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Posted 4/21/2014 7:24am by Katy.

This week CSA members will enjoy:

Fuji Apples

Appearance:  Red with a yellow background color, slightly lopsided (because of its York parentage) with small russets (textured spots).

Flavor Profile:  Extremely sweet and firm. 
Uses:  Our best storage apple of our sweet varieties.  A favorite apple for eating fresh. 
Who’s Favorite:  Mary Margaret

GoldRush Apples

Appearance:
  Yellow apple with orange blush.  Russets (textured spots) decorate the skin. 

Flavor Profile:  Firm, juicy, and tart, some say it has a winey flavor. 
Uses:  Excellent storage apple.  Best eaten fresh, but cooks nicely too.
Who’s Favorite:  Sidney

Asian Pears

Sweet and incredibly juicy.

Applesauce

Perfect snack.  Divvy up in little containers at the beginning of the week so you have easy grab-n-go portions for lunch.  

Potatoes

Excellent all-purpose potatoes.

Eggs

The yolks tend to be a bit brighter than yolks that you purchase at the grocery store.  That's a good indication of freshness!

Lettuce

Spring greens to brighten up your dinner table.

Parsnips

Creamy and sweet.  Braise in stock, roast, or boil and then mash.  Pairs well with herbs like sage or thyme.  

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Posted 4/7/2014 9:30am by Katy.

This week CSA members will enjoy:

York Apples

Appearance:  Red skinned with lopsided/ “parallelogram” shape
Flavor Profile:  Sweet-tart and firm, with a good old fashioned flavor.
Uses:  Excellent for baking as it will keep its shape.  Stores well.

Pink Lady Apples

Appearance:  Vibrant pink skin with white flesh. 
Flavor Profile:  Tart and sweet flavor with a champagne fizz.  Very crisp. 
Uses:  An excellent storage apple.  Enjoy eating Pink Lady fresh out of hand.  When baked, Pink Lady will soften, but will keep its shape.  
Who’s Favorite:  Anthony

Asian Pears

Sweet and juicy.  Very aromatic flavor.

Cider

Crisp, refreshing flavor.  Having a chilly spring morning?  Warm some up in the microwave with an orange rind.  

Dried Apples

Sweet and chewy.  100% dried apples - nothing else added!

Copra Onions

Perfect all around onions for sauteing, grilling, and all-purpose cooking

Watermelon Radishes


Enjoy fresh or raw.  Slice thin on a salad or braise as a side dish.  

 

Vegetable Surprise!

 

We are outsourcing from the co-op and they aren't sure of quantities, so you will have a surprise veggie in your CSA box on Saturday!

 

 

 

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Posted 3/19/2014 9:14pm by Katy.

This week CSA members will enjoy:

Fuji Apples

Appearance:  Red with a yellow background color, slightly lopsided (because of its York parentage) with small russets (textured spots).
Flavor Profile:  Extremely sweet and firm. 
Uses:  Our best storage apple of our sweet varieties.  A favorite apple for eating fresh. 
Who’s Favorite:  Mary Margaret

GoldRush Apples

Appearance:  Yellow apple with orange blush.  Russets (textured spots) decorate the skin. 
Flavor Profile:  Firm, juicy, and tart, some say it has a winey flavor. 
Uses:  Excellent storage apple.  Best eaten fresh, but cooks nicely too.
Who’s Favorite:  Sidney


Asian Pears

Potatoes

Carrots

Jams (your choice of Strawberry Rhubarb, Blue Italian Plum, Red Plum, and Sweet Cherry)

Spinach

We are sourcing the carrots and spinach from the grower coop who we purchased the beets from last time.  We hope you are enjoying the diversity of the CSA boxes!

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Posted 3/10/2014 8:47am by Katy.

This week CSA members will enjoy:

Pink Lady Apples

Appearance:  Vibrant pink skin with white flesh. 
Flavor Profile:  Tart and sweet flavor with a champagne fizz.  Very crisp. 
Uses:  An excellent storage apple.  Enjoy eating Pink Lady fresh out of hand.  When baked, Pink Lady will soften, but will keep its shape.  
Who’s Favorite:  Anthony

York Apples

Appearance:  Red skinned with lopsided/ “parallelogram” shape
Flavor Profile:  Sweet-tart and firm, with a good old fashioned flavor.
Uses:  Excellent for baking as it will keep its shape.  Stores well.

Bosc Pears

Half Gallon of Cider

Yellow Onions

Hydroponic Lettuce

White Button Mushrooms

Baby Chioggia and White Beets

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Posted 2/24/2014 5:39pm by Sidney.

