The 2013 Winter-Stock-Up-Share Info is Here!

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Read on below for all the details on this years Winter-Stock-Up-Share from John (what veggies are included, the weight, the price, etc).  If you would like to receive this years Winter-Stock-Up-Share:

• current CSA members can simply drop off a check at our pick-up location next Wednesday

• non-members can still get a Winter-Stock-Up-Share: send an e-mail to eve at csanewark dot com for details on how to get on the list.

But now, here are the details on the stock-up-share from our farmer John himself:

STARBRITE FARM END OF SEASON “STOCK UP”

We will be offering one additional share to be delivered during the week of November 25th.  This will be a “stock up” share and will include various vegetables that store well, so that you will be able to enjoy produce from the farm well into the winter months. The total weight of this share will be between about 50 lbs.. Approximately a third of the share will be an assortment of butternut, acorn, buttercup (kabocha), delicata, and sweet dumpling squash. The share will also include an assortment of root vegetables such as carrots, beets, parsnips, turnips, celery root and radishes. I expect that the root crops will comprise about 10 lbs. of the share. We had a great potato harvest this season but the onion crop has not kept well.  I have made arrangements to buy some organic onions from a farm in NY State. There will be about 20 lbs. of potatoes and onions in the share. The potatoes will include some fingerling, all blue and all red potatoes. Also included will be cabbage, and whatever greens we still have in the field at this time, such as arugula or other mustards, and spinach. It is possible that there will be broccoli, cauliflower, or Brussels sprouts, but I cannot guarantee their availability at this time. The cost of this final share will be $70, which is an excellent value, equivalent to a wholesale price for the produce included.

            The potatoes, onions and squash can be stored in a cool dry place such as an attached garage or enclosed porch, where they will not freeze. The root vegetables and cabbage will best be stored in your refrigerator. I know that this final share will not work for everyone, but I hope that many of you will be able to participate. Doing so will help me to make use of the produce that we have in storage, as well as utilize what remains in the fields, and will help me with the funds that I need for the pending farm purchase. If you are interested in supporting the farm but cannot use so much squash and potatoes, you may want to consider purchasing a stock-up share to be donated to a food bank or soup kitchen. Also if you would like to donate a lesser amount, we will donate one lb. of potatoes or squash for each dollar donated. As always, I thank you for your support and patronage.

Farmer John

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ps: the beautiful squash illustration above is by Claudia Pearson, from http://www.grownyc.org – we found it on this site here, where they also posted some great winter squash recipes!

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