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Tomorrow is Farm Day so I should probably get around to the final week's share...

Week 20

  • 2 Delicata Squash
  • 2 Butternut Squash
  • 4 lbs Parsnips
  • 4 lbs Purple Top Turnips
  • 10 lbs Red Gold Potatoes
  • 4 roots Celeriac
  • 8 Mutsu Apples
    = 38? lbs (I can't remember if I actually weighed it)

+ Bread share: Flax Montague (whatever that is, bit damn, it was good!)

Bonus veggies from neighbors:
+ Several stalks Brussels Sprouts
+ 2 Daikon
+ 1 large Kohlrabi

I made the awesome celeriac soup. Because awesome. I might have to get more celeriac. I always say that. Also made assorted other soups, shredded salad, etc. And plenty of roasted brussels sprouts. Nom nom.

surrealestate: (Sentient Broccoli)
And the season winds down... Tomorrow will be the last share, so I'd better catch up. Up-to-the-minute squash count stands at 6 butternut, 5 acorn, 3 buttercup, and 2 pumpkin. Buttercups are my new favorite squash. So yummy.

Week 18

  • 2 Acorn Squash
  • 2 Butternut Squash
  • 2 bunches Kale
  • 4 lbs Onions
  • 4 lbs Carrots
  • 4 lbs Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • 2 bunches Beets
  • 8 Jonagold Apples
    = 38 lbs

+ Bread share: Sourdough Buckwheat
+ 2 stalks Brussels Sprouts

Week 19

  • 2 Butternut Squash
  • 2 Buttercup Squash
  • 12 lbs Kennebec Potatoes
  • 2 Sweet Yellow Onions
  • 20 Mutsu Apples
  • 2 heads Cabbage
  • 2 bunches Cilantro
    = 38 lbs

+ Bread share: I think Semolina Sesame? I can't remember but it was insanely good. I'm really going to miss the bread.
+ 1 Sugar Pumpkin

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Week 17
  • 2 Buttercup Squash
  • 2 Butternut Squash
  • 2 bunches Radishes
  • 4 White Spanish Onions
  • 2 bunches Carrots
  • 4 lbs Red Gold Potatoes
  • 4 lbs Green Tomatoes
  • 8 Mutsu Apples
    = 34 lbs

+ Bread share: multigrain and caramelized onion & fennel focaccias

And then a neighbor decided they couldn't handle their own CSA bounty, so also:
+ 1 bunch mixed Kale
+ 3 Leeks
+ 1 Rutabaga
+ 1 Kohlrabi
+ 1 Daikon
+ 1 bunch Parsley
+ 1 bunch Fennel
+ Bag of String Beans (green/purple)

And another neighbor went off to Bhutan for vacation so cleared out their fridge:
+ More apples
+ Peppers
+ I can't remember anymore

And I made cinnamon rolls for a friend's birthday brunch, aloo masala and roasted acorn slices for a school potluck, a giant bowl of shredded salad for a party, and we made pizza again, and generally ate well. But yowza, I've got a lot more stuff to get through! The frost fear also prompted a final harvest of at-risk veggies, so I ended up making pesto at like one in the morning. But damn, that is some delicious pesto.

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Week 16
  • 2 Acorn Squash
  • 2 Butternut Squash
  • 2 bunches Chard
  • 8 Cucumbers
  • 2 bunches Cilantro
  • 10 Beets
  • 2 lbs Green Beans
  • 8 Apples
    = 32 lbs

+ Bread share: Multigrain Loaf

+ 1 bunch Rainbow Chard
+ 1 big Tomato
+ 6 heads Garlic

I made what may have been my last batch of bruschetta for the season. Hard to say, though, because some of the local farms could still have greenhouse tomatoes for some weeks yet. Big piles of greens went into a Greens Peanut Stew. Cilantro went to a neighbor. The cukes were of pickling kind and are currently sitting in brine. I'm thinking I may pickle (in the vinegar sense) the beets and can them. Those were ten huge beets.

It's also pizza season, so we had some with my homemade dough, homemade roasted tomato sauce, homemade pesto, and homemade cheez! It was damn good, especially with the pesto, which always feels so special. I wonder if I will regret not making even more of it. I think I can still do another batch with the final harvest from my gardens.

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Week 15
  • 4 lbs Tomatoes
  • 2 Butternut Squash
  • 2 bunches Rabe
  • 2 heads Cabbage
  • 2 bunches Arugula
  • 4 Zucchini
  • 4 Eggplant
  • 12 Spartan Apples
    = 36 lbs

+ My bread share: A pair French baguettes

And from a neighbor:
+ 1 Asian Eggplant
+ 4 assorted Peppers
+ half a giant Cabbage
+ 2 Leeks

I hate to even admit how little I've cooked this past week. At least today I made a giant shredded salad/slaw with cabbage, beets, and carrots. It felt so good to eat a big bowl of raw vegetables. Poor Rainbow has been sleeping so poorly that I'm too tired to motivate myself to do much of anything. During the day, she's one the happiest babies you could ever meet, but at night... eek.

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(This was last week's.) Week 14
  • 8 Cortland Apples
  • 4 lbs Kennebec potatoes
  • 6 Heirloom (Ailsa Craig) Spanish Onions
  • 2 bunches Swiss Chard
  • 4 Zucchini
  • 2 Buttercup Squash
  • 6 lbs Tomatoes
  • 2 bunches Cilantro (except DD forgot to get this)
    = 38 lbs

+ And our bread from the bread share

And from neighbors who couldn't use their whole farm shares:
+ 3 Asian Eggplant
+ 1 giant Zucchini
+ A sizable bag of Carrots
+ 1 bunch Parsley
+ 4 Sweet Potatoes

This week, I made some of the best bruschetta ever. I don't know why it was so good -- my process was the same as always -- but maybe the tomatoes were extra great? I'd also had them in the fridge for a few days (now that Kenji has convinced me that's okay, and it does keep them good longer) and I don't know if that somehow improved the flavor? Who knows. But dayum, that was good. DD even did a quick run with the jogging stroller out to get more bread just so we'd be able to have more of it right away.

