Winter Share 12/13/16

CSA WINTER SEASON – #1

December 13, 2016

We’re kicking off our winter share program with a fabulous box! The warm weather earlier this month allowed many crops to continue growing in the fields.  The broccoli, kale and collards were too small to harvest at the end of the regular CSA growing season, but they’re perfect now!  The carrots, turnips and cabbage are being stored in our coolers along with many other storage crops to be distributed to you throughout the winter share.  We wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season.  Don’t forget that your next pick-up will take place on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017!  – Love, Farmer Matt, Maggie & the crew

A note on storage — Your root veggies will hold up for a full month AS LONG AS YOU STORE THEM PROPERLY.  Eat your greens (collards, kale and broccoli) first, within the first week.  They should be stored in an airtight plastic bag in the fridge.  The root vegetables should be stored separately from the greens, but they can be stored together, also in airtight bags in the fridge.  What do I mean by airtight?  Ziplocks are good, as are regular plastic bags that are closed/sealed well at the top.  The idea is to lock in the moisture so that the veggies stay fresh and don’t turn soft and limp.  Some members prefer glass containers to plastic bags – which is fine too, but just make sure that the lid seals properly.  Happy storing and eating!

WHAT’S IN THE SHARE?

Carrots –  Sweet and juicy.  This variety grows well in the cold fall and stores well as long as you keep the moisture in.  (See storage tips above.)  You do not need to peel these.  Just scrub the skin with a vegetable brush.  If you’re used to always peeling your carrots, you may find this unusual, but the skin contains nutrients that you don’t want to lose!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within 3 weeks.

Broccoli – Freshly picked from the fields!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within 1 week.

Japanese Hakurei Turnips – No need to peel these.  Just scrub the skin with a vegetable brush.
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within 3 weeks.

Golden Turnips – These are delicious roasted!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Cooked. When to use: Within 3 weeks.

Toscano Kale – Freshly picked from the fields!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within 1 week.

Collards – Freshly picked from the fields!
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within 1 week.

Cabbage
Storage: In an airtight (plastic) bag in the refrigerator. Uses: Raw or cooked. When to use: Within 3 weeks.