This weeks brings the end to our first CSA season. Before it began we didn't know just how wonderful CSA pickup day would be, we just thought we'd harvest the veggies, you would come get them and that's it. But it is SO much better than that! This summer was a little intense bringing former hay fields into production, breaking ground for future fields, establishing wholesale accounts, wrangling a toddler and dealing with all the other usual battles farming entails- like months of rain and insects that are set on destroying everything. That all adds up to us not getting out much (don't worry we make up for it in the winter!) Right now we are bringing in the last of our field crops, cover cropping open fields and preparing our greenhouse which was full of tomatoes all summer for winter greens production. We want to thank you so much for supporting us in our first year we could not have done it without all of you!
Butternut Squash is one of my favorite to cook with, I add it to soups, stews, vegetable roasts, lasagna, ravioli, pizza and even burritos! I made this lasagna the other night I'm still going strong with the kale caesar salad, which I will again highly recommend! For butternut squash lasagna I simply use a plain vegetable lasagna recipe as a base. I cut the butternut squash in half, scoop the seeds out and roast it with a little olive oil on the outside and several garlic cloves tucked into each seed cavity. Once it is well roasted I puree it in the food processor with a little parmesan cheese, I like to add spinach kale or chard to the ricotta cheese as well as plenty of herbs like parsley thyme and sage. When I assemble the lasagna I start with tomato sauce in the pan, then as I make the layers I use the butternut squash in place of tomato sauce. On the very last layer I finish with tomato sauce and cheese on top. Enjoy!
This week in your share-
Butternut Squash, Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, Herbs, Spinach
Lettuce, Garlic, Kale or Chard, Broccoli Crown
Pick your own roots & tubers mix-
Beets, Parsnips, Potatoes & 'Purple Top' Turnips
and a Pumpkin!