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CSA Box Week 17: Tips, Tricks and Ideas

Posted 10/10/2017 6:46am by Jenna Untiedt.

This day is always a little bittersweet. On one hand, I am extremely happy that I can go to my own house on Monday nights instead of staying at the farm and starting at 2:30 on Tuesday mornings. On the other hand, the end of the CSA season means that within a couple weeks, most of our employees will be going home until next spring and our office becomes quite quiet. Plans are already being made for next season and we begin working towards them even before there is a complete wrap of this season. Never a dull moment here on the farm!

Anyways, let's get down to what to do with ALL the produce in your shares this week. 

Squash: Buttercup and Acorn squash are great for freezing. Simply bake, let cool and then scoop into freezer containers. These are great to pull our in the cold winter months. I encourage you all to maybe try freezing a couple other varieties as well so you can enjoy squash all winter long!

Spaghetti Squash: Instead of ending up in the emergency room needing stitches, bake your spaghetti squash whole. Once soft, then cut it in half to remove the seeds. You can use this squash in replace of spaghetti noodles and it adds great texture and flavor. If you are feeling adventurous, try making the spaghetti squash into a hotdish!

Brussels Sprouts: I ate these for dinner last night and they were amazing! I like to shred into smaller pieces and saute with a bit of bacon and olive oil and top with a bit of parmesan cheese. They are also great boiled or roasted. Try adding in some sliced shallots for a nice added flavor. 

Fingerling Potatoes: Yum! So, last night I sliced these potatoes and tossed in a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. I roasted at 400 degrees until they were crispy. They were delicious! If you like crispy potatoes, give these a try! If crispy potatoes aren't your thing, try boiling or baking.

Carrots: These are great to roast on a cool evening like today! Drizzle with a bit of honey and you have a great treat to go along with any meal. 

Beets: The final batch of roasting beets are here. Roast and set aside for salads throughout the week. Remember, these can store for quite a while in the fridge, just make sure to put them in a container so they don't get too dehydrated. 

Apples: Maybe it is time for apple crisp! Or, apple sauce. Or, just continue eating them as a snack. Enjoy the Minnesota Grown Honeycrisp and make sure to look for Minnesota Grown apples in the stores as they have much more flavor than the others grown in Washington or other parts of the country....in my humble opinion at least. 

Fennel: With the cool temps, it is a great time to get back in the kitchen. Try adding diced up fennel with a pork tenderloin to get extra great flavor. Otherwise, add to some diced up potatoes. 

Swiss Chard: One last dose of summer! Enjoy the greens while you can. If chard isn't your favorite, add a bit of bacon to it to reduce the green flavor. 

Napa Cabbage: Definitely enough here to make one last summer stir fry in addition to some great cabbage rolls. While the cool temps set in, try to be a bit creative in the kitchen and enjoy these last remembrances of summer. 

Tomatoes: Please note that these will not last long. If they start to get spots, just cut around them. Enjoy in salads or sandwiches! Savor the taste of Minnesota tomatoes, because this is the end until next summer. 

Grape Tomatoes: Snack time favorites are back again. The shelf life is getting a bit shorter on these, so enjoy within the first few days of receiving them. 

Honey/Syrup/Jam: Our tradition continues....enjoy these tasty treats all winter long! If you need to stock up, you can find the honey and syrup at all of our garden centers until Halloween. Enjoy!

There you have it, the final share of 2017. We thank you all for being loyal CSA members. The shares are extra full today, so be careful as you bring them to your cars. Also, make sure to unpack them as soon as you get home. Lastly, as a CSA member I would like to ask you to take our annual survey. This really helps us to prepare for next season! There will be a follow up to this blog with my thoughts on the entire season, so stay tuned later today. 

We hope to see you back next season!