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Week 12

  • 8 ears Corn
  • 4 lbs Red Gold Potatoes
  • 4 Italian Eggplant
  • 6 small Zucchini
  • 8 lbs Tomatoes
  • 2 boxes Cherry Tomatoes (once again, the yummiest Sungold ever, wow)
  • 2 bunches Broccoli Rabe
  • 10 Paula Red Apples
    = 35 lbs

With Sun Moon bonus:
+ 1 bunch Turnips
+ 1 bunch Dill
+ 1 huge Tomato

…And I forgot to write down what the bread was.

Week 13

  • 8 ears corn
  • 4 lbs Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • 4 small Italian Eggplant
  • 8 lbs Tomatoes
  • 16 Apples
  • 6 Sweet Spanish Onions
  • 2 bunches Beets
  • 2 Acorn Squash
    = 40.5 lbs

With Sun Moon bonus:
+ 6 Asian Eggplant
+ 1 bunch Rainbow Chard
+ 1 bunch Tatsoi
+ ~1/2 lb Green Beans

+ something Rye Bread

Also pears and green beans harvested from a friend’s yard plus I bought a box of peach seconds.

With Week 12 stuff, I made an even bigger batch of eggplant caponata and ended up freezing four quarts of it. There was a Thai curry and a stir fry, and I think that might have been the first week in a long while that didn’t involve Indian food. All the potatoes were shredded and turned into hash brown waffles and OMG yum. I made bruschetta to go with the bread. By Monday, we still had plenty of tomatoes, so I made more roasted tomato sauce. There are now many containers of that in the freezer. I canned a bunch of bourbon peaches.

This week, I may do eggplant parm again because it turned out so well last time, though things also line up well for another Indian feast with friends, so the eggplant might give their lives for that. There are a lot of options, though. The big missing piece here are carrots, and I think Steve must be having some issue with his crop because usually we’d be getting a ton this time of year. So we’ll have to get some carrots at the farmers market.

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I promise that after school starts, I will post at least twice a week aside from the farm share updates.

Week 11

  • 8 ears Corn
  • 8 lbs Tomatoes
  • 2 lbs Green Beans
  • 2 bunches Radishes
  • 4 Eggplant
  • 6 loose Onions
  • 2 boxes Cherry Tomatoes (once again Sungold)
  • 10 Peaches
    = ~30 lbs

+ a loaf of sourdough in the bread share
+ ~2 lbs tomatoes from Sun Moon

Another Indian feast yesterday used up all the green beans and eggplant as well as some of the tomatoes. We managed to eat all the bread before making any bruschetta so now I need more bread. And I think it’s time to get going on some tomato sauce…

Unfortunately, I forgot to give [Bad username or site: “beowabbit” @ livejournal.com] the radishes I’d put aside for him last night. Would anyone like some radishes?

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Week 10 (Parker)
  • 8 lbs Tomatoes
  • 4 Italian Eggplant
  • 2 heads Red Cabbage
  • 2 bunches Celery
  • 2 boxes Cherry Tomatoes (Sungold!)
  • 2 lbs Green Beans
  • 8 ears Corn
  • 16 Apples
    = 41 lbs

And bonus presents from Sun Moon:
+ 1 bunch assorted Kale
+ 2 ginormous Green Onions (at a glance, they look like good-sized leeks)
+ 1 bunch Flowers (decorative)

Plus a lovely loaf of bread from the bread share but I forgot to write down what kind it was.

Using up everything this week is extra challenging since we’ll be off making ice cream in the woods for a long weekend, so I quickly whipped up a big batch of eggplant caponata with all the eggplant and some of the tomatoes and celery (plus onions we still have from previous weeks, but those keep just fine). That went into the freezer, since I know how well it freezes. Woo! Also made a big batch of bruschetta to eat with the bread. Then yesterday, it was Indian feast time: all the greens beans and peas, bund gobi (one head of cabbage is a triple batch, oy), and chana masala (using more of the tomatoes and some kale) and had a friend over to help eat it (still plenty of leftovers, of course). The corn we’ve been eating one-off and it’s almost gone — I’m glad this was a light corn week. I may throw all the apples into the dehydrator today for a nice batch of dried apple rings. The rest of the celery and the other cabbage will keep til we get back (last week’s celery I mostly chopped and froze in recipe-sized batches — I use farm share celery in soups and stuff all winter long). A bunch of tomatoes still left, though, so I need to figure those out. I think I’ve now reached the point of the season when I am ready to stop just eating every tomato and start thinking about making some sauce. I may need to bite the bullet and actually can some this year, though, because our chest freezer is already pretty full.

As a side note, if you want to be a person we contact for a last-minute dinner invitation on a Wednesday (or sometimes another day) because there is a reasonable chance you might say yes, let me know and make sure I have your phone number to text you. Wednesday is the usual big cooking day, but sometimes it slips to later in the week.

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Week 9
  • 2 bunches Fennel (+voluminous tops)
  • 2 bunches Red Onions
  • 2 bunches Celery
  • 4 Italian Eggplant
  • 4 lbs Red Gold Potatoes
  • 2 pts Sungold Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2 heads Green Cabbage
  • 16 Peaches
    = 34 lbs

And also, from Sun Moon Farm, either directly or via neighbors:
+big jar of cukes
+1 bunch bok choy
+2 bunches chard
+a few radishes

And an amazing loaf of Italian Paisano bread.

We had been falling behind on the veggies so this week, I decided I had to step it up, and so far, progress has been pretty good. Among other things, I started yet another round of sour dill pickles (as well as a smaller batch of spicy ones), made a big batch of my Greens & Peanut Stew to use up all the remaining cooking greens I had (rabe, beet greens, kale, arugula, there was a lot) except the chard, since I was to make that linguine dish again. The tomatoes went into fresh bruschetta. Then I started a big batch of kimchi, using two heads of cabbage, onions, and the rest of the baby carrots, turnips, and radishes. For lunch today, I made kimchi pancakes with the last batch. Tonight I made a Thai curry that took care of the bok choy, all the remaining carrots, some potatoes, and squash. I also roasted the eggplant on the grill and made some amazing babaghanoush. Phew.

