In Your Share This Week
- Carrots, Shin Kuroda
- Kale, Rainbow & Red Russian
- Peppers, sweet mix
- Potatoes, Yukon Gems
- Winter Squash, Delicata
Well folks, it is that time of year where we are firmly out of the summer season and settling into the Fall and Winter crops. This will be the last week of sweet peppers- the last remnants of summer…except for a very exciting late-season corn trial that looks to be pretty promising! Look forward to lots of earthy and savory flavors coming up, like shallots, leeks, potatoes, celery root, beets, carrots, and the like. We will also include head lettuce as the weather allows, as well as fresh greens like chicories, kale, chard, cabbage, mustards, and herbs like fennel and parsley.
Also, after 20 weeks of CSA shares…we’ve said lots of what we have to say about the items in the share! Do remember to keep storing your roots and greens in plastic bags in your refrigerator so they retain their moisture. Also, a reminder that potatoes turn green when exposed to sunlight…so be sure to keep them in a cupboard, drawer, box, or basement. And watch out when you go to the grocery store!!! I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve perused the produce section (admittedly a geeky hobby of mine) all over town and seen green potatoes on the display. Aside from looking odd, the green coloration is a signal that the potato is preparing to grow (the green is chlorophyll), but there’s also solanine- a compound that is very bitter and poisonous. Not anything dire, but it can cause gastrointestinal irritation, and if one were able to eat a *copious* amount of bitter potatoes. Small portions of green can be trimmed off. But enough about that…these Yukon Gems are great- mash ’em, boil ’em, fry ’em, steam ’em, roast ’em, bake ’em…its all great!
A Morning of Fun & Learning on the Farm
- Soil Exploration. Dig in and learn about healthy soil.
- Seed to Harvest. Plant, tend and harvest the Grow Lunch Garden.
- Healthy Snacks. Taste farm-fresh veggies that you can use to create yummy snacks.
- Plant Parts Investigation. Explore the farm and plants we can eat.
- Wildlife & Food web. Who else has been foraging on the farm?
- Pollination Station. Meet these hard-working farm friends.
The event is free, but pre-registration is requested.
WHAT: Family Fun on the Farm
WHEN: Friday, 10/09 from 10 AM – Noon
WHERE: Sauvie Island Center
13901 NW Howell Park Road
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