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First and foremost, THANK YOU for a fantastic 2013 CSA season. Every year we are faced with a different set of challenges, but with perseverance from our whole team we have made it through another growing season. We absolutely love the fact that you allow us to grow for you. We hope that you all enjoyed your shares, and were satisfied with the 2013 season. We appreciate all the feedback we have received and all of it will be taken into consideration as we continue to plan for 2014.
As we spend the rest of October selling what is left of our fall crops and cleaning up around the farm, plans are in full swing around the 2014 season. As we wrap up our 3rd CSA season of continued growth, we have big plans for next season. We have done a lot of evaluation of the CSA model, and it fits our business model and business plan quite well. As we move towards next season we are asking for your help to keep it growing.
As our orchard continues to mature, the trees continue to yield more and more apples. Our dedication to the land has proven to be beneficial. The land is extremely fertile and as we continue to treat it well, it yields more and more great products in return. We are eternally grateful for the opportunity we have been given to grow such a variety of produce for all of our customers. We feel that we are capable of another year of growth and are looking forward to what 2014 has in store.
We have carefully analyzed our costs of production, and even though every input category from seeds to compost production to labor costs to all other inputs have increased substantially and seem to be headed in that direction for 2014, we believe we can, for the 4th year in a row, hold the price constant on our half shares. The full share will be increasing by $50, which is an increase of $3 per week. Our reasoning behind this increase is simply the fact we cannot continue to offer such as a substantial discount on the full share. The 2014 prices will be $400 per half share and $750 per full share.
Registration for the 2014 season is now open! Please note that not all corporate sites are listed online. As we continue to meet with site contacts, more sites will be listed weekly. If your workplace is not a CSA drop off location and you wish to inquire about making it one, please contact us as soon as possible.
Again, thank you for a wonderful season and we are already looking forward to a great 2014 season!
Jenna Untiedt and Megan Dallmann
Untiedt's Vegetable Farm, Inc.
4750 25th St. SW Waverly, MN 55390
CSA Extended Week 2
October 22, 2013
It looks as if our timing was pretty good for the last share of our CSA Season. We’ve had a couple of pretty good frosts the last few days and a hard freeze is on the way. We have most things out of harms way and hopefully this last share of the season will exceed your expectations.
Our share breakdown is as follows:
Apples: Fireside, a later season variety is included for your enjoyment. Mildly sweet and textured well for a relaxing eating treat.
Apples: SnowSweet, a new University of Minnesota release is a fine eating apple as well as perfect for salads such as a Waldorf salad, as it does not brown after cutting-staying bright white for hours! Enjoy and inform your friends of this variety!
Beets: Sweet young red table beets for your pleasure. They’ll need a little scrubbing, as our fields are sooooo wet and muddy. We did wash once but a little more will be necessary.
Broccoli: Again a healthy taste of fall. Sweet, tender, and juicy.
Brussels Sprouts: Sweeter and Sweeter with the cooler weather. They get better and better as more and more frosts and freezes occur.
Carrots: Yes, finally they are ready. We’ve waited a long time and they’ve gotten large and sweet. Excellent for steaming and fall eating.
Kale: Another fall delicacy, which really lets cool weather enhance its quality. Soups, salads, or as a healthy addition to scrambled eggs, its tasty and healthy.
Lettuce: Romaine-the product of cool fall nights and short days. Crispy, sweet and delightful.
Lettuce: Red Salanova-textured lettuce with a beautiful look.
Squash: Speckled Hound is the variety. It’s truly an heirloom with a wonderful taste that reminds us of a fine sweet butternut. It will take at least 1 ½ hours at 350 degrees to cook, as the meat is so thick. In our opinion, a squash delicacy.
Sweet Potatoes: Just keep eating these great treats. So special for Minnesota.
Tomato- The end of the end. Not too fancy, but with enough homegrown flavor left to satisfy us-we thought you’d enjoy what may be your last homegrown tomato until 2014.
That about wraps up the season from Untiedts. We so much enjoyed the challenge of growing for all of you and hope we were able to satisfy your needs.
We are laying the plans for another year, 2014 Season, and would hope you would recommend us to your friends, relatives, and neighbors. Jenna and Megan will be following up with more information shortly.
On behalf of our team, I would like to wish all of you a peaceful and restful fall and winter season.
