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Farmer Joel's Blog Week 20: Season's End

02 Nov 2017 10:59 AM | Ffynnon (Administrator)

To our honored CSA members: 

As you know, this is the last of our twenty weeks of the 2017 CSA season.  Once again, my thanks go out to all of you for your kindness, your photos, and your recipes.  Tasha will be sending out a survey in the near future; we would appreciate it if you would take the time to help us improve our offerings and our service for next year.  On a housekeeping note, we will  be making this last delivery in paper bags so that we don't make you bring back your baskets next week. Please check around your house to see if you have any of the baskets lying around.  We'd like to get them back today so that we can use them again for next year's season.

Today's basket (okay, today's paper bag) contains a mix of root vegetables, including turnips and rutabagas, and a handful of apples (Jonagold) and pears (Bartlett).  The rutabagas are in there because of a conversation I had with one of our members.  I happened to mention to him that rutabagas are always at the bottom of the list when CSA customers are asked about their favorite vegetables.  He quickly responded that they were always among his favorite vegetables, and that he and his mother were looking forward to getting some.  I went out and planted some the next day. I would highly recommend using the turnips and rutabagas in a scalloped vegetable casserole.  Simply replace some or all of the potatoes in a scalloped potato recipe with these other root vegetables, peeling and slicing them to the same thickness as the potatoes.  The other best use would be in a fall vegetable soup, possibly with the apple or pear added in.

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to Ffynnon's second annual Cider Squeeze, next Saturday, November 11, from 11am to 2pm.  We have a big pile of apples that aren't ready for prime time, but are perfect for making cider. Bring your own container (like a growler, or a 1-gallon glass jug, join in the chopping, crushing and squeezing, and take home some fresh juice.  There are more details on our Facebook page.

Once again, all of us here at Ffynnon thank you for your patronage.  If we don't see you at the Cider Squeeze, we look forward to serving all of you again next year.

All the best,

Joel, Michael, Tasha, and Neal.

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