Week 19

The sunset over the Shawangunks last Monday.  I had to pull over on my way to get eggs just to stare at this for awhile!

The sunset over the Shawangunks last Monday. I had to pull over on my way to get eggs just to stare at this for awhile!

Hi all, Alli here.

Did someone say week 19?!  That means we’re officially nearing the end of the CSA season, with just 5 more distributions to go (4 this month and then a break until your Thanksgiving share).  Last week’s share started to bring in more of those fall flavors and foods you’ve been waiting for.  With temperatures dropping below 40 the past few nights and frost advisories happening around the Hudson Valley, we know that it’s almost time to say goodbye to the summer veggies.  I’m sure you’ve noticed the significant drop in the number of tomatoes you’re getting!  But much as we all love the tomatoes and other summer goodies, it’s definitely getting to be soup season!  And roasting season!  You know, all those ways of cooking and eating that just warm you from the inside out.  And we have more foods for you this week to help you accomplish just that!
The biggest potato!  I wonder who went home with this last week?

The biggest potato! I wonder who went home with this last week?

The farm's handy root washer cleaning up the potatoes for you.

The farm’s handy root washer cleaning up the potatoes for you.

Here’s the tentative share list for this week:

Acorn Squash
Shallots (these have bulbs, like garlic, and are mostly used like onions, with a milder and sweeter flavor)
Onion
Garlic
Tomatoes
Broccoli Raab
Hakurei Turnips (yes, they’re back!!  Still delicious raw and on salad, but also amazing roasted or in soups)
Lettuce
Tatsoi
Carrots

Potatoes

You might see either some peppers or eggplants, and potentially some other surprises.
Peppers chopped and ready to be fermented for some winter eating

Peppers: chopped and ready to be fermented for some colorful winter eating

Acorn squash is another of the thinner-skinned winter squashes that is fairly easy to work with.  Usually, my family makes ‘candied’ acorn squash for Thanksgiving by baking it with butter and brown sugar.  While this is certainly a classic (and probably the only way my mom was able to get me to eat this when I was a picky little kid), we’ve been thinking about trying out a different and more savory preparation.  That’s why I’m so excited for you to try this recipe that combines the lovely acorn squash with the shallots you’ll be getting this week!

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/10/balsamic-glazed-acorn-squash-with-shallots-rosemary-recipe.html

Also, keep in mind that you can save and roast the seeds of any winter squash, just like you would pumpkin seeds.  Yum!

Enjoy this week of eating, everyone, and here are a few more pictures for you, too!
Oops.  We ate most of these roasted winter squash seeds before we could get a picture for you.

Oops. We ate most of these roasted winter squash seeds before we could get a picture for you…but you get the idea, right?! 

We were finally able to harvest a small amount of broccoli for our market.  Unfortunately, it was so rainy that we came home with some.  Fortunately, that meant we could eat cream of broccoli soup!  We're hoping to have enough broccoli to start distributing it to you by next week!

We were finally able to harvest a small amount of broccoli for our market this weekend. Unfortunately, it was so rainy that day that we came home with some. Fortunately, that meant we could eat cream of broccoli soup! We’re hoping to have enough broccoli to start distributing it to you soon!

Enjoying some fall colors at the Garrison distribution

Enjoying some fall colors at the Garrison distribution

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