Winter 2016 CSA - week 1

Winter 2016 – Week 1

What’s in the Box:

*Savoy Cabbage, *Kale-Curly , *Parsley-Curly , *Carnival squash,
*Baking potatoes, *Austrian Crescent potatoes, *Golden Beets,
*Leeks, *Carrots-Purple & Orange, Braeburn Apples, D’Anjou Pears
Santa Lucia Coffee

*grown on our farm

Happy New Year!  We have a variety of lovely produce for the deliveries this week.  All items with an asterisk (*) are from our farm.  The other produce is certified organic, Washington grown (this is, the apples and pears).

As a reminder, if you have any questions about time or location of your delivery, please log into your account at our website orcontact us at the farm.

The cold temperatures and the snow have kept us out of the field for the last little bit, but they didn’t do much damage to the Winter veggies.  The snow especially delighted Natty, who was out there throwing snowballs morning and night, much to the displeasure of our Labrador, Dinah.  Snowballs, unlike tennis balls, explode on impact, and Dinah learned this the first time she caught one in her mouth.  She spent the rest of the day lurking on the porch, staring out the window, presumably waiting for the snow to melt.
Well, melt it did, but it’s been quite icy in the mornings, and we step carefully around the farm to keep from slipping and sliding, especially with loads of produce.  We are looking forward to the warmer rainy weather we were promised by the folks who study these things. Please be careful out there when picking up your boxes!

We have a special treat in the boxes today: a locally roasted coffee provided by our favorite roasters and friends at Santa Lucia Coffee Roasters, Justin and Lucy Page.  Here’s a little something that Justin sent me about the coffee included with your produce:

The San Rafael Urias farm rests on the side of a small mountain in the valley of San Miguel Duenas, Antigua. It is shadowed by the Agua (Water) and Fuego (Fire) volcanoes. Founded by Rafael Valdes Quiroa in the late 1880s, it is now owned and managed by the third generation of the family, headed by Don Isidro Valdes.  Workers on the farm are allowed to grow their own crops in these areas. There is also some land reserved as forest, providing a sanctuary for migrant birds.

San Rafael is also benefited by small natural springs, which give clean drinking water and irrigation for the seedlings in the nursery. They have now piped this spring over 1.5km to their mill and use it for the washing and pulping of the cherries (the raw coffee beans). The farm is also next to the Guacalote River, which is used to provide hydraulic energy to the coffee mill.

This is a genuine Antigua coffee as certified by the APCA, the genuine Antigua Coffee Growers Association. The APCA was created by local producers in 2000 to protect the ‘Antigua’ reputation. Unfortunately, many lesser quality Guatemalan coffees were sold under this prestigious name and it became damaging for the true local producers. The APCA have gone on to help other growers in the area with training and support to further their craft. Enjoy!
Yours,
Heidi

 

 

 

Cabbage Fried Rice
Adapted from: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/cabbage-fried-rice

2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

1 leek, halved or quartered lengthwise, cut into 1/4-inch slices

1 cup thinly sliced or julienned carrots

4 cups shredded Savoy cabbage

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger

1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice

4 large eggs, beaten

2 Tablespoons soy sauce

Juice of 1 lime
2 scallions, thinly sliced
Cook rice in a pot of boiling salted water until al dente.  Drain immediately.
In a nonstick wok or large skillet, heat the oil. Add the leek, carrots and cabbage and stir-fry over high heat until the vegetables are softened and beginning to brown, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the rice and stir-fry until heated through and beginning to brown, about 3 minutes.

Push the fried rice to the side of the pan to create a well. Pour the eggs into the well and cook, stirring gently, until nearly cooked. Toss the fried rice with the eggs and cook for 1 minute longer. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the soy sauce, lime juice and scallions. Transfer the fried rice to bowls and serve.

