FROM THE FARMERS
This time of year, folks are always asking us if things are slowing down on the farm, and in some ways they do. Frost comes, cover crops are planted, and we have that extra cup of coffee in the morning. We also have a chance to catch up on all the projects and tasks we’ve neglected all summer. Moving that pile of tomato stakes into the barn, cutting brush out of a fence line, or finally plowing under that weedy winter squash field can be very rejuvenating.
We also find energy in the fall garden. The peas are blooming, spring onions popping up in distinguishable rows, and a greenhouse filling up with transplants ready to take their turn in the warmth of the hoop houses. We are using this energy, along with the support we have received from our fall CSA members, to venture into more uncharted waters… filling CSA boxes after the frost.
OUR FALL & WINTER PROJECTS
- Clean up our mess from this year
- Build two more large hoop houses to increase our off season production
- Start converting the tobacco barn into a washing and packing facility
- Fence, fence, fence
- Build a larger brooder house
We are still taking orders for Thanksgiving turkeys. The are raised on pasture and will be fresh from the butcher. Pickup will be at the farm on Sunday, November 18. While you are picking up your turkey, stock your freezer with some chicken. We will have our full selection available.
WEEK #27 CSA Share Contents
- SPAGHETTI SQUASH
- LETTUCE MIX
- SWEET POTATOES
- SALAD TURNIPS
FARM NOTES & EVENTS
- DON’T FORGET TO VOTE TODAY
- THANKSGIVING TURKEYS (order now) pick-up @ farm November 18
- Thanksgiving week CSA pickup will be Sunday, November 18 at the farm
Welcome to Lazy Eight’s first fall CSA. This is my favorite time of year to cook. It’s so nice to be in the kitchen with the oven on and a mug of tea in hand. Share your kitchen time with other CSA members by posting your favorite recipes to our forum. One idea to keep in the back of your mind throughout the season: Beans and Greens…
Saute onions and garlic in a dutch oven. Chop and toss in any and every kind of green in your CSA box (including the tops of your turnips, beets, and radishes). Pour in a good quantity of chicken or vegetable stock to simmer. Add your favorite kind(s) of beans. Season with smoked paprika, sage, bay leaves, salt, pepper, and whatever else suits your fancy. While the flavors are melding at a low heat, make a few hard-boiled eggs. Serve over rice or cornbread, with chopped eggs on top. A little bit of shredded cheese is nice, too.
Another good looking recipe: Lime Cilantro Purple Sweet Potatoes
Or check out this recipe from spoon fork bacon: Mashed Purple Sweet Potatoes with maple butter and toasted pecans