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Fox Creek Farm CSA Newsletter, week of September 12, 2022
In this newsletter:
  • Farm News: Planting for winter CSA. Cover crop success
  • Expected harvest, U-pick update
  • Recipe: Roasted broccoli parmesan and balsamic reduction
  • Winter CSA now open for sign-ups!
  • CSA share delivery driver update

Farm News

Our first late season growing adventure has started. This week we prepared the soil in one of our four hightunnels, and planted the first lettuce. Step-by-step the tunnels will fill up, to provide fresh greens to deep in the winter. No heat required - if needed, we'll add row covers to keep the crops happy.

At the farm, we use cover crops extensively. It's good for the soil: it prevents erosion, captures nitrogen, if it's a legumous crop, and increases organic matter. Around Labor Day, we seeded about 5 acres of the farm back to oats and peas. Labor day is kind of a magic date for this cover crop mix: planted too early, the oats will go to seed (and become a weed in next year's vegetable crop). Planted too late, and it won't grow enough to cover the soil before the frost kills it. 

Add a little rain right after the seeding, and there's part of next year's healthy soils growing. Cover crops are a  beautiful thing!

The fall crops are coming in very nicely - riding on the tail end of summer favorites.

Enjoy this week's harvest,

Your farmers,

Raymond and Sara

Expected harvest & U-pick update

For this week, expect  Onions, Carola potatoes, Sweet or bell pepper, lettuce, and tomatoes.

We are rotating fall Broccoli, Sweet corn, Basil, Parsley, Cilantro, Hot pepper, Tomatillos, and Kale.

U-Pick: The U-pick even looks spectacular in the rain! If a trip to the farm is on your to-do list for this season, you should really try to do that before the middle of September. With the shorter days towards the end of the month, the U-pick will not be as beautiful as it is right now.

Recipe: Roasted Broccoli with parmesan and balsamic reduction

Farm tested recipe! Roasting the broccoli brings out sweet flavors. Topped with parmesan and a balsamic vinegar reduction, it makes a very nice side dish!

Ingredients:
1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
1/4 cup grated parmesan
2 Tsp olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

Directions:
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss the broccoli florets with the olive oil, then spread evenly over the lined baking sheet, and put in the oven for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the balsamic vinegar reduction: bring the vinegar to a boil over low heat, and stir until reduced to about half. The balsamic will thicken. Let cool.

After 10 minutes in the oven, flip the florets, add the parmesan cheese, and return to the oven for another 10 minutes. When done, transfer to a bowl, and toss with the balsamic vinegar reduction. Best enjoyed when warm.

Fox Creek Farm Winter CSA share sign-up now open

For the first time we'll be offering a Winter Share - from October 31 to December 20th, for pick-up at the farm only. The winter share will be a mix of fresh spinach, salad mixes and other greens grown in our tunnels, along with stored crops like carrots, beets, and some newbies like fennel. Shares will be pre-packed, with somewhat flexible pick-up times.

Please note:

  • This is for pick-up at the farm, only: No deliveries!
  • Pick-up times are Monday 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, or Tuesday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • We do plow the snow, but in case of a major snow storm, we might not have the road open at 8:00 AM (in which case you probably don't want to be on the road, anyways). We don't salt the road, but if needed will sand.
Extend your season of exceptional produce from Fox Creek Farm! Sign up following the link, below:
 
Winter Share Sign-up


New delivery drivers ... 

We had to do a little re-arranging of delivery routes to meet our drivers needs. Azim is not longer working for us. Mike, who has been driving for us for the last few years, is now working full time. Raymond is doing the part-time route.

That could mean that we'll have a hard time finding your cooler, or to know of specific arrangements you made previously as for drop-off locations for the produce. Please: if we cannot easily locate your cooler, let us know where we can find it. We like to deliver to your cooler to keep the produce exceptional, but if we cannot find it, we'll leave it at your front door.

Please send us an email with your specific instructions if needed.

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