Warm Golden Beet Salad with Greens and Almonds
Adapted from: http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-warm-golden-beet-salad-116139

1 ½ lbs golden beets (you received 2 lbs total in your share)
½ bunch of kale
Olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
2/3 cup toasted almond slivers
Heat the oven to 425°F. Line a 9-inch square baking pan or cake tin with a big square of foil, large enough to complete enclose the beet roots. Lightly rinse the beet roots to remove any really clumpy dirt and pat them dry. Place them in the foil square and lightly drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Fold up the foil and crease to seal. Bake the beets for 60 minutes or until they can be just pierced with a fork. Set aside to cool.
Meanwhile, strip the kale leaves from the stems, and chop leaves into bite-size ribbons. Rinse thoroughly. Discard stems. In a large skillet, heat a drizzle of olive oil over medium heat; add garlic. Cook on low for about 2 minutes or until garlic is golden and fragrant. Add kale leaves and stir to coat. Cook on medium-low for about 10 minutes or until leaves are soft and tender. Add a bit of water if needed to keep the kale from drying out/scorching. Remove from heat.
When the beets are cool, remove skins (they should slip off easily). Chop beets into bite-sized pieces and toss with the cooked greens, goat cheese, and almonds. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm or cold.

holiday box 2015

Holiday Box – November 2015

What’s in the Box:

Celery, Celeriac, Kabocha squash, Delicata squash
Potatoes-Baking, Austrian Crescent Potatoes
Rutabaga, Leeks, Carrots
Mixed beets-Red & Chioggia
Onions. Apples-Pink lady, Kale
Gold Chard, Parsley, Thyme

Today is the first holiday box!  Summer members, you receive this box as part of your 2015 Summer share, and will receive the December holiday box on December 15th.  Please note that no deliveries will take place between November 24th-December 8th

For those of you who have signed up for the Holiday and/or Winter season, welcome!  We will deliver produce Tuesday (tomorrow) to your pick up location.  If you have any questions about time or location of your delivery, please log into your account at our website or contact us at the farm.  We are happy to talk you through your first pick up!

I have included some of my favorite holiday recipes below, as well as new recipes to try out.

Enjoy!

Heidi

First, check out this article with great celery recipes at Huffington Post:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/07/celery-recipe-raw-braised_n_2536087.html

 

Baked Delicata Squash with Apple Stuffing Adapted from Cooks.com
This is a favorite dish of mine, which can also be found (among many other recipes) at our website:http://www.boistfortvalleyfarm.com/recipesAdd sausage if desired… it’s excellent with or without.

1 large Delicata squash
2 small apples, unpeeled, diced
2 tbsp. diced celery
1/4 cup minced leeks
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
2 tsp. butter
2 tbsp. water
Dash of salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cut squash in half. Remove seeds; place cut side down in a baking dish with about 1/4 inch of water.

Combine apples, celery, walnuts and leeks. Add butter & water. Salt to taste.  Put in separate baking dish & cover.

Bake both for 45 minutes or until tender. Remove from oven and fill squash with apple mixture.

Roasted Root Vegetables with Thyme

A medium mixing bowl of vegetables, scrubbed well and cut into bite-sized pieces.  Consider adding squash, carrots, beets, onions, rutabaga, potatoes…
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
3 Tbsp Olive oil, or enough to lightly coat vegetables
½ tsp each Salt and Pepper
1/4 cup vegetable broth

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Toss vegetables, thyme, and oil together.  Add salt and pepper and toss well. Place in large baking dish.  Add broth and cover.  Bake 30 minutes, then remove cover and continue to cook about 30 minutes, until vegetables are lightly browned in places.


Kabocha Squash Cake with Brown Sugar Cream

Adapted from: Bon Appétit September 2007 Room 4 Dessert by Will Goldfarb

Brown sugar cream:
1 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
3 large egg whites

Cakes:
2 cups 3/4-inch cubes peeled seeded kabocha squash (from one 3-pound squash)
1 cup whole milk
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
2/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
6 tablespoons safflower oil
1/4 cup lager (mild-flavored beer)
1 large egg
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

For brown sugar cream:
Place 1 tablespoon water in cup. Sprinkle gelatin over. Let stand 10 minutes to soften.

Stir cream and sugar in medium saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Add egg whites and whisk until mixture thickens, about 12 minutes (do not boil). Add gelatin mixture; whisk until dissolved. Strain into large clean bowl. Chill until cold. Cover and chill overnight.

For cakes:
Combine squash and milk in heavy small saucepan. Scrape in seeds from vanilla bean; add bean. Bring to simmer over medium heat. Partially cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until squash is very tender, about 20 minutes. Remove vanilla bean. Drain squash. Place in processor and blend until smooth. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray six 3/4cup ramekins with nonstick spray. Place 1/2 cup squash puree in large bowl (reserve remaining puree for another use). Add sugar, oil, beer, and egg to puree and beat to blend. Sift flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt over; beat to blend. Divide batter among prepared ramekins.

Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 18 minutes. Cool cakes in ramekins. Turn out onto plates. Beat brown sugar cream to firm peaks; spoon alongside cakes.

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Summer 2015 – September, Week 9

What’s in the Box:

Cauliflower
Carrots
Broccoli
Pearl onions
Cucumbers
Kale
Arugula
Treviso radicchio
Pears
Flowers

Dear Members,

Happy Equinox!  In my book it has already been Autumn, as evidenced by foggy mornings, early sunsets, and apples dropping by the bucketful from our old trees.  These apples make the best juice and applesauce, but aren’t the scabless, beautiful, shiny apples that you find in every grocery store and most farmers markets.  These are a bit more humble in appearance, with their scars, bites, and bruises telling the story of the season.

The apples remind me that it’s time to get canning, storing, freezing, pickling for the Winter months.  It’s tricky to do when the season is so full, but I have managed a couple batches of applesauce, and usually talk my mom into freezing some vegetables for us, and making some fruit leather for Natty’s lunches.  I will often undertake just a little extra while I’m cooking dinner.  It doesn’t take much time to steam a couple handfuls of green beans and toss them on a cookie sheet in the freezer.  In the dead of Winter, when I’m browsing in the produce aisle, I’m glad for that extra little bit of work to put our fresh veggies in the freezer.

In today’s boxes, you’ll find our first cauliflower of the season.  We have tried for years to produce pest-free cauliflower, and have reduced our growing season to Autumn only, when the aphid pressure is generally lower.  Alas, the aphids are still with us.  If your cauliflower has pests, cut it into florets and soak it in room temperature salted water for about 20 minutes.  Rinse thoroughly and prepare.

The Treviso is a type of radicchio, and radicchio is indeed bitter.  Mike has insisted for many years that we grow it, along with a few other Italian vegetables, because it reminds him of his childhood and how all his complaining about things he didn’t like to eat turned into a rather earnest liking of them.  If you absolutely cannot handle bitter greens, try roasting it!  It becomes milder and sweeter with cooking.

Enjoy!
Heidi

2015_march2

Winter 2015 – March, Week 2

What’s in the Box:

Bunched beets*, Yellow potatoes*, Pinova/Braeburn/Gala apple mix,
Collard Greens, Leeks*, Kale* , Italian Parsley*, Dried beans*,
Shiitake Mushrooms, Blue Heron Bakery Biscotti

 

Dear Members,

Greetings from the Boistfort Valley!
All items with an * are from Boistfort Valley Farm.  Additional items are certified organic, except the biscotti.  Please see Blue Heron Bakery’s online information for more details about their practices!

Many of you have asked about our Summer CSA, and I want to give you an update.  Our Spring letter and promotional discount code will go out to you via email in the very near future, but this is a great opportunity to give you a few notes in advance.

We are later than usual in sending out information about the Summer shares this year.  We will offer a Summer share this season. We also hope to restructure the farm slightly, to help us make the time to upgrade some of our farm infrastructures, streamline our post-harvest processes, and generally simplify a bit to feel less overwhelmed. Growing food is one of the most rewarding things that we can do, and yet, it is also a challenging and often exhausting enterprise, and we need to focus on improving our farm so we can continue to grow food and enjoy time with our family.

We will offer just one share size for Summer 2015, in between the Small and Family share size.  The season will still be 20 weeks, and we will give a solid discount for those who are able to pay in full prior to our early deadline.

We hope that you will join us this Summer, and help support our farm as we work to make our infrastructure more sound, dedicate a little more of our time to building efficiency into our farming practices, and improve our quality of life for ourselves and our farm family, all while supplying you with our fresh organic produce as always.  More details and sign up information to come.

