From the Farmer

Week 19 – 10/10/2012
Hello CSA Members,
 
In the tradition of harvest moons, cider and cider donuts, hot drinks, chili and spicy kisses, pumpkin ale on the porch with your sweetie (we’ll not advertise for any particular brewery, but a certain regional aquatic-canine brew comes to mind), sweaters a.m. and p.m., changing light, time to wear socks, crunchy leaves, cozy, shared tents, and maybe a first campfire – fall is here.
 
Come to the farm and enjoy the best of it for a CSA potluck on Sunday, October 21 from 4 p.m. ‘till the eating is done. We’ll eat, we’ll socialize, we’ll climb on (stationary) tractors, and walk the farm as you like. This is a casual get together: make or bring a dish, make or bring your family, and make or bring a game or musical instrument if you like.
 
Please let us know if you plan to attend – and what you think you’ll bring (main course, side dish, dessert, drinks, etc). Drop us a line at info@willowsfordfarm.com, or call the farm hotline: (571) 297-6900.
 
In Your Share – the End is Near for…
 
… tomatoes and basil. Tomatoes, red and green may trickle in the next couple of weeks, and plan to make that last batch of pesto. Pour into an ice cube tray and freeze it for winter.
 
The end is not near for salad and cooking greens. They love it when the weather turns cold. They sweeten and turn deep colors. The butterhead lettuce is sweet and smooth and there is a salad mix with arugula, kale, and other non-lettuce greens. I recommend a sweet salad dressing with these. Try this one: mayonnaise, maple syrup, garlic and sea salt, add water to reach the consistency you prefer. It will surprise you.
 
Remember you can save your sweet potatoes and winter squash if they pile up for a week. They like a cool dark place, 50-60 degrees. Try your basement or cool garage. Give them good air circulation, and check on them here and there if you’re storing them long term; if one gets bruised it may go bad, and you’ll want to remove it.
 
Be great and have a good week,
 
Mike
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