Farmer Jerry and Crew
Recipe of the Week:
Brussels Sprout Chips
2 cups of shelled Brussels sprouts
2 tbsp. butter, coconut oil, or any cooking oil
Lemon zest (optional)
Salt and pepper
- Peel sprouts.
- Mix leaves, butter, and salt and pepper together in bowl add lemon zest if desired.
- Place on parchment paper (2 trays) and bake at 350 degrees until leaves are crispy.
October 15, 2013
Here we go again, and welcome to our experimental fall season CSA extension. Normally, this would be quite difficult, but with the mild October we are still harvesting quite a few high quality vegetable and fruit crops. We hope you all get a chance to fire up the stove, grill, and oven to enjoy the contents of these late shares. Let us know if you enjoy these late shares and would like us to try something like this again for 2014. It’s so hard to offer this season extension in the spring as we really don’t have a good feel for the season and how long it will run due to frosts and freezes, but with a little planning perhaps we could plan for an extension.
These shares breakdown as follows:
Broccoli- Yes, it continues to grow in this cooler weather- tasting sweeter and more tender the cooler the weather gets.
Brussels Sprouts- We sent them still attached to the stalks (just twist or cut them off to eat). Not everyone knows how they grow- but you do now!
Lettuce- Red Buttercrunch is the first variety-Enjoy the sweetness and rarity of Minnesota Fall lettuce.
Lettuce- Green Salanova is the second variety. It has real leaf texture and has wonderful flavor. Just remove stems, wash and spin dry. We really are enjoying a date balsamic vinaigrette on our lettuce-its so subtly sweet.
Apples- Haralson is the first variety. Finally ready ripe and fresh off the trees. Always the best in pies, baked apples, and crisps.
Apples- Fireside is the second variety. This variety is so naturally sweet- a real treat with cheese and wine.
Tomatoes- It’s getting to the end, but hey we’ve had a great tomato run this season. Enjoy these while they last and we have to wait for more next June.
Sweet Potatoes- Just dug this past weekend. One of our favorite fall dishes- just peel, boil, and mash. Add a little salt, pepper and butter and enjoy!
Squash-Butternut and acorn. Both are finally truly ripe and ready for eating.
Kale- Sweeter and sweeter by the week. Use in soup, salads, and chips. This is truly a healthy fall vegetable!
We hope you all enjoy this extended season share. The weather is cooling rapidly and we had a light frost Sunday morning. Next week, more apples, broccoli, hopefully tomatoes and more. Stay tuned and thank you for your support.
Farmer Jerry and Crew
Recipes of the Week:
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
1-2 cups of Brussels Sprouts
3-4 strips of bacon
Salt and Pepper
Cook Bacon til it is slightly crispy
Line Cookie Sheet with tin-foil and drizzle with olive oil
Place Brussels Sprouts on pan and roll around in oil, cut up bacon and mix together
Bake at 400 for 30 minutes, checking every so often to move the sprouts around.
At 30 minutes, drizzle sprouts and bacon with a bit of balsamic vinegar.
Bake for another 15 minutes until cooked to your desired softness!
Old Fashioned Apple Crisp
8-10 Haralson Apples
Grated zest of 1 orange
Grated zest of 1 lemon
2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ cup sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9x14 inch baking pan.
Peel, core, and cut the apples into large wedges. Combine the apples with the zests, juices, sugar, and spices. Pour into the dish.
To make the topping, combine the flour, sugars, salt, oatmeal, cold butter in the bowl. Mix on low speed until the mixture is crumbly and the butter is the size of peas. Scatter evenly over the apples.
Place the crisp on a sheet pan and bake for 1 hour until the top is brown and the apples are bubbly. Serve warm-with vanilla ice cream makes it even better!
October 8, 2013
CSA Week 17
Welcome again to our greeting letter for week 17 of our CSA program. This week’s share is particularly special as we can share with you products that should last well into the winter delivering flavors of the season past. Among these special share items is Susan Untiedt’s very special raspberry jam, a product of many hours of hard work, never ending patience, and a special pride derived from the delivery and sharing of an old family recipe! Another is maple syrup, which was tapped last spring and saved especially for this CSA share! Another is the honey, a first for our CSA shares as we have never before had the quantity necessary to place a jar in each CSA share. A threshold has been crossed with the number of hives we have, thus allowing us to provide these premium superior products to you all. More on this later. All in all, I hope you all are as happy to receive this share, as we are to have produced these special contents for you.