On to this week’s delivery!  We have included a selection of biscotti from Olympia’s Blue Heron Bakery today. Blue Heron has been a community fixture in Olympia since 1977, and we love to include their bakery items.  They source quality ingredients and always bake our orders especially for us, making us feel the kind of special that only local businesses can. After 37 years in the same funky building, Blue Heron is building a new facility, so their Facebook page is full of details on their progress.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Heron-Bakery/116627548362581

We still have a variety of veggies from the farm, and are excited to share more of the cranberry beans this week.  These beans are one of the creamiest I’ve ever eaten, and make excellent refried beans as well as chili (Natty’s favorite).  Here’s a simple recipe from the website that I love with cotija or feta cheese, chopped greens, and fresh tortillas:http://boistfortvalleyfarm.com/recipes/recipe.php?recipe=BKBN

Enjoy!
Heidi

Winter 2015 - February week 2

Winter 2015 – February, Week 2

What’s in the Box:

Yellow potatoes*, Pinova or Salish Rose apples, Purple Carrots*,
Parsnips*, Sunchokes, Leeks*, Kale*, Thyme*,
Crimini Mushrooms, Honey!*

 

 

Dear Members,

All items with an * are from Boistfort Valley Farm.  Additional items are certified organic.

It has been lovely (but cold!) this week.  The sun inspires me to get my hands into the dirt (or the soil mix) to peruse the local nursery for bare root trees and fun seeds, and to begin whatever sort of seeding I can get away with.  The frosty mornings are quick to remind me, however, that seeds have quite a while before they’ll make it outside on their own.  That doesn’t stop us from filling a few trays with soil and planting Natty’s choice of flowers, though.  They are slowly sprouting in the greenhouse, a tiny miracle to observe each day.

This time of Winter for me (and maybe for you, too!) can be a little tough to bear.  I long for warm and sun at the same time.  I begin to chant little mantras under my breath (rain, rain, go away or warm UP, warm UP are common this year) and I’m really beginning to miss the Spring greens.  The good news is that the days are getting noticeably longer, the bulbs and those hardy primroses that Winter didn’t damage have begun to bloom, and we have Hope once again for the warm season.  And so I turn my thoughts around from what I don’t have to what I do: even though I’m out of onions, I can only be mopey for so long, because there’s a field of leeks out my window!  This week I’m making room in my days for a celebration of what I DO have, even if it’s just for a moment: sunshine out my window, variety from the fields…  I can wait a little bit longer for Spring greens.

A few notes on this delivery: The Salish Rose apples, part of this week’s apple combo, have kaolin clay on them, and should be washed before eating.  Kaolin clay is an accepted material for organic apples, and is used as a physical barrier to keep pests from damaging fruit.  More information at: http://www.planetnatural.com/wp-content/uploads/kaolin-clay.pdf

We have sunchokes (also known as Jerusalem Artichokes) from Wobbly Cart Farm in today’s boxes.  These odd little guys are related to sunflowers, and they resemble ginger in appearance (although not in flavor).  Check out an easy roasting recipe here: http://www.thekitchn.com/try-this-roasted-sunchokes-105348 (I included the link because I do love a food blog, and they had some yummy sounding stuff on there!)  I have also included a recipe below.

The honey is from hives that the Woogie Bee folks, Tim and Sharette Geise, bring to our farm every Spring.  They help to pollinate our vegetable fields and the surrounding flowers, and provide us with enough honey to share with you.  Today’s jar is from the 2014 season.

Enjoy!

Heidi

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Oven-Roasted Carrots and Kale

This hearty side dish makes a sweet and savory alternative to the more traditional Thanksgiving turkey accompaniments.

Ingredients:
-6 medium carrots, sliced
-1 bunch kale, shredded
-1 yellow onion, chopped
-2 garlic cloves, crushed
-2 Tbsp olive oil
-1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
-Salt & Pepper to taste

Process:
In a medium pan, saute garlic and onion in olive oil until tender. Add shredded kale and continue to cook until wilted. Stir in thyme leaves, salt and pepper.

Arrange carrot medallions in a greased 2-quart casserole dish. Cover with sauteed onions, garlic and kale mixture. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes, or until carrots are softened.
(Serves 6-8)

Enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of Emily @ Boistfort Valley Farm
summer17

Summer 2014 – Week 17

What’s in the Box:

Petite Share:
Cauliflower, Leeks, Napa Cabbage, Gold Potatoes,
Kabocha Squash, Jimmy Nardello Peppers, Eggplant,
& 1 Bouquet of Flowers.
Small shares:
Cauliflower, Leeks, Savoy Cabbage, Beans,
Gold Potatoes, Kale, Kabocha Squash,
Jimmy Nardello Peppers & 1 Bouquet of Flowers.
Family shares:
Spinach, Leeks, Beets, Savoy Cabbage, Tomatoes,
Kale, Gold Potatoes, Kabocha Squash,
Jimmy Nardello Peppers & 1 Bouquet of Flowers.

