Westfield Area CSA Blog

Skillet Roasted Parsnips and Carrots

Skillet Roasted Parsnips and Carrots

Parsnips and carrots are a classic fall side dish.  It’s best to use parsnips less than an inch wide, as wider parsnips tend to have tough, fibrous cores that are best trimmed and discarded.  Using warm water will help the sugar dissolve more readily. This recipe comes from Cook’s Illustrated and can also be found on genius kitchen.  Serves 6-8. (more…)

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – October 22, 2018

Hi Folks! So, it hasn’t been raining much lately and the sun has even been shining from time to time. The fields are beginning to dry out a bit, although we still have deep ruts in many of our farm lanes. The weather issue we have been dealing with lately is cold nights. We have had 3 light frosts so far but no hard freeze. We are covering some crops like the peppers to try and keep them coming a little longer. Between the cold and the shorter days, everything grows a lot slower. We are waiting for the cauliflower to head up and for the spinach to get big enough to cut. I mentioned parsnips in last week’s update but we will hold off on these until next week. For this week we have rainbow carrots for you. (more…)

Bok choy

Bok Choy

Bok Choy is technically a Chinese cabbage. But until you cook with bok choy, you cannot appreciate how special it is. It has a mellow taste compared to some of the other asian greens such as tatsoi. (more…)

Bok Choy with Shiitakes and Oyster Sauce

Bok Choy with Shiitakes and Oyster Sauce

This recipe is from Mark Bittman who writes “The Minimalist” column in the New York Times.  If you do not have any dried shiitake mushrooms, so you can use fresh shiitake mushrooms. Where the recipe calls for reserved mushroom water from the dried mushrooms, you can substitute chicken broth.  Yields 4 servings.

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Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup

My friend made this soup for me, and it was so good, I had to share. The quantities of ingredients are approximate, so use your judgement. (more…)

Chocolate Chip Squash Bread

Chocolate Chip Squash Bread

From the Eva Bakes food blog, here’s a yummy spiced bread made with butternut squash.  You can substitute other similar winter squash for the butternut (e.g. pumpkin or buttercup), and since you’ll probably have more than 1 cup of squash purée, you’ll be able to make several loaves (they freeze well too).  Yields one 9″x5″ loaf. (more…)

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – October 15, 2018

Hi Folks! So it’s another gloomy day here on the farm. What happened to the sun! We narrowly missed a frost on Sunday morning, but more cold air is moving in and we will certainly be hit by Wednesday or Thursday. This will mean the end of the eggplant and soon the end of the peppers. We are trying to cover as much as we can to protect it but it depends on how low it goes as to whether we succeed. Most of the crops remaining in the field are hardy and are not hurt by frosts or light freezes. Let’s just hope the mercury doesn’t dip too low anytime soon. They say the parsnips get sweeter after a frost so I guess we can begin to harvest them for next week. (more…)

Sweet Dumpling Squash

Sweet Dumpling Squash

When you need a smaller alternative to a big winter squash, sweet dumpling squash is the answer. About the size of an extra large apple, this single-serving squash usually weighs under one pound apiece and is shaped like a miniature pumpkin due to the scalloped lobes that form the rind. The skin is often white with mottled yellow, orange, and/or green markings. Inside, the flesh is smooth, tender, and sweet, with a bright orange color. Like all winter squash, it’s a great source of vitamins A and C, beta-carotene, and fiber. (more…)