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Share Contents – Week 16 2013

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Personal Share Half Share Full Share
Peaches – Sustainable
Musk Melon – Sustainable
Onions – Sustainable
Sweet Corn – Sustainable
Eggplant – Sustainable
Cilantro – Organic
Kale – Sustainable
Hot Peppers – Sustainable
Radishes – Sustainable
Plum Tomatoes – Sustainable
Peaches – Sustainable
Eggplant – Sustainable
Cilantro – Organic
Onions – Sustainable
Musk Melon – Sustainable
Radishes – Sustainable
Kale – Sustainable
Sweet Corn – Sustainable
Plum Tomatoes – Sustainable
Scallions – Sustainable
Mint – Sustainable
Peaches – Sustainable
Mint – Sustainable
Cucumbers – Sustainable
Eggplant – Sustainable
Cilantro – Organic
Musk Melon – Sustainable
Tomatillos and Scallions – Sustainable
Radishes and Kale – Sustainable
Lettuce – Organic
Beets – Organic
Plum Tomatoes – Sustainable
Sweet Corn – Sustainable
Cubanella and Bell Peppers – Sustainable
Onions – Sustainable
Chili Pepper Plant
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.
Personal Share Half Share Full Share
Peaches – Sustainable
Musk Melon – Sustainable
Onions – Sustainable
Sweet Corn – Sustainable
Eggplant – Sustainable
Cilantro – Organic
Kale – Sustainable
Hot Peppers – Sustainable
Lettuce – Organic
Plum Tomatoes – Sustainable
Peaches – Sustainable
Eggplant – Sustainable
Cilantro – Organic
Onions – Sustainable
Musk Melon – Sustainable
Lettuce – Organic
Kale – Sustainable
Sweet Corn – Sustainable
Plum Tomatoes – Sustainable
Scallions – Sustainable
Mint – Sustainable
Peaches – Sustainable
Mint – Sustainable
Cucumbers – Sustainable
Eggplant – Sustainable
Cilantro – Organic
Musk Melon – Sustainable
Tomatillos and Scallions – Sustainable
Kale – Sustainable
Lettuce – Organic
Beets – Organic
Plum Tomatoes – Sustainable
Sweet Corn – Sustainable
Cubanella and Bell Peppers – Sustainable
Onions – Sustainable
Chili Pepper Plant
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.
Personal Share Half Share Full Share
Peaches – Sustainable
Musk Melon – Sustainable
Onions – Sustainable
Sweet Corn – Sustainable
Eggplant – Sustainable
Mint – Sustainable
Kale – Sustainable
Hot Peppers – Sustainable
Lettuce – Organic
Plum Tomatoes – Sustainable
Peaches – Sustainable
Eggplant – Sustainable
Tomatoes – Sustainable
Onions – Sustainable
Musk Melon – Sustainable
Lettuce – Organic
Kale – Sustainable
Sweet Corn – Sustainable
Plum Tomatoes – Sustainable
Scallions – Sustainable
Mint – Sustainable
Peaches – Sustainable
Mint – Sustainable
Cucumbers – Sustainable
Eggplant – Sustainable
Cilantro – Organic
Musk Melon – Sustainable
Tomatillos and Scallions – Sustainable
Kale – Sustainable
Lettuce – Organic
Beets – Organic
Plum Tomatoes – Sustainable
Sweet Corn – Sustainable
Cubanella and Bell Peppers – Sustainable
Onions – Sustainable
Chili Pepper Plant

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.

Letters & Information

Culinary Expert JennRead this week’s “Food For Thought” by Jennifer Borealo

 

 

 

Farmer Kurt Alstede

Read this week’s “View From the Tractor Seat”

by Farmer Kurt Alstede

Recipes

  • Hot Chile Pepper Plant
    In the shares this week you will have what looks like a pepper plant.  I think that they are a little early this year. These plants bring back some memories of my childhood.  I think that my grandmother grew them...
  • Cantaloupe Sorbet
    1 large very ripe cantaloupe or muskmelon (about 4 pounds melon) 1 cup sugar In a small saucepan, bring sugar and 1 cup water to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook until it thickens slightly, about...
  • Cantaloupe Agua Fresca Recipe
    1 (3-pound) ripe cantaloupe or other small melon, cut into large dice (about 4 cups) 3 cups cold water 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 1/2 lime) 2 teaspoons granulated sugar, plus more as needed Ice Place the...
  • Tomato-Mozzarella Tart with Basil-Garlic Crust
    I sometimes serve just sliced tomatoes for the purest flavor, other times I love the pairing fresh herbs and cheese with farm fresh tomatoes. For the Basil-Garlic Crust: 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves 1 medium garlic clove 1 1/4 cups...

