2014 Storage Share

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Vegetables with longer shelf lives to keep you eating seasonally into the cold weather!

 

Storage shares have:

1. Cherry tomato salsa (Tuesday) or pickled beets (Saturday)  and cucumber pickles (both days)  all canned this summer. Good up to 1 year if left sealed; refrigerate after opening.

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2. Daikon radishes. Can store for several weeks.  To store: Remove the greens and store in a Ziplock bag with a damp paper towel in the bag. Put bag in crisper drawer of fridge.

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3. Potatoes (with soil on for storage purposes.) Store in dry, cool, dark place in paper bag for longer term storage. If kept cool, dark, and dry can store several months. Remember, we don’t treat our potatoes with any anti-sprout chemicals like the ones in grocery stores so it is crucial to store them in a dark place. They’re alive and want to grow!

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4. White sweet potatoes (yum!)—  If you can resist these for more than 2 weeks, store in paper bag in cool, dry, dark place like regular potatoes. Will keep for months in good storage conditions.

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5. Drying red cayenne peppers  These are not completely dry yet. Keep them in the kitchen in a dry place and they will keep for months. Once they are fully dry, you can put them in a dry glass jar or paper bag and use as needed. Best if used within a year.

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6. Dried fennel seeds — Store in a  paper bag in a  dry place. Once they are fully dry, (2 weeks or so) they can be stored in a dry glass jar. For best flavor, enjoy them within 1 year. Seeds could also be planted in garden come spring: they are viable, organically grown, and frost hardy for early spring planting!

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7. Red Beets –To store for longer periods, remove greens and store in damp Ziplock in fridge like the Daikon radishes. Beet greens can be blanched and frozen in freezer bag for long term storage, too! Can store for up to 5 weeks in the right conditions.

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8. Carrots– For long term storage remove greens and store in damp Ziplock or Tupperware in fridge. These will stay good for several weeks.

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9. Butternut squash  Store in cool, dry place. Can be stored for several months.

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10. Garlic–Store in cool dry place, can store for several months

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11. Sage — hang in dry place in kitchen and these herbs will dry out. Once they are dry and crisp, store  in a paper bag or dry glass jar and use as needed. Best if used within 1 year.

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12. Bulb Fennel —Remove any protruding  greens (the greens are edible, too) and store bulbs in Ziplock bag in fridge if not used within a week. Will keep up to a month or more in good conditions.

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2014 Week 20

Well, our regular CSA season is coming to a close this week, just before the first real freeze.  Hope you enjoyed the season and will join us next year!

This week’s pick up will be the last of 2014  unless you signed up for a  Thanksgiving share, which will be ready for pick up on Saturday  Nov. 22. We will send reminder e-mails for those as well.

For people who got storage shares,  this week there are storage shares for pick up as well as regular boxes. Look for the larger boxes, and remember: one larger box = 1 storage share. Contents of storage box will be posted separately.

 

This week’s regular box has:

 

Butternut Squash from Food Field

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Carrots from Buffalo Street, Singing Tree and Food Field (Tuesday)  Scallions from Buffalo St. (Saturday)

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Beets from Buffalo Street,  OR Kohlrabi from Fields of Plenty (Tuesday) Turnips OR tomatillos OR sunchokes  from Food Field (Saturday)

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Kale from Buffalo Street Farm

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Potatoes from Food Field

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Red cayenne peppers from Food Field (Tuesday),    Salad mix OR radicchio or iceberg lettuce (Saturday)

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Rainbow Chard from Buffalo Street, Singing Tree and Fields of Plenty (Tuesday only) , Collard greens OR Napa cabbage  (Saturday only)

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Herbs from Fields of Plenty and Singing Tree       ( If you are not sure which herbs you got, send us a pic!)

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Leeks OR  bulb fennel (Tuesday only ), Beet greens  (Saturday only)

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2014 Week 19

Well, we’ve almost come full circle–when we started the season in June, the boxes were full of green, leafy, frost-resistant  vegetables, and here we are in October again with more leafy boxes. But, as Alice brought to our attention, there are no sweet potatoes, butternut squash, or peppers in the spring! I guess that’s why they call this harvest season. We get the best of both ends of the season.

We’ve had a couple frosts over the past week and because of that, your kale and other leafy vegetables (and maybe even your Daikon radishes or kohlrabi) may have a sweeter taste. See if you notice the difference! Plants make extra sugar after a frost to protect themselves from frost burn,  because sugar freezes at a lower temperature than water.

