This week marks the final CSA deliveries for the 2012 season. Eighteen weeks does not sound that long but it can be a struggle to keep the shares full of variety, high quality and not too repetitive week after week. It's a challenge that I enjoy but it can also be stressful knowing that I have to fill 75 bins each week. I really like our grab box system as I feel that it takes some of the stress out of my job by allowing members to customize their "shares".
The season officially began over seven months ago when I planted the first seeds (leeks) of the year on March 6 and here are are now harvesting the last of them this week. Back in March the last week of October was not in my thoughts but now it's here and another season is already on my mind waiting to be organized. I've taken a lot of notes this season comparing different varieties, harvest dates, what did and did not work well so hopefully 2013 planning will go a little smoother than it has in the past. It seems that planning never gets fully underway until late January or February but I'm aiming to start the first full week of November and be finished by the end of the month. That will be my Christmas present to myself!!!
|March plantings (lettuce)|
Some folks were given delicata squash with their share tonight. Here is a link to a nice tasty recipe. http://summertomato.com/better-than-butternut-roasted-delicata-squash-recipe/ I cooked some last week but I just cut them in half, scooped out the seeds and put a bit of brown sugar and butter and cook them cut side up until soft. I let the butter/sugar mixture settle into the meat of the squash and then cut them up and put on a plate, very pretty and very yummy.
A very yummy looking dish that I'm going to try this weekend for baked apples, no veggies in this recipe but its looks amazing none the less. http://ohsheglows.com/
Here are some pictures to enjoy of the last weeks harvest and farm adventures.
|Beautiful bok choy waiting to be harvested|
|All lined up pretty and headed for the wash station|
|Red scarlet turnips|
|Yummy & beautiful turnips|
|Having the best time running in the leaves|
|And then stealing the pumpkins|
|I love being so close to my family. They were digging potatoes right next door so Ben, Jake and myself hopped in for a drive|
|Hard to see but we're all squished in the cab with Dad to take a trip around the field while Dad winrows some spuds. Nice ride eh!!!|
|Ben & Jake's Halloween craft project made while at Grammy's.|
|Can you spot all six kittens? We only have three left now to find homes for.|
Jen, Derek, Ben & Jake