2023 CSA Season Week Fourteen

September 5, 2023

We’ve made it to September, and the end of summer has brought the rain! With the heat and the fires, it’s much needed and appreciated, but we hope you all had a wonderful summer and continue to enjoy the sunshine when we get it. We’ve got another week of delicious veggies for you, and we’re so excited to be able to tag along on this food journey with you!

Special Announcements:

We are getting down to the end of the Standard Season, and we do still have Extended Shares available! If you’re interested in joining us until Thanksgiving, please email me at [email protected] and let me know! We would love to have you.

We did send out balance dues and update the website for September. If you aren’t sure if your account is paid up, please double-check your email or your website account. We understand that summer can get away from you, and we’ve had some technical issues on our end as well, so things may have slipped through the cracks. Just let us know what’s going on! Please reach out to us or submit a payment by September 15th. After that date, we’ll be looking at suspending shares, so please reach out and check in so we can keep getting you your veggies!

What’s going on at the farm:

With fall just around the corner, we’re starting to prepare for the fall harvest! That means pumpkins, squash, potatoes, and other fall crops, as well as apples and pears from Mount Hood Organics! We’re also planning for the Fall Harvest potluck here at the farm! We’ll be nailing down a date for that potluck here at the farm, so pencil us in for a Saturday, early October, and come out to say hi! I’ll be in touch with more information as soon as we have a date.

Come see us at the markets!

Have you checked out our farmers markets lately? We have so much food! We know it’s getting cooler and school is starting, so summer schedules change, especially at the Eugene Farm Stand, but we’re still there until October 11th! If you’re in Eugene, you can find us on Wednesdays from 2pm to 6pm at 18th and Polk, or at the Lane County Farmers’ Market on Saturdays at 8th and Oak. If you’re in Portland, come see us at the King Market on Sundays! We would love to say hello and load you up with as many veggies as your hearts desire!

What’s in your box this week:

  • Strawberries
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Basil
  • Kale
  • Lettuce

Some sites only:

  • Zucchini
  • Patty Pan Squash
  • Eggplant
  • Broccoli

We aren’t always able to harvest our veggies in equal share, but don’t worry! We’re keeping excellent notes, and we’ll do our best to get you as much as we can before the end of the season.

Handy Tips:

  • Corn: Eat your fresh corn as soon as possible. Natural sugars begin to break down soon after harvesting, so the sooner the better. Corn can keep for a few days if you keep it refrigerated with the husks on. Corn-on-the-cob is the favorite way to enjoy fresh-picked corn. To cook, steam in 2 inches of water for 6 to 10 minutes, or drop it into boiling water and cook for 4 to 7 minutes. Older or over-mature corn is great when added to corn bread, soups, stews, chili, casseroles, stir-fries, quiches, salads, or bean dishes.

What We’re Making:

  • I don’t know about you, but when the air gets colder, I love to bake. I can’t wait to try this gorgeous, Fresh Strawberry Cake!
  • The corn in your share this week is so delicious on its own, but if you’re interested in changing it up, try this mouth-watering Corn Casserole for a taste of the south!
  • Cooler evenings scream SOUP to me, and I can’t wait to make this Tomato Bisque!

Fall is in the air, and we hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! So many changes are happening for those with kiddos or jobs in the school system, and we hope your delicious veggies and tasty meals help you transition into your new fall schedule as easily as possible!

Many blessings,

Chelsea and your Winter Green farmers