PHCSA Newsletter: Week 17

Prospect Heights CSA Newsletter

Week 17 – October 1, 2014

In this issue:

  • Pickup #17 Information
  • The Weekly Challenge — Using It All
  • News from Ted

Important Dates:

October 9
Pickup #18

This Week’s Pickup: Week A

Thursday October 2, 4:30p -7:30p
PS 9 Cafeteria
80 Underhill Ave
enter on St Marks next to the playground
We expect:
vegetables | fruit | eggs | dairy shares

Weekly Challenge – How to Use it All…

Japanese Eggplant, those long pale beauties….
Here is a simple, but brilliant idea from last week’s work shift:

Eggplant Chips.  Slice eggplant very thin (a mandoline is best), spread slices out on some paper towels in a single layer, lightly salt both sides and let stand for about half an hour.  Preheat oven to 350, press the eggplant with another paper towel to soak up all the water and wipe away excess salt.  Spray (or brush) both sides of the eggplant with olive oil and bake in a single layer in the oven for about 30 minutes, or until the slices are crispy and light brown.  You can season with whatever you like.  As delicious as these are when they are crispy, they are just as good in salad the next day, almost like bacon…

News from Ted

October 2, 2014

This week’s share includes:
  • sweet peppers
  • chiles
  • tomatoes
  • acorn squashes
  • yellow onions
  • red or yellow potatoes
  • green leaf lettuces
  • your choice of greens (Red Russian kale, bok choy or Swiss chard)
  • eggplants or sweet corn.
This lovely weather has prolonged our tomato and pepper harvest. Next week you’ll get more of the same, along with carrots, The sweet corn should keep coming, too, as long as a killing frost holds off. Your fruit share will be prunes from Yonder Farm.

It has been a joy to be working in the out-of-doors this week. Just the week before I had pulled out my flannel-lined work pants to weather the near freezing temperatures we had been waking to. We covered everything tender just the week before with floating row covers, virtually turning the farm white. We’ve harvested in the snow in October in past years, and I had become concerned that we were heading for that kind of October. But today I had to dig out my ball cap to keep my head from overheating. It’s a return to late August. In addition to being warm, it’s been dry.

Jan and I spent this week running irrigation lines around the farm. Earlier today we watered the fall greens and carrots and next year’s strawberries. Now we are irrigating the greenhouse greens that will be part of shares in late October and in the early winter. The colors are lovely, the forecast is for more mild weather, and we seem to be keeping up with the work – a perfect start to fall.

Have a great week, Ted