Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

Thursday October 21, 2010

Heirloom Breeds & Seeds:
Indian Line Farm: Dropping Temperatures

We have officially fallen below 32 degrees on several occasions in the last 2 weeks.  This means that all frost sensitive crops have died.  I have to say I wasn't sorry to see the tomatoes go.  This has been a stellar year for tomatoes and I am hopeful you all had your fill to make up for our disastrous 2009. 

After making my last tomato soup for the year and enjoying every bite, I have turned my attention to the plethora of other foods at our fingertips.  Please enjoy some of the recipes below if you are looking for ideas and don't forget to check out our website for more!

Have a great week! 

For the farm crew,


P.S. I was informed by several of you that turkeys don't migrate.  Thanks for setting me straight.  I hope to see my turkey friends all winter! 

A few notes:

1)  We still need garlic to be cleaned if you have any extra time.  Please ask the person in the barn to set you up. 

2)  The last two weeks of pick up (week of October 25th and week of November 1st) we will be doing our Annual Fall Sign Up for Indian Line Farm.  We ask for a Commitment Form and $100 deposit to hold your space.  We will give you more details next week. 

3)  Please note that the Rainbow Salad Mix this week will need to be given an extra rinse at home.  We have an insect problem that I am unfamiliar with at this time of year.  We have aphids in the lettuce greens and I can't with our two wash tubs rinse them out completely.  They are harmless but I promise you if you take the lettuce you will find them.  Consider yourselves warned.  On the other hand, the lettuce will be extra sweet as the cooler temperatures encourage the plants to sweeten.  Creating sweetness is an anti-freezing characteristic of plants. 

Vegetables for the week of October 18th

         Bok Choy, Brussels Sprouts, Kohlrabi--limited quantity
        Cabbage, Baby Hakurei Turnips, Green Tomatoes--limited quantity
  Mix and Match Roots:
        Potatoes, from Thompson Finch Farm--Ancram, NY --see recipe below
        Onions--see recipe below
        Scarlet Turnips
        Red Meat Radish
        Daikon Radish
        Celeriac--see recipes below
        Purple Top Turnips
        Beets--see recipes below
        Sweet Potatoes!!--Stone Soup Farm, Belchertown, MA
Mix and Match Greens
          Chard, Kale, Mustard Greens and Spinach

Acorn Winter Squash--Full Bloom Organic Farm
Rainbow Salad Mix--please wash before eating!  1/2 lb only

Fruit Share
1/2 gallon apple cider from Windy Hill Farm for folks on Tuesday. 
Bosc Pears from Maynard Farms, Ulster Park, NY--please let ripen a week before eating!