Westfield Area CSA Blog
Hi Folks! So, we have arrived at the end of another CSA season. While every season has its particular challenges, primarily weather related, this has been one for the books. While I’m not generally in favor of book burning I might be willing to make an exception in this case. Usually a particular type of weather is bad for some crops and beneficial for others. If there was any doubt, we can now state unequivocally that buckets of rain and days on end with no sunshine is not conducive to growing any crop. And now for the final dirty deed of the growing season we are hit with frigid temperatures (21 degrees) and some sleet and snow later this week. I’ve kept so busy complaining about the bad weather I haven’t even had a chance to fill you in about any of the other challenges we face, such as trying to keep the trucks, tractors, and other equipment functioning. This is something that is currently pertinent as the delivery truck is out of commission and the backup is barely road worthy! (more…)
Here is a greens recipe, from CSA member Veronica Sidhu (author of Menus and Memories from Punjab: Meals to Nourish Body and Soul), using paneer cheese rather than lentils. It is one most Americans are familiar with from Indian restaurant dishes. Recipe may be halved or frozen. Yields 8 servings (4 cups greens without cheese cubes). (more…)
Hi Folks – So torrential rains delivered another 4 inches of water this past Friday night into Saturday morning. By Saturday afternoon, the creek behind the house overflowed and flooded the part of the field where we have been trying to harvest the sunchokes. After last week’s unseasonable warmth, the fields were just starting to dry out a bit. We are forecast to receive more heavy precipitation from strong storms overnight and through Tuesday. The monsoon season heads into a fourth month! I’d like to cry, but I don’t want another drop of water to hit the ground. (more…)
Calorie for calorie, leafy green vegetables like spinach provide more nutrients than any other food. Spinach is thought to have originated in ancient Persia. Spinach made its way to China in the 7th century when the king of Nepal sent it as a gift to this country. Spinach has a much more recent history in Europe than many other vegetables. It was only brought to that continent in the 11th century, when the Moors introduced it into Spain. In fact, for a while, spinach was known as “the Spanish vegetable” in England. (more…)
Found on thecoconutmama.com food blog, these bacon and egg coconut flour muffins are easy to make and are wonderful high protein breakfast option. I make a few batches of these every month so my family has a healthy, protein rich, quick breakfast option on hand. They freeze well too!
This recipe is very flexible. You can omit the sour cream if you don’t have any on hand. The sour cream makes these muffins a little less dense and more fluffy. You can also swap sausage or steak in place of the bacon if you prefer. (more…)
Don’t be frightened by the color of this beet meatloaf recipe from www.susangreeley.com. It’s really quite delicious! Of course, if you already have a favorite meatloaf or burger recipe, you could probably try adding shredded beets to that instead. Mix in some shredded parsley or chopped onion for more flavor. (more…)