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What's in my CSA Box? Ideas for eating and cooking.

Posted 12/13/2013 7:00am by Jill Rendleman.

Good Morning Farm Members!

It is the coldest December I can remember and on top of that, the grayest December I can remember!  A challenge for winter growing in many ways, but good in other ways.  Romaine lettuce loves cold weather as do other lettuces......new lettuce we have outside under low row covers seems to be having a great time of it...only problem is, the row covers are ice covered, then a blanket of snow, making it difficult to get into harvest the lettuce!!  I am waiting for that little break in the cold and then watch out!  If your boxes dont have the regular "over filled" look to them in the next few weeks, remember to think SUN.  We will make up for this in the coming weeks as the weather slowly begins to change.....after Dec 21st, the days start getting longer!  

In your box this week is the last of the Rouge D Hiver Romaine as well as potatoes, celery, and baby Pak Choi.  The celery is very different from store bought, and at this size, best as a flavoring in soups or stir fry, or cut up in salads.  Farm fresh celery has a much stronger taste and texture as it is grown in soil and not in water.  The baby Pak Choi is very tender and good in stir fry or as you would use any other cabbage.  A stir fry of baby Pak Choi and potatoes is a new twist on a Southern Illinois staple, cabbage and potatoes.  Add a few carrots for color and a diversity of nutrients!   We clean and pack mainly outdoors and the well water is just above freezing.  A little extra rinse in your sinks may be in order this week.  Thanks for your patience.

As we near the holiday, I have a special treat for our non vegan vegetarian members.  We have Cornish Hens processed and ready for a warm holiday soup or dumplings.  These are 7-9 lb birds with a market value of $4.50/lb.  that have been pasture raised and fed only Certified Organic feed, processed and frozen on our farm....they are not however, Certified Organic as we use local straw for bedding versus Certified Organic straw, which i could not find around here.  Look for them in your box next week!   

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