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Fox Creek Farm CSA Newsletter, week of September 16, 2019
In this newsletter:
  • Farm News
  • Recipe: Cauliflower soup
  • There's just a few winter storage shares still up for grab ...
  • This week's share & U-pick update

Farm News

When is the last CSA share? Although the sign-in sheets at the sites may imply a forthcoming 'end to the CSA season', no such thing is true! As planned, our harvests will go well into October, with the last shares delivered on Thursday, October 24. The optional winter storage share will follow the week thereafter (October 28 and 31) - and the second winter storage share will be delivered in the week of November 11.

Plans for the 2020 growing season: While the 2019 harvests continue, we are working some plans for the next CSA season. Most importantly, we see opportunities to extend our regular harvests from 20 weeks to 22 weeks, with the use of the two new hightunnels we are constructing this fall. 

By the end of the month we'll have our 2020 CSA proposals ready to share with you: stay tuned!

And on the farm: Last week we plowed up an additional 3 acres of land, primarily to extend our crop rotations. Giving the production lands more time to rest only does the soil well. It gives us the opportunity to grow more long-term cover crops.

Although we could have decided to use the added tilled land to increase our production, we made a conscientious choice instead to let the land work for us. It should make it a little bit easier to grow great crops for years to come.  

With the colder nights, the tomatoes are really slowing down, both in the field as well as in the U-pick. But we are harvesting some of the nicest cauliflower and broccoli we've seen in years (and let it be known, that makes your farmers pretty happy). And the fall crops are looking spectacular!

Your farmers,
 
Raymond and Sara

Recipe: Cauliflower Soup
 

Fall is a good time for soups, we think. Put that together with a very nice harvest of cauliflower, and this recipe is the result:

INGREDIENTS:
 
1 Head cauliflower, about 2lbs
4T Unsalted butter, cut into 1T pieces
2 medium onions, halved and sliced thin
2 cloves garlic, sliced thin
4 1/2-5C Water
1/2t Sherry vinegar
3T Fresh chives, minced (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
 
DIRECTIONS:
 
Pull off outer leave of cauliflower and trim stem.  Using paring knife, cut around core to remove; thinly slice core and reserve.  Cut heaping 1C of 1/2” florets from head of cauliflower; set aside.  Cut remaining cauliflower crosswise into 1/2” thick slices.
 
Melt 3T butter in large saucepan over medium-low heat.  Add onion, garlic, and 1 1/2t salt; cook, stirring frequently, until onion and garlic are softened but not browned, about 7 minutes.
 
Increase heat to medium-high; add 4 1/2C water, sliced core and half of sliced cauliflower.  Bring to simmer.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer gently for 15 minutes.  Add remaining sliced cauliflower, return to simmer, and continue to cook until cauliflower is tender and crumbles easily, 15-20 minutes longer.
 
While soup simmers, melt remaining 1T butter in small skillet over medium heat.  Add reserved florets and cook, stirring frequently, until florets are golden brown, 6-8 minutes.  Remove florets from skillet with slotted spoon to transfer florets to small bowl.  Toss florets with vinegar and season with salt to taste. 
 
Process soup in blender until smooth, about 45 seconds.  Rinse out pan.  Return pureed soup to pan and return to simmer over medium heat, adjusting consistency with remaining water as needed and season with salt to taste.  Serve, garnishing individual bowls with browned florets and chives.  Season with pepper to taste.

 

DIRECTIONS:

Pull off outer leave of cauliflower and trim stem.  Using paring knife, cut around core to remove; thinly slice core and reserve.  Cut heaping 1C of 1/2” florets from head of cauliflower; set aside.  Cut remaining cauliflower crosswise into 1/2” thick slices.

Melt 3T butter in large saucepan over medium-low heat.  Add onion, garlic, and 1 1/2t salt; cook, stirring frequently, until onion and garlic are softened but not browned, about 7 minutes.

Increase heat to medium-high; add 4 1/2C water, sliced core and half of sliced cauliflower.  Bring to simmer.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer gently for 15 minutes.  Add remaining sliced cauliflower, return to simmer, and continue to cook until cauliflower is tender and crumbles easily, 15-20 minutes longer.

While soup simmers, melt remaining 1T butter in small skillet over medium heat.  Add reserved florets and cook, stirring frequently, until florets are golden brown, 6-8 minutes.  Remove florets from skillet with slotted spoon to transfer florets to small bowl.  Toss florets with vinegar and season with salt to taste. 

Process soup in blender until smooth, about 45 seconds.  Rinse out pan.  Return pureed soup to pan and return to simmer over medium heat, adjusting consistency with remaining water as needed and season with salt to taste.  Serve, garnishing individual bowls with browned florets and chives.  Season with pepper to taste.

Serves 4

Last count on the winter storage shares:

We still welcome a few more winter storage shares, while supplies last. If you would like to add a bushel of beets, onions, garlic, carrots, cabbage and winter squash to your regular CSA share, you can reserve a share by using the link below, or by sending the farm a check for $ 49 (Fox Creek Farm, 182 Fox Creek Farm Road, Schoharie, NY  12157).

Winter Storage Share

In this week's share & U-pick update

This week's share:  Potatoes, onions and garlic (full share). In rotation broccoli, cauliflower, Swiss chard, kale, yellow wax beans, lettuce, spinach, sweet corn, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, and the last of the summer squash and cucumbers,

U-Pick update. Beautiful flowers & herbs. Tomatillos, ground cherries, pole beans, hot peppers, and culinary herbs. The cherry tomatoes are on the way out, but it's still well worth the visit!

Thank you for your support of our family farm!

We pride ourselves in providing our CSA members with an experience that exceeds your expectations. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any of your questions or concerns regarding the farm. 

Sara and Raymond Luhrman, Fox Creek Farm CSA

182 Fox Creek Farm Road, Schoharie, NY  12157

 

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