2021 CSA Season Week Twenty

October 22, 2021

Welcome to the first week of the Late Season! We’re so glad you decided to join us for these last five weeks, and we hope you’ve been just as happy with the Standard Season as we have. Autumn is gracing us with all sorts of fall veggies, and we cannot wait to share them with you.

Special Announcements:

There’s been a lot of confusion with the twelve-week half-share members, so let me try to clear that up now. If you are signed up for the Twelve-Week Half-Share program, you will continue on your current schedule of an every other week basis through the third week of November. The Late Season does go for five weeks, but you will only pick up for three of them. The HALF SHARE delivery dates are as follows:

Friday deliveries:

  • October 22, 2021
  • November 5, 2021
  • November 19, 2021

Saturday deliveries:

  • October 23, 2021
  • November 6, 2021
  • November 20, 2021

Sunday deliveries:

  • October 24, 2021
  • November 7, 2021
  • November 21, 2021

Full share members for the Late Season, you will pick up every week beginning Friday, October 22, 2021 on your respective delivery day (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, depending on site). The last delivery will be the weekend of November 19, again, on your respective delivery day. If you have any questions about your pickup site, please contact the farm either by email at folks@wintergreenfarm.com or by phone at 541-935-1920.

Don’t forget to check your site information for pickup times!

Pickup dates and times have changed with the Late Season. We’ve taken packing days down to just once a week, so our Friday deliveries for the Eugene area have gotten a lot bigger. Likewise, some of the market hours have changed as well. Be sure to take a look at the information in your email, or check the website for the correct pickup window, and give your site host a call well in advance if you aren’t going to make it to see if you can make arrangements.

Going on vacation?

Are you going on vacation or missing a pickup in the next few weeks? Fill out a vacation request form and let us know so we can make arrangements to get you your share at another location, give you a credit toward next seasons’s share, or mark you down to give your box to Food for Lane County as a tax-deductible donation.

Please remember we require seven days notice to make these changes.

We have pears again!

We’ve partnered with the wonderful people at Mt. Hood Organic Farms to provide you with pears , and then apples, over these last five weeks of the Extended CSA Season. Mt. Hood Organic Farms is located at the base of Mt. Hood in the Upper Hood River Valley. They’ve been around since the turn of the century, and their gorgeous grounds are perfect for both growing fruit and hosting beautiful wedding venues. Their pear and apple orchards boast near one hundred different varieties, and we’re so thrilled we get to offer you a taste of their magnificent, organic, biodynamic produce. If you’d like to know more, visit their website to learn more about their awesome operation!

What’s going on at the farm

Right now we’re working to plant our winter greens! Swiss chard, lettuce, and chicories are our focus at the moment, and let me tell you, we’re getting muddy and wet with all this rain. But we love it! The changing seasons keep us on our toes. Besides, it wouldn’t be Oregon without a little rain, right? And we all love the Pacific Northwest.

Fall colors are everywhere right now, and the trees on my drive into the farm look like they’re on fire. The birds like to play in the tree outside my office window and there are acorns all over the ground. From sheep to cows to birds and dogs, all the animals are coming out to say hello this season. If you’re looking for something to celebrate this week, October 26 is National Pumpkin Day, October 27 is National Black Cat Day, October 28 is National Chocolate Day, and we celebrate all cats for National Cat Day on October 29.

What’s in your box this week:

  • Pears
  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Onion
  • Radishes
  • Delicata Squash

Some sites only:

  • Stir Fry Mix

We aren’t always able to harvest our veggies in equal share, but we’re keeping excellent notes and working hard to get as much as we can to everyone. If we don’t get your site this time, we’ll get you next time. Half-share members, because you only pick up every other week, we might not be able to get you everything the full share members get, but we do our best to spread out the crops as much as we can.

We’re so sorry! Our stir fry mix planting didn’t germinate as well as we’d hoped it would, so we didn’t have enough for everybody this week. Our fingers are crossed we will have more in time to get it to everybody, but at this point, it isn’t something we’re able to guarantee, but we so appreciate your understanding. The life of a farmer is never boring!

What We’re Making:

  • Want to know what to do with your beets? Why not make Beet Noodles out of them!
  • Dying to get your kids and grandkids to eat vegetables without complaining? (I know I am!) Why not give these Cauliflower Tots a try?
  • Are you after a tasty side that uses all those leeks? This Wild Rice Dressing looks delicious!
  • This Onion Jam is a fun way to use all those onions you’ve been getting!

One of our members made this gorgeous pasta. (Lisa, I want to come eat at your table!) What are you making? Send us a picture at folks@wintergreenfarm.com or tag us on social media, and you might see it on the blog! You can find us on Instagram (@wintergreenfarm) or on Facebook (Winter Green Farm). We’d love to see what you’re cooking up!

October is racing toward the finish line, bringing us to the middle of fall, and we are so enjoying sharing this season with you. We hope you’re staying cozy, making memories, and lots of great meals! Thank you for allowing us to join you on your food journey this year.

Many blessings,

Chelsea and your Winter Green farmers