This Week's Denison Farm CSA Share

CSA Produce for This Week (and prior weeks)

Current Week (September 22 - Week 17)

On the farm

Greetings CSA Members,

There comes a time during the farm season when the harvest reaches its peak. Under usual conditions, we would be amidst this harvest frenzy, everything from hot peppers to celeriac and winter squash. This year however, we are a bit disheartened to find that our crops are not flourishing as in the many seasons prior to 2021. Brian and I have been farming together since 1981. Ah – I’m hopeful that you all thought we were in our mid to late thirties!

Never before have we experienced such a copious amount of rain as we have witnessed this season. Once the ground is saturated, the plants’ health diminishes as they no longer can absorb the water flooding their roots, stems, and leaves. As the plant weakens and begins to decompose, disease and other pests creep in – especially fungal disease. No surprise here at the farm that we are seeing now a tremendous increase in weeds and fungal disease. To watch my beloved leeks almost melt in the field before my eyes is most disconcerting.

But never fear! Brian is a great grower. I can say that because I have nothing to do with the actual growing end of this farm operation. He is mitigating most of the problems with careful and consistent vigilance.

And so, dear friends, we have decided this week to purchase some apples to help fill the CSA vegetable box. Each of you will receive a bag of conventionally grown Ruby Mac apples along with the other vegetable items. It is our wish to make sure that each and every week you receive a good, if not bountiful supply, of food. Enjoy and please do some magic to move the rain clouds out west where they are truly needed.

Wishing you the very best – Justine

This week in your CSA box, you will most likely find:

  • Hakurei Turnips
  • A bag of Ruby Mac Apples
  • Leeks
  • Potatoes
  • And a few more items that have yet to be harvested!

Final Fruit Share: One Jar of Cinnamon Honey AND One bag of Bosc Pears

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Hakurei Turnips (New Entry Sustainable Farming Project)

Like all turnips, the Hakurei, or Tokyo, turnip is a member of the Brassica family. This Japanese variety is sometimes referred to as a salad turnip, due to its crisp, delicious raw flavor. Unlike other turnip varieties, hakurei do not need to be cooked. They have an even-textured density and the flavor pairs well with a variety of different food items. Eat them raw (just whole, or chopped/grated in salads), make a quick pickle, or cook with their greens to enhance their natural sweetness.

Storing & Cooking Information

  • Handling: No need to peel, just wash well and trim the ends. The tops are also edible, either raw or quickly sautéed with oil and garlic. Turnips should not be overcooked, or they will become dark in color and strong in flavor. The summer turnip, when sliced, can be cooked in thirty minutes, the winter turnips and rutabaga in forty-five to sixty minutes.
  • Storing: Turnips should be stored unwashed in plastic bag in hydrator drawer of the refrigerator. Store greens separately wrapped in damp towel or plastic bag – use them as soon as possible.
  • Freezing: Freeze turnips in cubes or fully cooked and mashed. Cut off tops, wash and peel. Cut in cubes to blanch or in large chunks to cook and mash before freezing. Cubes blanch in 2 minutes. To mash, cook in boiling water until tender. Drain, mash or sieve. Cool. Leave ½ inch headroom for either.

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Please Note:

1. Please wear a mask when picking up your weekly CSA share  and remember to keep your distance from one another. Thank you for respecting one another. We appreciate and value each and every one of you!

2. Please take one box from the top of one of the stacks and check your name off on the sign-in clipboard. The boxes (eggs and fruit as well) will all be the same and will not be labeled.

3. A Gentle Reminder on Recycling. We greatly appreciate your efforts to recycle! Here is the List of Items you may recycle and return to us:

  • Flattened CSA Vegetable Boxes
  • Hidden Camp Egg Cartons
  • Green Pint Containers
2021 Prior Weeks' Shares

Produce delivered may vary.

Week 16

  • Acorn Squash
  • Lettuce
  • Curly Kale
  • Bunched Radish
  • Sweet Onions
  • And a few more items that have yet to be harvested!
  • Fruit Share: Honeycrisp Apples

Week 15

  • Garlic
  • Carrots
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatillos
  • Bok Choi
  • And a few more items that have yet to be harvested!
  • Fruit Share: Yellow Peaches

Week 14

  • Onions
  • Tomato
  • Green Beans
  • A Cooking Green
  • Yellow Potatoes
  • And a few more items that have yet to be harvested!
  • Fruit Share: Bartlett Pears

Week 13

  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Melon
  • Corn
  • And a few more items that have yet to be harvested!
  • Fruit Share: Ginger Gold Apples

Week 12

  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Green Beans
  • And a few more items that have yet to be harvested!
  • Fruit share: Yellow Peaches

Week 11

  • Tomatillos (Tomatillo recipes!)
  • Green Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Eggplant
  • And a few more items that have yet to be harvested!
  • Fruit Share: Donut Peaches

Week 10

  • Lettuce
  • Green Beans
  • Scallions
  • Tomato
  • Yellow Squash
  • And a few more items that have yet to be harvested!
  • No Fruit Share 🙁

Week 9

  • Lettuce
  • Red Gold Potatoes
  • Yellow Onions
  • Green Beans
  • And a few more items that have yet to be harvested!
  • Fruit share: Plums!