Oh, and did I mention my new online Cooking Club? I’m sure I haven’t as it’s new since my last post. The idea is that every week, a member presents a recipe, then the rest of the group makes it and posts about it. It’s a small, curated group of people and I was honored to be asked to join. This week’s recipe is a naan, which works out well since I was going to make more aloo masala and bund gobi & mater anyway.

In the past couple of weeks, I also started canning for the season: I canned 7 pints and a half-pint of dill relish (plus an extra pint and half-pint into the fridge) using the large slicing cukes, and 6 jars (mostly half-pints) of plum jam using fruit from a friend's tree. Yesterday, Tadpole and I harvested a few quarts of blackberries at someone's house and I suspect a bunch of that will turn into something for Baitcon.

Non-food-related things are also happening in my life, but I’m not as committed to posting about them, I guess. Maybe after Tadpole starts school, I will see about trying to do daily posts for some period of time at least.

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Week 7

  • 6 Cucumbers
  • 6 Yellow Summer Squash
  • 2 bunches Red Onions
  • 4 lbs Red Gold & Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • 2 heads Red Cabbage
  • 2 bunches Red Russian Kale
  • 2 bunches Red Beets (+greens)
  • 2 bunches Fennel
    = 41 lbs

Plus bonus veggies from Sun Moon:

  • Lots of pickling cukes (enough to fill a two-gallon jar that I filled with brine and other relevant items to make proper half-sour dill pickles)
  • 2 heads Baby Bok Choy
  • 1 bunch Kohlrabi

    And our bread share was Sesame Semolina.

    Week 8

    • 4 lbs Yukon Gold Potatoes
    • 2 bunches Carrots
    • 2 bunches White Sweet Spanish Onions
    • 2 bunches Rabe Greens
    • 2 bunches French Breakfast Radishes
    • 6 Cucumbers
    • 2 pts Cherry Tomatoes
    • 16 Peaches
      = 31 lbs

    In addition, one of our neighbors is out of town so let us pick up their on-site Sun Moon Farm share:

    • 1 head Green Cabbage
    • 1 bunch Sage
    • 1 bunch Parsley
    • Bit of Basil
    • Bag of Arugula
    • 1 head Green Leaf Lettuce
    • 1 bunch Baby Carrots
    • 2 Red Onions
    • 1 bunch Red Radishes
    • 1 Italian Eggplant
    • 4 Jalapeños
    • 2 Cucumbers
    • A few small assorted Summer Squash
    • ~2 lbs Potatoes
      =15 or 17 lbs (I can't remember if I weighed with the potatoes or not)

    Our bread share was Potato Garlic and we got a second loaf because the absent neighbor has a bread share, too. Woo! The share also included a bunch of lovely flowers.

    I busted out the big jar mentioned above to see how the pickles were doing and they were amazing! So I shared them with farmer Craig as well as our neighbors when they came by and any shareholders who wanted some. Many pickles were consumed, and Craig let me refill the crock with a new batch of cucumbers, so next week will be more pickles, yay! They may be done faster, too, since the bacteria have a head start in the brine. I also filled a smaller jar with cukes to make more pickes than that.

    Believe it or not, this was my first big success with making proper Jewish-style pickles! Some years ago, my first attempt at fermenting whole cukes went badly enough that I was put off the process for a while. These were good enough that my Russian immigrant neighbor was blown away. :)

  • surrealestate: (Sentient Broccoli)

    So much! I made a big batch of squash-potato latkes. Arugula pesto. A lot of basil pesto, because all that basil I got added up to a pound of leaves after trimming. Whoa. Also been using the grilled garlic scapes in hummus, mostly eaten with cucumber spears. Giant batch of marinated kale because that all was a lot of kale. I now have a crapton of onions so I think a big batch of caramelized onions to freeze is in order. (The pestos and leftover latkes are already frozen. The hummus doesn’t last long enough to freeze.)

    Week 6

    • 2 lbs Fava Beans
    • 4 lbs Yukon Gold Potatoes
    • 6 large Onions
    • 6 assorted Summer Squash (Zucchini, Cousa, and Yellow)
    • 6 Cucumbers
    • 2 bunches Harukei Turnips (+greens)
    • 2 bunches Kale
    • 2 bunches Rabe
      = 29 lbs

    Plus…

    • 1 lb assorted color string beans (yellow, green, purple)
    • 6oz snow peas
    • 8oz sugar snap peas
    • Bag mixed salad greens (including edible flowers)
    • 6oz Basil leaves
    • 1 bunch Rainbow Chard
    • 1 bunch mixed Kale
    • 1 bunch Green Onions
    • 1 bunch Mexican Tarragon
    • 1 bunch Dill
    • 1 bunch Radishes
    • 1 Cucumber
    • 3 Squash (1 Zucchini, 1 Cousa, 1 Costata Romanesco)
      = 8 lbs

    AND

  • Three more bags of basil

    Note that the second list has more items but considerably less mass.

  • surrealestate: (Sentient Broccoli)
    On Monday, I did a bunch of cooking to clear out the backlog of stuff in preparation for a new share on Tuesday. I find it much easier to think of things to cook given limitations than when I can do anything I want. So I used most of the big cabbage for kimchi along with the rest of the carrots, turnips, and green onions. Then other onions along with the rest of the cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower turned into a Thai red curry since I had the rest of an open can of coconut milk. And since I also had the remainder of a can of tomatoes as well as plenty of fresh ginger (frantically acquired for the kimchi), I made chana masala. The two dishes worked together far better than I would have thought, too.

    I made more scape & basil pesto and we also grilled pizza so I grilled the remaining garlic scapes for grilled garlic scape pesto. I'll just say OMG. I mean, grilled garlic scapes are amazing, so eat those, but if you have a crapton of them try using grilled in pesto.

    Oh, also also a big batch of zucchini/cousa fritters with the remaining squash.

    And then we got all this stuff!

