Update & Share: 9/24/19

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Today’s share will include: beans, peppers, potatoes, beets, choice of kale or collards, red onions, choice of argula or broccoli raab, butternut squash and a choice of an herb.

From Ginger of Treelicious Farms:

This week we are sending a pint of mixed green gage and empress purple plums along with boxes of Macintosh and gala apples to each site. The pints are already packed for each full share. For the apples, we will ask each member to select for their share from the boxes of apples delivered 2lbs of gala apples and 2lbs of Macintosh – for a total of 4lbs per share. Each location will receive boxes of apples labeled with the variety and sufficient apples to provide each member with the apples and likely some extra to be enjoyed by the members. We are packing this way for this week only due to a family funeral today. We will resume packing individual shares next week. We thank you for your understanding.

This Saturday at the Orchard we are hosting a Harvest Festival at our Farm including vendors picking and live music. We are just starting to pick our Macoun apples. Saturday evening we are hosting a Farm to Table Dinner from 5pm to 8pm. Please join us for a day in the country. The Apple crop is spectacular this year – large apples and deep color.

Serving Suggestions: 9/3/19

Welcome to the newest installment of Serving Suggestions, the third of 2019!  This week we have a suggestion from Bob on how to use some of the root vegetables that might start piling up with this week’s share:

A few weeks back, I decided to grab some of the kohlrabi from the extras basket.  When I first started the CSA back in 2016, kohlrabi was something I had neither seen nor tasted before.  Those first bulbs sat in the crisper drawer for weeks as I contemplated what to do with them.  I added them to a stir fry for some crunch which was a nice touch but fell short of the potential I thought kohlrabi had.  After some online searching, I came upon the idea of grating kohlrabi into latkes (potato pancakes).  Three years later, I returned to my original inspiration and am ready to make another batch tonight.  Making shredded vegetable pancakes is a grate (!) way to use up some of the root vegetables that are accumulating in your kitchen.  A mixture of kohlrabi, potato and onion is what I’m aiming for tonight.  Zucchini would also be a welcome addition if you still had some on hand.  I haven’t tried it yet but I wonder if grated beet, in small a quantity, would work as well.  No matter what veggies you choose, start by ringing out excess moisture before you mix with eggs, flour, salt and pepper.  Fry the patties in a slick of oil in a nonstick pan until crisp.  I like to serve with a horseradish sour cream (simply prepared horseradish mixed with sour cream) and applesauce.  It can be labor intensive for a quick weeknight dinner but make enough so you have leftovers and you’ll thank yourself later.


Serving Suggestions is a recurring article that will be posted periodically during the CSA season featuring photos, tips and recipes. Content is provided by Jessica, Shana and Bob. If you would like to submit your own photos or recipes, please email Bob at robertfcowper@gmail.com. To read through previous Serving Suggestions articles, click here for an archive. You can also use the handy search feature at the top of the right hand menu bar to search for the name of a particular ingredient you need help using.

Update & Share: 9/3/19

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Today’s share will include: beets, kale, tomatoes, red skin potatoes, red onions, sweet corn, choice of cucumber or zucchini, and beans.

 

From Ginger of Treelicious Orchards:

We have packed our peaches, apples and plums for this week. I like the mixture and color of the fruits in a fruit bowl. The share includes a pint of green gage plums – sweet green plum the size of a sugar plum and just as sweet, and then a bag of almost 4 lbs of yellow peaches and our first gala apples. Gala is the first hard sweet apple of the season. The plums are $5/pint and these apples and peaches are $3/lb. I added either a nectarine or white peach to each bag too….enjoy the delicious tastes of late summer fruit.

At the orchard we are starting to pick the first honey crisp apples and Asian pears along with the galas and yellow peaches. Please visit us for pick your own at the farm! We are hosting a harvest festival on Saturday, September 27th including food, apple picking, live music and craft vendors. Our annual Apple Festival is slated for Sunday , October 13th. Please visit us for a day in the country on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 to 5 or for an event at the farm. Our mission is to provide an opportunity for families to visit a real farm operated by our family.

One note – many thanks to those who participated in the bulk peach opportunity – we will have plenty of peaches through next week. Please let me know if you need bulk peaches for jam, freezing, eating, etc.

Looking forward to next week, I will include peaches in the share next week too along with apples. Overall our Bosc pear crop is smaller compared to last year – this is the off year in the biennial world of pears. Asian pears will arrive soon in the share as well as Bartlett pears….just not as many Bosc pears this year.

Update & Share: 8/6/19

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Today’s share will include: beans, leeks, potatoes, peppers, kale, eggplant, red cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, melon, cucumber and a choice of cherry tomatoes or ground cherries.  Hot peppers and tomatillos will be available as extras.

