September 26, 2014
(4 pm start in Poughkeepsie this week)
This Week's Harvest:
Tomatoes (last legs), Green Tomatoes, Eggplants, Various sorts of Peppers, Beets, Salad Radishes, Tat Soi, Kale, Collards, Onions, Garlic, Herbs and more!
Dear CSA Members, Neighbors, Friends, Family,
Sometime near the end of September, the air changes. The sound of the wind changes. The insect noises and sunlight all change. Once the morning sun warms our cold, dew damp fingers, we bare our arms and cheeks again, for the autumnal garden feels like a soft caress after the brashness of summer. Of course, tomorrow and Sunday are supposed to climb into the 80s again, but I certainly think that is likely just a last little squeak of summertime before the cooler days settle in.
I know Sarah from White Plains is excited for the upcoming cool season bounty. Next week, we'll start distributing our potato crop, definitely the best (and the most fun) potato harvest we've experienced to date. The week after that, Celeriac joins the crowd (I can hear Sarah cheering from here) – a root vegetable with a bulbous hypocotyl (that bit below the first leaf and above the root proper) that has a lovely celery flavor, and is most tasty raw or cooked in just about any way imaginable. Daikon radish, purple top turnip, and (my favorite) Rutabagas will soon be sizable for harvest. What we can manage of a butternut squash round up will also jump in the mix (see prior newsletters regarding the sad demise of our squash contingent), and then I will excitedly share with you this Autumn Salad recipe with raw beets, butternuts, kale and apples.
And, of course, fall is also the time of leafy greens. You probably noticed the leafier aspect of last week's share, and there is more to come! Arugula, mustard greens, tat soi, kale and collards are in full force, and soon spinach will make its appearance as well. Thanks to White Plains member Clovia for a guided tour of the local Asian Foods Market, I've got baby boc choi on my mind as well, so we're giving that a go.
In anticipation of leafy beauty (on the trees and on our plates),
Jen, Jon, and Baby Sam