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Box Contents – Week 28, 2017

Week 28: October 31 – November 2, 2017

Tuesday Classic Harvest Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Winesap Apples
Macoun Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Bok Choy
Carrots
Collards
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Mizuna
Spinach
Peppers
Red Potatoes
Buttercup Squash
Winesap Apples
Macoun Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Bok Choy
Carrots
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Peppers
Red Potatoes
Buttercup Squash
Winesap Apples
Macoun Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Bok Choy
Kale
Kohlrabi
Peppers
Potatoes (Red)
Buttercup Squash
 

Tuesday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Winesap Apples
Macoun Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Kale
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes
Spinach
Buttercup Squash
Winesap Apples
Macoun Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Carrots
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes
Buttercup Squash
Winesap Apples
Macoun Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes
Buttercup Squash
 
Please note that from time to time you may receive different items in your box than what is on the list. This is due to the natural growing process and at times we may experience shortages of specific produce, and may have substituted the items for other produce.

Wednesday Classic Harvest Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Winesap Apples
Macoun Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Bok Choy
Carrots
Collards
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Mizuna
Spinach
Peppers
Red Potatoes
Buttercup Squash
Winesap Apples
Macoun Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Bok Choy
Carrots
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Peppers
Red Potatoes
Buttercup Squash
Winesap Apples
Macoun Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Bok Choy
Kale
Kohlrabi
Peppers
Potatoes (Red)
Buttercup Squash
 

Wednesday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Winesap Apples
Macoun Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Kale
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes
Spinach
Buttercup Squash
Winesap Apples
Macoun Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Carrots
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes
Buttercup Squash
Winesap Apples
Macoun Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes
Buttercup Squash
 
Please note that from time to time you may receive different items in your box than what is on the list. This is due to the natural growing process and at times we may experience shortages of specific produce, and may have substituted the items for other produce.

Thursday Classic Harvest Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Winesap Apples
Macoun Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Bok Choy
Carrots
Collards
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Mizuna
Spinach
Peppers
Red Potatoes
Buttercup Squash
Winesap Apples
Macoun Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Bok Choy
Carrots
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Peppers
Red Potatoes
Buttercup Squash
Winesap Apples
Macoun Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Bok Choy
Kale
Kohlrabi
Peppers
Potatoes (Red)
Buttercup Squash
 

Thursday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Winesap Apples
Macoun Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Kale
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes
Spinach
Buttercup Squash
Winesap Apples
Macoun Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Carrots
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes
Buttercup Squash
Winesap Apples
Macoun Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes
Buttercup Squash
 
Please note that from time to time you may receive different items in your box than what is on the list. This is due to the natural growing process and at times we may experience shortages of specific produce, and may have substituted the items for other produce.

Helpful information about herbs you received can be found here: Your 2017 CSA Herb Garden

Helpful information on share contents can be found in the Produce Information Booklet

Culinary Expert Jenn“Food For Thought” by Jennifer Borealo

This week will mark the end of October and of course so many of you will celebrate Halloween.  We here at the farm continue to celebrate the harvest.  Due to inclement weather, we have rescheduled the Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast for this coming Sunday.   I look forward to a two day Teachers Convention Farm Camp next week so please sign up your young farmers. And last but not in any way least our annual CSA meet and greet is scheduled for Saturday, November 11.  We will all be on board to visit with you.  We will have the green house and cider mill open and of course we will prepare some treats for tasting.   We look forward to seeing you here at the farm for some of these events, so please mark your calendars.

The squash in the shares this week will be Buttercup.  If you have some orange pumpkins or munchkins you may want to use this pretty deep green squash as part of a decorative autumn centerpiece for a few days before you serve it.  As I have said before you can use most of your squash recipes interchangeably so feel free to be creative.  I am posting a bread recipe where you can use squash or you may want to use some of the pumpkin puree that you may have prepared.  Most of my squash or pumpkin bread recipes are for quick breads.  This one is for a yeast bread.  Adding pumpkin or squash to a baked product adds gorgeous color and moisture that is impossible to get any other way. 

The potato of choice this week is red, often called red jacket or red skinned.  They hold their shape when boiled and then sliced or cubed so they are the suggested potato for potato salad or boiled parsley-herb potatoes.  They are slightly lower in starch and they won’t absorb dressing as much as other varieties either. In recent years they are the potato most often used for the “smashed” potato recipes however these are not a great choice for mashed.

A beautiful deep red, late season apple will be in the shares this week.  Some say that the origin of this apple is unknown.  Some sight the apple as early as the colonial period and it may have beginnings in New Jersey.  It is a noted apple for making cider, which is still happening today here at our farm. Winesap apples are one that will keep in your refrigerator, they might be one that you will add to your next apple pies.  They are good for pies, and excellent for salads and of course eating fresh out of hand. Shred along with kohlrabi and you will have a refreshing slaw to add to your menu.  Mixed in you will also find some Macoun apples.  Heat some cider, add some of each apple and a sprinkle of cinnamon and you will have a great apple sauce.

