Dear CSA Member
Rain by the bucketful this past week. There was a deficit of rain in the overall rainfall this year to date going into the week and now a surplus. Over 7 inches of rain. The rain gauge records up to 6 inches and the water was pouring over the edges at 6 inches so we do not know exactly how much rain we did receive. The ground was so dry from months of no rain that the water quickly was soaked into the parched soil. Very cool weather after the rain and the fall greens are looking wonderful.
Giant Boc Choi, Deadon Cabbage, Butternut Winter Squash, Potatoes and Onions. Heavy fall vegetables that will fill your CSA shares. Try fresh cabbage sliced thinly on your lunch time sandwich in place of lettuce. Butternut Winter Squash can be used in any recipe calling for Winter Squash or Pumpkin with an even richer flavor. Potatoes are probably filling your vegetable drawer in your refrigerator and will keep into the winter if you do not use them up each week. Try a pinch of freshly ground Nutmeg in your mashed potatoes or Potato Gratin.
The chipmunks are frantic running from Oak tree to Oak tree picking up the acorns that have fallen, storing them away for winter. We are fortunate that we have warm kitchens and full refrigerators going into the cold winter months.
Enjoy the harvest.
Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm