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Farm Happening for November 8, 2021

Posted on November 8th, 2021 by Ilene Freedman

Admin--Last CSA is 11/25. 

Last CSA pickup of the season is Thanksgiving weekend--Thursday November 25-27. Come Thursday or Friday or Saturday. Some families are planning to bring extended family to visit the farm. You are welcome to do this. Or reschedule that delivery for November 18, even if that doubles your harvest. Just select produce that keeps well, like potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut, garlic or nappa cabbage. 

Anyone planning a House in the Woods Thanksgiving? CSA member Stefanie is working her menu around the CSA harvest. She’s got red peppers and napa cabbage already sauteed and frozen, waiting for her stuffing recipe. She’s got butternut squash puree ready for soup. She’ll use sweet potatoes for a casserole. And more. I know I’m in charge of bringing the sweet potatoes to my family gathering, which will probably be roasted with a few other veggies. If you are gathering for this holiday, or any family dinner this month, we are pleased to help provide for your table. 

Sweet sweets

Our sweet potatoes are so sweet, no marshmallows needed...we grow the sweetness right into the sweet potatoes. In fact, I believe the marshmallow topped casserole was created for mediocre not-sweet sweet potatoes.

Roasted Sweet Potato Slabs

This week I baked some sweets (skins on), cut into thick slabs, tossed with a little olive oil and salt and pepper, til they were soft and started to brown. Took about 30 minutes at 350 degrees. The slabs were actually carmelized. Served with honey-srirachi-ketchup...divine! OK, that dip was sweeter than we needed too, but such a great taste combo. 

To Instapot or not-a-pot?

How about the Instapot? Nah. Insta fans might disagree, but I don’t recommend the Instapot for sweet potatoes, personally. Maybe on the slow cooker setting it would work better, but I haven’t tried it yet. The slower heat of baking really brings out the sweetness and texture. 

What’s Growing On

Are you loving the fall greens? They really are exceptional. Phil continues to be a lettuce wizard. It’s easy to get lettuce to grow full in October and November. What’s tricky is germinating it in mid-August.