The breakdown is as follows:
Acorn Squash: Finally, truly ripe- as evidenced by the bright orange ground spots. Better and better as the fall deepens.
Apples: Honeycrisp: Here they are again, one of Minnesota’s favorite apples. Developed and grown as a truly Minnesota apple and nowhere do they taste as they do here.
Apples: Sweetango: In our opinion, another wonderful local apple. Enjoy these from the “fridge” from where they deliver an incredible snappy sound when eaten. A one of a kind apple…
Broccoli: Cut fresh and ready for consumption. Our weather has left this broccoli sweet and flavorful. Enjoy steamed, boiled, or raw.
Carnival Squash: Sweet, smooth, and ready for the oven. Warm up a cool night with this squash.
Green Pepper: It doesn’t seem quite possible, but our tunnel peppers have put on another fruit set for our enjoyment. Crisp and thick walled, these are wonderful for salads, stuffing, and snacking.
Honey: This honey started its journey in our apple orchard this spring as our bees worked to pollinate our apple trees. From there, we moved the bees to be closer to our alfalfa and white cider clover and wildflower plantings-free from the fear of pesticides and in a secluded area to avoid molestation by animals and other pests.
Lettuce: Romaine this week is our lettuce variety. Take the leaf away from the stalk and you’ll be sure to enjoy the flavor.
Maple Syrup: Wow- this past March and April seem to be so far gone, but they’ve left us with a great syrup crop to share with you. Enjoy and think of us as you cover those pancakes and French Toast.
Potatoes: The last of our Red Norlands are here for your enjoyment. Maybe with this warm weather a little potato salad?
Raspberry Jam: Certainly the prize content of the box-many thanks to Susan Untiedt for her hard work and sharing. We trust you will enjoy this as much as the Untiedt family does.
Sweet Potatoes: Ok, we’ve probably said enough about growing but we are really “busting our buttons” over this sweet potato crop. Only about once in 5 years do we get a crop (sweet potatoes take 120-130 days to mature), but it looks like this year is one of them. We are just beginning the harvest, but if the weather holds, we will harvest a beautiful crop. This is said to be one of natures most perfect foods-bake them, grill them, or boil them- they really are the best. (The skin set is so light we have not washed them as we didn’t want to skin the fruit too badly)- rinse off the sand- trim the ends and enjoy!
Tomatoes: October 8th and we are still harvesting. Enjoy these while they last!
That’s the breakdown for this week. For some of you, this is the last share of the season and we want to offer our most sincere thank you for your patronage. For those who have extended their share season, we look forwards to providing you with many items not yet ripe for harvest buy getting close such as sweet potatoes, Haralson apples, Fireside, Snowsweet and Keepsake apples, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and so much more. Many, many, many, thanks to you all!
Farmers Jerry and Crew
CSA Week 16
October 1, 2013
Can you believe it? Week number 16 of our CSA program for 2013 has arrived. September started out so warm and except for a few hours never really got too cool as it often does in September. This has resulted in shares that still have the taste of summer as well as the taste of the fall season to come. We are still harvesting tomatoes, eggplants, and lettuce as well as the squashes, broccoli, and apples of fall. All of these share’s components remind us of what can be reaped from our wonderful farmland in spite of a season that has offered so many challenges. Our thanks go out to all of you for your support and understanding. More next week….
Summary of this week’s shares:
Apples: First of all, Honeycrisps are here and we hope you all can enjoy them. The experts always say that there are never enough homegrown Honeycrisp to meet the demand, but we’ll have them for you.
Apples: Chestnut Crab again- so many favorable comments about these cute little apples. These will be the last ‘til next season- so savor and enjoy them!
Tomatoes: Yes, we are still harvesting these red and juicy slicers. The size is a little smaller, but the taste is still there. In so many years, this flavor is but a memory on October 1st.
Grape Tomatoes: A pretty combo of Sweetheart red and yellow grape adds to any salad or as a finger food. They are stellar.
Eggplant: Another wonderful summer vegetable. Open your consumption horizons and try something new.
Beets: Roasted and chilled these are wonderful for salads or roasted and served hot yields a very healthy and tasty dish.
Kale: Included again because the cooler evenings have instilled even better flavor.
