Winter has come. I write this as the snow falls on the farm and the fire burns warm in our kitchen. We love this time of year especially as we approach the winter solstice.
But, there is never a dull moment on this farm, I tell ya! You think things are moving along well and fine and then bam, disaster! The power of Nature humbles me in moments like these. Last night, the wind blew hard and didn’t stop for hours. Josh and I did not sleep a wink—we tossed and turned just hoping that our three hoophouses would remain standing, though we knew there was a very good possibility that one would go down. A couple of weeks ago, the wind pulled a few of the metal hoops out of the ground on one of our hoophouses, so it was already on its way out. Last night’s wind was mighty and forceful, so we had a feeling we’d wake up to see the whole thing flipped over. And we were right! We’re definitely feeling down about it as the initial assessment tells us that only a few of the hoops are salvageable and the plastic cannot be used for another hoophouse. Plus, the house smashed beautiful mustard greens and arugula! So sad. But, these sorts of things happen on a farm and with more experience, we are able to weather such challenges. It is all part of the adventure of farming! Our employee did drive up this morning and come to our door and say, “Lo siento, patrona. F@#$ing wind!” Thanks Gregorio! That made me smile.
Anyway, we do want to wish you a beautiful, magical and happy holiday season, Solstice, winter and New Year as you celebrate with your family and friends. I know in the wake of current events this past week, our hearts have been heavy with sadness and empathy for the families in Connecticut. As a mother of an almost six-year-old, I can’t imagine the pain and grief the families are experiencing. In light of this, we send you love and warmth to you during your winter festivities. Stay warm and enjoy good eating!
In Your Boxes:
- 3/4# Spinach
- Spaghetti Squash
- 1# Celeriac (also known as Celery Root): So delicious. Great for soup with potatoes. Check out recipes in the PDF document below.
- 1# Beets
- 3# Carrots
- 4# Red potatoes
- 3# Red onions
- 1# Tiger Eye Beans: This are probably the tastiest beans I’ve ever eaten. And they are so beautiful. Just soak and boil with kombu. So nutty and delicious! Check out another blog post with recipe on the beans: Mexican Whole Beans
- 1 Bu Arugula – Just toss with olive oil, salt & pepper and serve!
- 1/2# Salad Mix
- 1# Braising Mix
- Pie Pumpkins — Makes such delicious pumpkin pie! Good for pumpkin soup too. Check out this blog link on pumpkin soup: Pioneer Woman Pumpkin Soup
RECIPES FOR YOUR WINTER CSA BOX: WinterCSADecember20
Have a great holiday,
Melissa, Josh, Everett and Ava (and now little pup, Basha!)