From the Farmer

2018 CSA Week 19: The Equinox is Closing In

Dear CSA Members,

The equinox is closing in and these cool days have us getting ready not just for fall but for our Winter CSA too. As the length of each day shortens, plants have less sunlight to reach maturity so it’s vital that we get all of our winter vegetables seeded and in the ground over the next month. Even more than the winter cold it is this winter lack of daylight that stagnates plant growth, so this is an important time for us. Currently we are beginning to take our hothouse tomatoes out of the ground and convert those tunnels to greens production houses for winter growing!

This week in shares we have beautiful heads of Pac Choi or Tatsoi, two of my favorite varieties of Asian greens. Each has a lovely mild flavor and the leaves and stalks on both varieties are as tender and crisp as can be. You don’t need to cook these greens for very long because of how tender they are! I often throw raw Pac Choi or Tatsoi into a pot of soup or dish of fried rice and let it steam up right there. In addition to their delicious flavor and texture, both greens are loaded with vitamins and minerals essential to our health. Both veggies are particularly high in Vitamin A, which is important for skin and cellular growth and maintenance of the immune system, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Calcium, and Potassium.

Also in shares this week we have Spaghetti Squash! With its unique texture, this squash is definitely a standout and can be prepared in so many different ways. Probably my favorite way to prepare spaghetti squash is as if it were…well…spaghetti. I love pesto pasta so a couple years back I thought I would try to make a pesto spaghetti squash dish and it has been my go-to ever since. If you google Pesto Spaghetti Squash you’ll find one hundred different variations, but the following is one of my favorites:

Several other mouthwatering options below:

  1. A simple how-to prepare recipe: How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (The Best Way!)
  2. For carnivores 😊: Cajun Chicken Spaghetti Squash Bake
  3. For those who may want to incorporate multiple share ingredients: Vegetable Pad Thai

Small Shares

  • Asian Greens (Pac Choi or Tatsoi)
  • Garlic
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Shallots
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Tomatoes

Large Shares

  • Asian Greens (Pac Choi or Tatsoi)
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Herb Choice
  • Hot Peppers
  • Okra
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Shallots
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Tomatoes

Looking forward to seeing you all at the Farm Stand or Boat House this week for pick-up! Happy almost Fall!

Your Farmers,

Anya, Ashley and Penny the pup, Lex x800 happy hens and x10 silly mud lovin’ hogs, James and Rocko, Nathan, Kate, Christina, Amanda, Michelle, Anna, and last but not least Radish the best mouser a farm could ever ask for

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