Welcome to the first winter share of the season! There is no better time to receive your first dose of winter veggies than right after daylight savings time. Personally, after a long season here at the farm an extra hour of sleep is more than needed, even though we have to put up with Janaki complaining that his kids now wake up at 4:30 in the morning. This is also the final week of the season for many of our farm hands, some of whom have their own winter adventures ahead of them. Lucky for me, I get to stick around the farm this winter to help pack your winter shares and local wholesale orders.
If this is your first share with us, thank you for choosing local and organic. If you have been a member here for years, thank you for continuing to support our mission. Although we farm hands don’t interact with members very much, we definitely keep all of you in mind when doing various tasks on the farm. As we ventured through the great carrot and potato harvests of 2021, I considered how many mouths these crops will feed through the winter and it made the work more fulfilling.
The last few weeks have been really busy here at the farm to get us set up for the winter. We have cleared many fields of the crops they have been growing all season long. We harvested so many tons of carrots, potatoes, parsnips, cabbage, and Dave’s favorite crop: rutabagas. Among these harvests, Janaki has a plan for exactly which crop is going where this winter. Many carrots will end up in your winter shares. Others will be on the shelves at local grocery stores. The odd shaped and broken carrots even get sold to local businesses to make things such as kimchi. If it’s in the root cellar, it has a plan.
Also, be sure not to forget that it’s officially SOUP SEASON! I know I said that right at the turn of the first leaf this fall, but now it’s more relevant as we have finally experienced cooler temperatures. As a disclaimer, you’ll probably see many soup recipes in these newsletters this winter. A staple in the diets of many Minnesotans, soup may be the defining soup of the winter season. Luckily for you all, many (if not all) of our winter crops are perfect for soup makin’.
Your local soup enthusiast,
In your shares this month:
Beets, Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, Celery, Onions, Russet and Red Potatoes, Rosemary, Spinach, and Delicata and Kabocha Winter Squash
Indonesian Carrot Soup (from New England Soup Factory Cookbook, Druker and Silverstein)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 whole cloves garlic, peeled
- 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
- 1 large onion, peeled and diced
- 2 ribs celery, sliced
- 1.5 lbs carrots (we also use winter squash), peeled and sliced
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 1/4 cup sherry
- 1/4 cup honey
- 16 oz coconut milk (one can)
- 2 tbsp cilantro
- salt and pepper to taste
Heat stockpot over medium high heat. Add olive oil, garlic, ginger, onion, celery and carrots/squash. Sauté for 10 minutes. Add curry, coriander, cumin, pepper flakes, stock and sherry. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to med and simmer 30-40 minutes (until carrots and/or squash are tender). Remove from heat and add honey, coconut milk, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Puree the soup using immersion or conventional blender. Makes 5-6 servings.
Spanish Tortilla (New York Times, Mark Bittman)
- 1.25 lbs potatoes (3-4 medium)
- 1 medium onion
- 1 cup olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 6 extra large eggs
Peel and thinly slice potatoes and onions. Heat oil in nonstick skillet over medium heat. After 3-4 minutes, drop in a potato slice. When tiny bubbles appear around its edges, add potatoes, onions, salt and pepper. Gently turn mixture in oil with a wooden spoon and adjust heat so oil bubbles lazily. Cook, turning potatoes every few minutes, until they are tender when pierced with a knife. Adjust the heat. If potatoes begin to break, they are overdone. As potatoes cook, beat eggs with salt and pepper in a large bowl. Turn oven on to 350 degrees F. Drain the potatoes in a colander. Wipe out skillet and heat over medium heat for one minute. Add 2 tbsp. of oil. Gently mix warm potatoes with eggs and add to skillet. As soon as edges firm up, reduce heat to medium low and cook for 5 minutes. Finish cooking in the oven. Bake until firm (appx 10-15 minutes). Serve warm (not hot) or at room temperature.