October evening
October sunrise on the farm

Welcome to the start of our Fall CSA Session!  The first delivery of this six-week-long session will be on Wednesday, November 4th – I’m really a bit stunned to realize how quickly our busy October has flown by!  Today, we’re doing our final harvest of our 2015 Summer CSA Session, finishing up school pumpkin tours, and preparing for our last Harvest Festival of the season (we will indeed be open from 10 am – 5 pm on Hallowe’en, so if you need any beautiful pumpkins or just want to come out to enjoy the atmosphere of this beautiful season with hot cider & wagon rides, we’d love to see you!)

As I write this, I’m also keeping one eye on the river gage data – a flood is predicted for early Sunday morning.  If we do get a flood, it most likely won’t get high enough to change our harvest for Week 1 of the Fall Session…but there’s a chance that the harvest list may need to change a bit when we head into the fields on Monday morning, depending on how this weekend’s weather goes.

If you have signed up for our Fall CSA Session, you’ll be receiving an email in the next couple of days with more information on depot delivery, etc.  In the meantime, we want to get you prepared for the bounty you’ll be receiving next week!  Please do take this list with a grain of salt, as we sometimes need to make changes when harvest-time comes.

Keep an eye on our blog for more recipes & info throughout the week to help you make the most of your share!

(left - right): Red kuri, blue kuri, & sugar loaf squash
(left – right): Red Kuri, Blue Kuri, & Sugar Loaf squash.  For Week 1, Regular Shares will receive large Red Kuri Squash (left); Three Quarter Shares will receive a small Red or Blue Kuri Squash (middle); and all shares will receive a Sugar Loaf Squash (right).

Fall Session: Week 1 Box Contents

  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes
    The tomatoes you’ll be receiving this week will be hardy green tomatoes; some will be ripened a bit over the next few days, but most will be green.  Check out the Kitchn’s Why You Should Eat More Green Tomatoes post for great ideas on how to use these!
  • Large Red Kuri Squash (for Regular Shares)
    This squash has a sweet, nutty flavor and is great in soups, casseroles, & stir fry, as well as baked treats like muffins or pies.
  • Small Red Kuri or Blue Kuri Squash (for Three Quarter Shares)
    See note above!
  • Sugar Loaf Squash
    This squash is a relative of the Delicata – it is sweet & nutty with a creamy texture.  It can be easily prepared by simply cutting it in half and baking (skin side down) in the oven with some butter & brown sugar.
  • Chard Braising Mix
  • Celeriac
    This variety of celery is grown for its root, which is wonderful when sliced & used raw in salads, or when added to soups, mashed potatoes, etc.  The stalks & leaves are also a great addition to soup or if you’re making stock.
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Corn
    This end-of-season corn is sweet & delicious but is smaller than corn cobs earlier in the season – these are “cobbet” sized, as they are, for the most part, missing their top portion.
  • Mild Peppers
  • Variety Mushrooms (from Sno-Valley Mushrooms)
    These Duvall-based mushroom growers will be providing us with a beautiful variety of mushrooms several times this season.  This week, you can look forward to Petite Shiitake, Oyster, Piopinni, and possibly Lion’s Mane mushrooms.

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