Letter From Farmer Kurt

Highlands Harvest Club Share #29         November 18, 2012

Hello Highlands Harvest Club Members!

It is hard to believe that this is the final week for our 2012 distribution.  I would first like to extend to you all well wishes as you continue to recover from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.  I know that many of you were without power for as many as two weeks and that you may have also suffered physical damage to your homes and grounds.  I hope that you and everyone in your family is safe and that you are successfully returning back to some level of normalcy as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday.

For us I continue to be very pleased and grateful that we did not suffer any crop damage…none!  Our trees, trellises, vegetable plantings, and fields are all in excellent shape.  In addition, thanks to our extensive preparation with generators and refrigerator trucks, we did not lose a single bit of inventory during our 8 days without power.  On the flip side we were the recipient of damage to many of our buildings.  Our brand new high tunnel that we built for season extension at our organic production farm was partially destroyed despite our efforts prior to the storm to extra secure the covering on it.  Our farm store roof needs to be replaced, some of our animal shelters were severely damaged, our greenhouses suffered some gable end wall damage, a couple of our houses have roof damage, and the barn at our Schooley’s Mountain farm had its doors blown off and damage to the roof and a couple of trusses.  Of course we had plenty of trees down as well.  Yet, I remain very optimistic about our recovery from the storm and am busily working with our insurance company, our staff, and some contractors to repair everything that was damaged.

And so it is with farmers…we are eternally optimistic and always look forward to the next season with the expectation that it will be the best one ever.  And so it is with all of us at Alstede Farms as we wind down the 2012 season and are already planning and preparing for the 2013 season to start.  We expect that it will be the best ever!  As such, I sincerely hope that you will be a part of it.  Further, we have plans underway to make your 2013 CSA experience the best ever.  We are adding another week…extending now to 30 weeks.  With expanded fruit and vegetable offerings, the addition of Wednesdays for pickups, and more chapter options than ever before renewing your membership with us for next year is more attractive than ever before.  Not to mention some great early season renewal bonuses such as a great tasting fresh Ashley Farms turkey, a Christmas Tree, an Alstede Farms Gift Card, and more.  I certainly hope, and encourage you to join us again.  We value your business with us.

Finally, it was great seeing so many of you join us for breakfast this past week-end.  We had a great time hosting you and from what we could see you all seemed to have a good time as well….not to mention plenty of food.  This was the first time that we offered an end of the harvest season celebration and I can assure you that based upon its success we will definitely be doing it again next year.

I finish this season wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving.  And the entire Alstede Family and Staff offers you this greeting both verbally and visibly by providing you with a final really big Highland Harvest Club distribution for you to enjoy and share with your family this week.

God speed until we meet again!

 

Highlands Harvest Club CSA – Week 29

Alstede Farms – Highlands Harvest Club – CSA-November 18-20, 2012

 
It has been quite a week, the first full week back to work after the storm.  Refrigerators had to be cleaned out at the same time as they were being stocked for Thanksgiving dinner preparation.  Planning a menu with high school students is very predictable.  If I allowed only their menu choices we would have turkey, gravy, and mashed potatoes. Maybe corn!  The rules of meal planning fall upon deaf ears.  There will be 150 students to feed.  We have prepared corn bread and biscuits, cranberry sauce for the beautiful color and cold temperature.  We have prepared mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and apple pie.  We will continue with stuffing on Monday along with pumpkin pie. On Tuesday we will complete preparation with green beans, corn and peas, maybe even a salad so that the color “green” will be present in our menu.

This morning I was up earlier than usual for a Saturday.  My job was to prepare pancakes for many of you. Sunday morning is pancake time in my own home.  Tomorrow is going to seem so lonely without all of you.  Scott was busy in the kitchen with the eggs, French toast, sausage, bacon, and potato pancakes.  He had some helpers and there was not a moment of down time for hours.   Jacque did a great job bringing us what we needed, and we thank you for your patience for the few times we may have been without a few choices.  It was so nice to see so many of you; I hope that this will be the start of a new tradition!

