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Box Contents – Week 29, 2017

Week 29: November 7, 2017 – November 9, 2017

Please RSVP for our CSA Meet and Greet this Saturday…

To our CSA members – now you can order your locally raised holiday turkey!  Learn more…

Tuesday Classic Harvest Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Granny Smith Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Arugula (organic)
Basil (Greenhouse Grown)
Beans
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Carrots
Kale
Mizuna
Parsnips
Peppers
Purple Potatoes
Spinach
Cheese Pumpkin
Granny Smith Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Arugula (organic)
Beans
Broccoli
Carrots
Mizuna
Parsnips
Peppers
Purple Potatoes
Spinach
Cheese Pumpkin
Granny Smith Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Arugula (organic)
Beans
Broccoli
Mizuna
Parsnips
Purple Potatoes
Spinach
Cheese Pumpkin
 

Tuesday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Granny Smith Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Basil (Greenhouse Grown)
Beans
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Parsnips
Purple Potatoes
Spinach
Cheese Pumpkin
Granny Smith Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Broccoli
Carrots
Purple Potatoes
Spinach
Cheese Pumpkin
Granny Smith Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Broccoli
Carrots
Purple Potatoes
Spinach
Cheese Pumpkin
 
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
Granny Smith Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Arugula (organic)
Basil (Greenhouse Grown)
Beans
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Carrots
Kale
Mizuna
Parsnips
Peppers
Purple Potatoes
Spinach
Cheese Pumpkin
Granny Smith Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Arugula (organic)
Beans
Broccoli
Carrots
Mizuna
Parsnips
Peppers
Purple Potatoes
Spinach
Cheese Pumpkin
Granny Smith Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Arugula (organic)
Beans
Broccoli
Mizuna
Parsnips
Purple Potatoes
Spinach
Cheese Pumpkin
 

Wednesday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Granny Smith Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Basil (Greenhouse Grown)
Beans
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Parsnips
Purple Potatoes
Spinach
Cheese Pumpkin
Granny Smith Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Broccoli
Carrots
Purple Potatoes
Spinach
Cheese Pumpkin
Granny Smith Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Broccoli
Carrots
Purple Potatoes
Spinach
Cheese Pumpkin
 
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
Granny Smith Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Arugula (organic)
Basil (Greenhouse Grown)
Beans
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Carrots
Kale
Mizuna
Parsnips
Peppers
Purple Potatoes
Spinach
Cheese Pumpkin
Granny Smith Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Arugula (organic)
Beans
Broccoli
Carrots
Mizuna
Parsnips
Peppers
Purple Potatoes
Spinach
Cheese Pumpkin
Granny Smith Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Arugula (organic)
Beans
Broccoli
Mizuna
Parsnips
Purple Potatoes
Spinach
Cheese Pumpkin
 

Thursday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Granny Smith Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Basil (Greenhouse Grown)
Beans
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Parsnips
Purple Potatoes
Spinach
Cheese Pumpkin
Granny Smith Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Broccoli
Carrots
Purple Potatoes
Spinach
Cheese Pumpkin
Granny Smith Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Broccoli
Carrots
Purple Potatoes
Spinach
Cheese Pumpkin
 
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

With October and Halloween in the past, we set our sights on the next holidays. Is there a magazine cover or food article that is not talking about Thanksgiving? Some boast about the best recipes of the past and it seems that many are trying to refresh and revive old recipes to make them work with our updated diets and trends. This share will help you to do some early preparation and you may want to try some new recipes for this year’s holiday table as well.

The variety of apple this week will be the Granny Smith. This is one of the favored and most popular applesfor baking, cooking, pies, and of course eating fresh and out of hand. The apple is loved and easily recognized for its light green skin, crisp, juicy fruit, and of course they are tart. This is an old apple that is named after Maria Anne Smith who found a chance seedling on her property in Australia in 1868.

Granny Smith are not recommended for sauce, don’t worry, Jonagold apples will be along this week as well
and they are the perfect variety for that preparation.

