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Fall CSA Box #4 (Click continue Reading to see whole newsletter)

Posted on October 19th, 2020 by Ayla Dodge

Hello Members!  This is the LAST BOX OF THE SEASON!  We hope you have enjoyed the fall harvests from our farm.  We've had some really great crops and some challenging crops but that is the way with vegetable farming! This week we are going to try to get all of our fall carrots and beets out of the ground for winter sales. The weather is not looking in our favor because if the ground is frozen it is hard to get those roots out of the ground, not to mention cold for us!  But, these are things we know and can kind of expect this time of year. 

Stay tuned for a couple winter deliveries we have in the works and, of course, you can always sign up for pastured pork, chicken and soon we will have more grass-fed beef up for sale, too.


Here is what is in the box box this week:

Brussels Sprouts- 1 lb.  Not bitter at all as these have had hard frosts in the field now.  Make sure to cook until well browned and carmelized with the oil or fat that you use- it makes them so tasty! Cut the ends off and the outer couple leave will comes off and clean them up nicely.  Then I usually cut them in half so the cooking time is less. Cheesy Brussels Sprouts Bake

Parmesan Crusted Brussels

Spinach, bagged- .5 lb of sweet big leafy spinach!  We have been enjoying a fresh salad every night with this spinach and a simple dressing. Keeps well for up to 2 weeks. 

Salad Greens- A hefty .5 lb of spring mix.  

Famosa (savoy wrinkly leaves) or Green Cabbage- Our cabbages really did not size up the way we hoped this fall, but they are nice and crisp and sweet and tender.  Savoy is great is soup. 


Savoy Cabbage Wedges with Buttermilk Dressing

Savoy Cabbage Soup

Red Beets, bulk-1.5 lbs Great roasted with garlic, carrots or potatoes and onions.

Beet Soup with Caraway

Onions Red- We did not have a lot of red onions this year, but we thought we would sneak some in for ya in this last box.  Enjoy!

Broccoli- A few folks are not going to get broccoli in their box.  The weather turned and we harvested absolutely every head we could but are a few heads shy.


Red Radishes- Great with a fresh spinach salad!

Winter Squash- Either Futsu (wrinkly brownish grey) or Butternut

Roasted Squash and Tahini Dip

Dino (Lacinato) Kale- Roasted Black Futsu Squash with Jasmine Kale

Winter Crunch Salad

Baby Red Russian Kale Bunch (for salads or cooking)

Thyme Bunch- Great for so many fall/winter dishes, soups, roasts...Dries easily if you hang it upside down 



hoophouse spinach!

Goodbye to our last round of broiler chickens this year!  We load and bring them to butcher today!  more delicious chicken in our freezer next week!

Kathleen looking very farmerly keeping the straw from falling off the wagon on its way up to the garlic.  

Lettuce in the hoophouse!


We hope you have a lovely, cozy, warm winter.  We'll be snuggled up with baby in a few weeks here, looking forward to the change in pace!

Take Care and Thank you for our family to your!

Ayla, James, Ronia, Edwin, little on to be and the crew!