November 17th – LAST A Week distribution

MimoMex Vegetable Share
1 Acorn Squash, 1 Butternut Squash, 2 lbs of Sweet Potatoes, 2 Leeks, 2 heads of Garlic, 1 bunch of Broccoli Rabe, 1 bunch of Kale, 1 bunch of Arugula, 1 bunch of Spinach

NY Orchard Share
2 lbs Red Delicious Apples + 1 Jug of Apple Cider

Our last A week as the season draws to a close. Looking forward to seeing everybody around the neighborhood this Winter and next Spring!

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Nov 10th B week Shares

MimoMex Vegetable Share
1 butternut squash, 2 Sweet Potatoes, 1 bunch Spinach, half pound Chilaca Peppers, 1 pound Poblano Peppers, 1 bunch Broccoli Rabe, 1 bunch Mustard Greens & 1 pound Broccoli

NY Orchard
2 pounds Red Delicious Apples & Jug of Cider

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Nov 3rd A Week Shares

MimoMex Vegetable
1 head of Cabbage, 6 Chilaca Peppers, 1 bunch of Spinach, 1 pound Red Onions, 1 pound Yellow Onions, 3 Poblano Peppers, 1 bunch Mustard Greens, 4 ears Popping Corn, 1 Butternut Squash

NY Orchard
2pounds Golden Delicious Apples & 1 Jug of Apple Cider

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COUGAR Member Diary

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In the five years we’ve been Southside CSA members, we’ve frequently planned a fall dinner party in order to share some of our haul and try out some more ambitious dishes to share in our blog post.  This year we did have a party, but one of an entirely different sort. Since we welcomed Elias, our seven month old, into our family, our meals need to be fast and ideally sharable with a baby. We still like to entertain, though, so our recipes this week will feature two meals from the beginning of the weak meant to take us through a few days, a few lightning fast meals, baby friendly treats, and some party food from the Halloween bash we threw for Elias’s buddies and their parents.

This week’s share

We pick up bi-weekly, and we have the veggie, orchard, berry, egg, and meat shares.  We began the week with several (still fresh!) leftover items from our previous week’s pickup due to some busy schedules, stomach viruses, and time spent out of town with our families. So, some items featured in this week’s meals are from the prior week.

Included in this week’s pickup: Apples, apple cider, red and yellow onions, decorative gourds (‘tis the season), popping corn, Swiss chard, two bunches of spinach, mustard greens, and a head of cabbage.

Beginning of the week meals

We began each of the last two weeks with soups.

Last week, we used up some of our CSA veggies with a corn chowder.

For this chowder we used:

  • Olive Oil
  • 3 strips of bacon
  • 2 onions (CSA)
  • 6 cups of chicken stock (we used a stock made from the scraps of a Northwind Farm chicken, veggie scraps, and some CSA lemongrass for kick)
  • 4 ears of corn, kernels off the cob, and two ears reserved for the soup
  • 3 waxy potatoes (store bought)
  • 2 Cups of Cream
  • Salt and Pepper
  1. We cooked the bacon in a bit of olive oil, then took it out of the pan.
  2. Then, we sautéed up a few small onions
  3. When those were soft, we added the stock and the corn. We threw in the cobs for extra flavor
  4. Then we added the potatoes. When everything was cooked through, we added cream and salt and pepper to taste.

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This lasted us through three dinners! Continue reading

Oct 27th B Week Shares

MimoMex Vegetable Share
1 Head of Cabbage, 2 bunches of Spinach, 1 lb Onions, 1 lb Red Onions, Choice of Collard Greens or Swiss Chard, 4 ears of Popping Corn, 1 Decorative Pumpkin or Gourd, 1 bunch Mustard Greens

N Y Orchard
2 lbs Red Delicious Apples & 1 Jug of Cider

Winter Share on sale NOW – Frozen Veg, Egg, Meat & Beer…..

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Stephanie Member Diary

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Holy greens this week! This is what my partner, Brian, and I got in our MimoMex Veggie and Orchard half shares: mustard greens, red mustard greens, arugula, mizuna, spinach, broccoli, cilantro, onions, baby pumpkins, a Sugar Baby pumpkin, Empire apples, apple cider.
Monday:
Usually I try to clear out the fridge before my pickup so that there’s room for CSA goods and we don’t have any leftovers to eat (which would discourage us from cooking). That didn’t happen this weekend…we had guests over and ordered a ton of takeout one night instead of cooking, so not only did we have all those leftovers, we had a bunch of veggies that I’d been planning to cook. No room in the fridge!
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Steps I took to clear out the fridge and store the share goods:
1. Drank the last of some white wine to get rid of the bottle. Need to start somewhere!
2. Finished up some takeout for dinner. No cooking tonight; clearing/storing only.
3. Cut our losses and traded some wilting cilantro for this week’s lively cilantro. Put the new cilantro in a glass with water (like a bouquet of flowers) and with a small plastic bag over the top. Old cilantro went in a bin for composting.
4. To help the rest of the greens last longer and reduce their bulk: picked out the wilted ones, trimmed off the stems, washed and spun the leaves, and packed them in plastic containers lined and layered with paper towels. Way laborious but worth it.
5. Consolidated carrots and celery with some radishes from a previous share in a FoodSaver container since they’re all supposed to be stored the same way anyway (with moisture and the air vents closed) and none of them produce ethylene.

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Oct 20th A Week Shares

MimoMex Vegetable Share
2 baby pumpkins
1 Sugar Baby Pumpkin
1 pound Onions
1 bunch Mustard Greens
1 bunch Mizuna
1 bunch Arugula
1 bunch Cilantro
1 head of Broccoli
1 bunch Spinach
1 bunch of Red Mustard Greens

NY Orchard Share
1/2 gallon of Cider
1 & 1/2 pound Empire Apples

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