CSA members will enjoy in their CSA box this week:

GoldRush Apples

Appearance:  Yellow apple with orange blush.  Russets (textured spots) decorate the skin.  Flavor Profile:  Firm, juicy, and tart, some say it has a winey flavor. 
Uses:  Excellent storage apple.  Best eaten fresh, but cooks nicely too.
Who’s Favorite:  Sidney

Fuji Apples

Appearance:  Red with a yellow background color, slightly lopsided (because of its York parentage) with small russets (textured spots).
Flavor Profile:  Extremely sweet and firm. 
Uses:  Our best storage apple of our sweet varieties.  A favorite apple for eating fresh.  Who’s Favorite:  Mary Margaret

Asian Pears

We just opened our Controlled Atmosphere (CA) storage, so we have "fresh" Asian Pears.  Fresh is in quotations because these pears were harvested in the fall, but since we put them in CA, their respiration, or maturation process, slowed down greatly, so it is like they were just picked!  Super juicy, sweet, with a snappy skin.  

Pumpkin Butter
We made a fresh batch of pumpkin butter this fall with some of our not-so-perfect heirloom pumpkins and squash.  But the pumpkin butter is definitely perfect!  Enjoy it on a bagel with cream cheese, or mix into muffins, and reduce the amount of sugar.

Dried Asian Pears
We dried some of our Asian Pears this winter and customers at our Palisades Farmers Market are gobbling them up.  They are very sweet - just like our fresh Asian Pears, and the texture is unique.  

White Potatoes

Perfect all-around potatoes.  Excellent mashed/smashed, roasted, boiled, baked, or fried.  

Sunchokes

Sunchokes have become very very popular with our CSA customers.  Tell us how you enjoy eating them!

Eggs

We get the eggs from Weikert's Egg Farm, and they are extremely fresh.  If you are looking to hard boil (and successfully peel) the eggs, let them sit in the fridge for a week.  Fresh eggs which have been hard boiled do not peel easily. 

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Posted 2/6/2014 9:27am by Sidney.

CSA Members will receive the following in their CSA box:

Fuji apples

Appearance:  Red with a yellow background color, slightly lopsided with small russets (textured spots).
Flavor Profile:  Extremely sweet and firm. 
Uses:  Our best storage apple of our sweet varieties.  A favorite apple for eating fresh. 
Who’s Favorite:  Mary Margaret

Braeburn apples

Appearance:  Yellow skinned apple with a pinkish-red blush and russeted (textured spots).
Flavor Profile:  Mildly tart, juicy, crisp, and very firm. 
Uses:  Good all-purpose apple:  eaten fresh, pies, sauce, baked.  Stores well.
Who’s Favorite:  Dave

Bosc pears

Half gallon of cider

Apple Butter

Onions

Head of hydroponic lettuce

Carrots or Sweet Potatoes or Shallots

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Posted 1/22/2014 4:06pm by Sidney.

This week CSA members will enjoy....

Stayman apples

Appearance:  Dark red skin, large sized apple, white flesh.
Flavor Profile:  Firm and juicy with a mildly tart and rich flavor. 
Uses:  Great all-purpose apple:  eaten fresh or used for pies, sauce, baked, etc.  

Mutsu apples

Appearance:  Greenish-yellow skin.  Very large apples
Flavor Profile:  Super sweet and juicy.
Uses:  Excellent eaten fresh, especially as a dessert apple – slice and share with friends!  Mary Margaret says it’s also a very good frying apple, as you don’t need to add a lot of sugar because it’s naturally sweet.

Bag of Dried Apples

White Potatoes

Asian Pears

Asian pears have russeted brown/copper skin and are sweet, crunchy to the bite and amazingly juicy. Unlike other pears, they do not soften when ripe but retain their crispness. Eat fresh as a snack, or slice on a salad (the flesh does not brown when cut!) We've had several customers mention that they pair well with blue cheese and crackers!

Canned Peaches in a Light Syrup

These peaches are from a neighbor's orchard, and are nearly as delicious as our own might be. Unfortunately, the peaches we delivered to the processor this past summer never made it into the jars. We think they might have made some tasty deer food!

Head of Cabbage 

Dozen Eggs

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Posted 1/10/2014 9:07am by Sidney.

This week CSA members will enjoy....

Fuji apples

Appearance:  Red with a yellow background color, slightly lopsided with small russets (textured spots).
Flavor Profile:  Extremely sweet and firm. 
Uses:  The best storage apple of our sweet varieties.  A favorite apple for eating fresh. 
Who’s Favorite:  Mary Margaret

Braeburn apples

Appearance:  Yellow skinned apple with a pinkish-red blush and russeted (textured spots).
Flavor Profile:  Mildly tart, juicy, crisp, and very firm. 
Uses:  Good all-purpose apple:  eaten fresh, pies, sauce, baked.  Stores well.
Who’s Favorite:  Dave

Bosc Pears

Bosc pears have russeted brown/copper skin with crunchy, yet tender, flesh and a sweet-spiced flavor. Bosc pears are sweeter and more flavorful earlier in the ripening process than other pear varieties. As a result, the complex flavor, honey-sweetness, and juiciness of Bosc can be enjoyed before their flesh has fully softened. 

