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Fall CSA Week 3

Posted 9/19/2017 8:40pm by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

Happy rainy Tuesday! If you missed getting your box come get it at the farmstand during Windy Wednesday!

We sure hope that picking up your share brightens your day! We've got a great line-up for you in this week's box. The start of fall produce begins! But, there are still some great summer finds in there as well. 

  • spaghetti squash
  • dill
  • radicchio
  • baby kale
  • carrots
  • eggplant
  • garlic
  • broccoli
  • snack peppers
  • Kohlrabi

Spaghetti Squash Fritters make a great quick finger food and are a great Meatless Monday (or Tuesday or Wednesday...) option! You can substitute the spinach in this recipe with the kale in your share! 

This weather is perfect for a big pot of Ratatouille! Toss in your eggplant, a few of those peppers, a bit of zucchini, garlic, tomatoes, and a bunch of herbs. Do you have a favorite ratatouille recipe that is different from this one? What else do you put in it? For a simple pizza topping/calzone filling try roasting eggplant slices on a baking sheet at 425 or so - toss with plenty of olive oil and good pinches salt at the beginning.

That gorgeous red and white cabbage looking vegetable (BUT IT'S NOT!) in your share is radicchio. RAD-EEK-EEE-O If you just try to eat it as is, you may find that it has a bit of a bitter taste, but once tamed, it can balance all sorts of flavors in your meals! Here's a delicious and simple Grilled Pear and Radicchio Salad to try! You can also just slice it in thin ribbons and add to your salad mix. Don't feel you have to use the whole head at once (some of these had some beautiful heft to them!) - it stores pretty well - You can just cut off a slab at a time and slice it into ribbons to add color, vibrance, and a bitter element to your greens.

If you have never tried kohlrabi - the little light green UFO with leaves sticking out the top - try just peeling off the skin and eating it raw (I usually cut off the root end to create a flat surface for the cutting board then lop off the sides with a big knife). You can do veggie sticks, matchsticks as part of a salad or slaw, or even shave super thin rounds on a mandolin and try to make Benjamin Sukle's Kohlrabi Caesar Salad (one of our chef customers at Oberlin restaurant in Providence). People always ask if the greens are edible. Yes is the short answer. I suppose you can try cooking the leaves like collard greens, but only if you really looooove greens! The baby Red Russian kale in the share this week will probably taste like candy in comparison :)

knock, knock. who's there? CARROT! stored in a plastic bag in the fridge they should last for ages so clear out something you are never going to eat and just stack up the carrots. we finally got good at growing carrots, ok? Are you a shredder or a slicer - for adding carrots to a salad? What about juice? Cake? Muffins? Carrot ginger soup (my secret addition to my best version, besides delicious stock of course, was a sweet potato!) carrot pickles - like the ones in costa rica with the peppers and cauliflower? Giardiniera

There are so many ways to use that fresh dill in your share - pairs beautifully with lemon and a piece of grilled fish, perfect addition to a salad, in a yogurt-dill sauce, the list goes on and on! And if you don't think you will use it all this week, you can preserve it for later

Let us know how this week's share goes? What's been your favorite addition to your box so far? 

Enjoy this fresh produce and thank you for supporting White Barn Farm!!

Written by Lauryn Blakesley (accompanied by several interjections from Farmer Christy!)

Here's your chance to see the farm! Come to the Harvest Moonshine Festival this Sunday, Sept. 24th, 3pm-7pm. Legit bands. White Barn Farm activities and veggie stand. Advance tickets $15/ticket or $12.50 per person for groups of 10 or more. kids under 12 FREE! Wear your dancing feet, bring a picnic and chairs! but leave pets at home :)

 You all already support the heck out of this farm, but you can tell your pals - this is an important Farm Fundraiser! Gotta make that FSA Loan payment, ya know!