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Tuesday, October 24, 2017
🍂🍃 Greetings! This is Week 12's Autumn CSA Share @ Cane Creek Farm! 🍂🍃
The Last Week of Autumn Shares! Sweet Potatoes, Beans, Greens, and more this week!
Fresh, Sustainable Produce - Grown Locally October 24th, 2017
Sweet Potatoes Jalapeno Peppers Garlic Kale (CCF and Victory Garden at CCF) Tatsoi (Grow with the Flow Farm) Green Onions Beans(CCF and Eva's Garden at CCF) Broccolini or Cauliflower Babes
Please remember to wash your produce, as not all items are table-ready. All food requires additional washing and rinsing before consumption. Thank you!
Does CSA Have a Future?
Here at Cane Creek Farm, across the state, and nationwide, the number of people joining a CSA have been going down. The world is changing, customers are changing, and what worked in earlier years does not work now. In order for this wonderful CSA model to survive, things have got to change.
Simon Huntley of Small Farm Central has been pondering, researching and interviewing people across the nation to get to the bottom of what is causing people to turn from CSA. Last August he wrote a blog CSA We have a Problem. "My research leads me to believe that it is fundamentally about providing more choice to members about what is in their box," Simon said. He had several suggestions about ways to increase choice, one being a market-style pickup and another, some type of customizable box by using technology.
In a recent blog, CSA We Have A Path Forward he details solutions to the problems he identified last year. Many of the ideas are around how to give customers more choice. He has also developed a software management tool he will be using with 30 farms this year. We are not large enough to qualify to be one of his farms, but we can certainly use some of the suggestions and ideas he has put forward.
Really getting to know our customers likes and dislikes is one of the first steps to improving the CSA experience. We will be reaching out to connect with you about your experience over the next few weeks as we try to design a better model for next year. Please take the few minutes to share with us your experiences with the CSA. If you are interested, please read Simon's articles, think about his comments in relation to the Cane Creek Farm CSA, and share with us your comments.
As the time of frost draws nearer, the peppers, beans, eggplant and other tender crops are in their last weeks. Most of the crops in the field now are the cool season types- roots and leaf crops. We have stored garlic, butternut squash and sweet potatoes for the winter season to go with the greens and roots from the field.
The winter season will include the following crops: beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, rutabaga, daikon, French Breakfast and watermelon radishes, kale, collards, Hakurei turnips, Spicy salad mix, Buttercrunch lettuce, lettuce mix, broccoli, and brussel sprouts.
If these crops appeal to you, sign up today for the winter share! We will cut off sign-ups on Sunday, Oct. 29, so that we can adequately prepare for Tuesday's harvest.
Makes 8-10 servings
1 1/4 c dry black-eyed peas
3 c water
1 c chopped green pepper
1/2 c chopped green onion
1/4 c diced red bell pepper
1/4 c jalapeno chilies, seeded and minced
1 c Italian salad dressing
1. Place beans in large pot with water; bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 45–50 minutes or until beans are just barely tender. 2. Drain and rinse with cold water. 3. In bowl, mix beans with green pepper, green onion, red pepper, chilies, and salad dressing. Chill.
Serve over lettuce or as dip. If you have not eaten your pumpkin from last week, Sandy found this delicious recipe for pumpkin chili. We have eaten it several times already, and it is very flexible to what you have available.
Jalapeño peppers are great pickled and you get to enjoy them over a period of time. Here is a recipe.