Hi Everyone! Farming can be a very rewarding endeavor – producing high quality food in a sustainable and environmentally conscious manner is important and gratifying. It can also be tremendously heartbreaking. As last week went by, the extent of the damage from four successive night of frost became apparent. We tried to cover and protect as much of the more sensitive crops as we could, but it is not possible to cover ten or more acres of crops. I estimate the losses to be in the tens of thousands of dollars. Some of this loss is manifest as income loss on crops we would have sold at market – we loss most of our cut flowers for example. Some of the loss is reflected in both market sales losses and what we have available to put in the CSA shares, reducing the value of the shares. (more…)
Westfield Area CSA Blog
Hello Folks, so the weather has turned on us again. It has been nearly 2 weeks with no rain and another week to go before any precipitation is predicted. Worse than that we have had frost on 3 consecutive nights with a fourth forecast for tonight. I say forecast but actually the predictions have been for 37-38 degrees and there were no frost warnings. We covered some of the more delicate crops on the first night and then, once we saw the effects, started covering as much as we could. (more…)
You may have noticed that the potatoes we get have had different hues of flesh. Potatoes actually come in a rainbow of colors, from yellow “Yukon Gold” to “Purple Peruvian”.
Potatoes technically are not roots. They are the swollen stems of rhizomes that we call tubers. The “eyes” of the potato are actually growth points. While potatoes have gotten a bad rap as carbohydrates, they are actually quite good for you. A single medium sized potato contains about 3.6 grams of protein, 3.6 grams of dietary fiber, 36 grams of carbohydrates, and between 33-50% of RDA of Vitamin C. (more…)
From the cookbook, Serving up the Harvest, here is an easy (especially if you have a food processor) recipe for all those delicious potatoes we’ve been getting. It is a good dish to have in your arsenal as it is very quick to make, holds up well during a buffet, travels easily to block parties or potluck dinners, and can be made ahead and reheated. What’s not to like about that? The recipe serves 6-8. (more…)
This recipe is taken from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything. Once you peel and cut the squash, you braise it in a small amount of liquid, then boil off the remaining moisture to glaze it. You can use any winter squash (except spaghetti), though they will all be more difficult to cut and peel than butternut. Serves 4. (more…)
Found on the website, thekitchn.com, this recipe is colorful and delicious, even if it takes a bit of chopping and stir-frying. The dish is built from the ground up in one big skillet, browning, caramelizing, and sautéeing until you’re left with a big pile of chewy orzo and dark, delicious fall vegetables. (Use your biggest stove burner, and your biggest sauté pan!) The recipe serves 4 as a main dish and 6 as a side dish. (more…)