Lettuce: Our goal is to include these wonderful lettuce varieties in the rest of this year’s shares. Cut the bitter stalk away from the leave, rinse, and spin dry, you will note a shelf-life double that of the lettuce from the store and oh so much more flavor. We’ve included a little romaine as well for your salad mix.
Squash: Butternut is the variety of the week. Bake it and then enjoy one of our favorite squash varieties.
Raspberries: Yes, we’ve got them again and whether you use them for fresh consumption or as an ingredient to another dish, the flavor is still there.
Broccoli: Again and again enjoy this vegetable, which has so many health benefits. Our goal is to include this variety in the share boxes for the rest of the season.
There you have it all, a box full of truly Minnesota flavors. Lots of variety and hopefully enjoyment for you all.
Farmer Jerry and Crew
Recipes of the Week:
Olive Garden® Zuppa Toscana
Passed along from a CSA member!
Makes: 6-8 servings
- · 1 lb ground Italian sausage
- · 1½ tsp crushed red peppers
- · 1 large diced white onion
- · 4 Tbsp bacon pieces
- · 2 tsp garlic puree
- · 10 cups water
- · 5 cubes of chicken bouillon
- · 1 cup heavy cream
- · 1 lb sliced Russet potatoes, or about 3 large potatoes
- · ¼ of a bunch of kale
- Sauté Italian sausage and crushed red pepper in a large pot. Drain excess fat, refrigerate while you prepare other ingredients.
- In the same pan, sauté bacon, onions and garlic over low-medium heat for approximately 15 mins. or until the onions are soft.
- Add chicken bouillon and water to the pot and heat until it starts to boil.
- Add the sliced potatoes and cook until soft, about half an hour.
- Add the heavy cream and just cook until thoroughly heated.
- Stir in the sausage and the kale, let all heat through and serve. Delicious!
Shared by a CSA Member
Yield: 4 Servings
Time: about 1 hour
2½ pounds eggplant
5 tablespoons olive oil
1¼ teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
Black pepper to taste
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 28-ounce cans diced tomatoes, with their juice
1 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs, preferably coarse-ground
1. Heat the oven to 450°F and position two racks so that they’ve got at least 4 inches between them. Cut the eggplant crosswise into ½-inch-thick slices and arrange them on two rimmed baking sheets.
2. Use 2 tablespoons of the oil to brush the top of each eggplant slice and sprinkle them with ½ teaspoon salt and some pepper. Roast the eggplant until the slices brown on the bottom and sides, 10 to 15 minutes; turn and cook the other side until they’re crisp in places and golden, another 5 to 10 minutes. When they finish cooking, remove them from the oven and lower the heat to 400ºF.
3. Meanwhile, put 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When it’s hot, add the onion, sprinkle with another ½ teaspoon of salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes break down and the mixture comes together and thickens, 20 to 25 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
4. Cover the bottom of a 9 by 13-inch baking dish with about ½ inch of the tomato sauce. Nestle a layer of eggplant into the sauce and top with some of the basil. Cover with a thin layer of tomato sauce and repeat until all the eggplant is used up; reserve some of the basil for serving. Sprinkle with the breadcrumbs, the remaining ½ teaspoonsalt, and lots of pepper, and drizzle with the remaining tablespoon of oil. Simmer the remaining sauce (you should have about 2 cups) over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, while the eggplant bakes.5 Bake until the breadcrumbs are golden and the sauce has thickened, 15 to 20 minutes; let rest for 10 minutes before serving. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature, garnished with the remaining basil; pass the remaining sauce at the table (or refrigerate or freeze it for another use).
CSA Week 15
September 24, 2013
We’ve entered the last week of September and we really don’t know what to expect weather wise. Last Thursday part of the farm was hit with a “monster storm” delivering 4.5 inches of rain and hail in a 45-minute period. We hope a lot of the water soaked into the topsoil, but a lot also ran off into the ditches and streams. Anyways, it was water and it left our fields watered as well as a little hail packed, but we are survivors and soooo….. fortunate to have what we do in a season such as this one. We are excited to bring you week 15’s shares and believe you’ll enjoy the combination of fall and summer treats in your share boxes.
Sweet Corn: Sadly this will be the last week for the 2013 Sweet Corn season. It’s the Mirai variety bi-color. Don’t be shocked if you find a couple of earworms as we only grow non-GMO fruits and vegetables with a very light pesticide load which does unfortunately mean you could see a couple earworms which are easily removed with a paring knife.
