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Farm Share Week 19* the last week for biweekly odd weeks

Greetings all! This week is the last week for those who receive their order every second week since June 15th (odd weeks). So, if it is your last week, thanks for supporting our farm through our csa box.

Hopefully you discovered a new vegetable favourite and some recipes that make your mouth water when a new vegetable comes in season. While many of the winter vegetables I was anitipating have been taking their time to be ready (celery root) or not looking so good (brussels sprouts), everyone will get either Jerusalem artichokes or parsnips this week. There are two different recipes in this post for parsnips, and the Jerusalem artichokes make a great substitute for potaotes in mashed potaotes or in shepherd’s pie. They also make a delicious creamy soup. Here is your list:

Half Share
-rainbow carrots
-Jerusalem artichokes or parsnips
-spinach
-green onions
-green kale
-delicatta squash
-eggplant
-sweet peppers
-green cabbage
-green leaf lettuce

Whole Share
-rainbow carrots
-Jerusalem artichokes
-parsnips
-spinach
-green onions
-green kale
-delicatta squash
-eggplant
-sweet peppers
-green cabbage
-green leaf lettuce
-red leaf lettuce
-golden beets
-leeks
-baby bokchoy
-grape tomatoes

Savory Tempeh and Vegetables (vegetarian main dish) from “Simply in Season”
I have not been able to make this yet because I need to shop for some tempeh. I was excited to find a recipe using carrots, parsnips, squash, green onions, sage and garlic (you may have some left over). While I am not one to tout soy products, tempeh is more nutritious and less processed than tofu, and if you can find organic, then it will not be made from GMO soy.

Ingredients
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. olive oil
four 3-4 inch strips kombu seaweed (broken into 1 inch pieces)
3 cloves garlic
1 tbsp. ginger root (peeled and minced)
2 sprigs fresh rosemary or sage

1 lb. tempeh (cut into 1 inch squares

1 cup water
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. maple syrup

2 medium onions
1 1/2 lbs. winter squash (such as delicatta) (seeded and cut into 1 in. chunks)
2 medium parsnips (peeled and cut into 1/2 in. slices)
2 large carrots (peeled and cut into 1/2 in. slices)

1 1/2 cups cold water
2 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tbsp. arrowroot powder or cornstarch

Directions
1. Melt butter and olive oil in oven-safe pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add seaweed, garlic, ginger root and herbs and sautee 2 minutes.
2. Arrange tempeh on a layer on top.
3. Whisk water, soy sauce and maple syrup in a small bowl and pour over tempeh.
4. Layer onions, squash, parsnips and carrots in that order on tempeh.. Sprinkle with coarse salt. Cover, and bring to a boil. Transfer to preheated oven and bake at 400 degrees until vegetables are tender, about 25 minutes.
5. With a slotted spoon, transfer vegetables and tempeh into a serving bowl. Drain back any juices into the dutch oven and place over medium heat.
6. Combine cold water, soy sauce and arrowroot powder or cornstarch and mix until dissolved. Whisk into the juices. Simmer, stirring constantly until sauce thickens. Pour sauce over the tempeh and vegetables. If desired, gently fold in 2 thinly sliced green onions. Serve immediately over rice or bulgur.

Winter Vegetable Crumble (another vegetarian choice- yay!)

Ingredients
2/3 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup cashews (finely chopped)
2 tbsp. whole wheat flour
2 tbsp. oil
1 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed, or 1 tbsp. fresh

2 lbs. root vegetables (carrots, parsnips, rutabaga, turnips, potatoes (scrubbed and peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces))

1 medium onion (finely chopped)
2 tbsp. cashews
2/3 milk
1 1/4 cups vegetable broth
2 tbsp. flour
1 tsp. dried rosemary
salt and pepper

Directions
1. Combine oats, cashews and flour in a medium bowl. Mix in oil and rosemary with fingers to form a crumble topping. Set aside.
2. Steam root vegetables for 10-12 minutes until just tender. Reserve the steaming water for stock. Transfer vegetables to lightly oiled 2 L baking dish.
3. In a large saucepan, saute onion in 2 tsp. oil until soft, 4-5 minutes. Stir in milk and vegetable broth. In a cup mix flour with a little milk to make a smoothe paste. Stir into saucepan. Add rosemary. Bring to a boil and simmer until thickened, stirring constantly. Season with salt and pepper. Cool sauce slightly, then puree until smooth. Pour over steamed vegetables, then sprinkle with oat topping. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.

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Farm Share Week 14

Well, it’s a week of brilliant colour, and I think a good part of that can be attributed to the sweet peppers finally taking on their red and yellow hues. We also have the attractively striped delicatta squash, which has a more “potato-like” texture than other types of squash.

So here are the items for your local cooking challenge this week:

Half Share
-celery
-coloured sheppard and bell peppers (mostly red & yellow, and a few that are still partially green- don’t fear the novel shape of the sheppard peppers- they are sweet and not hot)
-delicatta squash (yellow and green stripes)
-campari tomatoes
-watermelon
-romaine lettuce
-red leaf lettuce
-rainbow carrots
-green beans
-dill

Whole Share
-celery
-coloured sheppard and bell peppers (mostly red & yellow, and a few that are still partially green- don’t fear the novel shape of the sheppard peppers- they are sweet and not hot)
-delicatta squash (yellow and green stripes)
-campari tomatoes
-watermelon
-romaine lettuce
-red leaf lettuce
-rainbow carrots
-green beans
-dill
-green cabbage
-red swiss chard
-green kale
-eggplant
-garlic chives
-red radish
-field/heirloom tomatoes (heirloom tomatoes can be all different colours and naturally have some gashes on the top)

This week’s veggies with fresh dill dip!

So what to do with this week’s box? Again, veggies and dip would be an excellent choice- here is an example of all the great colours you could use. How about making the fresh dill into some tasty dill dip? Just add to some sour cream, finely chopped and stir along with some onions and garlic. I tried making some with some plain yogurt and a little lemon juice and cream cheese and putting it in the blender but it turned out extremely runny. I still took a pic so the blog would look pretty!

Another idea to incorporate your carrots and celery is chicken pot pie. It’s really not as intimidating as it sounds. I normally just chop up some carrots, celery potatoes and cauliflower (if you happened to save some from before) and mix them with a can of low sodium cream of mushroom soup mix and just enough milk to make it sauce-like. Savory herbs like thyme, rosemary and sage along with good old pepper are delish to add some flavour. I put it all in a greased corningware pot (or multiple little ones) and bake on 375 for about 25 minutes with the lid on. Then I take it out and carefully roll out some pie crust dough (not too sweet) to the size of the container(s) and then pinch the sides closed and poke with holes to let steam escape. It’s about another 25 mins. till the crust is ready (lightly golden and firm but not hard). Here is a simple recipe for the crust- feel free to use your own or even a bought one http://allrecipes.com/recipe/best-ever-pie-crust/ . My chicken pot pie recipe may not stay together like the commerical ones, but it sure is tasty. Feel free to comment on suggestions for improvement.

Enjoy the bounty!

-Jennifer