Fox Creek Farm CSA Newsletter, week of October 9, 2018
In this newsletter:
  • Farm News - What a weather! And more info on renewing your CSA share
  • Recipes: Baked Sweet Potato and Sweet Potato Oven Fries
  • U-pick, and this week's share 

Farm News

What a weather: Towards the end of the growing season, we always hope for some nice stable weather to get the last major field work out of the way – plowing to clean up fields, harvesting the last of the potatoes, seeding cover crops, and planting garlic.

But we’ve been kept on our toes with lots of rain. Every time fields dry up enough to drop the plow, a new storm comes through. It gives a whole new meaning to ‘Muddling through’, reaffirming our humble dependency on the weather.
That said, growing is still going well – particularly considering the short and cloudy days. This week we’ll be bringing some of the best sweet potatoes we’ve grown to date. We made some strategic changes to our winter squash growing this season, which resulted in a much better crop. We’ll start sharing those this week, too.
Renew your CSA share! Last week we mailed out our renewal letters for the 2019 CSA season, and we really hope you’ll renew your share now.
Your share renewal will help reduce our marketing efforts over the winter, giving us more time to focus on further improving the farm. It also saves you some money – with your deposit you can lock in the 2019 share at 2018 pricing, and on top of that take advantage of our early full payment discount if the remainder of the balance is paid in full by March 1, 2019. For a full share, that adds up to $ 29 off (or basically, over a week of produce on us).
Enjoy this week’s harvest,

Your farmers,

Raymond and Sara

P.S. this afternoon and early evening we managed to bring in the potatoes - staying ahead with the potato digger, we gave the breeze an opportunity to dry the windrowed tubers before the went in the bags. All in the barn, just in time for the next rains!

Recipe: Baked Sweet Potatoes

As sweet potatoes at our farm are a highly seasonal item, we thought a simple baked sweet potato recipe would help.
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 large sweet potatoes
2 pinches dried oregano
2 pinches salt
2 pinches ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat the bottom of a baking dish with olive oil, just enough to coat. Wash and peel the sweet potatoes. Cut them into medium size pieces. Place the cut sweet potatoes in the baking dish and turn them so that they are coated with the olive oil. Sprinkle with oregano, and salt and pepper (to taste). Bake for 60 minutes or until soft. Serves 4.

Recipe: Sweet potato oven fries
With some more cutting and a slightly higher oven temperature, it’s easy to make sweet potato oven fries. Keep an eye on the crispness – with the high temperatures and the relative high sugar content of the potatoes, it’s easy to get the fries burnt … it’s a fine line between crisp and burnt, as we know from experience.
2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut the sweet potatoes into sticks about  1/2 inch wide and 3 inches long, and toss them with the oil.

Mix the spices, salt and pepper in a small bowl, and toss them with the sweet potatoes. Spread them out on 2 baking sheets, single layer.

Bake until brown and crisp on the bottom, about 15 minutes, then flip and cook until the other side is crisp, about 10 minutes. Serve hot. 4-6 servings.

Or try Sweet Potato & Black Bean Veggie Burgers - thanks for the suggestion Derrek! Please look for some good recipes for those burgers online.

In this week's share:

In every CSA share this week: Onions, Potatoes, Sweet potatoes, acorn winter squash, and lettuce. In rotation: Kale and Swiss chard, as well as the remainder of the Eggplant and peppers.

U-Pick update: 

With the turning of the leaves, the U-pick is slowing down. Still some herbs, hot peppers, and soup beans. By late last week the cherry tomatoes looked so sad that we decided to pull them - we expect the next batch coming in late July, 2019! 

Did you know that Fox Creek Farm CSA is powered by on-site generated solar and wind energy?

Your farmers are here to help

If there is anything we can do to make your Fox Creek Farm experience better, please let us know! 

Sara and Raymond Luhrman, Fox Creek Farm CSA
182 Fox Creek Farm Road, Schoharie, NY  12157
(518) 872-2375

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