Lettuce: Fall temperatures allow us to again send this product with confidence. The flavor and texture will satisfy. Please remove the stalk of the Salanova serrated leaf lettuce as it is quite bitter leaving a wonderfully textured bag to be enjoyed with a fruited vinaigrette dressing.
Raspberry: We’ll try an early morning harvest to get you all the freshest berries possible.
Broccoli: A true fall treat- sweet and tender. Do enjoy steamed or raw. These stalks are grown on our heavy silt loam soil close to the Crow River imparting a wonderful flavor.
Kale: Another cool weather beauty to enjoy in so many ways.
Apples: Yes, SweeTango again. The best of Minnesota apples are here for you.
Apples: Another variety, the Chestnut Crab apple is sweet, snappy and small sized for snacking. Give them a try.
Potato: Usually we have plenty to send several times during the season, but as we said before, we lost our first planting to a spray drift accident and had to replant. The Red Norlands are wonderful reds, and we will try to harvest more for another share or two.
Tomatoes: Still tasting sweet and juicy. A share without them seems to be a share without summer.
White Acorn: Cream of the Crop White Acorn Squash. Non-fibrous, not a strong squash taste. A great fall treat!
That is the summary for this week. Please take a little time and read the website for an update on a two-week CSA extension we will be offering this season with many new and exciting items including additional cole crops, apple varieties, Minnesota grown sweet potatoes (and they are incredible), and much more.
Many thanks to all of you for your participation this season.
Farmer Jerry and Crew
Recipes of the Week:
Baked Acorn Squash with Wild Rice, Pecan, and Cranberry Stuffing
(The recipe calls for 4 squash, but make all the
filling and freeze for later use with more squash)
4 acorn squash (small)
1/2 cup wild rice (boiled in 2 cups water for 30 minutes, then drained)
1 cup long grain white rice (cooked, 1/2 cup raw rice)
2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil (plus more for drizzling)
1 onion (medium, finely chopped, about 1 cup)
2 garlic cloves (medium, minced, about 2 teaspoons)
1 tsp thyme leaves (chopped fresh)
ground black pepper
1/4 cup pecans (toasted and finely chopped)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup cheese (grated ricotta salata)
Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 375°F.
Remove seeds from acorn squash: using a sharp chef's knife, trim away a small flat slice from the bottom of each squash so it sits flat. Then, cut off the top 1/2" of each squash, exposing the seeds. Use a tablespoon to scrape out seeds and fibers. Place squash on a baking sheet, season lightly with salt and pepper, and drizzle each squash with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil. Bake for 45 minutes, then remove from oven.
In the meantime, prepare the stuffing: heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onion, garlic and thyme and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion sweats but does not brown, about 4 minutes. Add cooked wild rice and cooked white rice to the skillet and stir to combine. Add chopped pecans, dried cranberries and ricotta salata and stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Stuff each acorn squash with about 1/4 of stuffing mixture, packing stuffing into squash cavity and mounding it slightly. Drizzle each squash with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil and bake until squash is tender and stuffing browns slightly, about 40 minutes.
Stir Fried Kale and Broccoli
1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
7 cloves garlic, sliced
1 chile pepper, chopped (optional)
1 head fresh broccoli, chopped
1 bunch kale, stems removed and chopped
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, cut in thin strips
juice of 2 limes
Heat olive oil in a large wok or skillet over high heat. Stir in garlic and chile pepper; cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in broccoli; cook 1 minute. Add kale, and cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in sun-dried tomatoes. Pour in lime juice, and season with salt to taste. Toss well.
Many have had difficult accessing the survey from the email I sent. Here is another link to the survey. As I stated in the email, Farmer Jerry is considering adding an additional two weeks if there is enough interest.
If you have already completed the survey, thank you! If you had difficulty accessing it, please try through the link above!
The cost for a half share would be $48 for the 2 weeks, and a full share would be $83 for 2 weeks.
Have a great day!
CSA Week 14
September 17, 2013
Hey, welcome to fall (fall weather at least)! It’s just so darn beautiful with blue skies, light breezes and lower temperatures. In fact, a lot lower- it was down to 34 degrees at our high tunnel location in Montrose and a few of the low meadows showed white frost this morning.