For fruit members, here is Ginger’s latest: tonight we will be packing a pint of doughnut peaches, a pint of shirt yellow plums- both yummy and $5 each at market and then 6 large jersey Mac apples. These are just great, harder than Lodi, not too tart and the first apple I recommend for general eating and baking ($6). Enjoy!  Many more apples to come in the apple harvest, we will return to yellow peaches next week.

Update & Share: 7/23/19

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Today’s share will be: lettuce, squash, cucumbers, rainbow carrots, white onions, beans, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant and an herb choice.

For fruit share members, here is an update from Ginger:

We have packed a quart of mixed peaches and nectarines, a pint of sugar plums and a pint of apricots….all coming in quickly with the heat. The peaches are yummy now that we have had some sunshine.  One note, our apricots right now have exterior “freckles”…these exterior black spots are on the skin only, do not impact the fruit….and clearly indicate our growing practice of low spray. Our five year old customers might call these ugly…but they are delicious and from our orchard. We view this an opportunity to display a low spray approach (and the consequence). You will see freckles on some varieties of fruit across the season….these are on the outside with yummy-ness on the inside.  Our Farm Market at Treelicious Orchards is now open on weekends…please come for a day of country shopping and exploring in Western NJ. You can pick fruit, walk in the orchard and shop fresh fruits and vegetables at our market at Treelicious.

Update & Share: 7/16/19

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Today’s share will be: lettuce, squash, cucumber, cauliflower or broccoli, kale, eggplant, beets, red onions, choice of an herb and maybe beans.  Tomatillos will be an extra.

 

Here is the note from Ginger about this week’s fruit share:

For the share this week, we packed a heeping quart of sugar plums…these are very sweet and juicy, first plum of season and naturally turn from green to purple and then burst with juice. They are best purplish and firm. We hand picked each quart to have a mix of colors for best enjoyment. These go in the fridge please for best results. There are many of these and 8 more types of plums on the harvest horizon.

Next in the share – peaches – our team is picking these this morning from the trees. They have been delicious …a quart of these and two Lodi apples round out the share. The apples are special- these are the first apples from 2019 and no not from storage (as a customer asked me on Sunday). Two will allow sampling with cheese or peanut butter or made into applesauce (I make this for the market…my preferred use for this apple). This is #1 of the 73 varieties growing at Treelicious – join me in welcoming summer apples. Next variety is much more we’ll known, jersey Mac – buts lots of summer fruit first.

At the farm we have opened our Farm Market at Treelicious. This market is a version of our stand in in Montclair…tented fresh market outside and offering a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables from the farm. You may walk around and pick too but our market recognizes that picking is not for everyone especially on hot days. So please plan a day in beautiful Western NJ for country shopping and walking at our orchard. We are open Sat and Sun from 9-5. The next Dinner is July 27th.

Serving Suggestions: 7/1/19

Welcome to the newest installment of Serving Suggestions, the first of 2019!  This week we have a suggestion for Bob on how to use the abundant salad turnips we received last week:

I felt a bit intimidated by the salad turnips last week.  I’ve definitely wasted some in the past and never feel like I have an exciting dish to use them in.  I decided to check one of my favorite fonts of recipes: NYT Cooking.  Sure enough, they had a recipe that caught my eye and inspired me right away, Shaved Turnip Salad with Arugula and Prosciutto.  To keep it simple, I used a mandoline to thinly slice the turnips and bought a clam-shell package of arugula since I hadn’t received any from the CSA yet.  I prefer the crispness of diced pancetta to prosciutto so I picked some of that up instead.  I cooked the pancetta in a nonstick frying pan with a few drops of olive oil to get them started.  Once they were wonderfully crispy, I spooned off a few tablespoons of the leftover fat to cool and serve as the vinaigrette base.  To the fat, I whisked spicy honey, cider vinegar and S&P.  I tossed the arugula and the turnips in the dressing and topped with the pancetta.  Served with some ciabatta it was a bright and different summer dinner!

We also have a suggestion from Ginger of Treelicious Farms:

Sour cherries are delicious for the 4th of July as a crumble.  My favorite topping takes 5 minutes to prep and is placed on top of any prepared fruit. Cut 1 stick of margarine into 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of sugar — this creates the yummy topping. Baking for 35 min at 350 F in the oven should produce a nice golden top with juice on the edges. Enjoy alone or with ice cream! This is a favorite summer treat with fresh fruit of any kind.


Serving Suggestions is a recurring article that will be posted periodically during the CSA season featuring photos, tips and recipes. Content is provided by Jessica, Shana and Bob. If you would like to submit your own photos or recipes, please email Bob at robertfcowper@gmail.com. To read through previous Serving Suggestions articles, click here for an archive. You can also use the handy search feature at the top of the right hand menu bar to search for the name of a particular ingredient you need help using.