2016 CSA Sign Up & Farm Poetry …for 11.21.2015

We haven’t written a poem in a while, so we figured it was time and hope that our readers/farm members/customers humor us for at least a moment:

The season’s end is near
We don’t know whether to cry or cheer
There are lots of veggies still to pick
But the pace has slowed (so as to not make us sick)
farm share csa boxes sleeping child
Rachel & Kyle will leave us soon
They’ve been here for nine times a moon
Learning, working, sweating, hauling
(Fortunately not often bawling)
We love them lots
And so do our tots!
kohlrabi napa cabbage
We hope they’ll come back to see us
Even if they are glad they don’t have to be us   🙂
Now we’re looking for a couple of folk
To join us in this work next year. No joke!
[please spread the word]
rapini broccoli raab
One more week’s bounty for our Farm Share!
For seven months we picked and packed with care
A delicious assortment of our vegetable food.
Now we hope you are all in the mood
To sign up again for veggies for next year
That will definitely make us cheer!
For very soon we will order seed
And all of the other things we need
To make 2016 a delicious success.
You join our CSA and we take care of the rest!
radishes soil
In the mean time we’ll pick all of the yield
That can be eaten from our carefully tended field(s)
For us, this weekend at two markets you will find.
After that please look online,
At our farm stand,
And at St. Stephens on Saturdays through the winter.
Now our poem is done.
Thanks for joining in the fun.
market table collage
This Sunday’s Farm Share (pick up at First UU Church) will most likely include: 
Carrots, Spinach, Salad Mix, Little Gem lettuce heads, Collards, Escarole, Hearty Greens, Watermelon Radishes, Chard, Kohlrabi, and Green Tomatoes.
Recipe Suggestions: see these and others cataloged on our Recipe Page
Escarole – This is the likely unfamiliar vegetable in this week’s share. It is best when cooked, as it beautifully takes on the flavor of the broth. It is a traditional Italian soup ingredient. Escarole and Bean Soup, or Escarole Soup with Garlic.  We heard from one happy customer that added Escarole to chili last week and loved it, so feel free to improvise.
Green Tomatoes – We love Curried Green Tomatoes and there are a multitude of recipe options. Basically, add diced green tomatoes to any curry recipe that you like and they contribute a delightful tartness and crunch. Try also Shrimp and Green Tomato Curry  and feel free to use whatever protein you prefer.
Carrots – You likely need no suggestions, as they are so wonderful just eaten raw, but when we cook them we love keep them whole or sliced once lengthwise and cooked on the stovetop with a bit of butter, salt, and pepper. Perhaps add honey or maple syrup as in this recipe for Maple Pan Roasted Carrots.
Salad Mix – If you’re in a rut and need a dressing inspiration, remember that everything is divine under homemade Ranch dressing (we use yogurt instead of sour cream)
Kale This time of year we usually cook kale, or put it in soup, rather than eating it raw. Lentil, Sausage, Kale Soup. or our favorite: Portugese Kale Soup (except we use turnips instead of potatoes and we don’t add garbanzo beans…remember you can make the recipe fit your preferences!)
Radishes – Radishes are great with any green salad and they are also wonderful when complemented with fat and salt. Combine them with any cheese to get a mix of flavors and textures. Try it with Ricotta,  or  Pesto & Radish Crostini.
Hearty Greens Mix – In case we haven’t suggested it recently enough, we love these greens in smoothies and mixed in with scrambled eggs or quiche and in soup and mixed with our tender salad greens!

Available for Market Share CSA members to reserve online:
Bok Choy, Tokyo Bekana, Chard, Collards, Broccoli Florets and Greens, Chinese Cabbage, Escarole, Frisee, Hearty Mix, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Microgreens, Parsley, Green Peppers, Rapini (Broccoli Raap), Salad, Scallions, Green Tomatoes, Turnips…and our Organic, Naturally Leavened Bread.

2015 Market Share CSA Members: Reserve your selection online to pick up on Saturday, Nov 21 at our farm, Good Health Herbs (new location! @ Genito & Old Hundred), the Brandermill Holiday Market, or the St. Stephen’s Farmers’ Market 

Vegetables not ordered by our Market Share CSA members will join us this Saturday at the markets listed above and will be made available for anyone to order through Fall Line Farms and Local Roots Food Co-op, Richmond’s online farmers’ markets. You can use discount code “broadfork” to earn a complimentary 6 month subscription.

Enjoy ~
Janet, Dan, and the rest of the Broadfork crew
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