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Availability List for Friday October 20

Posted 10/17/2017 1:17pm by Natalie Kujala.

Mother Nature is acting a little crazy these days. Sunday was in the 80s, and this morning I woke up to frost. It’s confusing enough as a human to figure out how to keep up with the fluctuations in temperature. I can simply adjust the thermostat and my clothing; I can’t imagine how the plants and animals feel. Somehow through all of the highs and lows, my basil is still going strong. I must have gotten supercharged seeds. I’m not going to push my luck too much longer, though. It’s time to get cranking on some serious pesto.

HIGHLIGHTS:

WATERMELON RADISHES: Stephanie (an apprentice at New Morning Farm) brought a beautiful array of fresh veggies and hummus to my wedding celebration last month. My parents’ friends went gaga over the watermelon radishes- they’d never seen them before! They were so impressed with the color and flavor of these radishes that they ordered a case through the co-op to share among themselves.

GRANDMA LAURA’S PIE PUMPKINS: Don Spackman of Roundtop Farms has a very special pumpkin to offer- Grandma Laura’s Heirloom Pie Pumpkins. As the story goes, Don’s grandmother was given these seeds by the Sioux in South Dakota. She later carried them with her to PA in 1918. Don has been keeping the legacy of his grandmother alive by continuing to grow these specialty pumpkins. To drive the point home of just how delicious these squash are, Don brought a pie for us to sample. Yum yum yum! That pie certainly did not last long.

ROMANESCO CAULIFLOWER: Here’s to another round of shout-outs for the Romanesco cauliflower. Unharvested, these remind me of little medieval castles tucked away in the field. Emily (our GM) taught me what I think is the best way to enjoy this architecturally unique veggie- simply chopped and lined on a baking sheet, drizzled with olive oil, and sprinkled with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika- bake at 450⁰ and voilà! 

AUTUMN CROWN SQUASH: If you love the flavor of Long Island Cheese squash but find them difficult to handle, Autumn Crown squash might be just what you’re looking for! If you’re not familiar with either Long Island Cheese squash or Autumn Crown squash, they are flat, beige skin colored squash, with a taste similar to butternuts. Autumn Crowns are like the mini versions of the Cheese squash.

GREENS NOTE: Baby and young arugula, baby and young sweet & spicy, and baby mixed kale can be packed in 5lb cases for $48/case ($45 for 3+). Please let us know by Friday if you’d like 5lb packs of the arugulas or kale. We will have 5lb sweet & spicy available.

NON-ORGANIC, ALL NATURAL LOCAL CHICKEN EGGS: AVAILABLE IN MEDIUM, LARGE AND EXTRA-LARGE, 15 DOZEN BULK. PLEASE CALL TIM DERSTINE AT HARES VALLEY GROWERS AT 814 448 2784 FOR GREAT EGG PRICES.

*Uncle Matt’s (UM) – Clermont, Florida *Spring Thyme Herbs (STH) – Hockessin, Delaware *Mushroom Specialties – West Grove, Pennsylvania   *Eastern Carolina Organics (NC) – Durham, NC *Wood Prairie Farm Potatoes – ME *Fresh Meadows Farm -- MA *Kiwi Berry Organics – Danville, Pennsylvania *Porter Farms – Elba, New York

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