CSA Newsletter – Week 15
On Gratitude and Togetherness
With the fall equinox just around the corner, this is our last official box of summer! The next time I write it will be fall, and perhaps a winter squash may even come your way. We’ve been harvesting winter squash for the past week now, putting them in bins to cure a while longer and develop the rich sugars that will keep us cozy all winter long.
It’s such a treat to greet a crop for the first time each season, to walk through the greenhouse that was filled with plant starts in the spring, dried onions just a few days ago, and now bins of bright yellow delicata, vibrant scarlet kabochas, and smooth pink butternuts. It’s like seeing an old friend for the first time in a long while, and I must admit I do very viscerally feel the desire to go give the squash a hug, and I do. It’s kind of the best.
The excitement of new crops coming in is balanced out by watching the crops we’ve spent our summer harvesting from as they begin their beautiful journey toward senescence and decay. We walk through a tomato house that we once harvested tons of fruit from with sweat dripping down our noses, and we find good fruits far and few between on now browning plants, as it should be.
Every seasonal transition offers us so much to notice. But as the seasons come and go, as the crops wax and wane, one thing remains the same—us. We the eaters and the feeders. Down at the farm, each transition is a transition that all of us experience together. We made it through the tomato tornado together, we gorged ourselves on watermelon together, and now we sit and clip shallots on rainy afternoons together. Without a doubt, that togetherness is more nourishing than any vegetable we grow, and for this, I am grateful. As always, gratitude goes good with food
Table of Box Contents
- Cauliflower—This week you’ve got either green or white cauliflower, both sweet and delicious, and the green also has a lovely nutty flavor.
- Purple Cabbage— I could just cut this cabbage in half and stare at the masterpiece within forever! But it’s too tasty not to eat, so once you’re done soaking up the beauty, this perfect, dense, purple cabbage makes the literal best slaws. Such sweet, crisp leaves with such a gorgeous deep purple color. (see recipe for Bright Cabbage Slaw from wk 5)
- Poblano Peppers—Poblanos are a wonderfully savory pepper with mild to medium heat. The seeds are quite spicy and you’ll want to wash your hands after removing them. These peppers are AMAZING sautéed with garlic and served with eggs in the morning, roasted whole and blended into a soup or sauce, or pretty much any way you can imagine them.
- Jimmy Nardelo Pepper—Super sweet special pepper, sliced raw or in a sauté.
- Red Ruffle Pimento—Thick walls & high sugar content makes for super crunchy, super sweet peppers. My favorite is to eat them whole like an apple, but in greater quantities they’re a very fun thing to stuff and bake.
- Sweet Colored Bell Pepper
- Bunched Carrots
- Red Chard—Always creamy delicious simply sautéed with butter & garlic & served with eggs.
- Willamette Sweet Onions
- Nicola Potatoes
- Lettuce Surprise
Spiced Cauliflower with Green Romesco
- 2 Poblano Peppers, cut into large strips
- 1 Green Bell Pepper, cut into large strips
- 3 cloves Garlic
- 6 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 head Caulifower, cut into medium florets
- 1 tbsp Paprika
- 1/2 cup Almonds, sliced
- 1 handful Cilantro
- 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 pinches Salt & more to taste
- 1/4 cup Pine Nuts, toasted
Preheat oven to 400. On a lined baking sheet, place the cut poblano pepper, green pepper, and 3 garlic cloves. Drizzle with olive oil and roast in the oven for 10 minutes.
While the peppers are roasting, toss the cauli florets in a large bowl with olive oil & paprika until they are well coated.
Remove the peppers and garlic from the oven and place into the food processor. Then spread the cauli out onto the baking sheet and place them in the oven for 30 minutes, until soft & brown.
Add the sliced almonds, cilantro, vinegar, olive oil, and salt into the food processor. Process for about 30 seconds, then use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides and process again for another 10-20 seconds until well-combined.
Place a dollop of romesco on each plate.
Toast the pine nuts in a dry pan and set aside.
When the cauli is done, add them to the plate and top with the pine nuts.
Poblano Potatoes with Eggs
From LB’s Vegucation Station: http://blog.gatheringtogetherfarm.com/2016/09/25/september-24th-market-recipes-ft-poblanos-with-purple-potatoes/
- 2 Poblano Peppers, seeded and chopped into pieces
- Potatoes, sliced thin or diced
- 3-5 cloves Garlic, roughly minced
- High Heat Oil (coconut, safflower, etc.)
- Eggs, pan-fried
- Optional: Cheese
Chop your potatoes ahead of time to let them dry a bit (removing water helps them not to burn; you can pre-boil them first, or I’ll often just tamp them down with a cloth on the cutting board to soak up moisture after chopping) then chop poblanos and garlic.
Heat up oil in pan to medium-high and put potatoes in, stir around and let cook a few minutes. Add in poblanos and stir and cook for a few more minutes.
Add in garlic and a bit more oil and continue to cook uncovered until vegetables are done, preferably with a bit of golden brown-black charring on edges. Sprinkle with
salt after done cooking. Serve with fried eggs on top, and cheese on top of that, if desired.
Oregon Hazelnut Romesco
- 1/2 cup dry roasted Oregon Hazelnuts, with skins rubbed off
- 1 Red Bell Pepper, roasted and peeled (bell, pimento, & jimmy could all be combined)
- 3 tsp Paprika
- 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2-5 cloves Garlic, sliced
- 2 tsp Kosher Salt, & more to taste
- 1 Egg Yolk
- 1/2 cup Safflower Oil
Combine all ingredients except oil in the food processor.
Process for about 15 seconds (sauce should be slightly chunky before adding the oil).
With the motor running, slowly pour the oil into the sauce in a thin, steady stream. Once all the oil has been added, taste the sauce for salt adjustment as needed.
Dip anything in this sauce, roasted veg, raw veg, bread, etc. Use as a pasta sauce. Put a plop on your eggs & potatoes in the morning.