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Tuesday
Sep162014

September 18 CSA Share

Hey Everyone,

            We’ve got a final list for what you will all be receiving in this week’s share. I also wrote out a few quick ideas for what you can make with all your veggies! Please let us know if you have any problems or questions about this weeks share.

 

All Shares (Full Shares and Vegetables Only):

Salad Mix from Screamin’ Ridge Farm

Garlic from Screamin’ Ridge Farm

Peppers from Screamin’ Ridge Farm

Cabbage from Littlewood Farm

Potato from Bear Roots Farm

Onion from Bear Roots Farm

Corn from Littlewood Farm

Beets from Bear Roots Farm

 

Full Shares Only:

Eggs

Bread from Red Hen Baking Company

Roasted Tomato in Olive Oil from Joe’s Kitchen at Screamin’ Ridge Farm

Dinner Ideas:

            Here are a few quick ideas for what you can make with your share this week. Feel free to add your own ingredients, though. :)

 

Corn and Beet Salad

            Corn

            Beets

            ½ an Onion, chopped very small

            Olive oil

            Mustard

            Balsamic Vinegar

            Thyme

            Salt

            Pepper

            We love to eat our beets cold! Boil your beets in the morning or afternoon, and when they’re done (they should slide off your knife when you stick it through them), rinse them in cold water, and then put the pot in the fridge to cool. Either boil your corn or grill it, and then slice it off the cob as close as you can. Put the corn in a bowl, along with the peeled and chopped beets. Cut up about half of an onion small (or more if you like onions--we sometimes caramelize and cool them), and mix all the vegetables together. Then in a small bowl make a vinaigrette with the salt, pepper, olive oil, mustard, and balsamic—about two thirds olive oil and one third balsamic, with two or three big spoonfuls of mustard. Pour it over the vegetables, and sprinkle some thyme in as you mix it. Let it sit in the fridge for half an hour to an hour so the flavors can soak in.

 

Roasted Root Veg

            Onion

            Beets

            Potatoes

            Garlic

            Olive oil

            Salt & Pepper

            Peel your beets and onion, and slice them up along with the potatoes. Put them in a pan with some olive oil. If you don’t have any oven-safe pans, you can just pour your seasoning cold over your chopped vegetables, and put them in a pan in the oven. Otherwise, just brown the vegetables slightly, and then put the pan in the oven at 350. After 20-25 minutes, they should be soft and ready to take out of the oven. Maybe sprinkle a little cheese on top. Enjoy! 

 

Cabbage and Pepper Stir Fry

            Cabbage

            Pepper

            Garlic

            Sunflower oil

            Salt & Pepper

            Slice up the cabbage into thin ribbons, and cut up the pepper into squares. Put your oil, peppers, and cabbage into the pan and let it cook for 10 minutes or so, depending on how much you like to cook your vegetables. We sometimes add a little soy sauce or hot sauce (or both) at the end. Add the garlic when your vegetables are about half way cooked. We like to serve it on rice, but it’s also yummy by itself, or with a little tofu in it! 

            I hope that everyone’s share delivery goes smoothly this week! Please let us know if you have any problems or questions.

            Have a wonderful week!

Thanks,

           Olivia, Lori, & Joe

Olivia: 802.461.7487, olivia@screaminridgefarm.com

Joe: 802.461.5371, joe@screaminridgefarm.com

Saturday
Sep132014

Taste of WGBH: Food (& wine) Festival

We're off to Boston!

Or rather, we went off to Boston early this morning for the WGBH Food & Wine Festival. We're happy to be invited! The festival is a celebration of local farmers, producers, restaurants, wineries, and breweries. This is the third year that it has been held, but the first year that the scope of the festival has expanded outside of Boston (and a small area surrounding it). 

We'll have a table here all day, and people can come by and walk around to check out all the different businesses. There's going to be lots of food (and wine/beer), too! We'll be serving our Thai Carrot Ginger soup; a creamy and delicious vegan, gluten-free soup. We wanted to make sure that everyone would be able to try it! 

Hopefully, we'll be making important connections here that will help us expand our business. If you're in or around the Boston area today, please stop by! It's going to be a wonderful time. (And there's tons of delicious food and drink)

Wednesday
Sep102014

September 11 CSA Share Contents

Hey Everybody,

            We have this week’s share contents ready! Things have been getting pretty crazy here on the farm—between harvest season ending and soup season beginning, we definitely have our hands full. Luckily, we were able to harvest one of our houses of tomatoes, so you all will be getting some in this week’s box. As far as dinner ideas with this share, we figured this week would be a perfect pizza week.

