When can I come to the farm and pick up my Fall farm share?
We’ve expanded the pick up days to accommodate requests for Friday distributions.
Please come to the farm to pick up your share between Noon and 3:00 on:
Friday or Saturday, Nov 7 or Nov 8
Friday or Saturday, Nov 21 or Nov 22
Friday or Saturday, Dec 5 or Dec 6
Friday or Saturday, Dec 19 or Dec 20
(unless you purchased a partial share, in which case, just come to the farm on your pick up days)
Do I need to tell you which day – Friday or Saturday – I’m going to pick up my Fall farm share? Nope, just show up between noon and 3 on the day that works best for you.
Do I need to bring my own bags to pick up my Fall farm share? Yes, and I also recommend you bring a box if you’ve got one handy. The Fall Share contains at least twice as many veggies as you got in each summer pick up. It’s a lot of veggies and some folks find a box, in addition to bags, very useful.
What’s in the first Fall farm share? Butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, leeks, carrots, beets, napa cabbage, radicchio, sweet potatoes, spinach, and lettuce. There will also be a three pound root choice (fennel, purple top turnips, celeriac, potatoes, onions) and a cooking greens choice (red Russian kale, collard greens, broccoli raab and Happy Rich, a new-to-us Asian green)
OMG what am I supposed to do with all these vegetables!?! Don’t panic, stay calm! Some of your veggies will store quite well for a few weeks, even a few months in some cases. Butternut squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes and celeriac have been known to last until March in my house. Other veggies, like lettuce, cooking greens, spinach and radicchio should be eaten or preserved within a few days. For example, you could make a spinach quiche or a vegetable soup with collard greens, and freeze them for later use. Here’s some handy information about how best to store your veggies – Storing Fresh Veggies.
Here’s what I’m doing with some of the veggies in my first Fall farm share:
Butternut – I roast and then pack my butternut into tupperware and freeze it. It would also do well in my pantry.
Brussel sprouts – I love this Mark Bittman recipe for Brussel sprouts, bacon and figs
Root roast: I toss a few roots in olive oil (carrots, leeks, sweet potato, celeriac, small beets, along with some fennel; all but the beets chopped into 1 inch pieces). Then sprinkle with salt and pepper, and roast in the oven at 350 until tender. This root roast, along with a roasted chicken and a side of braised kale is a Sunday meal in my home, leftovers feeding us throughout the week.
Potatoes and Leeks become Potato Leek soup, with any remaining potatoes served up for breakfast as hash browns.
Sweet potatoes = latkes in my home, although I’m toying with the idea of making a sweet potato pie to serve as dessert with the root roast, chicken, and kale dinner I’m planning for Sunday.
Beets will be roasted and served with plain chevre cheese (yum!).
Carrots and celeriac will be grated into lettuce salads and/or made into carrot celery root soup.
Fall radicchio, with its beautiful red and white color and bitter flavor, always gets cooked up in a butternut squash and radicchio risotto. It’s a beautiful and very tasty dish.
I’m a big fan of sauerkraut, so I’ll be fermenting my napa cabbage.
What if I miss a farm share pick up? Can I get my veggies the next week? We farmers work a bit less in the cold months, and it’s unlikely we will be at the farm much in the weeks between fall share pick ups. If you miss a pick up, please call me as soon as you are able. I will try to figure out a way to unite you with your veggies!
Do you ever cancel a Fall share pick up because of bad weather? I will cancel the share pick up if snow or ice makes working or driving conditions dangerous. Check your email and the farm blog for cancellation announcements. Any cancelled pick ups will be rescheduled.
Are there still Fall farm shares available? Yes indeed. If you’ve friends, neighbors, co-workers who might be interested in a Fall farm share, have them contact me.
Holler if you’ve got any questions. Shoot me an email with your favorite fall veg recipes!