CSA week 15

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Today’s share is a base box of a small sugar pumpkin, a spaghetti squash, bell pepper, carrots, tomatoes and dry edible beans. At pick up, members can choose another store-able squash: a Spaghetti squash, Small Sugar pumpkin or Cinderella pumpkin. Both of the pumpkins are great for eating! If you are looking for different ways to use the spaghetti squash, here are 25 different ways to serve it up! Just scroll through the photos on that link. It’s easy to preserve the pumpkin for later. You can wash it down with a 10:1 water to bleach ratio and keep them cool, but not cold for several months. You can also very easily freeze, dehydrate or can them. Please note that a pressure canner is needed to can pumpkin and any non-acid food. You should NOT can pureed pumpkin only cubed. Freezing is the best method for pureed pumpkin.

Left to right: Spaghetti Squash, Small Sugar Pumpkin, Cinderella pumpkin

Members can also choose 2 peppers: a basket of chili peppers, habaneros, jalapenos or another bell pepper. The red jalapenos are more mature than the green, therefore hotter, but also a sweeter taste. Any of the peppers can be chopped to your desired size, put into a freezer safe container and will last you several months. We used the last of our 2012 peppers this July and they held up quite well.

Clockwise from top left: red chili peppers, green jalapenos, sweet bell peppers, red mature jalapenos, habenero peppers

Clockwise from top left: red chili peppers, green jalapenos, sweet bell peppers, red mature jalapenos, habanero peppers

The dry beans are a variety called Jacob’s Cattle. So pretty! We haven’t tried these yet, but they are supposed to be very tasty. I just finished winnowing these today, so I was happy for the wind to help.

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This is the last CSA box for the 2013 season. We’ve learned a lot from this way of marketing and we hope to learn more from our members in the near future. A one page survey will be included, we hope you’ll fill it out and send it in so that we can make any necessary changes for next season. That said, there are already things that we plan on doing differently next year if we choose to continue the program! Thanks to all who participated, and to those who have shown interest in purchasing shares in the future. Look for information on Facebook, here on the blog, or in your mailbox this winter.

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