I think this may be the first time ever for a “Cheese Pumpkin” to be in our shares. They are named for their look. The pale orange color and squat round shape resembles a wheel of cheese. On the inside however the flesh is a dense, deep orange, and less stringy by comparison to other pumpkin, it is much more like butternut squash. It is perfect for preparing pie. It can be roasted much the same as any of the other fall squash. If roasting on its own, it is recommended that a little water be added to the baking pan so that it does not dry out or burn as it is larger than most squash. You may find that you don’t even need to puree this pumpkin when preparing it for other recipes.

I am including a recipe that has been referred to as an arts and crafts project, probably because of its beautiful table presence. Choose a pan that is oven to table. It will help the pumpkin to hold its shape. Baking on a sheet (with sides) is possible however the presentation at the table will not be as picturesque. Vary the recipe as you like. Use cooked rice instead of bread for a risotto like filling. Add greens such as spinach and kale even beans or peas and eliminate meat for vegetarian diets. Eliminate cheese and cream and add broth, nuts, and seeds for a Vegan dish. The choice is yours.

Has everyone been watching and reading all the Facebook Posts? Maggie and the team have been very busy, there is so much going on! I am not sure what is first so I will start with the Feedback Survey that is so important to us, Turkey orders, Enrollment for the Holiday Share, and Enrollment for next year. I have been reading comments, you can send comments to jenn@alstedefarms.com or even better I hope to see all of you next Saturday at the Fall Meet and Greet so that we can chat in person. Until next week, enjoy the freshness.

 

 

Recipes

  • Roasted Parsnips Salad
    From your share: 3 large parsnips, peeled and cut into sticks 1 apples, cut into matchsticks 4-5 handfuls of arugula and/or mizuna From your kitchen: 4 ounces diced pancetta 1 tablespoon olive oil ½ tablespoon kosher salt 1/4 cup grated...
  • Easy Ways to Cook Green Beans
    Green beans respond better to boiling than to steaming. A pound of beans in a standard steamer will not cook evenly. Boiling is simpler – just add the beans and cook until tender – and permits the addition of salt...
  • Parsnips and Carrots with Orange Sauce
    From your share: 1 pound parsnips, peeled; halved lengthwise, and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick pieces 1 pound scrubbed carrots, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick From your kitchen: pieces 2 cups water 2/3 cup fresh orange juice 1/4 teaspoon...
  • Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good
    From your share: 1 cheese pumpkin From your kitchen: Salt and freshly ground pepper 1/4 lb. stale bread thinly sliced and cut into 1/2” chunks 1/4 lb. Gruyere, Emmenthal, or Cheddar or a combination cut into ½“chunks 2-4 cloves garlic...

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...

Box Contents – Week 27, 2017

Week 27: October 24 – October 26, 2017

Tuesday Classic Harvest Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Red Delicious Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Carrots
Beans
Kale
Lettuce
Mizuna
Parsnips
Peppers
Potatoes (Yukon Gold)
Radishes (organic)
Spaghetti Squash
Spinach
Swiss Chard
*BONUS Sugar Pumpkin*
Red Delicious Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Kale
Lettuce
Mizuna
Peppers
Potatoes (Yukon Gold)
Radishes (organic)
Spaghetti Squash
*BONUS Sugar Pumpkin*
Red Delicious Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Kale
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes (Yukon Gold)
Radishes (organic)
Spaghetti Squash
*BONUS Sugar Pumpkin*
 

Tuesday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Red Delicious Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Carrots
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes (Yukon Gold)
Spaghetti Squash
Spinach
*BONUS Sugar Pumpkin*
Red Delicious Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Carrots
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Potatoes (Yukon Gold)
Spaghetti Squash
*BONUS Sugar Pumpkin*
Red Delicious Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Carrots
Lettuce
Potatoes (Yukon Gold)
Spaghetti Squash
*BONUS Sugar Pumpkin*
 
