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From our field to your table. Summer CSA 2015
  Urban Roots Farm   
Weekly Field Notes 

Farm Talk Notes from your farmer

Welcome to Winter CSA! We are so excited about this season on the farm. We have projects and new crops and new people and construction and well...that might be it. Prior to each pick up I will send you a field notes email informing you about your harvest, the happs on the farm and any wonderful recipes I come across. Winter is one of my favorite seasons to eat fresh produce. We are so used to laying the gardens to rest after the first frost and relaying on our canned goods or produce shipped across the country or world for that matter. So, I hope you enjoy this season and please feel free to contact us anytime with any questions. The farm family is so thankful for your trust in us to bring you healthy food. Thank you! 
-Farmer Mel 

What's in your share this week?

Loose leaf lettuce mix
Bell Peppers
Parsley and sage bundles
Swiss Chard
Pak Choi
Greens Mix
When you get home and can't remember what the funny looking veggie was, look no further! 

Loose leaf lettuce: thin leaf, light green and red lettuce. This is great to mix with your greens mix for an amazing salad. 
Kale: large green bundles of leaves. Some are dark green, some are green with purple stems. This can be juiced, eaten raw, sautéed, in a salad, in your eggs...
Celery: Bundle of celery stalks. We cut off the plants all year as apposed to harvesting the entire plant at once. This is very strong in flavor compared to store bought celery.
Cucumber: I think you all know this one.
Bell Peppers: These are sweet and amazing. eat raw, stuff or freeze for winter use.
Parsley and sage: Parsley looks like celery leaves, but it smells different. Sage is the pale green fuzzy leaf. 
Garlic: I don't think you will mistake this one.
Arugula: This is in a bag, all the leaves are the same color and same shape. This has a peppery taste. It is amazing as a salad, or on a sandwich.
Eggplant: Purple vegetable. Try sautéing, putting in soup, or baking. This guy will last weeks in your crisper drawer. 
Radish: Red round veggie with greens. The greens are eatable, the root is the best!
Swiss chard: This is large, smooth, shinny dark leaves in a bundle. This is one of the few veggies that is best cooked. It is very good for you! Eat it.
Pak Choi: This is the large white stem, green leaf plant. You should eat every part. 
Greens MIx: This is the bag with lots of different colored and textured leaves. This is a spicy salad mix with mizzuna, mustard, tatsoi, kale and arugula. If its to hot, try mixing it with the lettuce and making a peanut salad dressing. 

Proper storage for long lasting veggies.

All of the greens (kale, chard, pak choi) want to be cold. Place them in the fridge, in a bag or in the crisper drawer. The fridge tends to dehydrate the produce, so thats why you should protect it. 

The garlic likes to stay dry and cool store as you would onions.
If you are not going to eat root crops within 4 days, you should pull off the greens. This way the root crop will last for weeks!

The bagged greens need to stay dry, we wash them and cant seem to get them dry enough, so if you want these to last for weeks, stick a paper towel in the bag and fold it up as you place it in the crisper drawer. 

Eggplant and peppers can go in the fridge in a drawer, no protection needed. You can dice and freeze the peppers for winter use. 

Herbs: you can hang and dry for winter use, or you can place in a bag or container and keep cold. 
Urban Roots Farm Friends Giving dinner at Lindbergs! Get the details and your tickets here:

Check out this blog! Mallory has been a CSA member for many years, she is a very creative cook with great advice on how to use seasonal veggies.

Feel free to explore the summers field notes for recipes as well.
We might have a few extra loaves of bread this week, those are $5.50

Eggs: naturally raised $5
You should follow us on Instagram and Periscope for daily insight to the farm happenings! 
What you need to know about Pick up:
  • Pick up times are 3-5
  • If you can't make it here by 5, your share will be packed and placed in a white cooler near the front of the greenhouse. Your name will be on the bag.
  • We have disposable bags, but if you can please bring your own. 
  • We will be set up inside the pack shed. Park anywhere. 
  • Once you arrive we will check you in and show you the ropes. 
  • If you have an egg share, we would be happy to recycle the egg cartons.
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