And with a Frost, We Say Goodbye: Summer CSA 2017 – Week #20

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Yesterday morning I found myself scraping the windshield of our little harvest vehicle. Crates loaded, and off I drove into the field to harvest greens. I had to chuckle at myself as I looked down at lettuce laced with frost. Despite my action of having to scrape ice off a windshield, I had driven out to the field with the intention to harvest anyway, not yet fully realizing the frost. Frost has a funny way of creeping up on us that way.

We reorganized our tasks of the day to do some shed work first, as it gave time for the sun to melt the frost.  We went back out to harvest and that’s the photo you see posted at the top of the newsletter. The light with the dew and water traveling back into the air was a stunning sight. The picture barely captures it.

Sometimes in the middle of October it seems like the season could just keep going. There’s still leaves on trees and so much green in the field. However, frost is our reminder that it’s almost time for the land’s big winter hibernation.  With the gradual progression of changes, it always feel so abrupt. Like a child’s birthday reminding you that your kid is indeed growing, so too the frost reminds us that the cycles of the seasons are ever traveling along their annual courses. And so here we are at the end of the Summer CSA season.

Just as the picture above can’t capture the beauty of what my eyes saw in the fields yesterday,  my words feel inadequate in expressing our deep gratitude for your membership and support this season.  It is you, directly, that sustains and supports our family’s economic health in return for our helping sustain your bodily health. This direct relationship is so very rare in today’s world of complicated economic systems with its long chains from production to consumption.  This direct connection we share is precious and rare. We thank you for coming on this journey of local eating with our family.

Mike, Cassie, Zea, Edie, and Juna


In the Box: 

  • Anaheim Peppers
  • Beauty Heart Radish 
  • Butternut Squash
  • Carrot
  • Delicata Squash
  • Garlic
  • Leeks
  • Onion, Bottle & Yellow
  • Red Leaf Lettuce
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Sweet Potatoes

REGs only: 

  • Arugula
  • Beets
  • Potatoes, White/Mixed

EOs only:

  • Green Kale
  • Celeriac
  • Potatoes, Gold

Weekly Recipes

  1. Baked Sweet Potatoes with Leeks and Gorgonzola
  2. Martha’s Quinoa Pie with Winter Squash
  3. Squash Cookies
  4. Mustardy Kale Salad with Sweet Potatoes and Bacon
  5. Cumin Roasted Carrots with Wild Rice
  6. Easy Potato Leek Soup
  7. Beauty Heart and Celeriac Salad
  8. Butternut Squash Chili with Beef
  9. Chicken Soup with Delicata and Kale
  10. Roasted Squash Radish Salad
  11. Butternut Apple Calzones