Westfield Area CSA Blog
Hello Everyone. So we have arrived at the final week of the season. In spite of the drought it was one of most productive years so far. Through every season since 2003, when I began serving a CSA group of 38 members in Montclair, we have made steady improvements in the quantity, quality and variety of produce in the shares. Over 10 years after that first CSA season, new groups were added each year and membership grew at a steady pace. (more…)
Hi Folks! We have another great and colorful share for you this week with red onions and rainbow carrots. As I have alluded to in previous updates it will be heavy on roots, greens, and brassica family crops. We are hoping to finish up the cauliflower rotation this week and we have Brussels sprouts. (more…)
Brussels sprouts as they are now known were grown possibly as early as the 13th century in what is now Belgium. During the 16th century, they enjoyed a popularity in the southern Netherlands that eventually spread throughout the cooler parts of Northern Europe. They are a cool weather crop that, rather than being damaged by a frost, actually gets a little sweeter and improves in taste. (more…)
Curly endive, also known as frisée, is a leafy vegetable in the chicory family. (Other chicory types include bitter veggies like escarole, radicchio, and the white-leaved Belgian endive). Curly endive is a crisp bitter green can be used as an addition in salads, or can be cooked as a side dish. The inner pale leaves are somewhat more tender and mild than the bitter outer ones.