    Week 5

    • 6 Cucumbers
    • 2 heads Red Cabbage
    • 2 heads Broccoli
    • 2 lbs Fava Beans
    • 2 lbs Kentucky Wonder Beans
    • 2 bunches Arugula
    • 4 lbs Yukon Gold New Potatoes
    • 2 bunches Red Spring Onions (+tops)
      = 29 lbs

    Bonus veggies from the in-house drop-off was a bunch of harukei turnips and a bunch of radishes, which went straight to [livejournal.com profile] beowabbit. And I baked a loaf of rolled bread with the scape pesto to share with the farmer. Also met more non-coho neighbors. Tuesdays have turned out to be pretty good days.

    Since Tuesday, I haven't cooked much since there were so many leftovers to nom on and just lazy, I guess. I did do a big batch of Manjula's green (wonder) beans and peas, though, and also threw in the Fava beans. Might do Manjula cabbage, too. Arugula pesto. Hm. Still have tons of onions, too. Ideas? Or maybe we need more sauerkraut, I'll have to check.

    Which, crap, reminds me that I haven't checked the kimchi yet at all! Eep. Better do that now.

    surrealestate: (Sentient Broccoli)
    And the share keeps growing every week! So many awesome veggies. For Tuesday night, I threw together a quick stir fry with a selection of the veggies and then stashed much of the rest in the Common House overnight. Wednesday was once again the big cooking night, in part because it's the only way to get everything to fit into our fridge. :)

    So Wednesday, I made a big (had to borrow one of the ginormous bowls from the CH to fit it all) slaw-salad with shredded cabbage, carrots, last week's kohlrabi and harukei turnips, with a dijon balsamic vinaigrette. All leafy greens were sauteed with garlic. I marinated tofu, garlic scapes (does everyone know how amazing grilled garlic scapes are??), sliced zucchini, and walla walla onions, then grilled them all, and we had that over brown rice along with a sauce I made via reduction of the remaining marinade. Nom nom.

    Thursday was a special treat: a Vietnamese family visiting the States who had stayed at a neighbor's house earlier in July came over to show us all how to make Vietnamese fried spring rolls (both meat and veg) and fresh spring rolls (shrimp or tofu) and also made (meat) pho while that was all going on. So that was a lovely dinner, even without the soup, though that was probably the best pho anyone here had ever had. I also had enough fresh rolls to provide breakfast on Friday. (And I could have made dozens more later Friday except we had to come out to the Berkshires for family stuff.)

    Week 4

    • 2 heads green Cabbages
    • 2 bunches Walla Walla Onions (+tops)
    • 2 bunches Carrots (tops removed)
    • 2 bunches Beets (+greens)
    • 2 heads Broccoli
    • 2 heads Cauliflower
    • 10 Summer Squash (Zucchini and Cousa)
    • 2 lbs Fava Beans
      = 29 lbs

    Minimal bonus veggies this week because everyone picked up their shares in-house and there also wasn't much in the way of general extras, but I was given two bunches of green onions. Between those, the turnips I kept, the remaining cabbage, and the carrots, there will be a new batch of kimchi started when I get back home.

    surrealestate: (Sentient Broccoli)
    Sometimes I am a serious veggie magnet. Yesterday was one of those days.

    This was my regular farm share, which is a lot of stuff.

    Week 3

    • 2 bunches Kohlrabi (with greens)
    • 2 lbs Green Beans
    • 2 bunches Red Spring Onions (with tops)
    • 2 bunches Yellow Carrots
    • 4 Zucchini
    • 2 bunches Radishes
    • 2 bags mixed Baby Lettuce
    • 2 bunches Broccoli
      = 20 lbs

    In addition to all of that, I also ended up with:

    • 1 bag Baby Spinach
    • 1 bag Basil
    • 2 bunches Harukei Turnips
    • 1 head Red Leaf Lettuce
    • 1 bunch Oregano
    • 1 bunch Kale
    • 1 bunch Rainbow Chard
    • 1 bunch curly Parsley
    • 1 bunch flat Parsley
    • 1 bunch Kohlrabi (with greens)
    • 1 bunch Kohlrabi greens (without kohlrabi)
    • 2 lbs Garlic Scapes (which is, ftr, a whole lot of garlic scapes)

    I also have a bread share which I keep forgetting to mention. This week's loaf was a light rye.

    Since something needed to be done, last night I finally made my first batch of Greens & Peanut Stew of the season, using up the remaining greens from last week as well as this week’s kale and some of the kohlrabi greens. Which was a lot but still leaves a lot. Also prepped all the bagged lettuce along with spinach for salad.

    I have all the fixings for kimchi except the cabbage. Pondering whether I should look for some Napa at the farmers markets Wednesday or just do something else with this stuff. Seems kind of absurd to go and buy more veggies under the circumstances. Maybe [livejournal.com profile] beowabbit will come over and I can give him the radishes.

    surrealestate: (Sentient Broccoli)
    Last year, what with the buying and the selling and the moving, I didn't track the farm share past week one, it seems, and I missed doing it. I know they aren't the most interesting posts, but posting at all makes me more likely to post more. Farm share started last week and we are definitely still ramping up. I didn't weigh either weeks, but week one filled two reusable shopping bags fully and week two filled three, so that much. :)

    Week 1 )

    We've been eating lots of salad. Much of the peas were munched raw -- Tadpole was very excited to see them. One evening, a friend came over to cook dinner (ftr, I totally welcome more friends like that :) and I was supposed to have planned a veggie but completely forgot. As luck would have it, she was sautéing marinated shitake, so when those came out, I tossed the sugar snap peas in and cooked them every so briefly in the super-hot cast iron pan. Oh wowowow. I am psyched that we have extra marinade because I know what I want to do with the new batch now.

    Week 2 )

    In addition to all of that, neighbors gave us spares from their farm shares, which included a head of purple lettuce, a bunch of rainbow chard, a bunch of kale, some fresh mint, two kohlrabi with greens, 2 bunches garlic scapes, and a few stalks of rhubarb. Getting everything into the fridge was a challenge -- we really have to cook tomorrow!

