2014 CSA distribution #25

Second-to-last share of the season; this one comes with a whiff of winter about it. Due to the serious cold snap coming midweek, we’ll be harvesting everything for both deliveries (and quite a bit for the Thanksgiving share) on Sunday. Virtually everything we offer this time of year has good storage qualities, so there should be no issue in doing so. With Thursday’s forecast high of 36 (and previous night low of 22), just getting things packed in our open barn will be an exercise in efficiency!

Monday’s shares will be delivered somewhat earlier than usual, as we have family arriving for a visit that afternoon. Check the Twitter feed for specific updates. Also, remember that the following week there will be no share, followed by the final Thanksgiving share on Monday Nov 24 for ALL MEMBERS.

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PRODUCE

Sweet potatoes Mix of white fleshed and orange fleshed varieties. Some of these will be small, and the small ones are great for cubing up & roasting. No need to peel.
Garlic
More B-size heads this time; we’re holding onto some nice Jumbo heads for the Thanksgiving share.
Leeks
Lettuce mix The last of the loose leaf. We’ll be harvesting this before the temperatures plummet.
Napa cabbage (full share only)
Kale Red Russian kale this time.
Beets Mix of varieties, with the cylindrical & sensibly named Cylindra variety being the most common.
Kohlrabi This is a variety that grows bigger than the ones we distributed in the spring. This was our favorite new trial of 2013: crisp, sweet, delicious. Probably best to peel these; the skin can be kind of tough. Great for munching. Slice some up and serve alongside a pile of carrot sticks, no adornments necessary.
Golden turnips
Carrots
Parsnips
Radishes Long, white daikon radishes this time. A nice addition to stir fry. Or a good candidate for fermentation, whether added to kraut or kimchi, or on their own.

HERBS

The herb quantities are diminishing, and herbs that can stand up to the cold don’t grow very much at this time of year. Therefore, this week we’re going to refrain from harvesting what is available in order to be able to provide a better offering of herbs for Thanksgiving. This decision is also motivated by the cold forecast (barely above freezing) that likely wouldn’t allow us to harvest herbs for Thursday anyway. In the meantime, and in lieu of herbs, we have a special treat for those of you with herb gardens of your own.

Walking onion bulblets These are for planting, not for eating. If you think way back to the first shares of the season, green onions played a featured role. Most of those were walking onions, a type of non-bulbing perennial onion that reproduces by putting on clusters of small bulblets. If the plants are left to do their own thing, these bulblets flop to the ground a little distance away from the parent plant, sprout, and produce more onions. Thus, the name walking onion. (They can also be managed in a way that is a bit more structured, which is what we do.) In any case, they are a classic part of a cottage garden, they’ll tolerate a wide range of soils, and they can even handle some shade. We have more than we need, so we thought we would share. All you have to do is find a spot of bare ground (this fall), tuck them in the soil, and let them go.

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