Harvest Guesstimate for October 30th – BET

The farmers think we will get broccoli, kale, or cabbage; carrots; onions; parsley; potatoes; radishes; salad mix; turnips; and winter squash.  Many of these can go into a nice winter salad, and if you are worried about vampires shake up an easy vinaigrette of 1/3 vinegar, 2/3 oil; one or two spoonfuls of maple syrup;  and two cloves of garlic, minced.  There is actually a disease that may have led to the myth of vampires, and sufferers are sensitive to garlic and sunlight.  Or you can roast the root vegetables together, and remember that if the recipe calls for something you don’t have, just substitute something else.

Roasted Root Vegetables - the Food Network's recipe is easy and can be done ahead of time.

Roasted Root Vegetables – the Food Network’s recipe is easy and can be done in advance.  Substitute vegetables you have for ones in the recipe – turnips for parsnips, for example.

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Harvest Notes for October 23rd – ALEPH

Remember that if you want to use your pumpkin for pie or muffins after Hallowe’en, you should decorate it in a way that doesn’t cut into the rind because that can lead to mold.  When you do open your pumpkin, remember that the seeds can be seasoned and toasted into a crunchy snack.  You can do the same with your winter squash seeds.

The Harvest Notes have some other suggestions, one that a member posted in her FB feed is for candied jalapeños that will work with the cayenne peppers we receive from Adamah.

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This week the farmers from Adamah will bring jams, pickles, and other goodies for CSA members and friends to buy.  The sales are not limited to CSA members so tell your friends and neighbors about the kosher treats they can enjoy.

Arugula can add tang to sandwiches or a peppery bite to salads.

Arugula can add tang to sandwiches or a peppery bite to salads.  If it’s the salad itself use a strong dressing and balance with light and crunchy pear or apple.

For CSA members picking up this week, the farmers say we can expect to receive arugulabeets, lettuce, radishes, turnips, sage, scallions, and winter squash.  Last week’s Harvest Notes suggest a way to cook winter squash with sage, you can also roast beets with sage.  You can cook turnips in many ways, including with their tops (greens can be cooked separately) or roasted in wine and honey.  If you still have potatoes from last week, mix them with turnips into fritters.  Many of the other ingredients will go together into a salad; add some apples and toasted nuts for crunch, mild soft cheese if it will be part of a dairy meal, and maybe a simple apple cider vinaigrette.

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Harvest Notes – October 14th – BET

This week’s Harvest Notes talk about the winter squash we received.  At pickup we talked about a simple way to integrate sage:  Peel and cube the flesh of the squash, toss with a bit of oil, and spread in a baking pan with chopped or whole sage leaves, and roast for about 20 minutes at 400-450(F).  If you like, roast the squash cubes for half the time, then add the sage for a fresher taste.  You can also halve the squash, partially roast it cut-side down, then flip up and stuff with whatever you like and finish the roasting.  This can be a way to “refresh” leftover starch and vegetables, with a mix of rice or quinoa or barley and whatever else.  Try adding some of the sweet pepper or other veggies from the share, too.

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Isn’t it great to be able to eat freshly harvested vegetables in our sukkot?  This week the farmers think we will receive broccoli or romanesco (also known as “alien broccoli” or “fractal broccoli”), onions, peppers, potatoes, salad mix (remember it from the spring?), sage, and winter squash.

Romanesco broccoli may look alien, but it tastes like a milder version of regular broccoli.  You can eat it raw or cooked.

Romanesco broccoli may look alien, but it tastes like a milder version of regular broccoli. You can eat it raw or cooked.

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Harvest Notes for October 7th – Aleph – TUESDAY

The Harvest Notes include a recipe for stuffed acorn squash and tell you how to roast the seeds, and there’s a bonus recipe for asian salad that uses many of the items in our share.

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Because of the holiday, pickup will be on TUESDAY this week.  The farmers think you will receive kale or chard, kohlrabi, onions, parsley or cilantro, peppers, potatoes, winter squash, and maybe salad.

Squash becomes richly flavoured in the Classic Baked Acorn Squash recipe from Simply Recipes.

Squash becomes richly flavoured in the Classic Baked Acorn Squash recipe from Simply Recipes.

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Harvest Notes for October 2nd – Bet

This week’s Harvest Notes joke about kohlrabi being from Mars – what do you think?

Everybody at Adamah and the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, and the Core Group members for Jewish Local Greens, wish you and your families an easy fast, and to be written for a healthy, happy, and enriching 5775.

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The farmers think that we are going to receive cauliflowerkohlrabi, onion, parsley, peppers, potatoes, winter squash, and possibly broccoli and/or swiss chard.  One of the most popular cauliflower recipes this summer is a whole roasted head with a curry marinade.  It’s substantial enough for a vegetarian main course.

Whole roasted head of cauliflower from PureWow.com

Whole roasted head of cauliflower from PureWow.com

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Harvest Notes for September 18th – Bet

Did you notice that the potatoes this week are not the standard white ones you may have been expecting?  Read all about them in this week’s Harvest Notes!

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Don’t forget that there will be a Farmer’s Market this week.  Anybody may come and buy the pickles, jams, and cheese, so tell your friends.  The farmers will not be bringing extra vegetables to sell, to make our shares as big as possible.  This week the farmers believe our shares will include broccoli, cherry tomatoes, dill, garlic, lettuce, peppers, the first potatoes, and the last of the regular tomatoes.  Plan a dilly potato salad, with or without dairy, and maybe garlicky broccoli salad or side dish for your Shabbos table.

Non-dairy german-style potato salad uses just a few ingredients; fresh dill is the key.

Non-dairy german-style potato salad uses just a few ingredients; fresh dill is the key.

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Harvest Notes for September 11th – Aleph

The farmers provide a recipe in the Harvest Notes, and some suggestions for using or storing all the tomatoes.  And don’t forget that next week is a Farmstand where you can buy pickles, jams, and other treats!

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The farmers think we will receive broccoli, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, lettuce, peppers, squash, and tomatoes, and we might get beets, eggplant, and melons.  Check last week’s post for suggestions on cooking beets, and remember that many times we link new recipe ideas to the names of items we’ve received often, so you can try them in a different way.  Let us know if you have additional suggestions.  And don’t forget that you can prepare items to store for the winter – zucchini can be pre-shredded and frozen in cupfuls or recipe-fuls for baking bread later (thaw in a colander so it drains, then add to your usual recipe), tomatoes can be simmered into sauce.

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