Backyard Gardens’ CSA: Week 17 — September 27, 2012

Hi all,

We are delighted to invite you to a CSA appreciation brunch potluck and a potato dig on October 7th!  Your support for the season has given us the ability to grow all the produce that we do — and we’d love to have you join us up at the field to see where it comes from.  And if you’re so inclined, get your hands dirty (just like us!) by joining us for a potato dig.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7

11 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.
CSA + Customer Appreciation Brunch Potluck

12:30 p.m. — 1 p.m.
Garden Tour with Beth Gibans (our farmer-in-chief!)

1 p.m. — 3 p.m.
Backyard Gardens Potato Dig

All events are at the field, see directions below.

 

In the meantime, your CSA bins are filled to the brim with a mix of summer and fall flavors.  What’s new?  Fennel!  There are also the ingredients for salsa or pico de gallo: tomatoes, more tomatoes, onion, garlic, cilantro and hot peppers.

A quick reminder to Enterprise shares: now that the Thursday Farmers’ Market is over for the season, you will find your CSA bins at Dana + Troy Nave’s carport at 403 E. North St.
WHAT’S IN YOUR BIN

FULL SHARE

Stir Fry Mix
Cilantro
Carrots
Sweet Onion
Tomatoes
Cherry Tomatoes
Hot Peppers
Fennel
Garlic
Tomatillos

 

HALF SHARE

Stir Fry Mix
Cilantro
Sweet Onion
Tomatoes
Cherry Tomatoes
Hot Peppers
Fennel
Garlic
Watermelon — for Joseph shares only
Melon — for La Grande shares only
(Enterprise shares — you got melon last week!)

Tilling the field for fall cover crops.

RECIPES

SHAVED FENNEL AND APPLE SALAD

The key to this recipe is to cut the fennel and apple extra thin using a mandoline or a sharp knife.

1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced
1/2 large green apple, thinly sliced
1/4 lemon juice
2 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs chopped fennel fronds

Mix together all the ingredients and let stand for 20-30 minutes.  Add salt and pepper, if desired.  Serve!

 

PICO DE GALLO
courtesy of the Homesick Texan

2 cups diced ripe red tomatoes
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup diced onion
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 jalapenos (stems and seed removed) diced
1 lime, juiced
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
salt to taste

  1. Mix all ingredients and let set 1/2 hour.
  2. Serve immediately

It will last a day in the refrigerator, though it may get extra juicy.  You can drain the juice if you like.

 

 

DIRECTIONS TO THE FIELD

In Joseph, head east on 4th Street (away from the City Park).  After three blocks, it will turn to gravel, continue up the hill staying right on the road.  The road will take you up the hill to a greenhouse.  The garden is further on up the driveway on the left (in the deer fence).  You can park by the greenhouse or up the hill along the upper fence of the garden.    If you get lost, you can call Beth’s cell phone at 541-398-0707.