            If you don’t have a full share, we also thought of a few things to make using the butternut squash and other veggies. All right, here is your list: 

All Shares (Full Shares and Vegetables Only):

Peppers (both sweet and spicy) from Screamin’ Ridge Farm

Tomatoes (Romas) from Screamin’ Ridge Farm

Garlic from Screamin’ Ridge Farm

Summer Squash from Screamin’ Ridge Farm

Green Beans (approximately a pound) from Screamin’ Ridge Farm

Bagged Salad Mix from Screamin’ Ridge Farm

Butternut Squash from Screamin’ Ridge Farm

Broccoli from Screamin’ Ridge Farm 

Full Shares Only:

Pizazz pizza shell from Red Hen Baking Company

Tomato Sauce (fresh!) from Joe’s Kitchen at Screamin’ Ridge Farm

Eggs 

Dinner Ideas:

            Here are a few suggestions on how to cook some of this week’s share items. Keep in mind they’re just ideas—if you think the dishes would taste better with slightly different ingredients: go for it! They probably will. :)

Butternut Squash Gratin

3lbs butternut

2lbs potato

2 cups cream

1 medium onion

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

¼ teaspoon fresh thyme

            Begin by peeling the potatoes and butternut squash, and then cut the into roughly ¼ inch pieces. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and then peel and slice the onions into roughly the same size pieces as the squash and potato. Place all the vegetables in a bowl with the salt, pepper, and thyme. Once it’s all mixed together, pack the mixture into a casserole dish, and pour the heavy cream over it. Throw it in the oven and bake it for about 30-40 minutes—you’ll be able to tell when it’s done because the vegetables should pierce easily with a knife (and slide off when you try to pick the knife up). Once it’s cooked, pull it out of the oven and let it cool and “set” for about 20 minutes before serving. Welcome to fall!!

Farm Fresh Curried Veg

            One of our favorite ways to make a fast and easy dinner is to make curry. This week’s share would make a delicious curry—we would recommend cutting up the broccoli, butternut squash, and garlic to cook in a pan with some curry paste, and a bit of coconut milk. If you pour the coconut milk into your pan once all the vegetables are warm, it will soak up some of the flavors of the squash and broccoli, while expediting the cooking process.

            Serve it over some fresh brown rice, and enjoy! Also, feel free to add any (and all) extra veggies you want, the more stuff in a curry the better.

            I hope that everyone has a smooth pick-up tomorrow! Please remember to keep in touch—if you have any questions or problems with your share, let me know. We are happy to help, and want to make sure that the CSA ends on a positive note. :)

            Thanks!

Olivia, Lori, & Joe 

Thursday
Sep042014

September 4 CSA Share Contents

Hi Everyone,

            Well, fall has officially begun! The leaves are beginning to change, and though the days have still been fairly warm, the nights (and air) are starting to get colder. I hope you’re all enjoying these last few glimpses of summer! Unfortunately, things are starting to go a little downhill here at the farm—this week our tomato greenhouses were hit with late blight, a very nasty, quick-moving disease. It’s an air-born fungus that hits the plants very quickly, causing them to rot while they’re still in the ground. We noticed the first signs of it on Saturday, and by Monday we had already lost an entire greenhouse of slicing tomatoes. It’s certainly sad to see! The silver lining is that at least we’ll be able to get after the planting of winter spinach a bit earlier.

            Needless to say, we weren’t able to predict what would be happening on the farm this week, and so the list has changed a bit. Without further delay, here is what you’ll be receiving in this week’s CSA share:

            All Shares (Full Shares and Vegetables Only):

Head Lettuce from Littlewood Farm

Broccoli from Screamin’ Ridge Farm

Tomatoes (probably the last ones of the season L)from Screamin’ Ridge Farm

Eggplant from Screamin’ Ridge Farm

Summer Squash from Screamin’ Ridge Farm

Sweet Peppers from Screamin’ Ridge Farm

            Full Shares Only:

Bread from Red Hen Baking Company

Eggs

Farm Pho (a vegan Vermont version of a Vietnamese Pho) from Joe’s Kitchen at Screamin’ Ridge Farm

Cantaloupe from Screamin’ Ridge Farm

            Hopefully everyone’s delivery goes well today! Please be sure to let us know if you have any questions, problems, or comments for us. I’ll be in touch early next week with a list of potential CSA contents and subs!

Thanks, and have a great weekend,

 

Tuesday
Sep022014

New soups on the way!

            Well, we spent our day off yesterday working on some new soups! We’re developing some new recipes for the winter.

            Right now, we’re in the peak of the season, and we’ve begun to process vegetables and package them up to save for winter soups. A new cabbage and white bean soup is in the works, as well as a tortilla soup and a tomatillo based soup. Yesterday’s experiment turned out delicious—we’re going to be making a much bigger batch today in the kitchen! We’ll keep you posted on when it will be hitting the co-op. :)

 

            Here is a picture of the tomatillo soup cooking. We were able to get almost all of the ingredients fresh from the farm; the tomatillos, garlic, zucchini, tomatoes, and cilantro are all from our back yard. The pinto beans are from Vermont Bean Crafters, and the onions and carrots are from other small farms in the area. The only ingredients that we weren’t able to get from Vermont are the cumin and the salt! So not only is this soup going to be really delicious, but it’s going to be really close to home. :)