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
Red Delicious Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Carrots
Beans
Kale
Lettuce
Mizuna
Parsnips
Peppers
Potatoes (Yukon Gold)
Radishes (organic)
Spaghetti Squash
Spinach
Swiss Chard
*BONUS Sugar Pumpkin*
Red Delicious Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Kale
Lettuce
Mizuna
Peppers
Potatoes (Yukon Gold)
Radishes (organic)
Spaghetti Squash
*BONUS Sugar Pumpkin*
Red Delicious Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Kale
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes (Yukon Gold)
Radishes (organic)
Spaghetti Squash
*BONUS Sugar Pumpkin*
 

Wednesday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Red Delicious Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Carrots
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes (Yukon Gold)
Spaghetti Squash
Spinach
*BONUS Sugar Pumpkin*
Red Delicious Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Carrots
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Potatoes (Yukon Gold)
Spaghetti Squash
*BONUS Sugar Pumpkin*
Red Delicious Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Carrots
Lettuce
Potatoes (Yukon Gold)
Spaghetti Squash
*BONUS Sugar Pumpkin*
 
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
Red Delicious Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Carrots
Beans
Kale
Lettuce
Mizuna
Parsnips
Peppers
Potatoes (Yukon Gold)
Radishes (organic)
Spaghetti Squash
Spinach
Swiss Chard
*BONUS Sugar Pumpkin*
Red Delicious Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Kale
Lettuce
Mizuna
Peppers
Potatoes (Yukon Gold)
Radishes (organic)
Spaghetti Squash
*BONUS Sugar Pumpkin*
Red Delicious Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Kale
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes (Yukon Gold)
Radishes (organic)
Spaghetti Squash
*BONUS Sugar Pumpkin*
 

Thursday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Red Delicious Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Carrots
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes (Yukon Gold)
Spaghetti Squash
Spinach
*BONUS Sugar Pumpkin*
Red Delicious Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Carrots
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Potatoes (Yukon Gold)
Spaghetti Squash
*BONUS Sugar Pumpkin*
Red Delicious Apples
Jonagold Apples
Apple Cider
Beans
Carrots
Lettuce
Potatoes (Yukon Gold)
Spaghetti Squash
*BONUS Sugar Pumpkin*
 
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

As we pick up shares this week we are looking at the last weekend in October. It has been a fairly warm fall and we have all been so busy here at the farm. We will continue with all the farm fun activities this coming weekend and which will include our Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast on Sunday morning. I hope that some of you will be able to make that date. Served with applesauce, it is one of my favorite breakfasts. To help you get into the spirit we will include a sugar pumpkin in the shares this week. They are great for baking, so roast the pumpkin as you would any other squash. If you enjoy pumpkin seeds you will find that sugar pumpkins have a higher ratio of seeds than most other varieties.

We will have spaghetti squash in the shares this week! This is the one that differs from all the rest. Spaghetti squash is rarely served on the sweet side, recipes are usually much more savory. The roasting directions can be the same, however in the featured recipe this week they offer a different method. Just poke holes in the squash and roast/bake for an hour for a 2 lb. spaghetti squash, adjusting time as necessary. Then cut the squash open, gently scoop out the seeds, and proceed with the recipe. This method eliminates cutting through that hard exterior, of course, the method is up to you.

Apples, apples, apples once again and the new variety this week will be the Red Delicious. Beautiful red with a cream colored interior. They are said to be good for applesauce, of course eating out of hand, and serving fresh in salads. The Red Delicious apple originated in Iowa in the 1870’s has been noted to be one of the 17 most popular varieties of apples in the United States. Only our farm variety can make me believe that statistic, ours are far from your average supermarket apple. Only you can decide. With some Jonagold mixed in you will be able to prepare any of your favorite recipes.

Yukon Gold potatoes are going to be in the shares this week. They are a favored potato for different reasons. They are still considered one of the best potatoes of choice for mashed potatoes. They requires less seasoning and less fat as they have a great natural flavor and a buttery texture naturally.
They are considered to be a good all-purpose potato that can be used for any cooking process.

