Farm news: A very unusual farming season comes to an end. Early sign-up specials expire 10/25. This week's harvest. Stovetop popcorn recipe.
Fox Creek Farm CSA Newsletter, week of October 26, 2020
In this newsletter:
Farm News: A rather unusual farming season comes to an end
A note regarding the optional 2020 winter storage share deliveries
Early sign-up specials end Sunday, 10/25
About this week's harvest
Recipes for stovetop popcorn
This is our last regular newsletter for the 2020 growing season. All good things come to an end: the fields are almost empty of crops, days are short, and soon the late fall weather will make way for early winter snows. We all will have to wait to resume outdoor growing until the spring of 2021.
Usually, we take this last newsletter to reminisce about the growing season. Interesting new vegetables, maybe, or a spill of dry and hot weather. Unexpected yields. Wonderful on-farm events.
The unfortunate overarching theme of this season is COVID-19. We all went through so many changes in the last seven months that any success (or failure) of crops on our farm becomes irrelevant. We are grateful for you being with us in our transition to home deliveries. For your accommodations for Erik and Mike to make their drop-offs feasible. For your kind emails, questions, and feedback. And for giving us the opportunity to share with you the fruits of our labor.
“I have been so grateful for your farm and this service all season long. It has done a lot to create a sense of normalcy, even just once a week”, someone wrote us just recently.
We will do it again next season, promise. Meanwhile, please be careful navigating the ongoing public health crisis. Stay healthy. Find time to relax. Try to do something fun when the going gets tough.
We hope to see you next year at the farm! To another week of exceptional produce,
Raymond and Sara
Fox Creek Farm's 2021 early sign-up campaign ends Sunday, 10/25
The response to our early sign-up campaign is exceeding our expectations. We are in the home stretch: our early sign-up specials are set to expire tomorrow!
Sign up before tomorrow (10/25) ends and receive a free Fox Creek Farm T-shirt with your first deliveries in 2021. On top of that, if you pay in full, take advantage of early full payment discount.
In this last regular delivery of the season, you’ll find butternut squash, fall cabbage, Nantes carrots, lettuce, popcorn, garlic, and onions (for the full shares only), as well as greens (spinach, kale, or chard).
Recipe: Stovetop popcorn
Last winter, when we were working on our farm plan, we thought it would be nice to grow some popcorn. We harvested late September, and we dried it in our greenhouse. Now it is ready to pop!
Two recipes follow, but you can use any method for this popcorn.
For this stove-top popcorn recipe, you will need a large, thick bottomed pot to avoid burning the popcorn. And a lid, of course, to avoid chaos!
About 3 tablespoons olive oil
1 ear of popcorn, kernels removed (they rub off easily), about 1/3 cup
1 tablespoon butter (optional)
Salt to taste
Heat the oil in the pan over medium heat. Put a few popcorn kernels in the oil, and wait for those kernels to pop. When the kernels pop, add the rest of the popcorn in an even layer. Cover the pot, remove from heat, and count 30 seconds (This method first heats the oil to the right temperature, and the 30 second wait brings all of the other kernels to near-popping temperature, so when you put the pot back on heat, they all pop at about the same time).
Return the pan to heat. The popcorn should begin popping very soon, and all at once. When the popping starts, gently shake the pan by moving it back and forth over the burner. Keep the lid slightly open so steam can release – it makes for dryer and crispier popcorn.
Once the popping slows to several seconds between pops, remove the pan from the heat, remove the lid, and dump the popcorn immediately into a wide bowl.
Melt butter in the empty hot pan: If you are adding butter, you can easily melt it by placing the butter in the now empty, but hot pan. Drizzle the melted butter over the popcorn and toss to distribute.
Sprinkle the popcorn with salt to taste. Makes about 2 quarts of popcorn.
Popcorn, microwave method
Take one ear of popcorn and place in a brown paper bag without removing the kernels from the cob. Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes until popping slows. It is normal for some kernels to stay on the ear. You must stop the microwave process when the popping slows, otherwise you will burn the popcorn.
Late fall morning view at Fox Creek Farm
We always love to hear from you!
We still like to hear from you. Are there things we can do better? What are your favorite vegetables? What was your favorite recipe this season? Email is best, but if you would like to leave us a message on the phone we will return your call at our earliest convenience (518-872-2375).