Week 8

  • Lettuce
  • Lettuce Mix
  • Onions
  • Fresh Garlic
  • And a few more items that have yet to be harvested!
  • Fruit Share: Blueberries

Week 7

  • Fennel
  • Lettuce
  • Bunched Beets
  • Sweet Onions
  • Curly Kale
  • And a few more items that have yet to be harvested!
  • Fruit Share: Blueberries

Week 6

  • Garlic Scapes
  • Lettuce
  • Bunched Carrots
  • Sweet Onions
  • Scallions
  • And a few more items that have yet to be harvested!
  • Fruit Share: 1 Bag of Cherries

Week 5

  • Garlic Scapes (check out some garlic scapes recipes)
  • Lettuce
  • Bunched Beets
  • Curly Kale
  • Green Beans
  • And a few more items that have yet to be harvested!
  • Fruit Share: 1 Bag of Cherries

Week 4

  • Fennel (a few fennel recipes)
  • Garlic Scapes
  • Head Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Cabbage
  • And a few more items that have yet to be harvested!

Week 3

  • Bok Choi
  • Garlic Scapes (Recipes using garlic scapes)
  • Head Lettuce
  • Topped Radish
  • Kale
  • Cabbage
  • And a few more items that have yet to be harvested!

Week 2: June 9

  • Bok Choi (Check these recipes!)
  • Scallions
  • Basil
  • Head Lettuce
  • Hakurei Turnips
  • And a few more item that have yet to be harvested!

Week 1: June 2

  • Curly Kale Spinach
  • Radishes
  • Head Lettuce
  • Scallions An Herb
  • And one more item that has yet to be harvested!
2020 Prior Weeks' Shares

Produce delivered may vary.

Week 22: October 28

  • Butternut Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Garlic
  • Bok Choi
  • Adirondack Blue Potatoes
  • Root Bag: Watermelon Radish, Carrots, and Beets
  • plus a few surprises!

Week 21: October 21

  • Kabocha Squash
  • Fingerling Potatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Purple Top Turnips
  • plus a few surprises!

Week 20: October 14

  • Acorn Squash
  • Arugula
  • Carrots
  • Fennel
  • Scallions
  • plus a few surprises!

Week 19: October 7

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Head Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Kale
  • plus a few surprises!

Week 18: September 30

  • Broccoli
  • Jester Squash
  • Head Lettuce
  • Shallots
  • Beets

Week 17: September 23

  • Leeks
  • Arugula
  • Satina (Yellow) Potatoes
  • Head Lettuce
  • Swiss Chard
  • Yellow Onions
  • A small bag of Hot Peppers (will include some or all of the following: Cayenne, Hungarian Hot Wax, Poblano, Jalapeno, Habanero) (Here for some hot pepper tips)
  • Fruit Share (last week): 1 bag of Macintosh Apples and 1 jar of Creamed Honey

Week 16: September 16

  • Carrots
  • Peppers
  • Tomato
  • Head Lettuce
  • Sweet Onions
  • Spinach
  • Fruit: Bartlett Pears

Week 15: September 9

  • Bunched Beets
  • Peppers
  • Parsley
  • Head Lettuce
  • Yellow Potatoes (called Vivaldi)
  • plus several surprises!
  • Fruit: Honeycrisp Apples

Week 14: September 2

  • Kale
  • Summer Squash/Zucchini
  • Head Lettuce
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • plus several surprises!
  • Fruit Share This Week: 1 bag of Purple-Blue Plums!

Week 13: August 26

  • Melon
  • Cucumbers
  • Fennel
  • Scallions
  • Head Lettuce
  • Eggplant
  • plus several surprises!
  • Fruit: 1 bag of Wildfire Gala Apples!

Week 11: August 12

  • Melon
  • Cucumbers
  • Swiss Chard
  • Head Lettuce
  • Eggplant
  • Summer Squash/Zucchini
  • plus a surprise or two!
  • Fruit: peaches

Week 10: August 5

  • Melon
  • Cucumbers
  • Red Gold Potatoes
  • Head Lettuce
  • Eggplant
  • Green Beans
  • Curly Kale
  • plus a surprise or two!
  • Fruit: Blueberries

Week 9: July 29

  • Cantaloupe
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini/Summer Squash
  • Head Lettuce
  • Bunched Beets
  • Carrots
  • Eggplant
  • Green Beans
  • plus a surprise or two!

Week 8: July 22

  • Cantaloupe
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini/Summer Squash
  • Head Lettuce
  • plus a few more items, not yet harvested
  • Fruit share: blueberries!

Week 7: July 15

  • Cabbage
  • Cucumbers
    Zucchini/Summer Squash
  • Head Lettuce
  • plus a few more items, not yet harvested
  • Fruit: 3 pints blueberries

Week 6: July 8

  • Spring Onions
  • Fennel
  • Cucumbers
  • Head Lettuce
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini/Summer Squash
  • Fruit: Cherries

Week 5: July 1

  • Pointy-head Cabbage (for many CSA members, but some will get round cabbage)
  • Cucumbers
  • Head Lettuce
  • Zucchini/Summer Squash
  • Fruit Share: Cherries

Week 4: June 24

  • Garlic Scapes
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Fennel
  • Head Lettuce
  • And a few more surprises not yet harvested!

Week 3: June 17

  • Garlic Scapes
  • Swiss chard
  • Head Lettuce
  • An herb
  • Zucchini/Summer Squash
  • And more!

Week 2: June 10

  • Garlic Scapes
  • Scallions
  • Spinach
  • Head Lettuce
  • A Cooking Green
  • And more items to be harvested that morning!

Week 1: June 3

  • Green Garlic
  • Spinach
  • Salad Mix Radishes
  • Head Lettuce
  • A Cooking Green

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