It looks like the purple potatoes made a hit this week. Jennifer Niederhoffer and Ida Downing, prepared some great looking, simple recipes that are just a little more special because they are purple. Colleen Pedersen posted a beautiful apple pie. It looks like she had an apple cookie cutter that added that extra touch. I am thinking about making the pumpkin dog treats that she posted as well. With pumpkin in the shares I think the time is right. Until next week, enjoy the freshness and if you have a little time, keep in touch with jenn@alstedefarms.com , it is always a pleasure to hear from you. 

 

Recipes

  • Parmesan Garlic Spaghetti Squash
    From your share: 2 lb Spaghetti Squash From your kitchen: 2 T Olive Oil 2 Cups button mushrooms, chopped bite size 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped 1/4 c parmesan cheese grated From your garden: Handful of flat leaf parsley...
  • Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
    Pumpkin seeds can be roasted and enjoyed plain or with several combinations of seasonings. Remove the pumpkin seeds from the pulp. Rinse and dry. Some flavoring combinations include: • Tossing with a bit of melted butter and salt before roasting...
  • Apple Pie Oatmeal Bars
    From your share: 1/2 tsp salt 2 cups apples, cored, peeled and chopped From your kitchen: 2 tbsp. butter 1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 2 tbsp. flour 1 tsp cinnamon 2 tbsp. water 1/4 tsp salt Oatmeal Bars: 1/2...
  • Yukon Gold Potato Fans
    From your share: 4 Medium Yukon Gold Potatoes (russet potatoes will also work) From your kitchen: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon butter, melted 1 teaspoon Salt Preheat oven to 475° F. 2. Cut a thin slice off the bottom...

Box Contents – Week 26, 2017

Week 26: October 17 – October 19, 2017

Tuesday Classic Harvest Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Mutzu Apples
Suncrisp Apples
Green Beans
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Kale
Lettuce
Mizuna
Peppers
Potatoes
Radishes
Spinach
Butternut Squash
Mutzu Apples
Suncrisp Apples
Green Beans
Carrots
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Mizuna
Peppers
Potatoes
Spinach
Butternut Squash
Mutzu Apples
Suncrisp Apples
Green Beans
Carrots
Cauliflower
Mizuna
Peppers
Potatoes
Spinach
Butternut Squash
 

Tuesday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Mutzu Apples
Suncrisp Apples
Green Beans
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Kale
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes
Spinach
Butternut Squash
Mutzu Apples
Suncrisp Apples
Green Beans
Carrots
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes
Spinach
Butternut Squash
Mutzu Apples
Suncrisp Apples
Beans
Carrots
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes
Butternut 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
Mutzu Apples
Suncrisp Apples
Green Beans
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Kale
Lettuce
Mizuna
Peppers
Potatoes
Radishes
Spinach
Butternut Squash
Mutzu Apples
Suncrisp Apples
Green Beans
Carrots
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Mizuna
Peppers
Potatoes
Spinach
Butternut Squash
Mutzu Apples
Suncrisp Apples
Green Beans
Carrots
Cauliflower
Mizuna
Peppers
Potatoes
Spinach
Butternut Squash
 

Wednesday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Mutzu Apples
Suncrisp Apples
Green Beans
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Kale
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes
Spinach
Butternut Squash
Mutzu Apples
Suncrisp Apples
Green Beans
Carrots
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes
Spinach
Butternut Squash
Mutzu Apples
Suncrisp Apples
Beans
Carrots
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes
Butternut 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
Mutzu Apples
Suncrisp Apples
Green Beans
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Kale
Lettuce
Mizuna
Peppers
Potatoes
Radishes
Spinach
Butternut Squash
Mutzu Apples
Suncrisp Apples
Green Beans
Carrots
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Mizuna
Peppers
Potatoes
Spinach
Butternut Squash
Mutzu Apples
Suncrisp Apples
Green Beans
Carrots
Cauliflower
Mizuna
Peppers
Potatoes
Spinach
Butternut Squash
 