 

October 9, 2014

Please take 1 Bouquet of Flowers

Dear Friends,

While the weather has become warm and summery once again, the contents of this week’s box sing of the hearty goodness of fall.  As I write, the temperature outside is nearly 80, but I find myself thinking of all of the various soups which could be made with this week’s vegetables!  Creamy Leek and Potato, Sweet Pepper-Tomato Bisque, Hearty Cauliflower and Cabbage Soup…

While speaking of veggies, I’d like to mention two of the items you will find in your boxes.  The first is Kabocha squash.  Kabocha squash is an Asian variety of winter squash, also known as a Japanese pumpkin.  It has an exceptionally sweet flavor and can be used interchangeably with pumpkin in both sweet and savory dishes.  This squash is full of antioxidants and is surprisingly low in starch.  The seeds are also delicious roasted and salted (at 200º on a lightly oiled cookie sheet for about 20 minutes—stirred occasionally).  These are high in Omega-6 and other healthy oils, and great eaten as a snack or sprinkled on any of the soups—the ones mentioned above or in the recipes given below.

Jimmy Nardello Peppers are our other notable addition this week.  The Jimmy Nardello originated in Routi, a small coastal town in Southern Italy.  It was bred in the late 1800’s by Guisteppe Nardello who then brought this heirloom pepper to the United States.  These peppers are known for their sweet creaminess as a frying pepper, but lend their delicious flavor to any dish they are added.

In the theme of winter cooking, I would also like to remind you of our Winter Share, and especially our upcoming Holiday Boxes.  These boxes are a great way to share your appreciation of organic produce with family and friends who might not yet realize the benefits to locally and lovingly grown vegetables.  These large holiday boxes shine with the best of our harvest and speak of the quality of our produce.  It is with great honor that we offer them for your family gatherings to share with the ones you love.  Please follow the link and consider signing up for your Winter Share, which includes our Holiday Boxes in November and December, plus 10 deliveries from January through May:

http://boistfortvalleyfarm.csaware.com/2014-2015-winter-share-nov-may-C5635

Thanks again and have a wonderful week!

-Emily

From Galilee – This little bouquet marks the end of the fresh flowers.  You can put it in water to be enjoyed fresh for several days.  The statice will continue to open a little.  The extend its beauty, you can then hang it up to dry as recommended for the bouquet from a few weeks ago.  Happy fall!

Summer 2014 – Week 13

What’s in the Box:

Petite Share:
Corn, Kale, Beets, Green Cabbage,
Cherry Tomatoes, Italian Basil,
Garlic & 5 Stems of Sunflowers
Small shares:
Corn, Kale, Red Chard, Green Cabbage,
Beets, Cherry Tomatoes,
Lemon Cucumbers, Italian Basil,
Garlic & 5 Stems of Sunflowers
Family shares:
Corn, Kale, Beets, Green Cabbage,
Cherry Tomatoes, Snow Peas,
Edamame, Italian Basil,
Garlic & 5 Stems of Sunflowers
Please remember to take: 5 Stems of Sunflowers

 

Dear Friends,

Autumn is rapidly approaching. Harvest; harvest season, the Harvest Moon, (tonight), turning a corner, shorter days, cooler nights and mornings, golden light, quiet afternoons with the kids in school, change… You feel it too, right? Forget words. Follow that primordial urge to store the bounty of summer for winter. Can, freeze, dry; a little or a lot. One small bunch of herbs hung to dry in the kitchen, one pint of basil pesto in the freezer, one quart of peppers in vinegar. Just do it. This winter when you look at it, when you taste it, when you can recollect the long days of August without words, you’ll thank me.

Now get crackin’

Reminder: There are still seven deliveries left in our Summer season CSA after today’s. We also offer Fall and Winter deliveries; One delivery in November and one in December, with an eye toward entertaining and family gatherings, and then two deliveries/month January through May. We will be sending out more information in the next week or so and will prioritize our existing customers when filling these programs.

Now seriously, put something up!

Mike