Full Shares:  Sungold Tomatoes, Tender Greens Mix, Brussel Sprouts, Shallots, Hakurei Turnips, Spaghetti Squash, and Mozart Potatoes

Partial Share:  Sungold Tomatoes, Mesclun Mix, Brussel Sprouts, Shallots, Spaghetti Squash, and Mozart Potatoes

Hello CSA Members!

Did I say a few weeks ago that I thought summer was ending?  Boy, was I wrong.  This evening I was out in the field harvesting potatoes as the choking smoke settled back in, a hot wind blew, and two huge ravens sat on the fence wire watching me.  I felt like the protagonist in a Cormac McCarthy book.  Things are downright dire out there from an air quality standpoint.  This is Week 17, which is typically a highly anticipated week in a farmer’s schedule because it’s the first week where one can actually begin to think about the season coming to a close.  It’s a time of year when we harvest all the storage crops and begin to work on some of the infrastructure projects around the farm.  Typically in cooler weather.  But all this smoke sure does throw a curve ball.

I call this one “Sunrise over Brussels”

Not that the vegetables seem to mind.  This week we have some beautiful baby mixes…. “tender” greens for Full shares and Mesclun mix for partials.   And the Sungold tomatoes are still going strong, so you’ll be getting another big serving of those.  Potatoes are making their way back in to the share.  This time it’s Mozart, a new variety with salmon skin and creamy yellow flesh.  And the first winter squash of the season….a little personal sized spaghetti squash.  Oh, and full shares will be getting some beautiful Hakurei salad turnips as well.  And my new favorite vegetable of this year….the shallot!  Like an onion, but finer rings and nuttier flavor….haven’t found a meal yet that they weren’t good in.  My CSA photographer is feeling a bit under the weather today, so not only was I forced to pick green beans, but  no share photo either!  You’ll just have to take my word for what’s in it.

I just sautéed some sliced turnips in garlic tonight, and they were excellent.  Some other ideas include roasting them with mushrooms or even using the greens in pizza?!  This summer I’ve also discovered quick pickled onions, or in this case shallots. They are delicious on sandwiches and virtually anything else.  Well, I don’t know if it’s smoke or just being tires, but my eyes are burning and I’m headed off to bed.  Looking forward to seeing you all at CSA this week!

Todd and the Two Bear Farm Team