Late Fall CSA – November 23, 2016

 

We would like to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all. And if you do not celebrate Thanksgiving we wish you a happy and healthy time with your family.

We hope you like the fall lineup of vegetables this week. It is a dance each week to give you a practical list and one that has some surprises as well.

This fall has given us many challenges. The summer and spring were so full of abundance and beauty. We put a lot of time and energy into creating new items for our Late Fall CSA. Unfortunately, we were hit with a serious infestation of aphids that I cannot find a cure for. I have heard other farmer’s talk of this but never experienced it myself. Each year is unique and we are reminded to be grateful for everything that we receive. This is the time of year when we think of gratitude but as farmers we wake up every day saying prayers of gratitude. We are so grateful to have a local organic farm near us that can help us to fill in the gaps of where our crops have failed. We and you are truly blessed. May that blessing be in your meals and reward your health.

Extras

Please follow the rules listed below. Extras will be given on a first come first serve basis, if you order them.
No extras this week.

Featured Crop
Each week we like to feature a vegetable from our list that we feel is in its prime. A crop is often filled with the most energy and nutrition when it is at its peak.

Mustard Greens
You may or may not be familiar with the mustard family of greens. It is vast and has many flavor profiles. However, no matter which green you are thinking of it is certainly at its best this time of year. Mustard greens, like many other plants, changes flavor based on the temperature and moisture of the environment it is grown in. Mustard greens love cold nights that dip down into the freezing zone. And they love a bit of moisture but not too much.

Many people feel that mustard greens are too bitter and strong. I challenge you to try them this time of year and taste the difference. There is a sweetness mixed in with the bitterness and spice. That sweetness if unlike anything else you will ever taste and it doesn’t last long so the greens must be eaten fresh.

This week we have several varieties of mustards to choose from:
Turnip Greens – very mild and tender. They are coming from our Hoop house this time of year.
Broccoli Raab aka Spring Raab- This is a strong tasting mustard green. The flavor is extremely unique.
Komatsuna – extremely tender and mild mustard green. Don’t forget to eat the stems!
Spicy Mix – this is a mix of a range of baby mustard greens. Yes, it is a bit spicy but it is also sweet and has a lot more flavor than salad mix. It also holds up well to hot salad dressings.

Recipes:
Mustard greens are very tender and can be eaten raw or sautéed. I recommend if you choose to cook them that you only do so for a short time so that they do not lose their crispness. I highly recommend adding them raw to a hot dish, soup or salad dressing. They will wilt beautifully.
Mustard Greens with sweet onion sauté
Mustard Greens Salad
Mustard green salad with Apple Dijon dressing
9 yummy preparations for broccoli Raab

Items available this week:
Potatoes, Yukon Gold – 2 lb.
Cabbage, green – 1 medium head.
Winter Squash – 1 Butternut or 2 Delicata squash.
Brussels sprouts – 1 stalk or 1 lb. These may contain aphids.
Celeriac aka. Celery Root – 2 medium bulbs.
Beets (these could be red, golden or Chioggia) – 1.5 lb with greens or 1 lb. without
Onions, Yellow Jumbo – 1 jumbo onion.
Radish, small – ¾ lb.
Garlic, Oregon Blue (a mild heirloom variety – great for eating raw.) – 2 bulbs.
Broccoli Leaves- ¾ lb.
Kale, Lacinato – ½ lb. small tender leaves.
Broccoli Raab – 1 lb.
Komatsuna – ¾ lb.
Turnip Greens – 3/4 lb.
Swiss chard (small leaves) – ½ lb.
Tatsoi – 3/4 lb.
Lemongrass- 8 oz. bunch.
Tomato, Green – 2 lb.
Salad mix OR Spicy Mix – 5 oz.
Spinach OR Arugula – 7 oz. / 5 oz.
Spicy Mix – 5 oz.
Herb Mix 1: 2 oz. each of Sage, Marjoram, Rosemary.
Herb Mix2: 2 oz. each of Cilantro, Sage, Dill.

Visit our Recipe pages on our website. These pages have storage information and recipes available. See below for more recipes from the internet.

Add-Ons

When can you expect your add-ons?
Bi-weekly Egg Deliveries: 11/30, 12/14
Weekly Kombucha Deliveries
Weekly Fruit Deliveries
2 lb. Bartlett Pears & 2 lb. Empire Apples from Weaver’s Orchard.
We will pack your add-ons directly in your CSA box.

Ordering

We need to have your orders by Monday at 8 pm. This weekly newsletter will also be posted on our website in the right hand side bar for reference. Late orders cannot be accepted. If you do not choose to order or forget to order we will select a well-rounded box for you. Each week while the ordering store is open, the ordering page can be found from our website or the newsletter email. From our website: Click the Member Actions tab on the top menu bar, which will lead you to this Member Login button: Go ahead, click it! Log in by: Entering your email address. (The one that you used to sign up for B&H.) You will receive a link in a an email that will take you to your account. Entering a password. (You must use link login for your first time logging in.) Once logged into your account you can change click on Fall Vegetable Share under Member Stores. You will see the list of available items. Click Add to Cart for each item that you would like in your box. You may pick 6 items. You will see your items show up in your cart on the right hand side. When complete, you may click Continue to Checkout or Specify Quantities. (Please do not change quantities of items that only allow one to be ordered.) Or you may head to the Extras store to add free items that we have abundance of that week, if applicable.
IMPORTANT: Be sure to complete all steps for checking out. Please keep an eye out for your confirmation email. If you do not receive that email, then we did not receive your order!!
If you are going away or unable to pick up your produce you may donate your share in your account under Holds. We have selected 2 individuals/organizations in need, that your donated share would go to.

Pick Up/Delivery

We realize that many people are busy and forget to pick up. This is one of our biggest issues running the CSA. We work hard to fill your boxes with fresh vegetables and we want you to receive them when they are fresh. Please keep in contact with us if there is an issue with picking up your box on time. It is best to call or text Erica at 484-955-1098. (If you are texting please send your name.) Please remember each week to gently break down your box and leave it at the site. The site host is not responsible for your produce or the delivery; please do not contact the site host with any issues. If you have concerns about your order or any problems do not hesitate to contact us at info@bhorganicproduce.com. We appreciate your feedback and although we are trying to create an automated system we still want to have direct communication with our customers!
Members can have their boxes delivered right to their door! On any given week you can make a payment of $7 via PayPal during ordering in the Delivery Store. First, go to Delivery Dudes website, reading.deliverydudes.com, to see if you are within the range of service or visit our website to read more, http://bhorganicproduce.com/delivery-dudes. Delivery customers will receive their boxes between 4-6pm.