Well, the big day is here. It’s not quite the end of the CSA yet – that is next week. But since nothing distracts the brain and body from pre-election anxiety like a cold and windy (and did I really see snowflakes?!) harvest day, you can say we lucked out today. Tomorrow, three of our family members will be standing outside polling places all day long; Eli will be in Appleton, I’ll be in Hope, and Bill will be in Warren. If you’re voting in person in those towns, we’ll be happy to see your friendly faces! If you’re in Rockland, you’ll be able to vote for a fellow CSA member, Sarah Austin, for City Council. Good luck Sarah!
Since I’ll be off greeting voters in Hope, a stellar crew of apprentices and volunteers will be managing the Tuesday delivery. There are a lot of moving pieces to the church delivery, and I’m so grateful to Lydia, Amanda and Caroline for being their extremely awesome selves and making sure that everything runs smoothly. It will be dark around 4:30, but they’ll have a big light set up for that final hour of pickup. Just be careful driving in and out of the parking lot – and bring a headlamp if you want extra light while going through the CSA line!
The last of the 2020 tomatoes were picked before the truly hard freeze last week. Becky slipped in just under the wire and harvested to save them from the fate of becoming tomatosicles. They may not have the soft deliciousness of an August tomato, but a local tomato of any sort in November? Feels like it might be a record for us. And even with the relatively frozen nights, as long as the sun comes out and temperatures rise during the day, we’re still able to harvest some greens. Kale and the spinach under row cover have both weathered the cold so far. Enjoy them while you can!
Vote safely, text or call with any questions, give my gratitude to the crew and friends for making it possible for me to support Bill on election day, and see you on the other side!
CSA Vegetables Week Twenty-One: Spinach/Lettuce Mix, Kale, Red/Savoy/Green Cabbage, Daikon/Watermelon Radish, Rutabaga, Parsley, Potatoes, Carrots, Onion, Cherry/Slicing Tomatoes, Garlic
Add-ons Week 19: Apples, Milk, Yogurt, Eggs, Oil/Vinegar, Cheese, Ferments, Tofu, Mushrooms, Bread (crackers)
This week’s recipes: Brown-Roasted Rutabaga Wedges, Fried Greens Meatlessballs, Cabbage Salad with Apples and Walnuts