    Among other things, I am planning for zucchini (cousa being close enough) basil soup, since my basil is doing well, too. And salad. I need to make up a batch of the awesome Caesars dressing and just keep it in a jar in the fridge. And my salad/slaw.

    Meanwhile, we still have some leftovers lentils from Sunday, when we cooked the community dinner. The menu was Caesar Salad (except just romaine, no kale), Snobby Joes, and six varieties of homemade popsicles (three boozy, three not). In addition, we did a bonus veggie using all the cooking green from Week 1 as well as additional greens neighbors gave us to add in. It was a yummy, well-received meal.

    surrealestate: (Sentient Broccoli)
    It’s farm share time! As always, it begins with a flood of greens, and as always, a list does not convey just HOW MUCH this is, even though it’s actually small for Parker, believe it or not. I don’t mind ramping up, though — less of a shock to the system. :) Not to mention how perfectly beautiful and delicious each item is. Wow.

    Week 1

    • 2 bunches Japanese Turnips (w/ Greens)
    • 2 bunches Pea Tendrils
    • 2 bunches young Kale
    • 2 bunches Swiss Chard
    • 2 bunches Collard Greens
    • 2 heads Napa Cabbage
      = ~14#

    In order to fit everything into the fridge, I had to get to stuff last night, so I went with tradition and made a big batch of my Greens and Peanut Stew using all the collards, chard, and turnip greens. This had the added bonus of giving me a reason to use the one last butternut squash I still had left from last year’s share. May the circle be unbroken.

    I could have thrown in more of the greens, but I want to do a massaged kale and avocado salad. (Which reminds me that wow, I could really use a massage.) I’m also thinking a batch of kimchi with at least one of the heads of cabbage and some turnips. Maybe a nice slaw/salad with the other. Napa cabbage is so good. Not sure about the pea tendrils yet. I’ve never been great at figuring out the best uses for those.

    surrealestate: (Sentient Broccoli)
    • 2 bunches Japanese Turnips (+greens)
    • 2 bunches Baby Carrots
    • 2 bunches Arugula
    • 2 bunches Celery Root
    • 2 bunches Leeks
    • 2 Sugar Pumpkins
    • 2 Buttercup Squash
    • 2 Acorn Squash
      =29#

    Finally pick-up of the season. Field harvest will be in a few weeks, and then we'll be into the months of actually having space in the fridge. It's been a great share year and I'm amazed at how much I was able to preserve, given how hard it's been to manage to do any of that at all. My only real complaint is way too many green peppers. Looking forward to next year.

    (That weight seems too low but it's too late to try again. The scale has a low battery so could be off.)

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    • 2 bunches Beets (+greens)
    • 2 heads Cabbage
    • 2 bunches Mustard Greens
    • 2 bunches Celery Root
    • 2 bunches Leeks
    • 2 Sugar Pumpkins
    • 2 Butternut Squash
    • 2 bunches Parsnips
      =34#

    I could have sworn I posted this last week. I'm a doofus. And it's almost over. :(

    I have a new batch of sauerkraut going and the other cabbage will probably make its way into soup because oh man, cabbage soup is awesome. Also made more butternut squash soup, and of course will have to do another celeriac soup because that was so f'in amazing. It's been a crazy week, though, so I haven't actually cooked that much, but most everything here keeps well, so that's okay.

    Meanwhile, a picture of the kale chips I made last week: (Curly kale tends to be best for really holding the topping and looking cool, but honestly any kale turns out great. This was the Russian Red from last week's share.)


    This month's food swap haul! More or less left to right:

    • Cranberry Relish
    • Orange Marmalade (more like nummy candied oranges)
    • Cranberry Orange Granola
    • Pancake Mix and Apple Cider Syrup
    • Rosemary Maple Syrup Granola
    • Gingered Carrot Chutney
    • Pluot Jam
    • Thyme Syrup
    • "Peaches in the Night"

    And as long as I'm posting, here's me at the press:

    surrealestate: (Sentient Broccoli)
    • 2 bunches Russian Red Kale
    • 2 heads Cauliflower
    • 2 bunches Rabe
    • 2 bunches Japanese Turnips (+Greens)
    • 2 bunches Leeks
    • 2 Sugar Pumpkins
    • 2 Butternut Squash
    • 10 Bell Peppers
      =30#

    Once again, the magic of mashed turnips and sauteed turnip greens. Crazy. And a big batch of kale chips of awesomeness. I wonder if my new mizuna "trick" will work on rabe, too. May give it a try. [ETA: It does! Awesome!]

    Meanwhile, two of the butternuts turned into an awesome soup and last week's pumpkins gave themselves up for the honor of being kaddo bourani. Not a healthy dish by a long shot, but wow, that's good stuff. It was less work than the cassoulet, but took more time because it sits in the oven for over three hours. And now I have a jar of pumpkin syrup which makes for some nice soda.

    Pictures! (&recipe info)

    Recipe from Helmand in Cambridge via SFGate.com. I veganized, of course, so the major mod was TVP in place of the ground beef. I also made some minor mods based on what I had around.

    This was off-the-cuff as usual. I roasted the squashen, sauteed leeks and celery, added the squash mush along with some stock and water. Also added some curry powder and cumin (and of course salt). Blended the whole thing. Lastly, I mixed in some lite coconut milk.

    (So what do you think about spoiler tag versus cut tag?)

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    • 2 bunches Tuscan Kale
    • 2 bunches Broccoli
    • 2 bunches Parsnips
    • 2 bunches Celery Root (with Celery)
    • 2 bunches Mizuna
    • 2 Sugar Pumpkins
    • 2 Butternut Squash
    • 10 St Nicks Peppers
    • 20 Jalapeño Peppers
      =32#

    I had a mizuna breakthrough this week! I decided I would bring it to a gathering last night (along with other stuff) since I figured just because it's not to my taste doesn't mean other people wouldn't enjoy it. So I looked around and found a slightly different preparation than what I'd done before, and the most amazing thing happened: I LIKED IT! So no more mizuna madness for me. Woohoo! My inspiration was this recipe, except I used bottled lemon juice and veggie fish sauce (and much less of it!)

