The last vegetables of the CSA season are here! Thank-you to all of our share members for supporting us in 2019: your enthusiasm for and love of our vegetables makes the work worthwhile! I will spend the next few weeks closing the farm down for the winter and keeping my fingers crossed that this all happens before the snow flies.
For those of you eager to sign up for our 2020 season, I expect to have sign-ups live by mid-November. As mentioned in a previous post, we are transitioning to an online CSA management system and all the details of the system and the 2020 shares will take a couple of weeks to compile. As in previous years, this early sign-up will be for existing members only and any new member spots will open up in early January.
One exciting addition for the 2020 season is the return of egg shares and sales! Now that our kids are getting older, they are looking for more meaningful (aka paid) ways to work on the farm. Terran will be working part-time in the fields with me during the summer and Rowan is going to manage the egg production. This means that we can increase our chickens to meet the demand for our eggs. We will be offering two ways in which you can purchase eggs: a full-season egg share or weekly sales. The full-season share is a pre-paid commitment to 1 dozen eggs for 24 weeks (of course, if you are a big egg eater you can purchase more than one share). In addition to the egg shares, we will also have weekly sales for those that would like the occasional option of eggs. With our new system, you can order your weekly eggs when the share contents are emailed to you and the cost automatically comes off your credit card (no need to remember cash at pickup).
After a few weeks hiatus due to insect damage, we have some beautiful fall kale in the shares this week. Fall kale is the best kale because the cooler temperatures and occasional frosts sweeten the leaves and keep them tender. Aside from using in smoothies, soups, and stews, here are a few ideas for your kale:
Honeycrisp Kale Salad
Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta
Kale and Quinoa Patties