The potential for almost anything to show up in your box is great this time of year. There are several types of cabbage: green, red, savoy, napa/Chinese Cabbage and pac choi. We love to steam cabbage and drizzle with butter and vinegar, but they all lend themselves beautifully to stir-fry and many salads. I just picked up some eggroll wrappers for moo shi 🙂 I love this Chinese Cabbage Salad recipe.
The winter squash harvest has begun and if you are unsure if you have a melon or winter squash on your hands (and you didn’t ask at pickup) then start by smelling it. If you still can’t tell, and I would find that difficult to believe, then just try to cut into it—the winter squash will put up a fight. There is a numbered winter squash picture on the blog https://stillmansfarm.wordpress.com/2011/09/07/csa-week-13-2011/. Keep your eyes peeled for Butternut, Acorn, Sunshine (Kabocha, red-orange pumpkin-looking squash), Black Forest (green Kabocha), Delicata (elongated and stripes), Sweet Dumpling (white and green striped, teacup shaped), carnival (multicolored Sweet Dumpling), Red Kuri (scarlet Hubbard type), Buttercup (deep green with button at the base), Spagetti (yellow, smooth ovoid), plus a few specialty pumpkins like Jarrahdale (grey with deep ribs), Marina Di Chioggia (very bumpy, dark green-slate blue), Long Island Cheese, Rouge Vif D’Etampes…….
The tomatoes are slowing down, but we have a whole late crop getting ready, so keep hoping for good growing weather! The peaches are replaced by an assortment of apples and the cole crops really shine this time of year.
Thankfully, we only got A LOT of rain this week. So, no major complaints about last week’s weather at the farm. The evenings have cooled off considerably, as to be expected in September; we’ll hope to have the weather hold up so we can ripen the new crop of tomatoes and SO MUCH MORE. It was an early season and, at the risk of sounding greedy, it would be nice to have a long season, without frost until late October. Technically, we commit to 16 weeks of CSA boxes (which is only 2 more weeks), but with good weather we can continue on beyond that. :~)
Curtis is taking sign ups for the winter CSA. It consists of five deliveries of produce that is cold hardy and or storable. The first delivery is generally the last week of October. You can read all about it on his website http://stilllifefarm.com/wintercsa.html (note there are 3 “L”s in Still Life)
Or you can contact Curtis at firstname.lastname@example.org
You are always welcome at the farm, it’s a nice experience for young and old alike. We had a few lovely visitors this weekend—and I forgot to make them take a few pumpkins! They are logistically too heavy and cumbersome to schlep them all into the city 😉