursday between the hours of 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Until then……………..

Gail

 

 

CSA Week #18 – October 8th & October 10th

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It’s a soggy, rainy day here on the farm today – but that doesn’t mean we get the day off!  We have orders for Tops in Batavia and Attica and two Wegmans up in Buffalo.  So, I guess we are just like the postal service – we work in any kind of weather!  At least it isn’t freezing cold!!

All this rain has really done a number on the tomatoes that were left out in the field – they are pretty much split and not real pretty!  So I hope you all took advantage of the tomatoes you got last week because that was the last of them! 🙁  It was a good season while it lasted!  Now on to potato harvest!  We are hoping to get the harvester out this week and get it greased and ready to go!  The field that Paul planted the potatoes in this year is stone free – it’s like a dream come true to know we won’t be picking off a lot of stone on the harvester!  Those bins will be filling up with potatoes quicker than ever!  We have been waiting for the weather to get a little cooler before we harvest too many.  It is not good to harvest potatoes when it is really warm out because then they won’t store very well.

If you come to the CSA on Thursday I will not be there in the later afternoon.  Now, don’t worry, someone will be there to cover my absence.  Every year I attend the Breast Cancer awareness dinner that is held in Batavia and my daughter Kelsey goes with me.  Why you ask?  Well, believe it or not, I am a breast cancer survivor!  In 2007, I did a self examanation and found a lump – went to the doctor – had a biopsy – and it was breast cancer.  It was caught early and after 16 chemo treatments, 33 radiations and surgery I have now been cancer free for 6 years. Praise God! I am a true believer in self examinations and getting your yearly mammogram (or however often they want you to get it)!  It was not a horrible ordeal – the worst part for me was losing my hair, but on the good side it was a hot summer that year and I was always the first one ready anytime we went anywhere!  I do feel that because of my strong faith and positive attitude that it was nothing more than an annoying “cold” that I had to go through.  It was not going to get in the way of my life or my work on the farm – it was going to take a back seat in my life!  I assured Paul that I would be around for many, many more years of nagging and that he wasn’t going to get out that easy! So, I like to go every year to this dinner and enjoy going with my daughter Kelsey.  This year we are wearing matching shirts that say………….

CSA breast cancer shirt

This week we have some new items to add to your choices.  Full shares will receive 10 tickets and half shares will receive 5 tickets.  You will be able to pick…………

CSA Cauliflower

You can pick from either white cauliflower or orange cauliflower – the orange cauliflower is a little creamier and sweeter tasting than the white – we will have these for a week or two so you can try one this week and the other one next week.

Garlic

Potatoes

Onions – sweet spanish, red, and cooking

Shallots

Eggplant

Peppers – bells, sweet banana’s, cubanelles, hots – jalapeno’s, yellow hots, green hots, poblano’s, habanero’s and cherry hots

Cabbage

Pie Pumpkins

Kale

Dumpling Squash – which tastes alot like Acorn squash but sweeter (you cook it just the same)

Acorn Squash

So, we look forward to seeing you either on Tuesday or Thursday this week from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.!

***There will be a sign up this week for the giveway – it will be for a harvest basket (or box) which includes squash, potatoes, onions, garlic and other fall items!***

 

Until then –

Gail

CSA Week #17 – Oct. 1st & 3rd

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It’s already starting out crazy here on the farm!  This week end Wegman’s had inventory so instead of our usual deliveries on Sunday (when there isn’t much traffic on the road) they wanted their produce on Monday morning – so we have been to 2 stores already and back home to wash and reload and head out to 4 more!  It’s a good kind of crazy!

So, sorry for the short email this week – here is what you will be able to choose from this week………………

Full shares will receive 10 tickets and half shares will receive 5 tickets……….

Garlic

Tomatoes

Potatoes

Onions – sweet spanish, cooking and reds

Shallots

Eggplant – both the purple and striped

Peppers – bells – greens, suntans, and colored peppers

Hot Peppers – green, yellow, poblano’s, jalapeno’s, serrano’s, habanero’s, cherry hots and bulgarian carrots’

Sweet Peppers – sweet banana’s and cubanelles

Cabbage

Broccoli

Pie Pumpkins

***New this week*** Kale

***New this week*** Butternut Squash

Looking forward to seeing all of you on either Tuesday or Thursday this week from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Until then,

 

Gail

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