I am writing to you on a stormy rainy Sunday.  I am thinking about preparing the Pasta Al Forno with Pumpkin and Pancetta posted by CSA member Emily Strange as part of my dinner menu tonight.  I think it could be an addition to many of your fall menus.  Continue to post and continue to keep in touch with jenn@alstedefarms.com.  Until next week, enjoy the freshness!

“View From the Tractor Seat” by Farmer Kurt

Farmer Kurt AlstedeI am so glad to welcome you all back to another exciting season on our farm.  Everyone has been working extremely hard to bring you fresh discoveries, every day!  Indeed that slogan came out of some very energizing but hard marketing work this past winter where our team dug into the very core of identifying the brand promise that Alstede Farms brings to you our customers.  We even went so far as to convene a consumer focus group.  In fact two of our CSA members were a part of the group…yet at the time none of the twelve participants knew who had assembled the group nor did they know the purpose.  For more than two hours the group worked through scores of questions, scenarios, and probing dialogue in an effort to identify what is really important to local fresh produce customers.  Interestingly, unknown to the participants was that I, along with a number of our team members, was sitting behind the one way glass wall listening to the entire proceedings.  It was a wonderful exercise that yielded loads of great information that we are now using to shape our future.  Even better the consumer group also provided us with information that confirmed the need for us to precede with several slated improvement projects that we had been evaluating for years.

One of these projects will directly impact your Highlands Harvest Club experience here on farm.  Should you decide to pick up your share here you will immediately notice a beautiful brand new parking lot that we just constructed in front of our store.  Through the assistance of our planner and traffic engineer we concluded that we needed to “flip” our store parking lot and our outside sales area.  Our old store parking lot, designed and built more than 27 years ago, was never designed nor intended to accommodate drive through traffic.  Yet with the advent of the CSA and PYO we were finding more and more need to direct customers and visitors to additional parking in the rear.  The through traffic combined with the store customer parking and plenty of pedestrians made for a very cumbersome and congested situation which our consumer panel confirmed took away from the joy of shopping with us.  If there was any one single message that we heard from our consumers it was that they were looking for greater convenience and easy in and out when they were shopping in our farm store.

The new parking lot accomplishes exactly that.  The new front of store parking provides generous 10’ wide spaces with wider drive lanes that make parking pickups, SUVs, and large cars very quick and easy.  Parking spaces are located close to our farm store entrance making quick in and out purchases very simple.  Further, we have now moved our CSA pickup into our new parking lot where CSA members will find dedicated spaces that immediately adjoin the pickup area as well as a permanent little barn to better protect the sharing table and the produce for those packing their own shares.  All of these improvements are already yielding quick results in allowing our local customers convenient in and out shopping.  Additionally customers are enjoying the ease of no longer having to work through the parking lot congestion of the past created by loads of pedestrians and cars arriving at the farm for other activities.  I know that you are going to love what we have done.

Our new parking lot plan also exemplifies our long term commitment to local agriculture here in New Jersey as well as our pledge to properly care for our natural resources and our environment on our farm.  To this end we installed massive surface water infiltration systems that will capture surface water before it runs off the parking lot and diverts it into huge underground seepage pits that will insure that the water is used to recharge our ground water where it is needed as opposed to running off downstream and into the ocean. 

Most important the entire parking lot and surface water infiltration system was a proactive and voluntary project that we decided to undertake as part of our brand promise to always do things right.  I trust that is one of the reasons that you choose to support our farm is because the food that you are consuming is not only great tasting and of high quality; but also because the family and business team behind these fresh fruits and vegetables operate with a high level of integrity and with a commitment to purpose that is unseen in other businesses.

I am so glad that you have joined us this season and I am very excited to share our fresh discoveries with you on a daily basis.  Please let us know if we can assist you in any way and we appreciate your support of our family owned farm.

 

Best Regards,

Farmer Kurt

Recipes

  • Bok Choy Skillet Supper
    From your share: 4 small bok choy, halved or larger bok choy quartered From your kitchen: 2 tsp. garlic-flavored olive oil, divided, plus more for drizzling 8 oz. button mushrooms, sliced (2 cups) 8 cherry or grape tomatoes, halved 2...
  • Rice and Apple Salad
    From your share: 1-2 apples, diced From your garden: cilantro From your kitchen: olive oil 2 T butter or olive oil 1 onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped ¼ t cinnamon 2 1/4 c brown rice 2 scallions, sliced 3/4...
  • Herbed Oven-Browned Potatoes
    From your share: 3/4 pound boiling potatoes (2 to 3 medium) From your garden: 1 tablespoon mixed chopped fresh herbs such as thyme, rosemary, and/or oregano or 1 teaspoon mixed dried herbs, crumbled From your kitchen: 1 garlic clove, chopped...
  • Fall Squash Yeast Bread
    From the share: 1 1/2 cups squash or pumpkin puree From your kitchen: 1/2 cup warm water 2 packages (2 tablespoons) active dry yeast 2/3 cup warm milk 2 large eggs, beaten 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 6 1/2 cups All-Purpose...
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