Austin 2017 Farm Share/CSA Week 16 – Summer

Since this is the final week of our Spring/Summer season, members are reminded to return all canvas bags and egg cartons this week.

Here’s our expected harvest for week 16:

Full Share: Squash or Cucumber, Chinese Cabbage, Tomatoes, Okra, Carrots, Basil, Eggplant, Peppers, Winter squash, Yellow onion, Red onion

Half Share: Tomatoes, Okra, Carrots, Basil, Eggplant, Peppers, Winter squash, Yellow onion, Red onion

check back for a photo later this week as we harvest and pack shares

Recipe

One of our CSA members created her own version of a Moroccan Stew using the eggplant, basil, and yellow onion from her share.  (You can follow her public Facebook page here)

– saute 1 yellow onion in a few tbsps of ghee
+ diced eggplant and chopped cauliflower and saute a few mins
+ 1 can stewed tomatoes and a cup chicken broth (homemade is yummiest)
+ 2 tbsps paprika, 1.5 tsp sea salt, 2 tsps turmeric, 2 tsps coriander, 2 tsps fennel seed, dash of black pepper and simmer for a bit
+ 1 lb ground pastured pork. I browned separately so I did not smoosh my veggies, simmer a few more mins
– just before done + several cloves minced garlic, several handfuls chopped basil, and the juice of half a lemon and cook 1 or 2 mins.
Stir. Serve. Enjoy.

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Austin 2017 Farm Share/CSA Week 15 – Summer

Here’s our expected harvest for week 15 of our Spring/Summer season:

Full Share: Squash or Cucumber, Beans, Tomatoes, Okra, Carrots, Basil, Eggplant, Peppers, Winter squash, Yellow onion, Red onion

Half Share: Tomatoes, Okra, Carrots, Basil, Eggplant, Peppers, Winter squash, Yellow onion, Red onion

Blessing Falls Farm Spring/Summer, Week 15 Farm Share

Blessing Falls Farm Spring/Summer, Week 15 Farm Share

 

Recipe

Here’s a pesto recipe for your share veggies – great in a variety of summer dishes.

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Austin 2017 Farm Share/CSA Week 14 – Summer

Here’s our expected harvest for week 14 of our Spring/Summer season:

Full Share: Squash or Cucumber, Beans, Tomatoes, Okra, Carrots, Basil, Eggplant, Peppers, Winter squash, Yellow onion, Red onion

Half Share: Tomatoes, Okra, Carrots, Basil, Eggplant, Peppers, Winter squash, Yellow onion, Red onion

Blessing Falls Farm Spring/Summer, Week 14 Farm Share

Blessing Falls Farm Spring/Summer, Week 14 Farm Share

Recipe

Try these delicious Jalapeño Poppers this week!

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Austin 2017 Farm Share/CSA – Week 13 Summer

Here’s our expected harvest this week:

Full Share: Tomatoes, Okra, Beans, Chard, Carrots, Basil, Eggplant, Peppers, Winter Squash, Yellow onion, Red onion

Half Share: Tomatoes, Okra, Carrots, Basil, Eggplant, Peppers, Squash or Cucumber, Yellow onion, Red onion

Blessing Falls Farm Spring/Summer, Week 13 Farm Share

Blessing Falls Farm Spring/Summer, Week 13 Farm Share

Recipe

We made this Stir-Fried Eggplant last night and it was very good.  A great way to use your share’s eggplant, red onion, and basil.  We made these changes:
Sriracha Sauce instead of red chilies
6 or 7 Asian Eggplant instead of just 2 the recipe mentions
Coconut flour instead of cornstarch for a low-carb alternative

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Austin 2017 Summer Farm Share/CSA – Week 12

Our Spring/Summer season has definitely transitioned from spring to summer.  Here’s our expected harvest this week:

Full Share: Carrots (triple portion), Basil, Eggplant, Peppers, Squash or cucumber, Yellow onion, Red onion, Tomatoes (triple portion), Okra, Beans, Chard, Rosemary

Half Share: Carrots (double portion), Basil, Eggplant, Peppers, Squash or cucumber, Yellow onion, Red onion, Tomatoes, Okra

check back later this week for a photo as we harvest and pack shares

Recipes

Here’s a family favorite from one of our CSA members – great way to cook the carrots in this week’s shares:

Carrot Roast

Very good with cranberry. Makes great leftover sandwiches

2 cups cooked rice (white or brown)
3 cups grated or ground carrots
1 cup peanut butter
2 cups milk
2 tbsp melted butter
1 or 2 chopped onions
1/2 tsp sage
2 or 3 eggs

Can use food processor for carrots and onions; Combine all ingredients
Place in a greased 8×8 dish and bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour or more
Can double recipe and bake in 13×9 pan.

You may also want to try this grilled eggplant recipe. The grill always seems to make everything better!

