washing leeks in fall

As we approach the end of our Fall CSA, we get the pleasure of meeting one of our late-season vegetables–the lovely leek, member of the Allium (onion) genus. With a more delicate, subtle flavor, leeks can replace onions in some dishes, but do require a more gentle cooking method. With a lower sugar content, for…

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Caraflex cabbage at Perkins' Good Earth Farm

This week our CSA members will receive Caraflex cabbage in their shares. Also known as “conehead” or “arrowhead” cabbage because of its shape, it has thin, sweet leaves, making it ideal for eating raw (like in coleslaw or for wraps). Caraflex also works well in quick-cooking dishes like stir-fry. Store Caraflex the same way you…

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Lunchbox Challenge 2019

Anyone else struggling with the daily lunch-making process??? Maybe you eat the same thing EVERY SINGLE DAY and you’re ready for some fun with your food? Or maybe your lunch leaves you lethargic, and you want energy for your afternoon? Or maybe you’re tired of your kiddos complaining about their lunch, and you want to…

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Hakurei Sweet Turnips

This week our CSA members are receiving hakurei turnips, a Japanese salad turnip that’s so sweet and crisp it can be eaten raw. In fact, when we did a little sampling of these turnips during our Spring CSA, a farm member familiar with these delicious little orbs bit right into hers in the CSA distribution…

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bell peppers on the plant

During our Summer CSA, our farm members receive all kinds of peppers: green and yellow and red bell peppers, lunchbox peppers, mild child peppers, and hot peppers. How to store all this pepper goodness? If you’re planning to use your peppers within a week or so, place them in a sealed plastic bag and keep…

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cherry tomatoes red, yellow, orange

At lunch today, Dan and I enjoyed slices of a ripe Marnero tomato. Perfection. This heirloom tomato–pictured ripe above–will be sold at our farm this summer, and we want to make sure our CSA members and farm stand customers know how to store these beauties so they can get the same flavor experience we had…

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hardneck garlic scape in field

Garlic harvest is coming soon to the farm! How do we know this? Our hardneck garlic plants are sending up their flower stalks, known as garlic scapes. In order to encourage the garlic plant to put all its energy into growing an amazing garlic bulb instead of its flower, we remove the scapes from the…

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freshly harvested beets

There are many things to love about root veggies, and here’s one of my favorites: roots with their greens is like a two-for-one deal! That’s right, beet greens are edible and delicious and oh-so-good for you. To make sure you get in on all this goodness, however, you need to store them properly. Beets should…

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scallions(2)

Yesterday at distribution, two farm members–at separate times–asked what to do with the weekly scallions they received in their CSA share. I gave them some ideas, but their question got me thinking–how many other farm members are feeling the same way? Are scallions one of those veggies that sit in your fridge week after week,…

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