Winter CSA week 5. Final Share.

  • Turnips*
  • Beets*
  • Carrots*
  • Broccoli
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Spinach
  • Sunchokes*
  • Kale*
  • Cilantro
  • Rutabaga*
  • Kohlrabi*
  • Daikon Radish*
  • Radicchio*

We are very pleased to present everyone a great last winter CSA share. It is a fantastic representation of our last winter harvests as we put away all our harvest knives for a few months, and of what growing veggies in winter is all about. After yesterday’s and today’s harvests, there is not much left in our fields besides carrots. This is mostly do to last week’s freeze, but it still made for good timing on our last winter share!With farming you have to take your wins with your losses. Tomatoes ten weeks in a row: win, being able to offer a 5 week winter csa: win, harvesting vegetables until the second week of January, with only light weight row fabric: double win. Frozen farm, left with only carrots and garlic, i can accept.Just means we have more time for our wash station addition project! Picture below.

I am diligently planning next years CSA and crop plan, we are going to test out a few new crops, but more than anything grow more of what everyone said would like to see more of. We are taking sign-ups for 2015 CSA shares, information and sign-up form is here:

Thanks again for a great winter CSA season, while short. We look forward to seeing everyone in April!





The true husbandman will cease from anxiety, as the squirrels manifest no concern whether the woods will bear chestnuts this year or not, and finish his labor with every day, relinquishing all claim to the produce of his fields, and sacrificing in his mind not only his first but his last fruits also.” Thoreau’s, Walden.


Ashley Rodgers
Farm ManagerandDavid Kelly and Erica Coady (this seasons winter interns)



I am so pleased to be able to offer these little beauties in this week’s share. Radicchio really is the essence of a winter csa share. There is not many other greens that can withstand 5 degrees like radicchio can. While it is gorgeous, beware as it is considered a bitter green. The two ways I recommend enjoying radicchio:

1. Radicchio Salad. It goes great in salads, massage it a little, with some salad dressing. it pairs well with citrus, as well as balsamic vinegar, crumbly cheeses, and dried fruits and nuts.

2. Grilled/Charred Radicchio. Char it in a cast iron skillet, or put on the grill for a few minutes, this char can often take the bitterness out of the radicchio. Serve with a balsamic vinegar sauce, possibly. yum. Radicchio and red meat often pair well together, or on the other side, grains, like quinoa.

Other Root Vegetable Recipe Ideas:
Sunchokes: we love this tasty root veggie, which is similar in taste and texture to a potato, just a little nuttier. We recommend using every bit of these and leaving the skin on. try using a cheap nail brush or another root vegetable brush to clean them.. Roast them, mash them, make soup, hash browns, a gratin, put them with a roast, the possibilities are endless!Root vegetable Pot Pie. Click hereVegan Root Vegetable Fajitas– Click here.

Roasted Root Vegetables with Tomatoes and Kale:  here

Mashed turnips or rutabegas. Chop them up, boil them, then add some butter and cream and whip them up. Add in some potatoes, if you want to mask the flavor a bit. Add in some chopped turnip greens even, or top with cheese.

-Marinated Kohlrabi. I like to eat kohlrabi raw in salads, but i find it helps if you marinate it first in a little olive oil and lemon juice. It helps cut the strong turnip flavor kohlabi tends to have. Its great shredded into salads with carrots, or cabbage.

-Chinese and turnips and kohlrabi, all go very well together. In a stir fry, or cold salad, or wrap. They are work well with asian flavors also.


One response to “Winter CSA week 5. Final Share.

  1. Ashley,

    Our community had a win when you came to our farm! Thanks for all you do.

    Sam and Hope Sam Harrison

    From: Serenbe Farms Reply-To: Serenbe Farms Date: Monday, January 12, 2015 at 10:03 PM To: Sam Harrison Subject: [New post] Winter CSA week 5. Final Share. Ashley posted: ” We are very pleased to present everyone a great last winter CSA share. It is a fantastic representation of our last winter harvests as we put away all our harvest knives for a few months, and of what growing veggies in winter is all about. A”

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