It's the last week of the CSA season! Thank-you to each of our share members for supporting us through our fifth season farming! We are looking forward to some rest and relaxation over the winter but, of course, are always looking ahead to the following year.
As most of you will have seen by now, I set an email this weekend with all the details of the 2018 season. You can also read all the details here: CSA 2018. Please save this email as this information won't be available on our website for a while yet. Since we are reducing the number of available shares, we are doing something different this year and only opening registration to current share members until January 15th. After that, if there are still shares available they will be open to the general public. Share members who reserve a share now will have until January 15th to pay in full or provide their deposit, depending on the chosen payment plan. So no need to pay right away (although that's OK too)! Confirmation emails will be sent to those that have signed up so far starting next week.
Overall, I have been pleased with the 2017 season. As I am reminded every year, there are always some crops that are hits and some that are misses. While I go into each season hoping that everything is a big hit, I'm recognizing that that isn't always possible. I was pleasantly surprised that we had a decent tomato harvest this year, despite the weather being decidedly unfriendly towards tomatoes. And our leafy greens, onions, and potatoes also did very well. Next year, the crops that I really want to ace are broccoli, spinach, beets, and sweet peppers. I know members would love more of all of these things and I really want to make it happen! As always, if you have crop requests or suggestions, I'd love to hear them! I want to grow what you want to eat.
I wish all of you a enjoyable and cozy fall and winter. I look forward to seeing many of you again next year! As in previous years, I will be doing occasional deliveries to Guelph in the winter months for those that wish to order honey, chicken, or eggs. Watch our social media and your inbox for more information on these deliveries.
Onions are a humble vegetable that are often overlooked as the centerpiece of a meal. But I can't imagine many dishes without onions. Raw, roasted, sauteed, and fermented - they are all delicious! For some ideas on ways to use onions beyond the basics, check out these recipes below:
Fermented Pickled Onions
French Onion Soup
24 Onion Recipes