Late Fall CSA – November 30, 2016

Welcome to the 5th week of our Late Fall CSA. We hope you are enjoying the wonderful flavors of fall. If you read the featured crop section of this newsletter last week you will know that many of the crops have more complex flavors this time of year. Leafy greens and root vegetables take a new flavor with the crisp nights. They will have the most unique mix of sweet, bitter and spicy. The flavors are most intense when the vegetables are first harvested. This is the advantage of having a CSA share with B & H. The crops are harvested fresh and at their peak. You will not be able to experience their true flavor and texture if the crop comes shipped from California or a warmer climate. Crops like kale, carrots and turnips will not have been exposed to the frost and therefore will not increase their sugar content. The other advantage of having high sugar content in vegetables is that they are also higher in minerals such as calcium. Of course you can buy the vegetables you are used to at the grocery store but what about their flavor and nutritional content? Standard crops grown and shipped to large stores are not selected for these things. At B & H we are extremely focused on flavor, freshness and nutrient density. That is why we are eating…isn’t it?
 
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.
Hakurei Turnips
These are not your standard turnips. They are tender like a radish and much sweeter then turnips you may have tried before. I don’t even bother growing the other turnips. This Japanese variety has the versatility of being eaten raw or cooked. Don’t forget to eat the greens! The greens on these turnips are much more tender and not spiny like the standard variety.
Did you know that our website has a recipe section? Here you will find information about the varieties we grow, how to store them and recipes for preparation. (We are still adding new items and updating old ones.)
Visit our Recipe pages or the Hakurei Turnips page: http://bhorganicproduce.com/recipes-and-storage-info/turnips-2/
Items available this week:
  • Cabbage, Napa – 1 large head.
  • Winter Squash – 1 spaghetti squash.
  • Onions, Yellow Jumbo – 1 jumbo onion. 
  • Celeriac aka. Celery Root – 2 medium bulbs.
  • Baby Carrots, mixed colors – 1 lb.
  • Beets (these could be red, golden or Chioggia) – 1.5 lb with greens or 1 lb. without
  • Turnips, Hakurei, white – 3/4 lb. with greens
  • Radish, small – ¾ lb.
  • Garlic, Oregon Blue (a mild heirloom variety – great for eating raw.) – 2 bulbs.
  • Kale, Red Russian (small tender leaves) – 3/4 lb.
  • Broccoli Raab – 1 lb.
  • Komatsuna  – ¾ lb.
  • Swiss chard (small leaves) – ½ lb.
  • Pac Choi – 1 large head. 
  • Lemongrass- 8 oz. bunch.
  • Tomatoes, Green – 2 lb.
  • Spinach OR Salad Mix – 7 oz. / 5 oz.
  • Spicy Mix OR Arugula – 5 oz. 
  • Herb Mix 1: 2 oz. each of Sage & Marjoram.

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. Harrow Pears & 2 lb. Mixed Apple varieties 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.

We thank you for membership and for joining this journey with us.
Erica 
B & H Organic Produce