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CSA WINTER SHARE INFO: What it is about, what might come

Here is how my winter CSA Share is supposed to work, according to the newsletter announcement:

WINTER “VEGETABLE” SHARE
20+lb share each delivery
$28 per delivery
5 deliveries
$140 TOTAL PRICE

1 – Week of December 15th
2 – Week of January 5th
3 – Week of January 26th
4 – Week of February 16th
5 – Week of March 9th

Contents of share may include:
Butternut Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes (white & yellow varieties), Carrots, Red Beets, Celery Root, Rutabaga, Watermelon Radish. First share may include: Cabbage, Kale, Leeks (depending on the weather– no guarantees on this!)

I also signed up for a Mixed Apple Share ($21.25 total for 3 lbs per delivery) and 2 Cider Shares ($20 total for 1/2 gallon per delivery). It came out to a little over $200 for December through March organic fruit/vegetable/cider delivery. All I will have to get from the market will be greens and onions, as I see it. (I have a boatload of dehydrated tomatoes from the summer tomato share.) Oh, but I have already finished 1 of the cider bottles. Yum!

I got the job of “coordinator” (or whatever they are calling it) of the Winter Share Distribution, which is at a local community center. Yea!!! One of the interesting things about the job is that I have to count people and children, so that the center can get funding. Good! Probably more than half of the members come in bearing children. Some come with three or four. Good numbers!




10/09/08 CSA SHARE: What I got

I could not report on what we were going to get because the farm would not tell us.  This is what I did get:

RED BATAVIA LETTUCE….1 hd
TOMATOES…………………2 pc
LEEKS……………………….2 pc
BUTTERNUT SQUASH…….1 pc
ACORN SQUASH………….1 pc
BABY BOK CHOI…………..2 hd
SAVOY CABBAGE…………1 hd
CAULIFLOWER……………1 hd
CARROTS………………….1 bunch

I also got a small bag of mixed apples and pears.

GOTCHA!!!! What about my CSA share while I’m on the Master Cleanse?

No, you won’t catch me sleeping (at least, not for long!)

When I started my Master Cleanse, I immediately worried about what to do with all the carrots, beets, turnips, rutabagas, radishes, garlic, celeriac, apples, and potatoes I was going to get on Thursday.  I did not worry long… I gave half of my potatoes to Mrs. Murphy, my next-door neighbor lady from Scotland, who is 79 years old and having trouble getting around — she just loves potatoes!!!   For the rest, I have a dehydrator (nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah!!!!)

I immediately went into the refrigerator and pulled out all of the beets, carrots, rutabagas, celeriac, radishes, and garlic that were still left in there from before, washed them, peeled them, cut them up, processed them to applesauce  texture, and dehydrated them… On Valentine’s Day, I got more.  Tonight I am taking care of that.  I only have some watermelon radishes left to dehydrate (I am debating whether to slice them to paper thin and dehydrate, or just process them finely.  I will probably go with the finely processed option.

Since I figured out , during the “summer CSA distribution” that I could dehydrate lettuce and mystery greens, to deal with later, and since I dehydrated  those 40 lbs. of  tomatoes in last summer, I have been a dangerous girl when facing down vegetables!!!  Now, what I cannot consume goes to the food processor post haste. (I can always  figure out what to do with it later– usually I just soak it and add it to sea vegetable salads, pates, crackers, pates.)

 So, I reckon I have dehdrated about 20 lbs. of beets (they all fit in one large ZipLoc baggie, and about 20 lbs. of carrots, (1 ziploc).  

I will give some more apples to Mrs. Murphy, and then I will dehydrate the rest , maybe making some fruit leather out or some of them, some rings out of some of them, and then powder for juices and sweetening from the rest of them. 

I need to look at dehydrating potatoes.  I have heard that soaking them will remove the starch.  I have not seen any information on dehydrating them.  I guess I will risk soaking them for 8 hours then dehydrating  them. Then I will find out if you can do that, and publish the results of my experiment.

I drink my lemonade while I am processing all these vegetables and fruit, so I don’t have the temptation to eat any of them.  I just think about possible recipes while I work.  I am excited about having a wide variety of ingredients to work with when I do get back to solid food.

SON OF CSA: I got into the Winter CSA

There I was all worried that I would have to start paying a lot to buy vegetables between now and next May when the CSA starts up again.  When I heard that there was a possibility of a winter share, I was there!  Local seasonal vegetables? Need I say more?

I did not really think I would get into the Winter Share: they said there were only 30 shares available, by lottery, and, by my count, on the last night of the CSA, 76 people said they wanted in.  Of course, wanting in involved sending an email and praying– the selection was to be by lottery.  Intensely cynically, I figured there were about 8 core members, and add to that their good friends, which would leave maybe 8 real lottery  slots.  Lo and behold… only 21 people applied, so everyone who wanted a piece of the action got in, including me!!!! 

Okay, it is the wrong time for this girl who lives on a shoestring….but I will pull in the belt, make presents from what is already here, forego yoga for another month….  BECAUSE the $250 I paid will bring me organic vegetables, fruit of some sort (probably apples), and raw cider once a month for the next 5 months.

 The winter share is 20 lbs of “farmer’s choice”

My share today included a whole lot  of potatoes, about 5 lbs of really big carrots, several unusual-looking  beets of different sizes, 2 big celeriac bulbs, leeks, 2 “personal-size” heads of broccoli, 1 small bunch of kale, 2 bulbs of garlic, a small head of cabbage, and several lbs of parsnips.  

Getting home with all that in my bag on my back was a challenge — the streets were slick with slush from the “snowstorm” we were supposed to have today…  I walked the LOOOOOOONG block to the subway and opted to take the N train into town, walk across the platform at Lexington, and take my R train back home (still an incredibly lucky commute, considering I was doing rush hour and toting 20 lbs of vegetables.  That way, my actual walk with the vegetables on my back was only about 1 long and 2 short blocks. (halleluia!!!!)  This is the way life works here (if you live in “car-land”, try to imagine walking 1/4 mile with 20 lbs over your shoulder and wobbling around on your back)

HOW TO CLEAN LEEKS

Leeks are rather dirty, because of the way they are grown (in dirt, of course), so they need to be cleaned well.
Before you can slice or chop leeks, you should chop off the root and about 1/4 in. of the white part.. Any coarse or ragged outer leaves should also be removed.  The darkest part of the leaves, which is not as tender, should be trimmed off (you can save this and make seasonings with it).  Leave about 2 inches of the green part of the leek.
Slice the leeks lengthwise through, then rinse them carefully under cold running water.  Be sure to clean the leaves carefully.