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Austin 2017 Summer Farm Share/CSA – Week 11

Our harvest for week 11: Carrots, Tomatoes, Okra, Beans, Cucumbers, Beet Greens, Onions, Squash, Italian Eggplant, Fennel, Peppers, Basil

Blessing Falls Farm Spring/Summer, Week 11 Farm Share

Blessing Falls Farm Spring/Summer, Week 11 Farm Share

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Austin 2017 Spring Farm Share/CSA – Week 10

Our harvest for week 10: Carrots, Cabbage, Tomatoes, Okra, Beans, Cucumbers, Beet Greens, Onions, Squash, Italian Eggplant, Basil, Peppers

Blessing Falls Farm Spring/Summer, Week 10 Farm Share

Blessing Falls Farm Spring/Summer, Week 10 Farm Share

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Austin 2017 Spring Farm Share/CSA – Week 9

At this halfway point of our 16 week Spring/Summer season, many summer varieties are just about ready.  Some of week’s shares will see the season’s first eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, and okra.  Tomatoes are more abundant this week with enough for all shares. Carrots, onions, and beans remain strong.

Here’s what to expect in shares this week: (may vary slightly depending on field/garden conditions)

Half Share: Eggplant or peppers, Tomatoes, Onions, Beans, Basil, Cucumbers or Squash, Carrots, Chard

Full Share: Eggplant, Peppers, Tomatoes, Onions, Beans, Basil, Cucumbers or Squash, Carrots, Chard, Cabbage, Dill, Okra or beet greens

Recipe

Here’s a tasty recipe we invented this week that’s perfect for this transition from spring to summer veggies!

Summer Turkey Pasta
Ingredients
16 oz. Penne Pasta
4 slices bacon, diced
1 onion, diced
1 summer squash, sliced (optional)
1 lb. ground turkey
1 TBSP. Minced garlic
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 bunch Swiss chard, chopped
1 cup cream (more if necessary)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/8 cup fresh basil, chopped
Salt and Pepper

Directions
1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
2. In a large skillet, cook bacon and onions together on medium heat about 5 minutes. Add sliced squash and cook until soft. Remove from heat and set aside in another bowl.
3. Brown turkey in skillet. Add cream, garlic, tomatoes and chard and simmer until cream is bubbly. Add Parmesan and basil and mix thoroughly.
4. Pour onion and turkey mixtures over cooked pasta. Stir well, salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with fresh basil, shredded Parmesan or red pepper flakes. Enjoy!

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Austin 2017 Spring Farm Share/CSA – Week 8

We’re starting the turn from spring to summer this week, with tomatoes making their first appearance in some shares.  Most of the blackberries have been harvested but we’ll have enough again this week for the full size shares.

Here’s what’s expected in our Spring week 8 shares:

(Shares may vary slightly depending on field/garden conditions)

Half Share: Onions, Beans, Chard, Carrots, Rosemary, Basil, Edible flowers

Full Share: Onions, Beans, Chard, Carrots, Rosemary, Basil, Edible flowers, Dandelion greens, Tomatoes or squash, Beet greens, Cabbage, Blackberries

Recipe

Rosemary Green Beans

Ingredients
1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
2 green onions, sliced (about 1/4 cup)
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
Garnish: fresh rosemary sprigs

How to Make It
Sprinkle green beans evenly with 1/4 tsp. salt, and place in a steamer basket over boiling water; cover and steam 10 minutes or until crisp-tender. Plunge green beans into ice water to stop the cooking process, and drain.
Sauté green onions and rosemary in hot oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 2 to 3 minutes or until softened. Add green beans, pecans, lemon rind, and remaining 1/4 tsp. salt, stirring until thoroughly heated. Garnish, if desired, and serve immediately.

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Austin 2017 Spring Farm Share/CSA – Week 7

This week the bean harvest is hitting full stride as the blackberry harvest begins to wane. We’re also posting a soup recipe one of our members prepared last week.  We welcome your recipe ideas.  If you have a favorite or try a new one that uses several of the varieties in a weekly share, please send it to us so we can share with all farm share members.

This week we begin delivering pasture-raised whole chicken with our weekly shares. These are raised with great care by our friends at Humble Rooster Farm on non-GMO, soy-free feed.  When you sign up for our weekly produce shares, just add the chicken along with your choice of eggs and/or grass fed beef and have it all conveniently delivered right to your front door.

Here’s what’s expected in our Spring week 7 shares:

(Shares may vary slightly depending on field/garden conditions)

Half Share: Beans (double portion), Basil, 2 Onions, Chard, Carrots (double portion), Beets

Full Share: Blackberries, Lettuce, Basil, Beans (double portion), Carrots (double portion), Beets, 2 Onions, Chard, Fennel or amaranth leaves, Squash or Italian Dandelion Greens, Dill, edible flowers

Blessing Falls Week 7 Spring/Summer Full Share: Yellow and purple beans, basil, edible flowers (cosmos), blackberries, chard, red onion, yellow onion, lettuce, beets, dill, dandelion greens (or squash), carrots, fennel

Blessing Falls Week 7 Spring/Summer Full Share: Yellow and purple beans, basil, edible flowers (cosmos), blackberries, chard, red onion, yellow onion, lettuce, beets, dill, dandelion greens (or squash), carrots, fennel

Recipe Ideas

If you enjoy preserving vegetables, this would be a great week to store up some beans and carrots! Try freezing, canning or pickling this week!

Here’s the recipe one of our members prepared last week – many of the ingredients are in this week’s shares too: Creamy Fennel and Greens Soup

You can also try out this tasty recipe with your carrots and beans!
Ginger, Carrot and Sesame Green Beans

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