“Solitude is a chosen separation for refining your soul. Isolation is what you crave when you neglect the first.”
- Potatoes – All Shares
- Apples – All Shares
- Peppers (Bells and Hot Peppers) – All Shares
- Lettuce – All shares
- Carrots – All Shares
- Beets – All Shares
- Cilantro – All Shares
- Delicata Squash – All Shares
- Watermelon – Full Shares Only
- Eggplant – Full Shares Only
- Radishes – Full Shares Only
After a wonderful year of steady moisture throughout the late spring and summer, we have been without any for the past 6 weeks. We have been irrigating crops in the field for the last 3 weeks, namely, the carrots and beets, fall brassicas and alliums, greens and spinach, radishes and lettuce, kale and chard etc. The crops are looking good! The dry weather is helpful for other crops that have matured and now need to dry/cure: winter squashes, dry beans, popcorn, storage onions. It has been difficult to plant much cover crop lately as my broadcast method needs timely rains to germinate well. I heard on the radio today that the Twin Cities is 8″ below normal for the year – yikes! I hope that we receive an inch or 3 soon so that we can get potatoes out of the ground, plant our garlic, and fill out our emptying fields with fresh new cover crop seed.
Our box this week is definitely reminiscent of fall. Gone are the delicate, temperamental summer crops which make way for the hardy staples that will hold the reins for autumn and winter shares. With so much abundance in our box, we decided to highlight apples this week. Apples represent the changing seasons, and the ever changing nature of what a CSA box is week to week. These apples, which have been growing on the farm for many years (planted in 2006-2007) have hit their stride and are producing in quantities not seen in past seasons.
Apples tend to be high in dietary fiber, high in antioxidants, and aid in digestion. The adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” can hold some truth as apples do aid in inflammation and thus can aid in heart health.
My go-to recipes for apples are pretty basic. I love just slicing it up and drizzling honey or peanut butter on them for a nice snack. You can make stewed or braised apples with cinnamon that would make an excellent breakfast or dessert. You could also make an apple crisp if you are in the baking mood. The best dishes are the ones that get eaten, so I know that you will find a way to make these apples shine for you or your family. Cheers!
Some Recipes To Try: