Week #12 Tuesday, September 24– Friday, September 27, 2019

 Farm News

I think I’m still adjusting to the fact that fall has arrived. The leaves have started changing color, particularly the sumac and maples. Some have fallen to the ground. The honey has been harvested. Tomatoes have run their course and the squash harvest has begun. The calendar says it’s time to begin field work for garlic planting and we’ve even had some cool mornings, but it just doesn’t feel like fall quite yet. Steady rain throughout the season has kept everything amazingly green and lush. There’s no frost in site. Typically this is the week there would be a forecast of frost. We’d spend a frantic day or two of gathering in the last of the tender vegetables knowing the frost will bring an end to them. That same frost and cool weather would sweeten the carrots and Brussels sprouts. I’m not exactly hoping for one just yet. There are still beautiful peppers out there that we’ll hope to send in October. There are still raspberries coming for our harvest/delivery crews and I know those are a treat. It just feels a bit off. Since we didn’t get potatoes dug or squash harvested at our fall work day, we are putting our Tuesday and Friday crews to work on those tasks. We plan to work on the butternut squash harvest on Tuesday and maybe Friday as well. We continue to get cover crop in as vegetables come out focusing now on winter wheat and winter rye. Those beautiful green cover crops are bringing their own fall beauty to the farm.

 In Your Bag

Winter squashdelicata
Yellow Potatoes
Leeks
Yellow Onions
Savoy Cabbage
Carrots
Garlic
Peppers
shishito peppers (in the bag) & sweet red and yellow
Spicy Salad Mix
Ethiopian Kale
Sage 

 Schedule for the End of the Season

After this week there will be two more weeks of vegetable deliveries. The weeks are as follows:
NO DELIVERIES OCT. 1ST AND 4TH
Week#13: Tuesday, Oct. 8/Friday, Oct. 11
NO DELIVERIES OCT. 15th & 18th
Week#14: Tuesday, Oct. 22/Friday, Oct. 25 

Every other week shares, please note: If you are getting a bag THIS week (Sept 24/27), your next and final bag will be Oct. 22 or 25. If you were scheduled to pick-up a bag LAST week, (Sept 17/20) your next and final bag will be Oct. 8 or 11. If you have questions, please ask!

Spring Hill’s Harvest Dinner Saturday, Nov. 2nd!

Mark your calendar now for Saturday evening, November 2nd, 5:30-8pm. We’ll gather and celebrate the season at Cabrini Church in Minneapolis. 

 Harvesters for October 8 and October 11

Tuesday, October 8- Su Skog & Conrad Sowder, Jennie Baltutis, Nancy Kosciolek & Rob Nordin Kristin Dyrhaug, Chris Kozalka, NEED ONE!
Friday, October 11 – Helen Torrens, Karin & Reed McEwan, Karen Ansbaugh & Merilee Light Lee Pfannmuller and Gary Seim, Kimberly Laudert 

Week #11 Tuesday, September 17 – Friday, September 20, 2019

 Farm News

A big huge honkin’ THANK YOU to everyone who came to Spring Hill’s Fall Work Day and to everyone who worked to make it happen. It was an incredibly delightful day filled with good people, good conversation and good food. Cindy Hilmoe, Bob Wright, Kim Blue and Phoenix greeted folks as they arrived. The soup and salad crew, led by Sandra Haff and Kimberly Laudert served up a wonderful gazpacho and kale salad. George Socha, with Jessie Austin, turned out beautiful and tasty focaccia. Lou Ferreri, Kathleen Weflan, Carolyn Vandendolder, Michonne Bertrand and Augie took on the important task of pressing apples into cider – yum! Erin Link, with Bob’s help, brought Colores the goat to join her in her chat about goats. We were all charmed. Barry Vornbrock took the lead on a conversation about cooking with what’s in your bag each week. The word was, very informative! Anna Melander and family spread out a blanket and welcomed the younger set to make colorful noisemakers. Onions were trimmed and bagged to make room for winter squash, garlic was cleaned and lots of veggies gleaned from the field. Much appreciation to Jess Fischer, Sue Poore and Cindy Hilmoe for clean-up. Thank you all! 