As you read this you are unpacking and preparing your last share for the 2012 season.  In some ways the season went so quickly, with a closer look at the details, we can see that yes, we have been together for quite a while!   The good news is that before we know it we will be back on a new journey for 2013.  Here at the farm in some ways the planning has already started.  I hope that many of you will join us again.

As you plan your Thanksgiving weekend you may be planning to bake an apple pie or dessert, just in time for the new apple this week.  The “Granny Smith” is an apple that is well known to most of us.  This apple is green in color, tart in taste, and is known to be crisp and refreshing.  Granny Smith apples have long been a favorite for many bakers.  Granny Smith apples were discovered in Australia in the 1860s as a seedling found growing in a compost heap.  The true parentage for this apple is still unknown.  The apple was discovered by Mrs. Maria Smith.  Mix the Granny Smith with the Winesap apple for great flavor.

As we journey into the holiday season keep all of your good eating habits in mind.  I know that the saying is “an apple a day” and sometimes I think it also means eat a tomato, onion, and some garlic and some hot peppers and zucchini, and I could go on. Eat an apple before going to a party so that you are not hungry when you get there and you will eat a little less.  Bring a light appetizer or accompaniment.  Look for fresh, light, raw, foods on the buffet table to help keep your diet in check.

We hope that all of you will have safe, healthy and happy holiday season.  Remember the market will be open with produce, cider, snip your own herbs decorations and so many things you may need, including some holiday cheer!  We hope that the New Year will bring you back in touch with us.   I hope to see you in May 2013!

 

Share Contents – Week 29

CSA Pickup/Delivery Changes for Thanksgiving Week: All those who normally pickup/receive their shares on Tuesdays will do so on Monday 11/19 and all those who normally pickup/receive their shares on Thursdays will do so on Tuesday, 11/20.
PLEASE NOTE: Thursday share contents may be subject to change from this list.  This is because we are currently still harvesting your items.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Personal Share Half Share Full Share
Winesap, Rome, and Granny Smith Apples – Sustainable
Liberty Apples – Sustainable
Green Bibb Lettuce – Organic
Brussel Sprouts – Sustainable
Broccoli – Sustainable
Green Tomatoes – Sustainable
Collards – Sustainable
Parsley – Sustainable
Fresh-Pressed Apple Cider
Winesap, Rome, and Granny Smith Apples – Sustainable
Liberty Apples – Sustainable
Red Oak Leaf Lettuce – Organic
White Potatoes – Sustainable
Brussel Sprouts – Sustainable
Green Tomatoes – Sustainable
Russet Potatoes – Sustainable
Parsley – Sustainable
Broccoli – Sustainable
Fresh-Pressed Apple Cider
Winesap, Granny Smith, and Rome Apples – Sustainable
Liberty Apples – Sustainable
Green Leaf Lettuce – Organic
Green Oak Leaf Lettuce – Organic
Carrots – Organic
Red Potatoes – Sustainable
Broccoli – Organic
Red Onions – Sustainable
Yellow Onions – Sustainable
Green Tomatoes – Sustainable
Kale – Sustainable
Cabbage – Sustainable
Parsley – Sustainable
Brussel Sprouts – Sustainable
Baby Spinach – Sustainable
Cilantro – Sustainable
Fresh-Pressed Apple Cider
BONUS!! Scallions in every share this week!
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.**You may notice that the tips of your ears of sweet corn may look “dried out” but this is actually a physio-logical problem that occurs with this particular variety of sweet corn. The corn still tastes wonderful, it just looks a little different than normal. Planting is often a learning experience for us, and while we will enjoy this variety for now, we will not be planting it again next year!
Personal Share Half Share Full Share
Winesap, Rome, and Goldrush Apples – Sustainable
Red Delicious Apples – Sustainable
Liberty Apples – Sustainable
Green Bibb Lettuce – Organic
Brussel Sprouts – Sustainable
Broccoli – Sustainable
Green Tomatoes – Sustainable
Collards – Sustainable
Parsley – Sustainable
Fresh-Pressed Apple Cider
Winesap, Rome, and Goldrush Apples – Sustainable
Red Delicious Apples – Sustainable
Liberty Apples – Sustainable
Red Oak Leaf Lettuce – Organic
Brussel Sprouts – Sustainable
Green Tomatoes – Sustainable
Russet and Red Potatoes – Sustainable
Parsley – Sustainable
Broccoli Florets – Sustainable
Carrots – Organic
Beets – Organic
Fresh-Pressed Apple Cider
Winesap, Goldrush, and Rome Apples – Sustainable
Granny Smith, Liberty, and Red Delicious Apples – Sustainable
Green Leaf Lettuce – Organic
Green Oak Leaf Lettuce – Organic
Carrots – Organic
Broccoli – Organic
Red Onions – Sustainable
Yellow Onions – Sustainable
Green Tomatoes – Sustainable
Kale – Sustainable
Cabbage  Sustainable
Parsley – Sustainable
Brussel Sprouts – Sustainable
Spinach – Sustainable
Cilantro – Sustainable
Beets – Organic
Fresh-Pressed Apple Cider
BONUS!! Scallions in every share this week!