    Last week's tomatoes turned into an insanely great roasted tomato sauce (DD said it was probably the best he'd ever tasted), inspiring me to get a case of tomatoes this week to make more. These are all San Marzano whereas last week's were partly those and partly orange ones, so it'll be different, but hey.

    It's definitely soup weather (and soup veggies!) so my plan is to start with some celery root soup, since the one we had at True Bistro a few weeks go was so good. Of course I have no idea what was in it, but I'll see what I can do. I'm thinking I'll make a big pot of veggie stock first, though, since the last of my frozen stash just went into a Leek and Bean Cassoulet with Biscuits on Sunday.

    Nummy Food Pic )

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    • 2 bunches Red Russian Kale
    • 2 bunches Radishes
    • 2 bunches Arugula
    • 2 bunches Yellow Beets (+greens)
    • 2 bunches Japanese Turnips (+greens)
    • 2 bunches Leeks
    • 10 Hungarian Hot Peppers
    • 10 Bell Peppers
    • 10 lbs Tomatoes(!!)
      =36.5#

    In addition to this, I picked up a friend's share from another farm. All was acquired shortly before the start of Yom Kippur, which meant I actually spent the first part of my fast cooking because that was the only way it was all going to fit into the fridge. I made sauteed turnip greens with garlic and also mashed turnip (which always seems to cook the way you can get two very different veggie "sides" from the one veg :), froze the beet greens for smoothies, and finished freezing the wax beans from last week. (Brought the turnips to the shul's break-fast and they were hovered.)

    Yesterday I made bruschetta for lunch then last night an awesome salad with lettuce (other share), sweet pepper, some of the earlier bruschetta+liquid, raisins, and sesame seeds. I have been rocking the impromptu salad this season. The big change has been mixing it all in a giant bowl with room for tossing rather just making a bowl for myself. I also made arugula pesto, which made me feel very bad about how much of the previous arugula we've gotten ended up rotting before we could finish it. The pesto is so easy and so delicious.

    I'm thinking potato (other share) leek soup is in order, and I need to freeze most of the peppers for later use. Last week's tomatoes turned into roasted tomato sauce which was used in eggplant pram (more of an eggplant lasagna, really, and so amazingly good!)

    Occasionally I wonder if it might be a good idea to ditch the share and just go the farmers market route so as to not be quite as overwhelmed with all the veggies on one day, but I eat so much better during share season, I know giving it up would be a bad idea. And only a few more weeks left... Not looking forward to winter.

    surrealestate: (Sentient Broccoli)
    • 8 ears Corn
    • 2 bunches Radishes
    • 2 bunches Arugula
    • 2 lbs Yellow Wax Beans
    • 2 bunches Bouquet Lettuce
    • 10 Cubanelle Peppers
    • 2 Eggplant
    • 10 lbs Tomatoes(!!)
      =31#

    Having put last week's tomatoes into Indian food and bruschetta, I made a big batch of straight-up roasted tomato sauce this time around. Or a small batch, since the yield is kinda tiny relative to beginning tomato mass, but whatever, it's good. Too swamped to write more.

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    Oops, forgot to post this last week.
    • 12 ears Corn
    • 2 bunches Japanese Turnips (+greens)
    • 2 heads Cabbage
    • 2 lbs Zucchini
    • 2 bunches Mizuna
    • 6 Bell Peppers
    • 2 Eggplant
    • 6 lbs Tomatoes
      =38#

    I also picked up a friend's share from a different farm, traded some of what I got with someone else from a third farm, and between everything was a bit overwhelmed. But the total variety was amazing and I cooked a ton of Indian food this week (thank you Manjula!) including one night of chola (chana masala) with spinach, aloo masala with cabbage, green beans and peas (subji), and baingan bharta. Then the next night there were leftovers of the latter two along with new batches of the first two (except with chard), as well as rava dosa. Nom nom nom.

    The weekend before that was (among other things) the Jimmy Fund Walk (which was great and perhaps next year I'll be more on the ball about making a team ) and another food swap. This time I brought corn salsa and cranberry sauce as well as more strawberry balsamic jam. I came home with (picture behind the cut) chocolate cherry peanut butter, peach crystalized ginger jam, pumpkin butter, boba's granola (and more of it behind), green tomato and husk cherry chutney, preserved lemons, whole grain mustard, and raspberry jam.

    A fuzzy picture of jars )

    surrealestate: (Sentient Broccoli)
    • 24 ears Corn
    • 2 bunches Radishes
    • 2 heads Broccoli
    • 6 small Zucchini
    • 2 bunches Mustard Greens
    • 2 bunches Arugula
    • 6 lbs Tomatoes
    • 2 bags Baby Salad Greens
      =42#

    This week I had to pick up by car because that's just too much to lug. Worked out, though, since a neighbor wanted me to pick up a box of tomatoes and kept Tadpole company while I did that. Yay for serendipity!

    Last night, I canned ten jars of corn salsa. Good stuff, and I have the ingredients for another batch. Well, almost -- I need to get more apple cider vinegar and I think jars. Every year, I have fewer jars because of all the gifting and swapping, but I forget that I need to buy more because when there are empties around it always *seems* like so many.

    And I am a mere $47.50 from my fundraising minimum. Want me to stop mentioning it? Donate Here! :)

    In the interest of full disclosure, I feel I should mention that due to foot issues (plantar fasciitis that I'm trying to reign in), there is no way I can safely do the full Walk. They offer alternate starting points, so I have decided to do the five-mile route, which also means Tadpole and DD may be able to join me, which is awesome. I still feel strongly about doing it, and Zoe's dad is sending me a Team Zoe t-shirt for me to wear that day. It also happens that it will be the day before Zoe's "tipping point". Do not follow that link unless you're in a place where it's okay to tear up.

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    And also an important shill!

    • 12 ears Corn
    • 2 bunches Radishes
    • 4 Eggplants
    • 2 lbs Zucchini
    • 2 lbs Green Beans
    • 4 bunches Arugula
    • 6 lbs Tomatoes
    • 10 Cubanelle Peppers
      =32#

    Phew! I made a third big batch of roasted eggplant-tomato sauce (aka Awesomesauce) which totally lived up to its name. I took some shortcuts with the second batch that made it good, but not OMG-HOW-CAN-THIS-BE-THIS-GOOD great, so it was useful to find what worked, too. Also canned five jars of Dilly Beans and nine jars of Corn Salsa.