 In Your Bag

Winter squashsugar dumpling
Yellow Potatoes
Leeks
Yellow Onions
Cauliflower
Broccoli
Garlic
Carrots
Roma Tomatoes
Peppers
green bell, sweet red & yellow, jalapenos
Amara/Egyptian Kale*
Sage/Thyme bunch
*See Kristin’s recipe for this fall green or stir it into a curry or soup dish or saute it like kale with olive oil & garlic!

Looking Ahead to Next Week

Next week’s squash variety will be delicata! We’ll have more leeks for you, a savoy cabbage (we think) and (we hope) one final batch of Roma tomatoes. Look for more colorful peppers along with some shishitos and maybe some Rainbow Chard. 

 Schedule for the End of the Season

After this week there are three more weeks of vegetable deliveries. The weeks are as follows:
Week #12: Tuesday, Sept. 24/Friday, Sept. 27
NO DELIVERIES THE NEXT WEEK
Week #13: Tuesday, Oct. 8/Friday, Oct. 11
NO DELIVERIES THE NEXT WEEK
Week #14: Tuesday, Oct. 22/Friday, Oct. 25
Every other week shares, please note: If you are getting a bag this week (Sept 17/20), your next and final bag will be Oct. 8 or 11. If you are scheduled to get a bag next week, (Sept 24/27) your next and final bag will be Oct. 22 or 25.
If you have questions, please ask! 

Spring Hill’s Harvest Dinner Saturday, Nov. 2nd!

Mark your calendar now for Saturday evening, November 2nd, 5:30-8pm. We’ll gather and celebrate the season at Cabrini Church in Minneapolis.

Memorial Service for Taylor Thron Mork

A memorial service for Taylor, son of Shelley Thron and brother to Gresham and Laya, will be held Saturday, September 28th at 11:00 am First Universalist Church. 3400 Dupont Ave S, Minneapolis, 55408 https://firstuniversalistchurch.org/ Some of you know “The Shelleys.” They sang at our fall dinner a couple of years ago. Whether you know them or not, please hold this family close.

Next Week’s Harvesters

Tuesday, September 24- Jane Mercier & Mark Taylor, Karen Abraham & Ray WiedmeyerGerri Barosso, Barb Wright & Paul Engstrom, Nance & Brian Longley
Friday, September 27 – Diane Clayton & Colleen Bell, Roger and Suzanne Dahl, Janice Kovala, Sophie Hunt & Matthew Nokleby, Jacki Betsworth & George Hunt

Week #10 Tuesday, September 10 – Friday, September 13, 2019

Spring Hill’s Fall Community Work Day Saturday, September 14, 12:30-4:30! 

We’ve got what looks to be a great day planned for Saturday’s Community Work Day on the farm. Work will depend on the weather. We know we’ll be able to clean up some garlic and we’ll be able to gather up tomatoes from the hoop houses. We’ll have to wait to see what the fields look like after the rain to make decisions about other work. In any case, there will be plenty of things going on around the farm. We’re pretty excited that Erin Link (who has worked here for the past three years) will be on hand from 1-1:30 to talk about the San Clemente goats she raises and milks. She’ll have her goat milk soap available for sale as well. Get here early to hear from Erin! We’re also planning what’s sure to be an informative and helpful discussion around cooking with what’s in your bag. Barry Vornbrock and Kate Kysar will lead a discussion that will be part presentation/part participation. Barry’s ready to share his basic cooking method that is both recipe free and recipe friendly! Come ready to learn and to share! That discussion will likely take place around 2pm. In addition Karen Melander is planning an activity for young ones.

As usual food will be at the center of our farm gathering. Soup making, bread baking and apple pressing will all be part of the day. We still need some volunteers to make it all happen. Look for an e-mail and sign-up for a slot if you’re able. Thanks!

 In Your Bag

Yellow Potatoes
Garlic
Yellow Onions
Cauliflower
Beets
Carrots
Zucchini
last of the season!
Poblano Peppers (in the bag)
Sweet Red and Yellow Peppers
Roma Tomatoes + Pint of Salad Tomatoes
Collard Greens
Thyme bunch

Veggie Notes

Savor the last of the zucchini! Make a loaf of zucchini bread to freeze and enjoy in January! Or try the zucchini/tomato gratin recipe in the newsletter. We’re not sure how the Romas will do this coming week with all the rain and cool weather in the forecast. We’re hoping for another couple of weeks. In any case, we’re sending in a bunch. This week marks the end of the salad tomatoes . What a treat they’ve been this year!