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.

Letters & Information

  • Letter From Farmer Kurt
    Highlands Harvest Club Share #29         November 18, 2012 Hello Highlands Harvest Club Members! It is hard to believe that this is the final week for our 2012 distribution.  I would first like to extend to you all well wishes as you continue to recover from the effects...
  • Highlands Harvest Club CSA – Week 29
    Alstede Farms – Highlands Harvest Club – CSA-November 18-20, 2012   It has been quite a week, the first full week back to work after the storm.  Refrigerators had to be cleaned out at the same time as they were being stocked for Thanksgiving dinner preparation.  Planning...

Recipes

  • Apple Goat Cheese and Pecan Pizza
    1 (1-pound) six-grain pizza crust Cooking spray 3 cups thinly sliced  apple (about 8 ounces) 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled goat cheese 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon fresh lemon...
  • Open Faced Turkey Sandwich with Apple and Havarti
    4 (2-ounce) slices country or peasant bread 4 teaspoons low-fat mayonnaise 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1 cup trimmed arugula 4 (1/8-inch-thick) slices red onion 12 ounces thinly sliced deli turkey 2 apples, each cored and cut crosswise into 8 (1/4-inch-thick)...
  • French Toast with Bananas Foster
    Prepare your favorite recipe for French Toast Dip a good quality bread into the egg mixture and brown on both sides Place ½ slices of French toast on a baking pan.  Set aside Heat the French toast in an oven...
  • French Apple Tart
    1/2 (14.1-ounce) package refrigerated pie dough (such as Pillsbury) 3 tablespoons apple jelly, melted and divided 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg 1 1/2 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly...
  • Mashed Potatoes with Leeks and Sour Cream
    12 baking potatoes 4 large leeks 2 tablespoons unsalted butter plus 1/2 cup 2 cups chicken broth Salt and white pepper 1 cup sour cream 1/2 cup whole milk   Peel potatoes and quarter them. Put in a pot of...
  • Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts
    1 pound Brussels sprouts, washed and dried Approximately 2 tablespoons olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Trim the firm ends off of the Brussels sprouts so that the leaves begin to peel away. Discard...

Breakfast Invitation For CSA Members

November 10, 2012

To all Highland Harvest Club members and families-

With a few glitches and exceptions, it has been a very good year to grow fruits and vegetables in the Garden State. It was a bit hot and dry early summer, but we have good irrigation in place and growing plants of course love the hot sun, so we got through just fine. When the rains came back, they seemed to be on a near perfect cycle, coming nearly always on weekdays and in enough volume to save pumping costs.

Strawberries were plump, sweet and abundant thanks to all that sunshine. Peach season was the best we ever had, with a new orchard coming into heavy production. A lot of you commented on the fine, tasty peaches and we sure appreciated your help in putting them to good use.

We still have plenty of fine, crisp apples coming out in the shares, along with winter squash, beans, late tomatoes etc. All represent bumper crops, which can present problems to farmers in harvesting, handling, and marketing. Which is where you-all come in.

