Winter CSA Share — Week One:
Yukon Gold Potatoes
Purple Top Turnips
Baby Rainbow Chard
Romanesco Cauliflower — Tastes and acts like a regular cauliflower although the spirals are amazing on this vegetable! We absolutely love this specialty cauliflower and it just does great in cold weather.
Daikon Radish — Great for shredding with cabbage for a fresh salad. Use it for dipping with hummus and other spreads.
WINTER CSA RECIPES — Winter CSA Share.weekone
Welcome to the first week of the winter CSA season! We’re so happy to be providing produce for the winter season. Each box will have standard staple vegetables that should last you 2 weeks — onions, potatoes, carrots, squash, etc. and then we will add cooking greens, salad greens and then any specialty vegetables available at the time, i.e. cauliflower, broccoli, arugula, etc. Despite the cold November, we have lots of vegetables still in the field. Most have weathered the really cold temperatures — some vegetables we pre-harvested before the really cold freeze (napa cabbage and daikon), so that we would have them available for the boxes. Some of you may remember the really cold temperatures we had last December and how we were on vacation during that time, which resulted in huge losses of vegetables for us. Well, we’re really prepared this year. We even built a storage room in our barn to store winter squash, onions and garlic, so that they will last through the winter.
December is a slow month on the farm. We start our 2011 planning and by the end of the month, we will have started the first of our greens for the February planting of our hoophouse. It seems crazy that we are already thinking about next season when we just finished markets in November! We are purchasing a second hoophouse this month and putting it up in January, so we can have 2 hoophouses in the spring, which will allow us to have so many more greens available in March and April for spring markets. We love season extension around here at BMF! Besides planning for 2011, we’ll take some much needed rest, sleep and family time in-between CSA harvests until it starts to get busy again in February. This is our time to cozy up in the house and enjoy our children and eat lots of good food. The short days really allow us to do that.
Other projects for the winter include working on our existing greenhouses and improving some of the components of those structures. We usually try to pack in too many projects during the winter, so this year, we aren’t going to put too much on our plate. In other news, we’re also taking on a third property to farm next year, so we will be planning for that parcel. We currently farm 3 acres on hwy 238 and 2 acres at our home farm on Thompson Creek Road and then we will be farming another 5 acres on North Applegate Road, for a total of 6 – 10 acres in production for next year. Woah! We’ll be entering our fifth year of farming and it seems amazing how far we have come in those 5 years. We had no idea we’d be taking on this much acreage when we first started. But, we love it. We dream of being able to consolidate all this acreage into one farm one day, but for now, we’re growing all over the place. A lot of the acreage will be devoted to winter and storage crops as we continue to grow our winter markets, which seems to be a good niche for us.
Enjoy the vegetables and let us know if you have any questions! Happy eating.