Despite many members asking if last week was the final week of the Fall CSA, we actually still have two deliveries to go! The mild fall has meant that greens continue to thrive in the field, and we even have hopes that our final planting of cabbage will have time to head up before the hard frosts arrive. The downside to the warm fall is that many pests that would usually be gone by now are still running strong. The Brussels Sprouts, which we’ve been looking forward to eating since we transplanted them in May, have been terribly attacked by aphids. It’s nearly impossible to fully clean off the aphids without scrubbing each sprout individually. By the end of the harvest day Saturday we realized that doing so was an impossibility. So we’ll continue to harvest the Brussels Sprouts stalks and give them a quick wash, but then they’ll go into the ‘extras and seconds’ zone for those of you to take who really love the sprouts and have the tenacity to clean them up.
We will continue to have shallot, onion, and now garlic bulk bags available at the CSA pick-ups or by arrangement at the farm. Garlic is 5 lbs for $40, Shallots are 5 lbs for $25, and Onions are 25 lbs for $35.
We anticipate having free PYO gleaning available for our members at the end of the CSA season. At the end of the final CSA week I’ll send out a map with the location of kale, chard, radishes, collards, cilantro, beets, parsley, turnips, rutabaga and more. You will be welcome to come by the farm any time to harvest what you’d like.
Finally, mark your calendars! Longtime CSA member Hanako Nakazato of monohanako (modern Japanese pottery) in Union will have a pottery 2nds sale on Sunday, November 6th. Deeply discounted selections will include imperfect pieces with small aesthetic flaws and older work no longer suitable for galleries. This is a special opportunity for our CSA members and one day only, so don’t miss your chance! Sunday, November 6 from 10am to 5pm at 534 Shepard Hill Rd Union, ME.
Have a wonderful week, and stay warm and dry!
Reba and the HCF crew
Fall CSA Week 5 of 6: Onions, Shallots, Carnival or Acorn Winter Squash, Salad Mix, Swiss Chard, Rutabagas, Carrots, Garlic, [Napa Cabbage, Tomatoes]
Fall Week Five Add-ons: Grain, Eggs, Mushrooms, Cheese, Milk, Fiore, Bread, Tofu
This week’s recipes: “You Won’t Believe These” Brown-Roasted Rutabaga Wedges, Ziti with Winter Squash and Roasted Garlic, Creamy Greens and Shallots