Thursday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Mutzu Apples
Suncrisp Apples
Green Beans
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Kale
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes
Spinach
Butternut Squash
Mutzu Apples
Suncrisp Apples
Green Beans
Carrots
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes
Spinach
Butternut Squash
Mutzu Apples
Suncrisp Apples
Beans
Carrots
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes
Butternut 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

Once again it is early Saturday morning and I am looking at a forecast that includes 80 degree temperatures. The difference this week is that soon after that there is a prediction of frost overnight on Monday. That means that we will have peppers in our shares probably for the last time since they have to be picked to save them. The production team has plenty of work cut out for them.

This week you’re getting purple potatoes. They will all have purple skins however when they are peeled some will be purple on the inside and some will look golden. Purple Potatoes have a slightly nutty flavor. Last winter we prepared garlic mashed potatoes with this variety for our Healthy Eating Open House. That would be my first suggestion for preparation. They are great roasted and they can be used in a salad. I will look forward to all of your creative posts when you use them.

Here comes an apple you will rarely hear about. Mutsu apples are a cross between the Golden Delicious and the Indo apples. They were first grown in Japan and named after the Mutsu region. These apples are also known for their size, often quite a bit larger than most others! They are great for sauce, eating out of hand and have been noticed as good for pies. The second apple is the Suncrisp that also has the Golden Delicious as one of the parents.

Locally developed at Rutgers and released in the 1990s. This apple has red flush over a green background with a little yellowing. Use these apples for cooking and serving fresh.

The fall squash this week is the butternut. Not one of the prettiest of the fall varieties but one of the most favored. This squash has great flavor and texture. When roasted I find that I rarely have to add any extra sugar. It is easy to peel and of course it can be used in most of the winter squash recipes.

I am noticing lots of beans and greens for some really delicious meals on Facebook. Apples for desserts look absolutely delicious. One of my favorites is an apple pecan cake. Michele Zanzonico posted an apple cake the other day. Jennifer Criso, Cathie Hall and Ashleigh White all posted pies this week. It seems as though everyone is enjoying the apples. If you are not posting and want to share, send your ideas to jenn@alstedefarms.com. Until next week, enjoy the freshness.

Recipes

  • Mizuna Simple Ideas
    Salad. Wash and chop the salad into bite size pieces. Mix with lettuce or any greens for salad. Try spinach and arugula, or even by itself. Serve as a bed under a main dish salad Pasta. Even Asian greens can...
  • Butternut Squash Fries
    From your share: 1 butternut squash From your kitchen: 1 tbsp. olive oil Sea salt to garnish Instructions: Preheat the oven to 200c. Peel and cut the squash in half lengthways. Scoop out the seeds and then cut each half...
  • Purple Potato Steak Salad
    From your share: 1lb of purple potatoes 4 to 6 radishes 6 to 8 cups mesclun greens From your kitchen: 1/2 lime 2 medium cloves garlic 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons chipotle powder 12 ounces top sirloin steak 6 scallions...
  • Cauliflower Nachos
    From your shares: 1 large head of cauliflower, chopped From your kitchen: 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 1 tsp. kosher salt 1/2 tsp. cumin 1/2 tsp. paprika 1/4 tsp. chili powder 1/4 tsp. garlic powder 1 c. Colby-Jack, shredded Salsa,...

