Hello CSA Members –
It finally feels like the cold and rain have officially pushed us into fall!
This Saturday it was so rainy, windy, and cold we decided to skip farmers market – a tough decision, but we’re grateful to have kept our onions dry. In all the time we would have usually spent picking and packing for market, instead we finished pulling in all our squash, picking the last of our heat-loving crops, and even dehydrating some food for winter.
It also means we’ll still have quite a bit of variety for you for the weeks ahead!
*Important Note!* CSA Deliveries will be taking place on Wednesday evening rather than Tuesday evening this week. Be sure to leave out your coolers and ice packs then!
Here’s what you can expect this week:
- Acorn Squash
- Sweet Peppers
- Purple Daikon Radishes New!
- Apples New!
- Baby Beets
- Kennebec (White) Potatoes
- Red Onion
Daikon Radish: What Is It? | Explanation & Tips
Never had daikon radishes before? Then you’re in for a real treat – and for a brush-in with some truly beautiful produce.
If you’re familiar with Asian or Middle Eastern cuisine, it’s very likely you’ve had a taste of this radish before. It’s sure to have been a memorable experience: daikon radishes can get HOT! (Though not as hot as horse radish!) Think of your typical small spring radish, but with more of a bite or a kick.
Don’t like the heat? No problem! Try roasting up this spicy root much like you’d roast up turnips, beets, or rutabagas – its heat will vanish through the roasting (or baking) process. (I especially recommend a “daikon radish fries” recipe, fried up in oil, salt, and spices!)
If you love its spiciness: try pickling it as a garnish for future preparations; or, better yet, grating or cutting it into matchsticks for a slaw or salad. It goes well with carrots, cabbage, lettuce, apples (which will also be in your share this week!) and many other fresh-tasting veggies. Mix it up with a creamy sauce, mayonnaise, or salad dressing. It is absolutely delicious.
If you like street tacos, it goes well with mahi mahi/tuna tacos with a bit of red cabbage!!!
Have any questions or want some tips, guidance, or recipe ideas on daikon radishes? Don’t hesitate to email us!
Also feel free to share your own recipes with us – we love to share!
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Apples in Your CSA Share This Week!!! | Explanation & Tips
We have a couple apple trees on our property, and they’re all ripe and ready to go – so expect apples in your share this week!
Some info about these apples: they’re a “storage” type, meaning they’re just a tad less sweet and not so much for enjoying as a sweet crunchy snack eaten raw. On the other hand, since they have less sugar content, they last a much longer time in your pantry. They’re best used instead for making stuff like scrumptious ciders, breads, and pies! Since it’s fall anyway, we thought these would be a great treat for you to get ready for the fun baking spirit that usually comes with autumn.
Fun Apple Wellness Tip! Did you know apples have antimicrobial and astringent properties? This means they help kill bacteria/pathogens with some “cleansing” properties. One folk/herbalist tip I’ve gleaned in my studies: if you don’t have time to brush your teeth, eat an apple!
I know it sounds crazy, but apparently its astringent flesh and skins, plus its antimicrobial compounds, have a sort of “scrubbing” effect when you eat it (a bit of a “flossing” effect, too, when the flesh gets in between your teeth). Since these apples we’re sending you have less sugar (which is better for teeth), maybe consider giving it a try….though of course, brushing and flossing is HANDS DOWN better than eating an apple for your dental hygiene.
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