Austin Fall CSA – Week 7

This week we begin the second half of our Fall season.  Here’s the expected harvest for our farm shares:

Full Share: Large Long Island Cheese pumpkin, Black Futsu pumpkin, 4 Cucumbers, Mizuna,  Kale (double portion), Beans or tomatoes, 6 Summer squash, 3 butternut squash, Homemade hummus from Bernhardt’s fruit and veggie farm

Half Share: Large Long Island Cheese pumpkin, Cucumbers, Kale, Beans, 3 Summer squash, 2 butternut squash, Homemade Hummus from Bernhardt’s fruit and veggie farm

Blessing Falls, Week 7 Fall CSA Farm Share

Blessing Falls, Week 7 Fall CSA Farm Share. Clockwise from top left: Portuguese kale, black Futsu pumpkin, Long Island cheese pumpkin, Mizuna, butternut squash, white scallop squash, hummus, cucumbers, zucchini, kale, lemon squash, purple beans

Our pumpkins are ready this week! We are so excited to have beautiful pumpkins for you this fall! We are giving these pumpkins to you right after harvest so that you can enjoy using them in your fall decor. Their flavor may be slightly better if you allow them to ‘cure’ for a week or so, but you can use them immediately if you so wish.

This week we’re giving two varieties in shares: Black Futsu and Long Island Cheese.  Black Futsu pumpkins are an heirloom, Japanese variety with their color ranging from dark green to chestnut. They are a great storage pumpkin, lasting several months. Their color will continue to change from green to orange/brown in storage. This is natural and does not mean the pumpkin is going bad so don’t be fooled and throw them out unnecessarily! You can make sweet or savory dishes with this versatile squash. Here are some ideas for using this pumpkin in cooking: roast and mash with cream, brown sugar and cinnamon, use in pies, soups, sauces and more!

Our Long Island Cheese pumpkins are absolutely gorgeous this year! These large pumpkins are great for canning, roasting, making pies, breads, jams and soups.

Don’t forget to roast your pumpkin seeds as well!

Earlier this season we added Bernhardt’s farm’s delicious, homemade hummus to our shares one week. Per request of our customers, we are happy to say we will again be adding it to this week’s shares!

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