2023 CSA Season Week Sixteen

September 19, 2023

Can you believe it’s already Week Sixteen of the CSA season?! It feels like this summer has flown by, and fall officially begins later this week! We hope you’re enjoying the boxes as much as we are, because boy, do we have a lot of food for you this week.

Are you interested in the Extended Season?

As most of you know, the Standard Season goes through mid-October, but that doesn’t mean our CSA season is done! 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!

Join us for a Harvest Potluck this year! 

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 this week!

We’ve partnered with the wonderful people 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!

Just a few more weeks of the Eugene Farm Stand…come see us!

As I mentioned above, we only have a few more weeks at the Eugene Farm Stand on Wednesdays! Our last day is on Wednesday, October 11th, so come on down to see what we’ve got! You can find us in the parking lot of the Emmaus Church at 18th and Polk from 2pm to 6pm for the next couple Wednesdays.

We’ll continue to be at the Lane County Farmers’ Market and the King Market through the Extended Season.

What’s in your box this week:

  • Acorn squash
  • Corn
  • Napa Cabbage
  • Leeks
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Eggplant
  • Pears
  • Collard Greens
  • Lettuce

Some sites only:

  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower

We aren’t always able to harvest our veggies in equal share, but as we’re getting down to the end of the season, we’ll do our best to get you whatever veggies we can that your site may have missed.

Handy Tips:

  • Leeks: Place dry, unwashed leeks in a plastic bag and store them in a drawer of your refrigerator. Leeks will store well for up to two weeks.To clean leeks for cooking, trim the roots, remove the green tops (which can be used in soup stock) and peel off the outer leaf layer, removing any hidden dirt. Cut leeks in half lengthwise and chop. Most recipes only use the white portion. Leeks can be substituted for any recipe calling for onions. They develop the best flavor when cooked or sautéed slowly.
  • Pears: Pears are best enjoyed within a few days of becoming ripe. Fresh pears will ripen from the inside out, so if your pears are soft on the outside, you may have waited too long. Store unripe pears at room temperature until they ripen. You can store them next to bananas or avocados or in a paper bag to ripen them faster. Ripe pears can be stored in the refrigerator at 35 to 45 degrees. You can also freeze or dry your pears to enjoy them after the season ends.

What We’re Making This Week:

  • While we’re thinking about French cuisine, this Vegetarian Muffulettas recipe is a meatless take on a New Orleans favorite!
  • This Pasta Alla Norma looks like the perfect addition to your meal for a taste of Italy!
  • This Lemon Parmesan Salad is an oldie but goodie, and will leave you with that crisp taste of summer before it officially goes away.
  • Having a party any time soon? This Cowboy Caviar with tons of veggies is sure to impress your guests!

This time of year gets busy and fun as we gear up for fall and the holiday season, so we hope you’re all taking the time to enjoy good food with loved ones and soaking up as much sun as you can! We’re so grateful to be able to tag along on this food journey with you, and we look forward to the rest of the season.

Many blessings,

Chelsea and your Winter Green farmers