An aerial view of our farm & garden center.
From top left, clockwise: Baby Red Russian kale, mixed lettuce, French breakfast radishes, tatsoi, fennel, cabbage, cilantro, leeks! (Large share pictured.)
Welcome to Week 5 of the Fall CSA. These fall veggies make your CSA share look like a box of jewels. Can’t get to them all right away? Do not fret! Freshly harvested vegetables have a much longer shelf life than those you might find in the grocery store…here are some guidelines to help order your operation —
Use first (will keep about a week in the fridge): tatsoi, cilantro, radish tops
Store a little longer (2 weeks): baby kale, fennel fronds, lettuce
Store very well (a month of more): Cabbage, fennel bulbs, radishes, leeks
All of your veggies this week store best in a bag or sealed container in the refrigerator.
If this is your first time trying tatsoi, it is a delightful Asian green that is very similar to spinach in its capacities. It is mild enough to be enjoyed raw in a salad, and hearty enough to enjoy steamed, sauteed, or wilted in your favorite soup.
We hope you are still enjoying your cilantro, this highly coveted herb is doing beautifully in our garden right now, but will not endure cold weather well. Your fennel fronds make a lovely substitute for dill, so we were sure to leave some for you to enjoy.
Some recipe ideas for your box this week:
Celery, Apple, Fennel Slaw(we have beautiful Honey Crisp apples in the farmstand this week from Milburn Orchards in Elkton)
Radish & Tofu Summer Rolls(once you start making summer rolls, you will be hooked! We always keep rice wrappers on hand for quick, light, and easy dinners! The combinations are endless — no tofu on hand? Try fish or shrimp. Rice wrappers can be found at natural food shops, and even most grocery stores in the international aisle).
Leek & Sweet Potato Soup(take note of the leek washing tips in this recipes! Submerging them in water is another good trick for removing all ‘grit’)
We hope being healthy and fun collide in the very best way in your kitchen this week, and every week! Thanks for supporting our small family farm!
New CSA Pickup Location! Chestertown veggie fans, your requests have been heard! We are partnering with The Seed House as our newest CSA pickup location. Shares will be available for pickup every Wednesday between 4-8pm. Our next CSA season (Winter) begins December 6th. Can’t wait that long? Sign up for the remainder of the Fall CSA season (in person at the farm, at one of our farmers’ markets, or over the phone) and we will pro-rate the cost of your share for the weeks that have already passed! Become a member today!
For a limited time, we are offering special CSA pricing for the coming year. Between now and December 1st, sign up for any future season of 2018 (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall) and receive 10% off your purchase! This offer will not be available through our website, so please call or sign up in person at the farm.