2017 CSA Newsletter – Week #17

Notes from the Farm

October is my favorite month on the farm.  Our fruiting crops make their final push, lush   greens fill the fields in neat rows, and cover crops rise up where the harvest has finished
Mustard greens shimmer with dew
 for the year.  The conditions are cool and pleasant to work in, and the warm days are savored knowing that our first bit of frost or snow is not far off now.   The mix of produce we bring in the harvest offers a big range of culinary options. Whether you prefer to grill, fry, soup, stew, sautee, smoothie, slaw, kraut, dehydrate, freeze, pickle or crock pot,  you can do just about anything with the harvest this month, so be sure to make the most of these last four weeks of our CSA.

Our cherry tomatoes are all finished, and with that our u-pick crops are done for the season.  But you can still walk about the farm or the trail in the woods – which is absolutely beautiful right now.   You can also enjoy some time out on the farm and celebrate the harvest season on Saturday, October 14 for our annual Family Fun Day, where we’ll have food, games, art, garlic planting and more.  Hope to see you there!
Farmer Steve and our Farmers: Adam, Alyssa, Ariana, Kayla, Nikki, Sara, Shannon, TW and Tyler

Bill McKibben in New Haven

Bill McKibben to deliver Chubb Lecture at Yale University, Woolsey Hall
“Simply Too Hot: the Desperate Science and Politics of Climate”
Free and open to the public.
Bill McKibben began his long and distinguished career as a journalist and was formerly a staff writer for the New Yorker.  In 1989 he published, The End of Nature, one of the first books written for a broad audience to discuss the problems of climate change that is now considered a groundbreaking work in the field of environmental studies.  This seminal work has now been published in 24 languages and McKibben has gone on to write over a dozen books on environmental issues including Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet (2010) and his most recent work, Oil and Honey(2013).  He continues to write for a wide variety of publications including the New York Review of Books, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone.
In 2008, Bill McKibben cofounded 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement utilizing online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public protests.  The name “350.org” is taken from “350 parts per million” – the safe upper limit of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as currently agreed upon by the world’s scientists.  The organization aims to create a mass movement to work on public awareness and push for solutions that will bring the planet back within safe carbon dioxide levels of 350 parts per million.  In 2014, he was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the “alternative Nobel”, for his work with 350.org.
Bill McKibben is currently the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College in Vermont and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Among his many awards, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize.  In 2012 he was awarded the President’s Medal from the Geological Society of America.  He has received the prestigious Guggenheim and Lyndhurst Fellowships and won the Lannan Prize for nonfiction writing in 2000.  Bill McKibben holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities.  In 2014, biologists recognized him by naming in his honor a new species of the woodland gnat: Megophthalmidia mckibbeni.

In This Week’s Distribution

Our Harvest:  Cabbage, Broccoli Rabe, Red and Green Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplant, Lettuce, Kale, Mustard Greens, Radishes
U-Pick: Closed for the season
Fruit Option: Apples or Pears

Recipes and Cooking Ideas

Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
Adapted from The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker and
Ethan Becker
¼ cup olive oil, preferably extra virgin
4 sweet Italian sausages (about 1 pound), casings removed (leave out for vegetarian option)
3 large cloves garlic, finely minced
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
1 large bunch (1 to 1.5 lbs) broccoli rabe, washed, dried, and coarsely chopped
1 lb orecchiette, mini shell pasta, or other short dried pasta
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ cup grated pecorino or domestic kasseri cheese
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sausages and cook, breaking the meat up with a spoon, until nicely browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for 1 minute more. Stir in the broccoli rabe and cover and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in 6 quarts of salted water until tender but firm. Drain the pasta, leaving some water clinging to the noodles, and add it to the skillet over low heat. Toss to coat and combine, then remove to a large serving bowl. Season with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with grated cheese. Serve immediately.

Mustard Greens and Onions

from MarthaStewart.com


  1. In a large high-sided skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add diced onion, and sautee until translucent and beginning to brown, about 6 minutes. Add the prepared mustard greens, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Toss until greens are just wilted, adding more greens as they will fit into the pan. Toss with lemon juice just before serving.

Asian Rice-Noodle Soup with Bok Choi and Mustard Greens

adapted from MarthaStewart.com

  1. Layer ingredients in a wide-mouthed heatproof container with a tight-fitting lid.
  2. When you’re ready to eat, fill the container almost to the top with water, seal, shake, remove the lid, and microwave for 2 minutes.
  3. Season with salt, reseal, gently swirl, and enjoy.