    I have also been horribly remiss in not talking about the upcoming Jimmy Fund Walk next Sunday. When I signed up back in April, I had grand plans to grow a team and raise lots of money through cool events, but it sort of fell by the wayside and now not only am I nowhere near my initial fundraising goal, but I haven't even hit the minimum required number yet, which is only $300, but I'm just $75 away! It's a great organization, so if you* have a few bucks, I'd appreciate the donation: Thank you!

    (If anyone wants to walk it, you're also welcome to join the team.)

    *Except the 'wabbit, who already donated twice and should give someone else a chance. *smooch* :)

    surrealestate: (Sentient Broccoli)
    • 12 ears Corn
    • 10 Hungarian Hot Peppers
    • 4 Eggplants
    • 2 lbs Zucchini
    • 2 lbs Potatoes
    • 4 lbs Peaches
    • 6 lbs Tomatoes
    • 10 St Nick Peppers
      =36#

    I made another big batch of roasted eggplant & tomato sauce (which, btw, was AMAZING on pizza). Last week I also did some canning: summer squash relish and ginger bourbon peaches. The syrup from the peaches has been making amazing sodas since then. Nomnomnom. The blueberry shrub I made (using the whole berry, no straining, yay!) is also f'in yum.

    In other food news, I also made chocolate syrup (as well as cookie-pi) for Pi-Con. As you may know, making chocolate syrup is absurdly simple and the result is so good. Give it a try.

    And since I've been so slackful about posting and haven't mentioned the food swap, I'll mention it here. I went to a fabulous food swap! I traded away assorted homemade goodies of mine for those made by others.

    More or less left-to-right, I got sourdough starter, sourdough bread, red currant shrub, fennel & onion jam, sweet pickles cherries, tamarind balls, ginger tamarind balls, "creamsicle" (aka orange-vanilla) syrup, bagels, and blueberry hot sauce. Everything I brought was over-subscribed, which was also a nice feeling. I can't wait to do this again. Meanwhile, if anyone who does their own food things (doesn't have to be canned -- fresh, frozen, whatever is fine, too) wants to do any private swaps, let me know.

    Picture behind the cut )

    surrealestate: (Sentient Broccoli)
    • 2 bunches Yellow Carrots
    • 2 heads Red Cabbage
    • 2 heads Green Cabbage
    • 2 Passport Melons
    • 2 Eggplants
    • 2 lbs Summer Squash
    • 2 lbs Red Potatoes
    • 4 lbs Peaches
    • 6 lbs Tomatoes
    • 6 King Arthur Peppers
      =40#

    Yes, that's FORTY pounds. Maneuvering it all home was an adventure. I've already made a big batch of roasted eggplant tomato sauce to freeze and also chopped and froze a bunch of the peppers. Much and more to do....

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    This is last week's, as I just realized I never posted it.
    • 2 bunches Japanese Turnips (+greens)
    • 2 bunches Red Onions
    • 2 bunches Basil
    • 2 bunches Raab
    • 2 bunches Beets (+green)
    • 2 lbs Zucchini
    • 2 lbs Potatoes
    • 4 lbs Peaches
      =23#
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    • 2 bunches Japanese Turnips (+greens)
    • 4 Cucumbers (of unusual size)
    • 2 bunches Dill
    • 2 bunches Sweet Onions
    • 2 heads Red Cabbage
    • 2 bunches Carrots
    • 2 lbs New Potatoes
    • 4 lbs Peaches
      =23#
    Today [or rather Sunday when I wrote this bit] we used a lot of the share veggies making:
    = Tofu scramble (with CSA carrots, turnip greens, onions, went into breakfast burritos along with beans, avocado, and salsa)
    = Home fries (CSA potatoes, onions)
    = Dill dip (CSA dill)
    = Cucumber salad (CSA cukes, onions, dill)
    = Red cabbage slaw (CSA cabbage, onions, carrots)
    = Dill pickle relish, canned 6 half-pints plus another pint to the fridge (CSA cukes, onions, dill)

    Also, these are pretty much the best peaches ever. Insanely good. Tadpole loves them, too, so anytime I eat one I have to share, and when we finish the first he always asks for more.

    surrealestate: (Sentient Broccoli)
    • 2 bunches Basil
    • 6 Cucumbers (of unusual size)
    • 2 bunches Beets (+greens)
    • 2 bunches Red Spring Onions
    • 2 heads Cabbage
    • 2 bunches Mizuna
    • 2 lbs New Red Potatoes
    • 2 lbs Summer Squash
      =26#
    For the record, this is what my farmer calls a disappointing share. No, I don't know, either. But he says he'll make it up to us with peaches next week, so I'm not gonna argue. I think he feels guilty that tomatoes aren't in yet.

    Yesterday's mini flurry of prep included kale spa day (aka massaged kale salad *eyeroll*) which included last week's kale and some of this week's red onions, vindaloo curry, which included last week's cauliflower and this week's potatoes, and washed&froze beet greens for breakfast smoothies.

    An appealing (to me) preparation of mizuna continues to elude me, however, and rather than experiment with these lovely bunches, I would be happy to trade them for something else. Anyone interested? It's pretty and a delicacy, but apparently not to my tastes just yet.

    surrealestate: (Sentient Broccoli)
    • 2 bunches Carrots
    • 2 lbs Fava Beans
    • 2 bunches Chioggia Beets (+greens)
    • 2 bunches Walla Walla Spring Onions
    • 2 heads Cauliflower
    • 2 bunches Red Russian Kale
    • 2 lbs Green Beans
    • 2 lbs Zucchini
      =23#
    I am still nowhere close to being sick of my shredded beet/carrot/etc salad, and it's especially nice in hot weather, so I see more of that coming. I also predict another round of Manjula's green beans & peas with bonus fava. I roasted last week's cipollini onions in wine/balsamic/soysauce which was so darn good I may have to do something similar with the walla wallas. (How I love the little convection toaster oven tucked into the pantry!)
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    Monday night, I made the traditional night-before-farmshare OMG-use-up-last-week's-share meal: braised purple cauliflower and carrots with fava beans, beet greens, and caramelized fennel. (Served over brown rice.) It was so good! Especially so given that I went into it with no plan other than to use up the veggies in question. And I came up with a fennel preparation I really like, so extra win.

