Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fall and Winter CSA First Newsletter

Curious what is going on with the Fall and Winter CSA?  What is there to be found in CSA boxes in the beginning of November in Pennsylvania?  Well, here is our newsletter from the first week of our Fall and Winter CSA...

Hello members!

We are so happy to be able to offer a Fall and Winter CSA, this is exciting for us!  It is a nice and sunny outside and we are busy here mulching and cleaning the fields for the winter.  Hopefully we have a few more days like this so that everything can get done!

In this weeks box:
  • Gold Potatoes
  • Rutabagas (this root vegetable is delicious in in soups, casseroles,  roasted, or mashed with potatoes. They are high in beta carotene and store well up to a month.)
  • Red Butterhead lettuce
  • Arugula (these are great on a sandwich or added to a salad)
  • Napa Cabbage ( a favorite ingredient in Asian cooking.  It is good in stir fries, soups, slaw, and of course kim chi.)
  • Buttercup Squash (similar to a Butternut in flavor)
  • Celeriac (sometimes called  "celery root" , they have a strong celery flavor.  It is easiest to slice off the top and bottom and then slice off the sides with a knife.  They are great in soups and make wonderful stock.  Recipe below)
  • Paprika Peppers (a small sweet pepper)
The next pick up day will be next Thursday, we will send out an email reminder.  Have a great day!

Winter Warmer - Cream of Celeriac Soup with Champagne (borrowed from http://quirkykitchen.blogspot.com)


Cream of Celeriac Soup with Champagne(serves four, unless you have a straw and don't tell anyone you've made it, then it serves one)
2 tbsps butter
2 bulbs celeriac, peeled and cut into smallish chunks
3 cloves garlic, chopped coarsely
1 medium onion, chopped coarsely
3 cups chicken stock
1 good splash champagne (mine was rather old and flat, leftover)
1 tsp celery salt
1/2 cup single cream

I am not kidding here: simply throw all this, except for the cream, in a stockpot and boil gently for an hour. Then pulverize with a hand blender and add the cream.DIVINE! Where I thought it might be stringy, like celery soup which has to be strained, it was velvety. Where I thought it might taste as boring as it looked (white), it was complex andinteresting. And where I thought it might be simply weird, it was perfect. Comforting, creamy, perfectly smooth.thanks,and I hope you enjoy it!Kristen

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