From the Farmer

Week 20 – 10/1/2014

In Your Share

We have a really beautiful box for you this week: waning summer crops (eggplant and okra) plus fall comes on as arugula, bok choi, broccoli… This box feels alive.  It will make you feel good.  The salad greens are a very nice mix of lettuce and tat soi, kale, mizuna, mustard and arugula.  Give it a warm salad dressing – garlic and maple always helps that.  The separate bag of arugula is good for another salad (goat cheese, walnut and apples?) or for using like a cooking green.  It’s so perfect right now we recommend eating it raw as a salad. 

Acorn squash is a fall squash, like Delicata; they’re ready to eat without the usual curing.  Ours are curiously meal-size this year – cut them in half and bake with butter and brown sugar, or if you’re feeling adventurous cut off the top like Jack O Lantern and stuff it with quinoa, faro, or ground beef.  Can’t really go wrong no matter what you do. 

Bonnie on TV, Crostata, and Winter Squash at the Farm Stand

Great news!  Vegetable Crostata from Chef Bonnie Moore will be at the Farm Stand this season.  You may have caught a glimpse of Bonnie making these on a Fox 5 DC segment about the upcoming event to raise money in support of the National Network to End Domestic Violence.  Bonnie is amazing.  Her crostata is ridiculous, and she and Stephanie are making them for the Farm Stand.  We’ve sold out of these for this Saturday, but they are here for the season.

This week Bonnie tells us all about crostata, so try your hand at making your own.  We have all sorts of winter squash to try, including Butternut, Kuri, Kubocha, pie pumkins, Delicata and Acorn and several beautiful, heritage varieties of squash/pumpkin.  These last ones are great for the front stoop but they’re also great tasting, they bake well and they make nice pie.  You can slice and freeze them, too.

You’ll see one or two winter squash in your share for most of the rest of the season.  If there’s something you’d like to make and want to swap out squash for squash (acorn for butternut, for example), please do.

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