    More yummies this week:

    • 2 bunches Carrots
    • 2 lbs Fava Beans
    • 2 bunches Beets (+greens)
    • 2 bunches Cipollini Spring Onions
    • 2 bunches Broccoli
    • 2 bunches Basil
    • 2 lbs Green Beans
    • 2 bunches Bok Choy
      =22#
    Must make some of Manjula's string beans!

    surrealestate: (Sentient Broccoli)

    Slightly overwhelming share this week in its awesomeness. Too many wonderful possible things to make! And combined with a too-busy week that means so far I've barely used any of it besides some salad and putting beet greens in my breakfast smoothies. Gotta make the Kale Chips of Awesomeness (which are distinguished from the basic ooil & salt kind, really no comparison).

    So hard, though. I mean, do I make a cabbage salad or sauerkraut? Decisions... Need to shred up the beets and carrots at least.

    • 2 bunches Carrots
    • 2 heads Cauliflower
    • 2 lbs Fava Beans
    • 2 bunches Yellow Beets (+greens)
    • 2 bunches Curly Kale
    • 2 bunches Red Leaf Lettuce
    • 2 bunches Fennel
    • 2 heads Cabbage
      =22#

    surrealestate: (Sentient Broccoli)
    • 2 bunches Japanese Turnips (+Greens)
    • 2 bunches Yellow Carrots
    • 2 bunches Yellow Chard
    • 1 lb Sugar Snap Peas
    • 2 bunches Collards
    • 2 bunches Kohlrabi (+Greens)
    • 2 bunches Broccoli
    • 2 bunches Beets (+Greens)
      =23#

    Eagle-eyed readers will observe that up there are 10 sets of greens. Phew! Last night I used the chard in a slightly modified recipe from preraphaelite which was yummy. Planning on beet/carrot/kohlrabi shredded salad (as described here. Yay veggies!

    surrealestate: (Sentient Broccoli)
    • 2 bunches Red Russian Kale
    • 1 lb Sugar Snap Peas
    • 2 bunches Red Chard
    • 2 bunches Red Bok Choy
    • 2 bunches Raab
    • 2 bunches Chioggia Beets
    • 2 bunches Carrots
    • 2 bunched Fennel
      =18.5#
    Phew, this is a big share! Given how well the grilling worked last week plus how hot it is, I'm planning to once again do a miso glaze for the boy choy, fennel, and carrots tonight. Some of the chard went on a pizza last night (had to get that made before the heat wave) and I need to decide if I will make the kale chips of awesomeness. (RRK is not the best type for them, but they're never bad. :) We've all been munching on the snap peas raw, of course, and I'm thinking shredded beet salad for the chioggias. ETA: The grilling happened as planned (more or less -- the tank ran dry in the middle and I had to swap it out which resulted in some uneven, but still yummy, results) but I also ended up making a massaged kale salad with avocado, carrots, beets, and sunflower seeds. Nomnomnom.
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    • 2 bunches Cilantro
    • 2 bunches Japanese Turnips (with hefty greens)
    • 2 bunches Baby Carrots
    • 2 bunches Baby Bok Choy (8 heads total)
    • 2 heads Red Leaf Lettuce
    • 2 bunches Pea Tendrils
    • 2 bunches Chard
    • 2 bunches Arugula
      =??#
    D'oh, forgot to weigh it! Ah well. It's a lot, anyway! Last night, I made awesome mashed turnips and a very nice carrot-bokchoy slaw (also used stuff from [livejournal.com profile] ceelove's garden). Tonight will also be salad (of course) and I plan to grill the remaining bok choy as well as some asparagus we have from a few days ago. As always, feel free to make an offer if you see something you'd prefer to something you got in your own share. (I may not accept, but I'm open to being asked.) And on that note, does anyone want cilantro?
    surrealestate: (Sentient Broccoli)
    Winter is coming.

    Ah, the late-season veggies. And second-to-last week. Blah. The farmers market will continue for another month, anyway, and then there will be the winter market, but still, winter.

    Last week I made mashed turnips as well as sauteed turnip greens, which worked rather nicely on a plate together with some quick gravy. There will more of the former soon, but alas, no greens this week. Still have some leftover marinated kale anyway, and I hope to get more to do at the FM today.

    Now might be a good time to make some pot pies to freeze. And the squash situation is like whoa. There should be soup asap.

    • 2 bunches Carrots
    • 2 lbs Turnips
    • 2 lbs Beans
    • 4 lbs Potatoes
    • 2 Butternut Squash
    • 2 Buttercup Squash
    • 8 lbs Golden Delicious Apples
      =~37#

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    Not much to report since the last post. These apples are huge and delicious.
    • 2 bunches Kale
    • 2 bunches Broccoli
    • 2 bunches Carrots
    • 2 bunches Turnips (+greens)
    • 2 Acorn Squash
    • 2 Sugar Pumpkins
    • 8 lbs Mutsu Apples
      =~34#
    surrealestate: (Sentient Broccoli)
    Again, I thought I posted this the day after I posted 16, but clearly I didn't, and this explains why nobody responded to the veggie offer. (Now removed since they've been eaten.)

    Turnip greens sautéed with garlic, more bruschetta with the remaining non-cherry tomatoes. I really need to work on apples. Big bag of dried apples! (Though actually I still have plenty more to work on.)

    • 8 ears Corn
    • 2 pints Cherry Tomatoes
    • 2 bunches Raab
    • 2 bunches Turnips (+greens)
    • 2 bunches Cilantro
    • 2 Sugar Pumpkins
    • 2 lbs Green Tomatoes
    • 8 lbs Apples
      =~35#

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