 

This week’s box  contains the following:

Blue Adirondack potatoes from Food Field

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Sweet potatoes from Food Field

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Cooking mustard greens from Buffalo Street (Tuesday only) head lettuce or radicchio from Buffalo Street (Saturday only)

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Peppers from Food Field (Tuesday only) Daikon Radishes or Kohlrabi from Fields of Plenty (Sat. Only)

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Kale from Buffalo Street

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Salad mix from Buffalo Street and Singing Tree

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Butternut squash from Food Field

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Collard greens or rainbow chard from Fields of Plenty, Food Field,  Singing Tree, and Buffalo Street

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Herbs from Singing Tree and Fields of Plenty

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2014 Week 18

Another soggy Tuesday harvest but we’ve got veggies for you rain or shine! Here’s what’s in today’s box:

“Florida Broadleaf” cooking mustard greens from Buffalo Street Farm

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Scallions from Buffalo Street Farm (Tuesday only) OR Radicchio (Sat. only)

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Cherry tomatoes OR tomatillos from Food Field (Tuesday) Cayenne peppers from Food Field (Saturday)

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Salad mix or arugula from Food Field and Singing Tree and Buffalo Street

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Potatoes from Food Field

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Leeks from Food Field

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Herbs from Singing Tree and Fields of Plenty  (Assorted, send us an e-mail with photo if you don’t recognize the herb in your box)

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Eggplant OR Bulb Fennel from STG (Tues) OR Carrots (Sat)

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Swiss Chard from Buffalo Street and Fields of Plenty

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Wash for Slugs in Lettuce

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I’ve grown to accept it as a fact of life–the sky is blue, water is wet, and organic head lettuce is likely to contain a slug or two. We do our best to control slugs in the garden, but we can’t keep every single one out without spraying something toxic. So when you go to prepare your lettuce salad this week, be sure to dismantle the head, leaf by leaf, and wash it thoroughly. Nothing worse than finding a slug in your salad!

On a separate note, the “Crispino” iceberg lettuce in Saturday’s box is my personal favorite. It has the juicy crunch of iceberg lettuce but without the watery flavorless part. Crispino has a rich, nutty flavor with a slightly bitter zing–10x the flavor  or the Dole stuff they sell in bags at the grocery store. It’s worth the time it takes to make sure there are no slugs!

Enjoy,

Minni and CSA crew

 

 

2014 Week 17

This being week 17, there are only 3 more weeks left in our CSA season!! We sent out last day reminders via e-mail, but if you are still unsure about when your last pick up day is, send us an e-mail at CityCommonsCSA@gmail.com. While we are all sold out of storage shares, we do have a few Thanksgiving shares open for purchase. If you are interested in getting a Thanksgiving share, send us an e-mail at CityCommonsCSA@gmail.com with “Thanksgiving Share 2014” in the tittle and we will send you an invoice for $50 via Paypal. These Thanksgiving shares are available on a first come, first served basis.

In this week’s box:

“Easter Egg” Radishes from Buffalo Street

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Kohlrabi from Buffalo Street

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Swiss Chard From Buffalo Street and Fields of Plenty and Singing Tree

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Peppers from Food Field and Singing Tree

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Green beans from Singing Tree (Tuesday only) Cherry tomatoes from Buffalo Street (Saturday only)

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Baby lettuce mix from Singing Tree (Tuesday) Head Lettuce from Buffalo Street (Saturday)

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Kale from Buffalo Street and Fields of Plenty

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Beets and beet greens or Daikon radishes from Food Field

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Basil from Food Field (Tuesday) or other herbs (chives or oregano or mint or parsley) on Sat.

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2014 Week 16

One day it’s 80 degrees, the next it’s 60. This week the box contents reflect a sample of both hot and cool weather– we have tomatoes and peppers, which are hot loving crops, and bulb fennel and radishes, which do just fine even in frosty weather. Speaking of frost, we’re due for the first fall frost in about two weeks. Enjoy the tomatoes and peppers while they’re still in season because we’re at the tail end of the hot crops prime time.

 

What else is in the box this week?

 

Bulb fennel from Buffalo Street Farm

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Black beans from Food Field (Tuesday) Cranberry pinto beans (Saturday)

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Radishes from Buffalo Street Farm

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Salad mix from Buffalo Street Farm

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Tomatoes from Food Field and Singing Tree Garden

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Peppers from Food Field and Signing Tree Garden (it’s a mix of many peppers. If you want to know the variety, e-mail is a pic and we’ll tell you)!

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Winter squash from Food Field (again, a mix. let us know if you want to know the specific variety that came in your box).

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Swiss Chard from Fields of Plenty and Singing Tree

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Herbs from Singing Tree and Fields of Plenty–

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