Honeycrisp Apples - Mick Klug Farms, St. Joseph, MI
Cranberries - Mick Klug Farms, St. Joseph, MI
Acorn Squash - Amish Community Growers, Platteville, WI
Yukon Gold Potatoes - Amish Community Growers, Platteville, WI
Parsnips - Harmony Valley Farm, Viroqua, WI
Hello again, from your farm!
Despite the cloudy, dreary winter days, we're having a good time spending more time with our sons this winter. They are pitching in on the weekends to help with the winter harvest and store stocking. The many hands make light work as we talk and joke about our farm animals together. Our youngest, Gavin, didn't even think twice about stepping in to help with the washing. He was a trooper spraying leeks in the icy cold water in our unheated pack house! These moments make us realize how many unspoken lessons the boys are learning, and they make me wonder if they can help with spring crew training!
After this week's share, we'll take a break from the harvest to celebrate the holidays with family and take a road trip down south to Tennessee, Alabama, and Louisiana.
As the year draws to a close, we wish you a peaceful, warm and restorative holiday season with those close to you. We'll report to you again in 2023. Here's to a happy new year to come!
Cheers, ~ Jeff, Jen, Owen, Gavin Miller and cats, Kit Kat and Linus
Notes from the Farm Kitchen
Members will receive carrots, parsnips and beautyheart radishes this week. Though not all beautyheart radishes are shaped like a heart like the one pictured, they are delicious when peeled and eaten raw or roasted. Many farmers call storage roots "bridger" crops as they keep us all healthy while we wait for greens to grow! I love the intersections of seasons within the kitchen -- delicate greens and hearty roots -- as they provide excellent contrasts in meals (think lentil vegetable soup and a fresh salad). Store these roots in plastic in your refrigerator and peel when ready to use. Feel free to check last year's newsletters for more recipes.
As winter squashes, leeks, cranberries and garlic take their final bow, we lean on familiar staples like Honeycrisp apples (pictured on right)and Yukon gold potatoes to make warm meals in your kitchen.
The potatoes are left unwashed, as this helps them to store well for months. They can be easily washed to remove the sandy Wisconsin soil in which they are grown.
The Honeycrisp apples should be eaten soon as they are not considered storage apples, however, that is never a problem in our house! We love making apple chips (recipe below) to make our house smell wonderful and keep apples around a little longer.