Summer veggie shares now continue into the next season but next week is the last delivery of Summer Fruits & Flowers. We will now carry over to the next season without the 1-week gap as in the past, so as a courtesy your veggie share subscriptions will be automatically renewed for our winter season with Riverdog Farm. If you want winter fruits (mainly citrus) or early spring flower shares, or winter veggies if you are not a current Veggie Share member yet, you will need to enroll manually at our website after Thursday. Call me if you have any questions!
Payments for the Winter season will need to be completed (or payment plans arranged) no later than November 1 to be included on the first delivery.
Thank you for being a member of our farm family!
~Mielle, CSA Manager
Farm News, Box Contents, Recipes
This is week 19 of Mountain Bounty’s 24 week summer CSA season. These last 6 weeks should be full of fall’s bounty. This week, broccoli appears again, arriving right when we wanted it, on the heels of the corn, and looking great. There should be several more weeks of broccoli coming. This is also the first week of winter squash, which will continue from now through the end of the season. We’re starting out with some fabulous Delicata squash. The last few years our Delicata has been decent, but not amazing – until now! This year’s Delicata looks and tastes better than any I’ve eaten in a while. I know there are so many fun things to do with winter squash, from curries to soups, but please consider trying this particular squash straight: cut in half, spoon out the seeds, coat with a little olive oil, and bake face down until very soft and starts to carmelize at the edges. Some new and exciting greens that are coming soon: Napa cabbage, spinach, escarole, and radicchio.
Thank you all,
IN YOUR VEGGIE BOXES THIS WEEK
We have 2 sizes of veggie boxes, so always check that you are picking up the correct size. Both are brown but smaller boxes are narrower and have a sticker that says “SMALL BOX” on them. Regular boxes have a MBF logo sticker. Fruit boxes are white. Due to the dynamic nature of farming, this list may be slightly different from what you actually receive:
REGULAR VEGGIE BOX
- Delicata squash- see John’s note above
- Red cabbage
- Red onion
- Collard greens
- Green beans
SMALL VEGGIE BOX:
- Delicata squash- see John’s note above!
- Red onion
- Collard greens
Collards offer the most calcium of all the hearty greens, and the collards this week are tender and perfect. Try them as a wrapper for all kinds of shredded raw veggies, cooked grains, and meats, with a tasty sauce– use these recipe as guidelines and don’t get stuck trying to use only the ingredients listed: shredded lettuce and carrots, tomatoes, blanched broccoli stems and/or green beans, thinly sliced red onion, minced cilantro and basil, shredded cabbage, avocado, cooked grains, pieces of cooked chicken or shrimp, even cooked ground pork. Shredded apples or sliced grapes from the fruit box would be a fun twist too!
Asian Collard Green Wraps with Peanut Sauce
Quick Collard Wraps with Lemon Maple Tahini Dressing
Pasta with Tender Collards or Broccoli
Use your red onions, basil and tomatoes too with this fresh end of summer pasta idea. Scroll down for instructions to add greens to the pasta water. I like to spruce this up with kalamatas or fried capers, a bit of lemon, and some red pepper flakes.
Minestrone with Collards & White Beans
A nice fall soup- use your carrots, red onion, potatoes, green beans, and tomatoes too!
NEWS FROM SUNSET RIDGE FINE FRUITS
This week we have some delicious Shinko Asian pears from Ken’s Top Notch Produce located in Reedley, Ca. Also from Ken’s are Autumn royal and Scarlett royal table grapes. Lastly we have more sweet and crunchy Gala apples from McCloan Ranch in Placerville, Ca.
~The fruit crew at Sunset Ridge
NEWS FROM LITTLE BOY FLOWERS
With just a few more weeks left for the summer flower share, I’m putting lots of energy getting ready to plant my bulb crops for the early spring. These crops have been some of my favorites and are always finished by the time the summer share starts so this year I’ll be offering an early spring share that will run for 8 weeks starting sometime in late February. These weekly offerings will include a very abundant offering of our best flowering bulbs of the season starting with anemones and moving into ranunculus, tulips and hyacinths.
The ranunculus and anemones are getting soaked soon and after they sprout we will plant them in our hoop house in mid-late October. The tulips should be arriving in the next month and will get tucked into crates in the hoop houses along with the hyacinths. My sweet peas are getting seeded this week and will get planted early November. Along with all of these planting tasks, we have a lot of clean up to take care of as well as planting cover crop in the fields that will not be planted in over-wintered crops.
Enjoy the last few weeks of summer flowers!
- Angie Tomey
Mielle, CSA Manager
Mountain Bounty Farm