Westfield Area CSA Blog

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

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…)

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

While this recipe calls for roasting them in the oven, they are pretty darn good cooked on the grill. Toss with oil, and place right on the grill. If the sprouts are on the small side, you might want to use a mesh plate (available as a grill accessory) to keep them from falling into the fire. (more…)

Two Potato Home Fries

Two Potato Home Fries

From Food Network Magazine, this recipe is easy and delicious and serves 4 as a side. You can substitute any of Farmer John’s white potatoes in lieu of the Yukons.  Skillet dishes like this are versatile too – you can always toss in a meat, egg, or other vegetables to experiment with different flavors. (more…)

Red Wine Chicken Stew with Root Vegetables

Red Wine Chicken Stew with Root Vegetables

From the Winter 2009 issue of Edible Green Mountains, this recipe serves 6. While not for a speedy, weeknight meal, it is delicious and well-worth the effort. You can omit the chestnuts or purchase great ones from Sonoma in a glass jar this time of year (just open and quarter). Do try it for that cozy Fall or Wintry supper!

P.S. The wines cook off so no worries serving to the entire family.
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Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – October 24, 2022

Hello Folks, So it seems we are down to the final four. I’m not speaking about March Madness, more like November sadness, as we head into the ultimate weeks of the season. I know that many of you are sad when the CSA program ends for the season, and the long winter without fresh veggies lays ahead. On the other hand, I expect that some of you are relieved to not have to work so hard, searching for recipes and preparing all that we provide. If you are the former you may consider buying a stock-up share, which will keep you eating good, local produce for at least a few weeks after the season ends (hint, hint, nudge, nudge). (more…)

Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is a winter squash belonging to the Cucurbitaceae family of field pumpkins.  It has a sweet, nutty taste similar to that of a pumpkin.  It has tan-yellow skin and orange fleshy pulp with a compartment of seeds in the bottom.  When ripe, it turns increasingly deep orange, and becomes sweeter and richer. (more…)

Roasted Winter Squash Seeds

Roasted Winter Squash Seeds

Pumpkins aren’t the only squash that yield tasty seeds for roasting!  Next time you prepare a winter squash (e.g. butternut or acorn squash), save the seeds and have yourself a nutritious little snack. (more…)

Circle Brook Farm

Farm News – October 17, 2022

Hello Everyone! So, summer officially ended almost four weeks ago, but we are still trying to squeeze a little more summer out of the fields. We are about to experience 3 or 4 nights of frost, so this is definitely the last hurrah for the beans and peppers. We may even be able to send a few more tomatoes your way! (more…)