Box Contents – Week 25, 2017

Week 25: October 10 – October 12, 2017

Tuesday Classic Harvest Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Apples
Apple Cider
Arugula
Broccoli
Cabbage
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes
Spinach
Acorn Squash
Lima Beans
Apples
Apple Cider
Arugula
Cabbage
Kale
Kohlrabi
Peppers
Potatoes
Spinach
Acorn Squash
Lima Beans
Apples
Apple Cider
Arugula
Kale
Kohlrabi
Potatoes
Spinach
Acorn Squash
Lima Beans
 

Tuesday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Apples
Apple Cider
Broccoli
Kale
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes
Spinach
Acorn Squash
Lima Beans
Apples
Apple Cider
Kale
Peppers
Potatoes
Spinach
Acorn Squash
Lima Beans
Apples
Apple Cider
Kale
Pepper
Potatoes
Spinach
Acorn Squash
Lima Beans
 
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
Apples
Apple Cider
Arugula
Broccoli
Cabbage
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes
Spinach
Acorn Squash
Lima Beans
Apples
Apple Cider
Arugula
Cabbage
Kale
Kohlrabi
Peppers
Potatoes
Spinach
Acorn Squash
Lima Beans
Apples
Apple Cider
Arugula
Kale
Kohlrabi
Potatoes
Spinach
Acorn Squash
Lima Beans
 

Wednesday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Apples
Apple Cider
Broccoli
Kale
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes
Spinach
Acorn Squash
Lima Beans
Apples
Apple Cider
Kale
Peppers
Potatoes
Spinach
Acorn Squash
Lima Beans
Apples
Apple Cider
Kale
Pepper
Potatoes
Spinach
Acorn Squash
Lima Beans
 
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
Apples
Apple Cider
Arugula
Broccoli
Cabbage
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes
Spinach
Acorn Squash
Lima Beans
Apples
Apple Cider
Arugula
Cabbage
Kale
Kohlrabi
Peppers
Potatoes
Spinach
Acorn Squash
Lima Beans
Apples
Apple Cider
Arugula
Kale
Kohlrabi
Potatoes
Spinach
Acorn Squash
Lima Beans
 

Thursday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
Apples
Apple Cider
Broccoli
Kale
Lettuce
Peppers
Potatoes
Spinach
Acorn Squash
Lima Beans
Apples
Apple Cider
Kale
Peppers
Potatoes
Spinach
Acorn Squash
Lima Beans
Apples
Apple Cider
Kale
Pepper
Potatoes
Spinach
Acorn Squash
Lima Beans
 
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 it is all about fall except for the weather. As I am writing we are expecting a day that is going to be 80 degrees. We have the fall apples, potatoes, and leafy greens.. This week we have the first of the fall squash. So let’s review the easiest method of cooking. Cut in half using a chef’s sharp knife, if this is too difficult, pierce the skin with a fork in a few places and put the squash in the microwave for a minute or two. Allow the squash to sit to cool a little. Cut from the stem end to the point. Scoop out the seeds (save seeds to roast) and then place the squash cut side down on a baking sheet. Some say to spray or butter, some say put a little water in for moisture. I usually just line the sheet with parchment. Bake at 400 degrees and for almost an hour. Squash should be fork tender. Turn over the squash and it is either ready to serve or you can sweeten with a little butter and brown sugar or make this the base of a main dish and add sausage and rice or one of any other endless choices.

Apples continue to be in the shares. You will find that you will have two of our favorites, Jonagold and Empire. The Empire apple is a hybrid of the red delicious and MacIntosh and they are delicious! Continue to serve these apples as often as possible, raw and out of hand. They can keep the Dr. away in so many ways. It isn’t just a saying, apples can be beneficial to heart health, and they can keep some cancers away, every day they keep our bodies regular and as a great truly natural “go to” snack they may even help to control weight.

There will be some tender greens this week. Arugula will be in the shares. Here is your chance to prepare your own mixed greens either cooked or in salads. They are members of the mustard family .Arugula is a little spicy, a little like pepper. Of course they have powerful health benefits to include a cleansing and detoxifying effects.

