Week 22, Final Distribution 2009

Individual Shares, Select 6

Radishes

Arugula

Hon Tsai Tai

Pears

Mixed Leaf Lettuce

Pak Choi

Baby Leaf Lettuce

Mizspoona

Stir-fry mix (baby Kale, Yokata-Na)

Pumpkins

EXTRAS: Hickory nuts, Green Wave mustard

Thank you all for participating this year in our CSA!

Please stock up on animal protein. We will have available for purchase, seafood, chicken, and beef all on a first-come, first-served basis. Place your order by clicking on the appropriate link.

Week 21 Shares

Individual shares, select 6

Radishes

Pears

Mixed Baby Lettuce

Parsley

Dandelion/Chicory

Pumpkin

Pak Choi

Green Wave Mustard

Purple & Red Mustard

EXTRAS:
HICKORY NUTS
LETTUCE
CHIVES
GREEK OREGANO
BABY LETTUCE BUNCHES
SURPRISES!

Week 19 Share

Individuals, choose 6

Apples

Pears

Radishes

Basil

Parsley

Kale/Collards

Dandelion/Chicory

Pumpkins

Extras: Chestnuts, Hickory Nuts, Lettuce, Stinging Nettles
We’ll have fresh and frozen chicken each week. Please order here.
Please excuse the late announcement.  Fall greens along with radishes are just coming in.  There are also some surprise extras. See you at distribution.

Warm Autumn Chutney

The pears and apples that have been showing up in our CSA shares can be the basis of many dishes, from savory to sweet and appetizer to dessert. This recipe combines them with some of Upper Meadows Farm’s honey into a chutney that is a flavorful condiment with any roast.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to get some of the farm’s honey, Leonard will have some for sale at this week’s distributions.

Printable Recipe: Warm Autumn Chutney

Week 18 Share

Individual shares, choose 5

Apples

Pumpkin

Kale

Dandelion Greens

Basil

Lettuce

Pears

Nettles

Extra: Flowers

WE HAVE FRESH WHOLE CHICKENS AVAILABLE. PLEASE PLACE YOUR ORDER HERE

Five Uses For An Ugly Pear

Let’s face it: While organic produce is tops in taste, it sometimes comes up short in the beauty department. And since we are a culture trained to prize beauty, that can mean that we too often pass on the better fruits and vegetables.

The pears that we have been getting in our shares aren’t the prettiest pears I’ve ever seen. But their flavor is fabulous. So to help you over pretty fruit syndrome, I’ll give you my five best ways to use an ugly pear:

1. Pear Puree: Easy-peasey lemon squeezey, as my younger son likes to say. Peel the pears, put them in a saucepan with a quarter cup of water over low heat, and let them slowly soften. Puree in a Cuisinart or with a stick blender. I combine the pear puree with other pureed fruits when I make fruit leather in my food dehydrator. You can also make a Bellini with it.

2. Pear Tart: Peel and slice thin, layer on top of a crust with almonds as in this recipe and this one. The first recipe takes only two pears, the second a bit more. But the combination of pears and nuts and cognac is wonderful. My favorite pear tart recipe, however, is the Buttery Pear Tart in King Arthur Flour’s Whole Grain Baking cookbook, which pairs pears with a barley crust and crystallized ginger. Alas, it is not available online.

3. Pear Salad: A crispy bite of pear perks up any fall salad. I like to add pared, julienned pears and a few walnuts to my greens, but a lot of recipes favor blue cheese or Gorgonzola as well.

4. Pear Breakfast: I found this recipe earlier this year after I mistakenly ordered a large bag of wheat berries from King Arthur. Yes, I thought it was odd that a breakfast recipe uses olive oil, but it’s barely a dot and, with all that dried fruit, it’s not noticeable.

5. Pears, Poached: The best pears for poaching are firm pears. I’m not terribly handy with a knife, so it took a bit of time for me to learn how to core them properly. And it is definitely easier to core before you peel the pear. What to poach your pear in? There’s a wide variety of choices, from Asian to Italian and back.

And if you absolutely must have beauty, take a look at this photo: A farmer in China has perfected a method of growing pears to look like babies.

Week 17 Share

Individual shares select 5

Kale
Parsley
Swiss Chard
Lemon Basil
Acorn Squash
Apples
Flowers
Garlic Chives

Extras: Cucumbers, Pears