Since the flesh density of Bosc is greater than other pears, it's important to take this into consideration when determining when Bosc pears are ripe. The Check the Neck™ test, where gentle thumb pressure is applied near the stem end, is still the best method for checking Bosc for ripeness. However, keep in mind that Bosc will "give" less than other pears when they are ready. Sometimes, Bosc will also show a slight wrinkling at the base of the stem as well as a minimal color change as they ripen-- a green hue under the russeted skin will turn more yellow. However, color change is not as reliable as Checking the Neck™. 

Ripen Bosc pears as you would any other variety: leave them at room temperature and only refrigerate after the pears have ripened.

Bosc pears have a more firm, dense flesh than other pear varieties, so they are ideal for use in baking, broiling or poaching. They retain their shape and texture better than other varieties, and their flavor is less likely to be overwhelmed by the use of strong spices like cinnamon, clove or nutmeg. They are also great sliced on top of a salad of Hydroponic Lettunce along with candied pecans, goat cheese, baby beets and a balsamic vinaigrette (a Kuhn family Thanksgiving meal staple!)

Quart of Apple Cider

White Sweet Potatoes

Red and Yellow onions

Hydroponic Lettuce - from our neighbor's at Brent's Hydrogreens

Carrots

Jar of Honey

Our honey is extracted from our hives and bottled by the local beekeeper who delivers the hives to our farm annually to pollinate our crops. Although some of he honey may be derived from fruit trees, the bees are also pollinating the wildflower borders we have along the farm edges and the clover in the orchard grasses. The only is about as raw as you can get - it is only heated to 110° and passed once through a fine sieve!

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Posted 12/30/2013 12:39pm by Sidney.

This week CSA members will enjoy....

Honeycrisp apples

Appearance:  Red blushed, with a creamy yellow background color
Flavor Profile:  Blended sweet-tart flavor.  Exceptionally juicy and crunchy.  Our most popular apple.
Uses:  Honeycrisp is best eaten fresh out of hand, or chopped for salads.  Some of our customers enjoy adding a Honeycrisp apple to a pie for a little bit of natural sweetness. 

Mutsu apples

Appearance:  Greenish-yellow skin.  Very large apples
Flavor Profile:  Super sweet and juicy.
Uses:  Excellent eaten fresh, especially as a dessert apple – slice and share with friends!  Mary Margaret says it’s also a very good frying apple, as you don’t need to add a lot of sugar because it’s naturally sweet.

Shallots

Winter Squash 

Sunchokes

Maybe you are a newbie to Sunchokes? Sunchokes are the edible tuber of a plant in the Sunflower family. They taste sweet and nutty. They are great roasted (scrub clean under cold running water with a stiff brush - slice thin - add salt, olive oil and a little fresh rosemary - cook on baking sheet at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes until the sunchokes are tender inside like a potato!) Or click here for our Cream of Sunchoke Soup or Jerusalem Artichoke Relish recipes! And, one warning on Sunchokes - they contain a Carbohydrate known as inulin - which some people have a difficult time processing and have some major bloating and gas as a result! Might we suggest some Beano or Gas-x prior to a sunchoke meal? Or....we have also heard that if you slice the tubers and boil them for 15 minutes with cream of tarter or lemon juice, or bake them in a 200 degree F oven for 24 hours, it will convert the inulin carbohydrate into a more digestible fructose.

Dozen Eggs

Jar of Unsweetened Applesauce

Head of Cabbage 


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Posted 12/16/2013 7:33am by Sidney.

This week CSA members will enjoy....

Stayman apples

Appearance:  Dark red skin, large size apple, white flesh                                                                     Flavor Profile:  Firm and juicy with a mildly tart and rich flavor. 
Uses:  Great all-purpose apple: eaten fresh or used for pies, sauce, baked etc. 

Nittany apples

Appearance:  Red skin with a yellow background, slightly oblong in shape. 
Flavor Profile:  Sweet-tart flavor with a crispy texture.
Uses:  Great for snacking, baking, salads and sauces.

Asian Pears

Asian pears have russeted brown/copper skin and are sweet, crunchy to the bite and amazingly juicy. Unlike other pears, they do not soften when ripe but retain their crispness. Eat fresh as a snack, or slice on a salad (the flesh does not brown when cut!) We've had several customers mention that they pair well with blue cheese and crackers!

Horseradish

 

A long cream-colored root with a pungent flavor. Stirred into a paste with vinegar, finely grated horseradish is an incomparable finish for roast beef and cocktail sauce.

 

To prepare: Peel and dice horseradish root and place in a food processor. Process until finely chopped, add salt, then pour in vinegar until the mixture is of a spreadable consistency. Will keep for several months in the fridge.

Cider

White Sweet Potatoes

Red and Yellow onions

Hydroponic Lettuce

Carrots

Dried Apples

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