Recipes

  • Arugula Simple Ideas
    Risotto. Another Italian inspired use for mizuna! Stir chopped and cleaned mizuna into a batch of risotto at the end of cooking. It will wilt perfectly. Try pairing with mushrooms for an earthy dish. Stir-fry. Asian greens are of course...
  • Sauteed Kale with Apples
    From your share: 2 Empire apples, cored and cut itno bite-size pieces 2 teaspoons apple cider 4 cups of chopped kale leaves From your kitchen: 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 white onion, 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 1/8 teaspoon sea...
  • Bloomin Baked Apples Recipe
    From your shares: 2 Honeycrisp apples (or other crisp apples) The Jonagold apples will work well here From your kitchen: 2 tbsp. butter 3 tbsp. brown sugar, packed 1 tbsp. flour 1 tsp cinnamon 4 caramels, unwrapped ~~~Optional toppings~~~ Vanilla...
  • Acorn Squash Fondue
    From your share: 1 Medium Acorn Squash 3/4 cup Apple Cider From your kitchen: 6 ounces Cream Cheese 1/2 cup Heavy Cream 8 ounces Sharp Cheddar 1/2 teaspoon Freshly Grated Nutmeg 1 tablespoon Unsalted Butter 1/2 teaspoon Thyme to taste...

Box Contents – Week 24, 2017

Week 24: October 3 – October 5, 2017

Tuesday Classic Harvest Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
MacIntosh Apples
Red Gala Apples
Apple Cider
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Corn
Cilantro
Kale
Lettuce
Peppers
Radishes
Spinach
Plum Tomatoes
Potatoes
Leeks
MacIntosh Apples
Red Gala Apples
Apple Cider
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Corn
Kale
Lettuce
PeppersRadishes
Spinach
Plum Tomatoes
Potatoes
MacIntosh Apples
Red Gala Apples
Apple Cider
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Corn
Kale
Lettuce
Pepper
Spinach
Plum Tomatoes
Potatoes
 

Tuesday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
MacIntosh Apples
Red Gala Apples
Apple Cider
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Plum Tomatoes
Potatoes
Spinach
Cabbage
MacIntosh Apples
Red Gala Apples
Apple Cider
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Plum Tomatoes
Potatoes
Spinach
MacIntosh Apples
Red Gala Apples
Apple Cider
Broccoli
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Plum Tomatoes
Potatoes
Spinach
 
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
MacIntosh Apples
Red Gala Apples
Apple Cider
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Corn
Cilantro
Kale
Lettuce
Peppers
Radishes
Spinach
Plum Tomatoes
Potatoes
Leeks
MacIntosh Apples
Red Gala Apples
Apple Cider
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Corn
Kale
Lettuce
PeppersRadishes
Spinach
Plum Tomatoes
Potatoes
MacIntosh Apples
Red Gala Apples
Apple Cider
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Corn
Kale
Lettuce
Pepper
Spinach
Plum Tomatoes
Potatoes
 

Wednesday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
MacIntosh Apples
Red Gala Apples
Apple Cider
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Plum Tomatoes
Potatoes
Spinach
Cabbage
MacIntosh Apples
Red Gala Apples
Apple Cider
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Plum Tomatoes
Potatoes
Spinach
MacIntosh Apples
Red Gala Apples
Apple Cider
Broccoli
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Plum Tomatoes
Potatoes
Spinach
 
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
MacIntosh Apples
Red Gala Apples
Apple Cider
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Corn
Cilantro
Kale
Lettuce
Peppers
Radishes
Spinach
Plum Tomatoes
Potatoes
Leeks
MacIntosh Apples
Red Gala Apples
Apple Cider
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Corn
Kale
Lettuce
PeppersRadishes
Spinach
Plum Tomatoes
Potatoes
MacIntosh Apples
Red Gala Apples
Apple Cider
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Corn
Kale
Lettuce
Pepper
Spinach
Plum Tomatoes
Potatoes
 