Oh how we hope Jack Frost stays up North for a couple of weeks yet. By the way, not only have the temperatures moderated, but the moisture situation is a tiny bit better after having received nearly an inch of slow falling rain Saturday night. Time is “marching on” but do try to enjoy these fabulous days.
Our shares this week contain the following:
Sweet Corn: Yes, again and we hope you are ok with it. It’s Mirai again, the same variety we grow for the state fair and better flavored than ever due to the cool nights. This may be the last of the season or with luck one more week.
Tomatoes: Yes, those same red slicers accompanied by a yellow heirloom “Valencia.” Enjoy as summer tomato flavor will soon be only a memory.
Cucumbers: Slicers are back and the fall flavors do translate to the cucumbers.
Lettuce: Yes, fall lettuce has arrived- tender, sweet, and ready for your salads and sandwiches. Maybe a little raspberry vinaigrette will enhance its flavor even more.
Apples: Our first week with SweeTango apples and we are honored to share them with you. Relatively new to the Minnesota apple scene, these are one of the best flavored MN apples in our opinion.
Raspberries: Yes, we can finally put these back in the shares and be relatively confident of a “quality arrival” with these lower temperatures.
Onion: Epicurean Delights are back again. Enjoy them while they last.
Squash: After baking six different varieties in search of good ripe squash, we’ve selected Carnival Acorn for your share. It was definitely the riper of the varieties.
Leeks: A substitute for the Italian Peppers, which didn’t make our quality specifications. So good in soups and stews- perfect for fall.
Watermelon: Another Black Diamond Seedless for you. Enjoy the sweetness and crispness.
That’s the breakdown and we will keep working trying to harvest the rest of our share components and protect them before a freeze arrives.
Thanks again for your support.
Farmer Jerry and Crew
Recipes of the Week:
Vibrant and colorful raspberry vinaigrette is a great choice to serve on a nutty or fruity salad. Toss a handful of cranberries, pine nuts or walnuts on your salad along with raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing for a sweet treat.
- 1/2 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
Add all ingredients, except oil to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Slowly add oil until well combined.
Carnival Squash with Apples and Thyme
1 carnival or acorn squash
1 tablespoon melted butter
2 springs fresh thyme
2 small or 1 large apple
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Place on a cookie sheet and brush with a little of the butter and season with a little salt. Place a thyme sprig in each half and bake for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix together the apples, the remaining melted butter, the sugar, and the cinnamon.
Remove the squash from the oven. Fill each squash with the apple mixture. Put them back in the oven for 15-20 minutes more, or until the squash and the apples are soft and caramelized. Serve and enjoy!
September 10, 2013
Here we go again-hot and hotter. Just remember, that extremes in weather for instance, extreme heat heats are often followed by extremes in the other direction (i.e.) extreme cold! We are nearly in the middle of September and frosts are rapidly becoming a possibility. With the drought, low earth plant mass due to very dry foliage, and low surface water levels, I believe that a frost could occur without warning and lay wrath to many of our remaining garden treasures. I sincerely hope I am wrong….
The shares this week breakdown as follows:
Sweet Corn- A fun component this week comprised of white sweet corn, yellow sweet corn, and of course everyone’s favorite- bicolor sweet corn. Which one is your favorite?
Watermelon- A sweet Black Diamond Seedless is here. Hopefully yours will cut beautifully, but lacking x-ray vision there may be a dud here and there. You may encounter a little hollow heart due to rapid growth during the heat, but cut around it and you’ll do just fine.
Eggplant- Enjoy and try a new recipe!
Green Beans- Yes, again they are here, but with the cold weather and frosts possible in the next weeks it’s best to enjoy these sweet young beans before you need to rely on shipped in beans that are truly 2000 miles older!
Zucchini- About the same as the beans and the end of fresh homegrown zukes is closing in with the drought and onset of fall.
Peppers- A potpourri just for you. Freeze these and enjoy them all winter. You have hot habaneros (cut with plastic gloves on your hands), jalapenos, sweet Italian, and Chile Relleno ready poblanos. We hope you give them a try.
Apples- Yes, more fruit from our orchard. These Zestars will deliver the first taste of MN apples.
Grape Tomatoes- As sweet as candy and juicy as a great glass of tomato juice.
Strawberries- Again, and hopefully followed by a couple more weeks of these treats. It should be cooler by morning (it’s 95 degrees as I write this Monday evening).