You now represent a vital segment of our market and we very much appreciate that. To show that appreciation, the Alstede Family and Staff are hereby inviting all of you and your families, to join us for breakfast at our Harvest Hall on Saturday, November 17th, 2012 from 8:30-11:30 in the morning.

Please let us know by Wednesday, the 14th if and how many of you can come.

Again, thank you very much for helping to make this such a good year on the Farm.

 

Sam Walmer
Farm Steward
–and the entire Alstede Team

–Oh and don’t forget, now’s the time to order Holiday Pies.

Share Contents – Week 28

Personal Share Half Share Full Share
Red delicious, Rome and Winesap apples – sustainable
Green tomatoes – sustainable
Red tomatoes – sustainable
Leaf lettuce – organic
White potatoes – sustainable
Winter squash – sustainable
Red onions- sustainable
Red delicious, Rome and Winesap apples – sustainable
Winter squash – sustainable
Red onions – sustainable
White potatoes – sustainable
Leaf lettuce – organic
Green tomatoes – sustainable
Red tomatoes – sustainable
Red delicious, Rome, and Winesap apples – sustainable
Leaf lettuce – sustainable
Romaine lettuce – sustainable
Carrots – organic
Beets – organic
Winter squash – sustainable
Green tomatoes – sustainable
Red tomatoes – sustainable
Red onions – sustainable
Sweet potatoes – sustainable
White potatoes – sustainable
Green peppers – organic
BONUS!! Brussel sprouts and scallions in every share this week!
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.**You may notice that the tips of your ears of sweet corn may look “dried out” but this is actually a physio-logical problem that occurs with this particular variety of sweet corn. The corn still tastes wonderful, it just looks a little different than normal. Planting is often a learning experience for us, and while we will enjoy this variety for now, we will not be planting it again next year!
Personal Share Half Share Full Share
Winesap, Rome, and Red Delicious Apples –
Sustainable
Liberty Apples – Sustainable
Green Leaf Lettuce – Organic
Russet Potatoes – Sustainable
Red Onions – Sustainable
Winter Squash – Sustainable
Red Tomatoes – Sustainable
Green Tomatoes – Sustainable
Green Beans – Sustainable
Winesap, Rome, and Red Delicious Apples –
Sustainable
Liberty Apples – Sustainable
Green Leaf Lettuce – Organic
White Potatoes – Sustainable
Red Onions – Sustainable
Red Tomatoes – Sustainable
Winter Squash – Sustainable
Green Tomatoes – Sustainable
Green Beans – Sustainable
Winesap, Red Delicious, and Rome Apples –
Sustainable
Gold Rush Apples – Sustainable
Green Leaf Lettuce – Organic
Red Oak Leaf Lettuce – Organic
Carrots – Organic
Red Potatoes – Sustainable
Broccoli – Organic
Red Onions – Sustainable
Sweet Potatoes – Sustainable
Red Tomatoes – Sustainable
Winter Squash – Sustainable
Radishes – Sustainable
Green Tomatoes – Sustainable
Green Beans – Sustainable
Beets – Organic
Kale and Collards – Sustainable
BONUS!! Brussel sprouts and scallions in every share this week!

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.

Letters & Information

  • Breakfast Invitation For CSA Members
    November 10, 2012 To all Highland Harvest Club members and families- With a few glitches and exceptions, it has been a very good year to grow fruits and vegetables in the Garden State. It was a bit hot and dry early summer, but we have good irrigation...
  • Highlands Harvest Club CSA – Week 28
    Alstede Farms – Highlands Harvest Club – CSA- November 18-22, 2012 One more week of living like a “Pioneer Woman” carrying buckets of water from the neighbor’s home to my house. If this was any other year, we would be thinking about Thanksgiving dinner and starting to...

Recipes

  • Apple Egg Rolls
    This recipe could be a fun project for the whole family.  The little pies remind me of the apple pies that were once available at Mc Donald’s, only better because they are homemade! 4 medium apples 2 T butter 2...
  • Marvin Woods Brussels Sprouts, Red Pepper and Avocado Salad
    1 lb.  Brussels sprouts 1 c orange juice ½ c grape seed oil ½ c white balsamic vinegar 2 T agave syrup or honey to taste 2 small red onions thinly sliced ¼ c chopped fresh cilantro ½ jalapeno pepper,...
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