Late Fall CSA 12/2

mustard - red giant

Dear Loyal Members,

Egg shares will be delivered this week. 

We hope you all had a very blessed and healthy holiday.  Eating healthfully can be very difficult this time of year and hence keeping your immune system functioning properly can be a challenge.  We are so happy to be able to provide you with energy and mineral vegetables to offset the sugar and heavy foods of the season.

Adding bitter greens to your diet right now can be your best defense.  The minerals with keep your immune system strong.  Greens are very alkalizing which can combat the inflammatory foods of the season.  And the bitter flavors can keep you from craving all the sugar.  Eat your greens!  They are growing wonderfully and have built up antioxidants to defend themselves against the cold.  See the recipes below for great ways to eat your greens.

Emails:

  • We will be sending out an email each Saturday evening with the list for the week.
  • If for some reason you do not see the email please check our website. The weekly email will be on our blog which will be located on every page of the website on the right side bar.  http://bhorganicproduce.com/

Order:

  • If you can choose more than one of an item than it will be stated.
  • If it is not stated, than you may not order more than one of an item.
  • However, if you choose more than one of an item it will be counted as more than 1 item. For instance, if you choose to order 2 orders of spinach it will count as 2 of your items.
  • If it states that you may order 2 (or 3) than this counts as 2 (or 3) of your items.
  • At times a selection may say you can order“X OR Z” this means you cannot order both items.
  • The Late Fall CSA share is 6 items per week.
    • If you choose less than 6 items we will choose the other items to make up for it.
    • If you choose more than 6 items we will delete the extra items.
  • On the new ordering page is based on an honor system that you will order only the amount we ask and nothing more. There is no governor in the system.   However, we ask that you only order as many of each item that is listed with the item.  It is very helpful if you follow these instructions to make sure that all members have equal options for ordering each item.
    • If you choose to order more than the quantity offered we will remove the extra order and substitute with what we have available.
  • Orders must be in by Monday night at 11:30 pm. We cannot accept late orders. The ordering page will only be available from Saturday evening until Monday at 11:30 pm.

 

Picking up:

  • Don’t forget to pick up your box. It may help to set an alarm on your phone.  At the West Reading site we have a family that comes at 9 pm to clean up the porch.  All items on the porch at 9 pm will be donated to the family.

Help:

  • If you have any questions please feel free to email me at bhorganicscsa@gmail.com or call 484-955-1098. I also am available to receive text messages at this phone number.  Please text your name with your message.  I have lost many contacts to phones lost in the fields.
  • If you are unable to pick up your box please text or call 484-955-1098 or email us.

 

Ordering this week:

Order 6 items

If you order multiples of an item, each unit counts as one item.

 

  • Salad Mix – 6 oz. OR Spicy Mix- 6 oz.
  • Parsley – 4 oz. You may order 2 orders
  • Swiss Chard – ¾ lb You may order 2 orders
  • Collard Greens – ¾ lb You may order 2 orders
  • Baby Boc Choi – ¾ layout may order 2 orders
  • Daikon Radish – 1 small root You may order 2 orders
  • Kale, Red Russian, Lacinato or Curly – ¾ lb You may order 3 orders
  • Beets- Chioggia or Red – 1.5 lb You may order 2 orders
  • Dandelion Green – ¾ lb
  • Carrot, Mixed – 2 lb You may order 2 orders
  • Fennel – ¾ lb You may order 2 orders
  • Potatoes, White or Fingerling – 2 lb You may order 3 orders
  • Garlic, Purple stripe – 1/4 lb
  • Winter Squash, Buttercup – 1 small fruit
  • Celeriac – 1-2 roots
  • Mustard Greens, Red Giant – ¾ lb
  • Cabbage, Savoy- 1 medium head
  • Baby Red Russian Kale – 8 oz.

Extras:  –

  • Extras are available this week. Extras must be ordered and you must follow the instructions for the quantities in order to be able to order them.
  • To order the extras and check what is available click on “Extras” page above the “Fall Share” order page. These pages are found on your home page.
    • Baby Boc Choi – You may order up to 2 extra orders of baby Boc choi if you order 1 order in your regular order.
    • Parsley – 1 bunch. You do not need to order parsley in your original order.

Crops update: (These are estimations and I am often proven wrong.)

  • Eat your greens! They are still so yummy.
  • Leeks will be coming soon.
  • And we will be ordering in sweet potatoes again.
  • Butternut squash will be back.
  • Red cabbage coming soon.
  • This will probably be the last week for beets with greens. We will have beets for the remainder of the season but they will be “topless”.

 

 

 

Crops at their Peak this week:

 

  • Collards
  • Salad Mix
  • beets
  • Kale
  • Potatoes
  • Celeriac
  • Baby Red Russian Kale
  • Chard
  • Dandelion
  • Parsley
  • Winter Squash
  • Daikon Radish
  • Boc Choi
  • Mustard Greens
  • Carrots

 

Recipes:

Greens are the best addition to your diet.  They can change your body chemistry making it more alkaline therefore reducing inflammation and stress on the body.  Adding a few greens dishes to your weekly menu can greatly improve your health.

  • Swiss chard and or Beet Greens – excellent source of Vitamins C and K.
  • Kale- I know this one is super trendy right now. But for good reason.  It is easy to use and loaded with minerals.  And it is actually sweet and tender this time of year.
  • Cabbage – Yes it is great for kraut but it is also great for salads. See the kale salad recipe above.  Check out this lighter alternative to coleslaw.
  • Radish and Turnip greens- Don’t throw away those greens. They are edible and nutritious too.
  • Baby Boc Choi: My favorite.  Don’t overcook these greens.  The crunch is the best part.  They can be used in place of cabbage in a slaw or added to a broth to make a soup.  Keep it simple to truly enjoy them.
  • Dandelion greens: They are a meal in themselves and great for stimulating digestion and cleansing the liver. I use mushrooms in place of the bacon in most of my dandelion greens salads.  The fat helps to cut the bitterness.  Try avocados to add the fat.
  • Collards- The most underappreciated green on the list. They are the viewed as the sad little sister of kale.  Don’t be fooled.  They are not bitterer this time of year and they do not need to be cooked longer than kale.  They can be used in the same way and have very similar health benefits.  If you need a break from kale try collards.
  • Red Giant Mustard- This is the special one this week and if you read this far and actually order them you will be lucky. The flavor of these greens right now is out of this world.  It begins with a sweet / bitter flavor and ends with a wasabi punch!!!  It is not the amount of flavor you would expect from such a tender leaf.    We have been eating them raw but here is one of my favorite recipes to enjoy them.
    • Cold and Spicy Noodles: (this is my own recipe that is much healthier than others)
      • Cook 1 package of soba noodles according to instructions.
      • Steam ½ of a daikon radish – julienned
      • Cut up 1 bunch of red mustard greens into 1 inch pieces.
      • Blend these ingredients to make the sauce.
        • 2 tablespoon tahini
        • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
        • ½ teaspoon of soy sauce (to taste)
        • ¼ teaspoon of maple syrup (to taste)
        • A dash of lemon juice.
        • Enough water to make a thick paste.
      • Add the sauce, daikon and mustard to the noodles. You can eat this hot or cold.  You can sprinkle with sesame seeds and cayenne pepper if you like.

 

 

 

Again we thank you for membership and we look forward to providing you will fresh veggies this season,

Erica