Yes, here you have another share. Carefully grown and harvested for you. It’s our hope that you enjoy consuming these as much as we enjoy growing them for you.
Very Best Regards,
Farmer Jerry and Crew
Recipes of the Week:
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
- 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold, cut into small cubes
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
- 3 pounds apples, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, salt, and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar. Cut butter into flour, using a pastry blender or two knives, until mixture is the texture of coarse meal. Add oats, and use your hands to toss and squeeze mixture until large, moist clumps form. Transfer to freezer to chill while you prepare apples.
In another large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice, cinnamon, and remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Transfer to a shallow 2-quart baking dish, and sprinkle with topping mixture. Place baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until golden and bubbling, 55 to 65 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.
Curried Grilled Eggplant
2 medium eggplants or 1 lg., cut crosswise into 1-inch thick rounds
¼ cut sesame oil
2 tablespoons curry powder
Freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
Prepare grill to medium-high heat.
Rub eggplant rounds on both sides with sesame oil. Sprinkle with curry powder, salt and pepper. Grill until slightly charred, about 6 minutes per side. Sprinkle with mint to serve.
Chile Rellano Casserole
1 pound lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2-4 poblano peppers chopped and sautéed
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
- 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- 2. In a large skillet over medium high heat, combine the ground beef and onions and sauté for 5 to 10 minutes, or until browned; drain excess fat.
- 3. Arrange half of the Chile peppers on the bottom of a 7x11inch-baking dish. Sprinkle with half the cheese and top with the meat mixture. Sprinkle the meat mixture with the remaining cheese, followed by the remaining half of peppers.
- 4. In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, flour and milk, whisking until smooth. Pour this into the baking dish over the Chile peppers. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool for about 5 minutes before cutting
September 3, 2013
As I sit here writing this letter I am wearing a long sleeved shirt to stay warm. It has to be
September in Minnesota, only 4 days removed from a stifling heat spell we are not feeling
fall. For us on the farm, it brings smiles and a feeling of we’re getting closer to the end of our
race and a sprint will be needed to harvest and protect all of our remaining crops. We are
hoping you all are also enjoying this refreshing weather as well.
Our share contents are as follows and highlighted by 3 fruit offerings as well:
Sweet Corn: Yes, State Fair corn again. The flavor and bite are above average and worth our
Grape Tomatoes: Finger food at its best, these high natural sugar grapes offer what we feel is
the best available in a local and fresh grape tomato.
Apples: Zestar again, and hopefully a treat for you all.
Zucchini: A brand new planting from a summer crop that will soon be but a memory as fall
Green Beans: Fresh and flavorful both cooked and uncooked as a snack. Enjoy the flavor
and lack of toughness.
Onions: Epicurean Delight onions still offer the flavor we hope you all are looking for in a
Strawberries: Oh how we are looking forwards to harvesting these on a cool morning
instead of in the heat. We hope you enjoy them as well as we do.
Melon: The melon of the week is a Honeydew. To have the mild sweet flavor desired, place
on your counter (not in the refrigerator), until the skin yields to gentle pressure. Cut and
enjoy! If the flavor is too subtle, squeeze a lime over the melon and enjoy!
Tomato: Again, red, ripe, and juicy harvested especially for you all.
The above summarizes the share for the week. As we look forward we want to assure you
that we have a lot more to come in the form of different apple varieties, lettuces, squashes,
and much more. Do enjoy the flavors of the changing season and again many thanks for your support during this challenging growing season.
Farmer Jerry and Crew
Recipe of the Week:
Green Bean and Pasta Salad:
• 4 ounces penne (1 1/4 cups)
• 4 ounces green beans, halved crosswise (about 1 cup)
• 1 cup canned red or kidney beans, rinsed
• 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
• 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan (2 ounces)
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
• kosher salt and black pepper
1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions, adding the green beans during the last
3 minutes of cooking. Drain and run under cold water to cool.
2. Toss the cooled pasta and green beans with the red beans, parsley, Parmesan, olive oil,
lemon juice, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper. Divide the salad
between 2 containers and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
Marinated Grilled Zucchini:
¼ cup Italian Dressing
Cut zucchini into ¼ inch slices
Toss in bowl with dressing, let sit for 15-20 minutes
Grill for 4-5 minutes until soft.