CSA Newsletter #17

Hello,

Things have definitely slowed down around here. The frosts have kept coming this past week, sweetening up all of our fall veggies.  The cover crop seed Joseph planted a couple of weeks ago is beginning to germinate and we planted 60 pounds garlic.  We were trying to plant double last year’s quantity of garlic, but the cloves we grew this year are so big we were only able to plant 2/3rds the bed feet we had planned to plant.

This week’s box contains some interesting fall root vegetables.  The strangest looking one is Celeriac, also known as celery root.  This root has a nutty parsley-celery flavor and is yummy boiled, mashed or braised.  Try the salad recipe below it’s delicious! Half of you received turnips and the other half rutabagas in your box this week.  Turnips and rutabagas are similar, they are in the same plant family, Brassica, and related to kale, broccoli and cabbage.  Both are good roasted in the oven with other root vegetables.  We’ve been eating mashed rutabagas here at the farm and they are so good. Also in this weeks box you’ll find carrots, swiss chard, yellow and red onion, leeks, Red Lasoda potatoes, Kabocha squash, Italian parsley and the last of the sweet/bell peppers.

Celeriac and Apple Salad

1 celeriac

1 small red onion, sliced thin

1 ½ T mustard

¼ c lemon juice

1 garlic clove, minced

1 T sugar

1 t salt

Black pepper to taste

4 T olive oil

1 large apple, skin left on, cut into ¼ in cubes

Cut the root in half, then cut each piece in half again. Julienne or grate the pieces. Combine the celery root in a big bowl with the sliced onion.  Make the vinaigrette: In a small bowl, combine the mustard, mustard seeds, lemon juice, garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper.  Slowly add the olive oil, whisking constantly.

Save the date: Olympia and Portland CSA Potlucks – bring a dish to share

Come out and meet other CSA members and your farmers.

Olympia – Wed Oct 21st 6:30pm-9:00pm  915 SE Wilson St (1 block from Lions Park)

Portland – Tues Oct 27th 7:00pm    4635 NE Garfield (the pick up site)

Next week is the final box for the regular CSA season.  It’s hard to believe it’s almost over.  If you are not ready for the CSA to be over, you can still sign up for a fall CSA share.  You’ll also find a survey in you box this week.  We are really interested to hear you experiences and opinions so that we can improve our CSA program.  Please let us know what you think.

Enjoy,

Liza and the Wobbly Cart Crew

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