Summer CSA Week 15, 2022

At the Food Farm, we love our carrots, and our carrots love each other.

We are moving towards fall with seasonal favorites like leeks and acorn squash. We also have Noreaster beans, a very distinctive green bean and a favorite of the farm crew because of its great flavor.


In your share this week:

Noreaster Beans – Beets – Cabbage – Carrots – Cucumber – Leeks – Lettuce – Onion – Sweet Red Peppers (not hot!!!) – Green Bell Peppers – Russet Potatoes – Acorn Squash – Tomatoes


How we harvest our carrots

You probably love Food Farm carrots as much as we do. Our carrots go into your CSA boxes, go to several wholesale accounts including the Whole Foods Co-ops in Duluth, and are part of the our winter CSA shares. Long story short, we grow A LOT of carrots, and harvesting those carrots is quite a production!

We need three different pieces of equipment and a farm crew of at least five to harvest carrots mechanically. First in the harvest train is the tractor, which pulls and powers everything mechanical. Next is the carrot harvester. The carrot harvester digs up the carrots, pulls them up a conveyor by their tops (leaves), and then slices off the tops so they fall into a collection bucket. One person drives the tractor while another person (always Janaki) steers the carrot harvester making sure it is perfectly lined up with the rows, digging to the appropriate depth and generally running properly. Lastly, is the trailer with the collection buckets and farm crew. Carrots come down the chute FAST. One person kneels down swapping out new buckets as they fill, approximately a new bucket every eight seconds. The first crew member sets full buckets aside, and a 2nd crew member moves that bucket from the front to the back of the trailer and gets a new empty bucket ready for the first person to grab. The third and final person arranges full buckets in the back of the trailer or dumps buckets into a pallet box so we can fit as many carrots on the trailer as possible! It’s cardio, weight-bearing, and teamwork so let us know if you’d like to add it to your workout routine this fall.


Gado Gado (from The Moosewood Cookbook)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rice
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • broccoli or cauliflower
  • green beans
  • green or red cabbage, finely shredded
  • carrots, sliced thinly
  • cucumber
  • peppers
  • squash
  • tomato
  • lettuce

Instructions

  1. Make yellow rice by cooking 2 cups of rice in 3 cups of simmering water with 1/2 tsp of turmeric until tender.
  2. Cut all vegetables into small bite-sized pieces. Exact measurement are not necessary, just use what you like! Lightly steam the cauliflower/broccoli, green beans, and squash.
  3. Tear the lettuce or greens mix and place on a platter or plate.  Top the greens with the yellow rice.  Arrange the chopped vegetables on top of the rice.  Top with hard boiled eggs and/or tofu.  Dress with the peanut sauce.

Peanut Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 heaping tablespoon grated ginger (fresh)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon finely minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1.5 cups hot water
  • 4 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • crushed red pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Put everything in a blender and puree until smooth.  If the sauce is too thick, add a little extra water.  Drizzle over Gado Gado.

The Gado Gado can also be topped with sauteed ginger and garlic (very thin slices), crispy fried onions, shredded coconut, and slices of oranges.


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For the farm crew,

Starr

Summer CSA Week 13, 2022

After a couple of cool days, we’re ready for another warm dry week at the farm. Aside from routine harvest tasks, the main jobs for this week are bringing in a beautiful crop of storage onions and scouting the fields for weeds that eluded summer’s cultivation and hand weeding.

In your share this week:

Basil – Green Beans – Carrots – Cucumber – Lettuce – Melons – Green Peppers – Hot Peppers – Sweet Onion – Red Potatoes – Tomato – Zucchini


A friend flew over the farm this weekend–it’s nice to see that it looks just as good from the air!

Classic Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients

  • 4 large green bell peppers or about 5 small ones
  • 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup cooked brown or white rice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Place minced garlic and chopped cilantro in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Bring water to a boil and plunge in green beans. Cook just until tender, about 5-10 minutes, do not overcook. Drain well and place beans back in hot pan, turn on stove burner and shake for 30 seconds to dry the beans out. Pour hot beans in the bowl with the garlic and cilantro mixture and stir briefly, then let sit untouched for ten full minutes. Add olive oil, toss and place in refrigerator overnight or for at least 4 hours.
  3. Before you are ready to serve, remove beans from refrigeration and let sit for 45 minutes at room temperature. Add lemon juice, vinegar and pepper. Toss, taste for seasoning and serve.

Recipe from Feast and Farm.


Fruit Dip to serve with your melon!

Ingredients

7oz marshmallow fluff

8oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature

2 Tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed

Instructions

  1. Spoon marshmallow fluff into a large, microwave safe mixing bowl then microwave for 15 seconds. Add softened cream cheese and orange juice concentrate then whisk or beat with an electric hand mixer until very smooth. Chill for several hours or overnight. Serve with assorted fruit.

Based off a recipe from iowa girl eats.


Chester and Ellis

For the farm crew,

Starr