Winter CSA Share — Week Two:
Red Kuri and/or Sunshine Kabocha Winter Squash
Spring Wheat Berries — If you don’t have a grinder for grains at home, we’ve heard you can also use your coffee grinder as well. The wheat will be a little rough, but still usable. Also, please see our recipes for what to do with wheat berries instead of grinding for flour. Lots of great ways to use wheat berries — breakfast cereal, salads and even stews and chilis!
Braising Mix — A mix of chard, kale & napa cabbage. If you have some water in your bag, shake it out over the sink. We don’t spin braising mix, so water may collect at the bottom of the bag.
RECIPES Winter CSA Recipes.Dec16
Not much new to report on the farm. We’ve been taking it easy and enjoying December and time off. The wheat in your boxes this week was grown as part of a trial for Oregon State University Extension. We were one of a number of farms trialing out various wheat varieties to see which has the highest protein and grows the best in our region. This was our first shot at growing wheat on the farm and while there were some big learning curves (namely efficient harvesting..!), we really enjoyed having grain in our rotation of vegetables. The wheat was grown on about an 1/8 of an acre where potatoes, tomatoes, winter squash, oats and peas has previously grown. The hardest part about growing the wheat was the harvesting as we did not have any tools, so our crew did it by hand. We threshed it with an All Crop Combine at our friend’s farm in the Applegate. We then winnowed it even further at Wolf Gulch Farm, which eradicates any miscellaneous chaff or seeds in the wheat and then we bagged it up for you. Quite a process. We hope you enjoy it. Here are some pictures from that trial. Happy solstice, holidays and new year!