2022 CSA Season Week Twenty

October 21, 2022

Welcome to Week Twenty of the 2022 CSA Season, and Week One of the Extended Season! We are so pleased to have you with us for these last five weeks, and we’re really excited to share the farm’s bounty and celebrate autumn with all of you!

Special Announcements

Just a quick reminder that all our pickup days from Tuesday/Wednesday have shifted to Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. For Portland residential sites, your pickup site for the Extended Season will be at the King Market on Sundays. For Eugene Tuesday residential sites and Wednesday pickups at the Eugene Farm Stand, your sites have shifted to Friday residential sites or Saturday at the Lane County Farmers’ Market. If you picked up at a residential site on Fridays or at one of our weekend markets during the Standard Season, your site has not changed unless you requested it. 

For those who picked up at the Eugene Farm Stand and did not reply by Monday, October 17, with a delivery site choice, your pickup this week will be at the Lane County Farmers’ Market on Saturday. If you would like to change that for next week (Week 21), please let me know your site choice by Monday, October 24. Anything after that date will not be able to be changed for that week. We want to make this transition as smooth and painless as possible for everybody, so let me know how I can help!

Emails regarding the Extended Season went out early October, so if you aren’t sure where to pick up, go ahead and check your email (including your spam/junk folders) to find out where your pickup site will be. You can also check the website for site info if you aren’t able to find your email attachments. For those on the half-share program through the Extended Season, this is your week!

Are you interested in being a site host for the 2023 CSA Season?

We’ve had a couple site hosts let us know they will not be joining us for the 2023 CSA Season. Our wonderful site hosts, Joni and Dave, have let us know they will no longer be the Taylor Street site hosts  for next season. They have worked with us for many years, and we’re sad to see them go, but we so appreciate everything they’ve done for us this season, and it’s been a pleasure to have them as site hosts. Thank you, Joni and Dave, for graciously donating your time and home this season and for many years in the past!

Tianna and Travis, another pair of our amazing site hosts, have let us know they will be moving from their Wingate Street home. Unfortunately, they won’t be able to work with us for the 2023 CSA Season. We truly appreciate everything they’ve done for us this season, and it’s been a pleasure to have them as site hosts. Thank you, Tianna and Travis, for stepping up this year and donating your time and home this season! It’s been wonderful working with you!

If you’re interested in becoming a Winter Green Farm site host in the Wingate Street or Bedford Way area (over near Oakway and Coburg Road), or the Taylor Street area (downtown Eugene near Broadway), please let us know! We would love to hear from you!

The Extended Season has begun!

As always, please remember to check your name off the list so we know you’ve received your share! If your name is not on the list and you feel it should be, please do not take a box. We only pack enough for those on the list, so there won’t be enough for everybody. If we made a mistake (they happen!), give me a call at 541-935-1920 or send me an email (even better) at [email protected] and I will get back to you the next business day to see how we can fix it. We want everybody to get their veggies, and with such a short part of the season, we’re doing our best to make this transition as smooth as possible. Thank you so much for your help and understanding!

Let us know if you won’t be able to pick up your box!

If you’re going on vacation or unable to pick up your box on your scheduled day, you can shoot me an email or fill out a vacation request form to either donate your share to Food for Lane County as a tax-deductible donation, or take a credit for the 2023 CSA Season. Please remember, we do require at least 7 days notice to make any changes to your delivery schedule, including delivery site! Let me know as soon as you know, so I can get that set up for you.

If you’re running late or unable to make your pickup window on delivery day, please reach out to your site hosts and see if they would be willing to make arrangements. Just remember, for residential sites, that pickup deadline is 7pm on Fridays, and anything left over becomes a gift for the site hosts. Let them know if you need to make arrangements, but please remember they are volunteering. Thank you so much for respecting their time and property by doing your very best to make it within that scheduled delivery time. We appreciate you!

If you pick up at the King Market in Portland or the Lane County Farmers’ Market in Eugene, those shares do come back to the farm, but we won’t be able to get them to you again until the following weekend. If you miss your box and want us to hold it, please send me an email by end of day the following Monday so we can make the proper arrangements to send your share with your next delivery. Remember, it’s a really short season, so there isn’t a lot of opportunity to rearrange your shares if you aren’t able to pick up your box! Let me know as soon as you can so I can help get you your veggies.

We have pears for you this week!

We’ve partnered with the wonderful people at Mt. Hood Organic Farms to provide you with pears , and then apples, over these next 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!

Interested in joining us for the 2023 CSA Season?

We are making a list of current CSA members who would like to join us for the 2023 season! If you’re interested, send me an email or reply to this newsletter to let me know and I’ll add you to the list. If you would like to change your share type or delivery site for next year, please note that in the email, otherwise I will go ahead and reserve your spot for the same share as this year. More information will go out after this season, and then again after the new year as next season gets closer.

Still on the fence? Keep an eye on your email! I’ll continue to send out the weekly newsletter through this season and into the off season, which will contain information you’ll need to know regarding next season. We would love to have you with us again next year!

Come celebrate the harvest season with us!

We are so excited to be able to have gatherings here at the farm again! To celebrate the harvest, we’re having an open-house potluck on Saturday, October 22 from 12pm to 4pm. Bring your favorite dish, grab your family, tell your friends, and come celebrate! We’ll have face painting, cider, hay rides, and a scavenger hunt for the kiddos. We can’t wait to see you all, and celebrate the harvest season!

Winter Green Farm Open-House Harvest Potluck

October 22, 2022 from 12pm to 4pm

89762 Poodle Creek Road.

Noti, OR 97461

If you have any questions, please reach out to the farm at 

[email protected] or 541-935-1920.

What’s in your box this week:

  • Kabocha Squash
  • Leeks
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Stir Fry Mix
  • Pears
  • Collard Greens
  • Onion

We aren’t always able to harvest our veggies in equal share, but we do our best! This week, all of our sites should get everything, which for us, is really exciting!

Handy tips:

  • Winter Squash: Store winter squash in a cool, dry, dark place with good ventilation. They should keep for up to a month or more, depending on the variety. You can also incorporate winter quash into a beautiful arrangement for your fall table. They won’t keep quite as long at room temperature, but if they are sitting on your table, you might be inspired to eat them quickly. Once squash has been cut, you can wrap the pieces in plastic and store them in the refrigerator for five to seven days. To bake winter squash, cut it in half, scoop out the seeds and pulp, then place the halves on a baking dish filled with a half-inch of water, cut-side down. You can also bake without the water, just lightly grease a baking sheet or use parchment paper. Bake squash at 350 degrees until halves are completely soft and just starting to collapse. This could take 45 minutes to an hour, sometimes more, depending on the size of the squash. Remove squash from the oven, fill with butter, seasoning, or filling, and serve them in the shell. Winter squash can also be substituted in baked goods. Try using it instead of pumpkin or sweet potatoes in dessert recipes. While the oven is hot, try roasting the seeds after mixing them with a little oil and seasoning of your choice.

What We’re Making This Week:

  • One recipe I tried last year and absolutely fell in love with was Potato Leek Soup.
  • I love stir fries because you can pretty much put whatever veggies in it that you want. Here’s a few stir fry recipes you might want to try!
  • There are so many tasty ways to make pears, and this Fall Punch is a refreshing treat!

Thank you so much to all of you for joining us for the Extended Season. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate you! We hope you’re enjoying our crisp, cool fall, and finding ways to stay out of the smoke! We hope you’re all as excited for this part of the 2022 CSA Season as we are!

Many blessings,

Chelsea and your Winter Green farmers