2023 CSA Season Week Seventeen

September 26, 2023

We’ve reached the end of September, and there are only a few weeks left in the season. We hope you’ve all been enjoying the delicious veggies in your boxes this season!

Would you like to join us for Extended Season this year?

The Standard Season is coming to a close, but we’re not done yet! For the last five weeks, we switch to the Extended Season, and we fill the shares with as many root veggies, greens, squash, pears, and apples (and more!) as we can. The Extended Season will continue until the week before Thanksgiving, and man, oh, man do we fill those boxes up! If you’d like to join us for the gorgeous autumn bounty, we still have spots available!

Please note, all deliveries switch to Friday-Saturday-Sunday for the Extended Season, and will begin a full week after the Standard Season ends. If you’re in Eugene, all residential sites will switch to Friday, but the Lane County Farmers’ Market will remain the same on Saturday. The Eugene Farm Stand will close after October 11, and those Extended Season pickups will switch to a Friday residential site, the LCFM, or out here at the farm. For those in Portland, all Extended Season pickups will be at the King Market on Sundays, so the last day for residential sites in Portland will be October 11th. If you pickup on the coast, Florence and Mapleton sites will remain the same, though unfortunately, we aren’t able to offer the Extended Season for the Coos Bay or Reedsport sites.

If you have any questions about the Extended Season, or you’d like to join us, shoot me an email at [email protected], and we’ll get you set up!

We’re already planning ahead for the 2024 CSA Season!

It’s never too early to get a head start on the next season, and 2024 will be here before we know it! If you’re interested in reserving a share next summer, let us know and I’ll get you on a list! We love to give our members first shot at the program to make sure we keep getting you the yummy veggies you crave, so don’t miss out! We’re so excited to have you with us again next year.

At this time, I’m making a list, so an email is just fine to reserve your share. Please make sure you let me know of any changes that need to be made, such as share type or delivery site, otherwise I’ll mark you down for the same share you have this year. Our share reservations are first-come, first-serve, and the Extended Season fills up fast, so let me know if you’re interested!

Come join us for a Harvest Potluck in October!

On Sunday, October 8th, come out to the farm and meet your Winter Green farmers! We’ll have pumpkins, apple cider, farm tours, and a scavenger hunt for the kiddos. Bring your favorite dish, and come out and say hello! Bring the family, tell your friends, and come have fun! It’s an open house, so you don’t have to be a CSA member to come out and see us!

We’ll be here rain or shine, so if it looks like rain, bring coats, boots, and umbrellas because it can get wet and muddy! 

Winter Green Farm Harvest Potluck
89762 Poodle Creek Road
Noti, OR 97461

Sunday, October 8, 2023
1pm to 4pm in the afternoon

We are so excited to show you around!

We have pears again this week!

Once again, we’ve partnered with the wonderful folks at Mt. Hood Organic Farms to provide you with pears , and then apples, over these last four weeks of the Standard 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 in your box this week:

  • Kabocha squash
  • Pac Choi
  • Leeks
  • Peppers
  • Onions
  • Eggplant
  • Pears
  • Chard
  • Lettuce

Some sites only:

  • Tomatoes

We aren’t always able to harvest our veggies in equal share, but I promise, we’re doing our best! This week, we did end up changing a few things from the estimate email, so there are no carrots or cauliflower this week.

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:

  • This Four Onion Soup looks tasty, and is sure to keep you warm on these chilly nights!

There are only two weeks left in the Standard Season after this one, and we are so honored you chose to spend your food journey with us. We look forward to many more to come!

Many blessings,

Chelsea and your Winter Green farmers