Looking Ahead to Next Week

Next week will bring the first of the winter squash and the first batch of leeks. I think we’ll be able to get another week of cauliflower and those red and yellow peppers are coming in strong.

Spring Hill’s Harvest Dinner Saturday, Nov. 2nd!

Mark your calendar now for Saturday evening, November 2nd. We’ll gather and celebrate the season at Cabrini Church in Minneapolis. 

 Next Week’s Harvesters

Tuesday, September 17 – Anna Logan/Margaret & Ralph Hart, Erin Mohr & Jack McGrath Barbara Mohr & Nancy Albrecht, David Musielewicz, Blue-Koszalkas, NEED ONE!

Friday, September 20 – Kim & Dale Lampe, Veena & Arundhati Deo, Jeanette Raymond, Jess Nelson & Joe Slag, Brian & Mary Green 

Week #9 Tuesday, September 3 – Friday, September 6, 2019

 Farm News

A recent conversation on our regional CSA listserv is what brings you the Brussels sprouts tops this week. A few years back Community Supported Farmers in a seven county region that includes our county of Barron joined together in a mostly informal way to get to know each other better, to support each other and to share information. It’s been good! We’ve gathered for workshops about farming topics of all kinds, gotten together for summer picnics and winter parties. And, we’ve shared lots of information via the listserv. A couple of weeks back, someone posed the question about whether to “top” Brussels sprouts or not. We typically top our Brussels sprouts around the first of September. We walk down the row of Brussels sprouts and cut off the top spurt of growth on each plant. The idea is that the plant will stop putting energy into top growth and more energy into growing the sprouts themselves. As we walk down the row cutting the tops, we have always tossed them to the ground. Back to the question on the listserv. Of course people came down on both sides. The non-toppers felt that you got a more continuous harvest by not cutting the top. Those that wanted to harvest in one fell swoop preferred topping. What caught our eye was not the yay or nay, but this comment: “Bonus to topping–you can give out the top greens to your CSA–they are like a tender collard greens and are quite tasty.” A little research was in order! After some recipe searching and sampling, we decided yes, indeed they were definitely worth sending. Like the garlic scape that we once considered a throw away and is now something to look forward to, it could be that the Brussels Sprouts tops (which need a new name – that’s a mouthful) become an anticipated fall crop. We’ll see!

 In Your Bag

Melons last of the season!
Yellow Potatoes
Garlic
Yellow Onions
Cucumbers
OR Beets OR Cauliflower
Broccoli
Carrots
Zucchini
Shishito Peppers (in the bag)
Bell Pepper and a Sweet Yellow OR Red Pepper
Roma Tomatoes + Pint of Salad Tomatoes
Brussels Sprout
Tops
Parsley/Thyme
bunch

Veggie Notes

Summer veggies are on their way out; fall veggies are on their way in. It’s sort of a mix this week and probably next week too. Brussels sprout tops are likely new to you – they are to us! Check out the recipe or look for others online.

Looking Ahead to Next Week

We expect cauliflower to be coming in strong next week. We’ll continue with Roma tomatoes and we’ll see about the salad tomatoes. They may be winding down. Everyone will probably get a beet bunch and I think poblano peppers will make a showing. Look for sweet red and yellow peppers! We’ll have a fall green for you too, collards or the Ethiopian kale, Amara.

Spring Hill’s Fall Community Work Day
Saturday, September 14, 12:30-4:30

Join us for a day of work and play, good food and good company! We’ll make soup and cider and bread. Weather permitting, we’ll dig potatoes, harvest squash and clean garlic and more!

 Next Week’s Harvesters

Tuesday, September 10 – Amy & Troy Sinykin, Kathy Steinberger & Jim Young, Cathy Dolan Angela Gustafson, Peter McAllister
Friday, September 13 – Claudine Arndt & Mike McCloskey, Mark & Pam Werley, Michael and Mary Vanderford, Sandy & Roger Clarke, NEED ONE!