Notes from the Farm

November is here and the harvest continues!  If you haven’t signed up yet but want to participate in this 3-week CSA extension, reply to this message or send an email to csa@massarofarmcsa.org, and be ready to come to the farm on Friday for the first November pickup.
Sweet potatoes headline this week’s distribution!  Sweet potatoes are one of just a fewcrops that we do not start ourselves here in the greenhouse at Massaro.  We bring in sweet potato seedlings (known as “slips”) from a farm in North Carolina, where conditions are warmer earlier in the year, allowing the sweet potato plants to get an early start, before sending them here in mid to late May, ready to be planted.  Well, not only was it a cold, wet spring in New England this year, but it was also cold,wet in the southeastern part of the US.  As a result, our slips were delayed, and when the did arrive, conditions here were still colder and wetter than normal.  While the plants did seem to recover, the yield was below what we would like.  All that being said, the sweet potatoes are as delicious as ever, and with fewer of them for us to enjoy, be sure to savor these precious beauties.
A mix of greens, roots and truly the final harvest of eggplant and peppers fill out the rest of this week’s harvest.  The kale we are harvesting comes from one our high tunnels, and we hope you have been noting how exceptionally tender and sweet this kale is.  Check out the recipe section below and consider making a kale salad with sweet potatoes, or a kale pesto.  We’ll be harvesting a few different types of radishes and turnips over the coming weeks, which add beautiful colors to your dishes when sliced, have great storage capability and a wide range of culinary potential.  Thin slices on toast with butter or cheese is my most common use, with chopping in to a salad or making a quick pickle being my next favorite uses.  Please let me know if you have any favorite uses or recipes that we can share with the community.

Best,

Farmer Steve and our Farmers: Adam, Alyssa, Kayla, Sara, TW and Tyler
  • You can still sign up for our 3-week November CSA extension, with pickupat the farm on Fridays, 2:30-6:30pm (no Tuesday farm pickup); or at the New Haven farmers’ markets we attend: Wooster Square on Saturdays,9am-1pm; at Edgewood Park on Sundays market 10am-1pm.  Price: $90 credit card/paypal, $85 check/cash discount.  To sign up, please emailcsa@massarofarmcsa.org or simply bring payment to the farm. Crops you can expect in the November CSA extension include lettuce, kale, salad/braising greens mix, spinach, arugula, chard, carrots, beets, radishes, salad turnips, garlic, potatoes, broccoli, kohlrabi, bok choi and dandelion greens.   Pickup dates will be as follows:
    • on the farm, Fridays, November 3, 10 and 17; 2:30pm6:30pm
    • at Wooster Square, Saturdays, November 4, 11 and 18; 9am-1pm
    • at Edgewood Park, Sundays, November 5, 12 and 19; 10am-1pm
  • Registration for our 2018 CSA is now open!  CSA registration forms will be available at the farm or you can download, fill them out and bring them to the farm or mail them on. You can also sign up online at our website.  Note that there is a discounted rate for paying by check/cash and a special discounted rate if you pay in full by December 1st, and if you pay in full before the end this year’s CSA, we’ll also give you free jar of our Green Tomato Salsa!  We are offering you this to thank you for the commitment you have made to your community farm, and because it is extremely helpful to us when you sign up early for the CSA.  When you sign up early for our CSA it allows us to focus on the farm in the spring having already completed a heavy load of marketing, paperwork and administrative tasks over the winter months.  With that in mind, in the weeks ahead please consider making a deposit, full payment or payment of any amount towards next year’s CSA.

In This Week’s Distribution

Our Harvest:  Sweet Potatoes, Beets, Carrots, Garlic, Arugula, Salad Mix/Braising Greens, Kale, Radishes or Salad Turnips, Lettuce, Eggplant or Peppers

Recipes and Cooking Ideas

 
Kale Salad with Chicken and Sweet Potatoes
 
Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss sweet potatoes with 1 tablespoon oil, season with salt and pepper, and move to one half of sheet. Arrange chicken on other half. Bake until potatoes are tender and chicken is cooked through, 20 minutes. Let cool to room temperature; chop chicken into pieces.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard, and remaining 2 tablespoons oil; season with salt and pepper. Toss potatoes, chicken, and kale with dressing and sprinkle with almonds. Serve immediately.

Cook’s Notes:

Sweet potatoes add subtle sweetness and color to this salad. Carrots or butternut squash would work just as well.


 
Quick Pickled Radishes
 
Ingredients
  • 8-10 medium to large radishes
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar or sucanat
Instructions
  1. Wash the radishes, then remove their greens and root.
  2. Slice the radishes thinly, and pack them in a jar.
  3. Whisk together the vinegar, water, salt, and sugar, and pour into the jar.
  4. Refrigerate at least 15 minutes before serving.
 
Radish and Turnip Salad
 
1 bunch salad turnips with greens, sliced, shredded or grated
1 bunch radishes, sliced, shredded or grated
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
4 teaspoons olive oil
3 to 4 teaspoons soy sauce, to taste
Toss vegetables together. Mix remaining ingredients in a separate bowl. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Drizzle dressing over vegetables. Toss and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.


 
Kale Pesto
Ingredients:
1/3 cup walnuts
3 cups chopped kale
Kosher salt
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Directions:
  • Toast the walnuts in a dry skillet until lightly browned; let cool. Pulse in a food processor until finely ground
  • Add the kale and 1/4 teaspoon salt and pulse until finely chopped.
  • Add the parmesan and pulse to combine.
  • Slowly pour in the olive oil, pulsing to incorporate. Transfer the pesto to a bowl.  You’ll have about 1 cup pesto; use about 1/2 cup for 1 pound pasta.

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