Thursday Jersey Fresh Necessities Boxes

Ultimate Box Family Box Essential Box
MacIntosh Apples
Red Gala Apples
Apple Cider
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Plum Tomatoes
Potatoes
Spinach
Cabbage
MacIntosh Apples
Red Gala Apples
Apple Cider
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Plum Tomatoes
Potatoes
Spinach
MacIntosh Apples
Red Gala Apples
Apple Cider
Broccoli
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Plum Tomatoes
Potatoes
Spinach
 
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

Last week we were looking for anything cold. This week we want anything hot. It seems that my “go to” is apple cider for both temperatures. So refreshing when needed and so warming when steaming hot. Can you resist when cider is releasing an aroma of fall spice scents, I can’t! if you are looking for ways to continue using apple cider be sure to use some when starting apple sauce, I always cook my apples a bit (and then cool) when making apple pie and I start that with cider. There are recipes in the index using cider with pork roast or pork chops. Kim De Maria posted a recipe on Facebook for Sauerkraut and Polish Sausage that looked like a keeper. Prepared in the crockpot makes it convenient and Kim says that she has prepared this recipe many times before. If you choose to freeze some cider take a little out of the container to allow for expansion. When you defrost strain the cider before serving.

We will have apples again. I believe it will have Gala apples as they are a variety we have had before that is in abundance here at the farm. McIntosh is a late September apple that is considered to be all-purpose. It is the apple that I remember the most growing up. They are best for eating out of hand and they are good for sauce. They are not recommended for baking or pie however there are some who say they do work for both.

This week our fields are producing beautiful cruciferous vegetables including cauliflower, broccoli,
and kale. High in fiber and nutrients, they have so many health benefits. They can assist with eye health as we age, helping to guard against cataracts and macular degeneration. Serving these vegetables
can also help to regulate blood pressure. Broccoli and the dark leafy greens can add calcium to your diet to help the maintenance of strong bones and the fight against osteoporosis. As the summer comes to an end we may realize that we had a little too much sun. Broccoli can be helpful as a detoxifying agent for our skin. As we look ahead the weather changes and the cold and flu season is coming upon us, broccoli will boost your immune system. If you have cauliflower and broccoli in your share prepare them together. I am including a recipe that we prepared at a “fresh discoveries” class this week. Broccoli and Apple soup is sure to keep the Dr. away. I was a skeptic and not sure about this recipe but I am sure you will find it to be delightful. Notice that it will use broccoli, apples, and of course cider from the share. It is a great lunch dish or appetizer soup. I hope you will give it a try.

Colleen Pedersen and Sue Barsnica both posted pictures of an Italian style soup that included Kale. Colleen used potatoes from the share, Sue used the pasta in the recipe. Either will work once again with this share. Continue to post and for those of you who would be prefer, send recipes and ideas to jenn@alstedefarms.com. I love hearing from you. Until next week, enjoy the freshness.

Recipes

  • Bill’s Broccoli-Cauliflower Fritters
    This recipe comes from Maggie’s dad, Bill Callahan. A family favorite! What you’ll need: From the share: 1 head of cauliflower 1 head of broccoli From your kitchen: 3 eggs 1 1/2 cup of flower (all purpose works, gluten free...
  • Apple Cider Braised Brisket
    From your kitchen: 2 tablespoons butter 1 (4-5 lb.) beef brisket, outer fat trimmed 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 2 yellow onions, cut into wedges 5 cloves garlic From your garden: 3 sprigs rosemary From your share: 3 cups...
  • Kale and White Bean Soup
    From your kitchen: 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 cloves garlic, chopped 2 stalks celery, sliced 1 large onion, chopped kosher salt and black pepper 2 15.5-ounce cans cannellini beans, rinsed 1 cup small soup pasta, such as tubettini, ditalini, or...
  • Broccoli Apple Soup Recipe
    From your share: 1 large bunch of broccoli (about 3 heads with stems) 1 good cooking apple (a non-tart apple such as Jonagold, golden delicious, McIntosh), peeled, cored, chopped From your kitchen: 3 Tbsp. butter 1 cup of thinly sliced...
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