The Springdell Show and Tell – Winter CSA Pickup #6


Hi everyone, Jess here to share about some of the good stuff happening at the farm this week. It seems hard to believe that it’s time to start thinking about the summer CSA, but the time is now! Please share with friends and family that it’s time to submit your summer CSA application. This is a great way to support your health and your farm. If you need an application, simply, contact Jamie at Springdellfarms.com and she’ll gladly email you one.

The summer CSA keeps you feeling vibrant and healthy all through the summer months and into the early fall, and is very flexible with vacation holds and pickup options. There are different sizes of shares available to fit every lifestyle and budget. This blog is also available to support you with recipe inspiration throughout the season. Check out this short 2-minute video to learn more!

Let’s get to the veggies that you might be seeing in the Winter CSA pickup (today was group B).

  • Echo Farms PUDDING! – A big favorite, Beth’s fresh pudding has arrived and is a favorite for many Springdellians. Beth’s moo-friends are part of the family, and that good karma presents itself in every spoonful of this tasty treat! The Anderson Household is psyched for pudding week.
  • Eggs & Tully Farms (6th generation) Milk
  • Radishes– In case you missed it in last week’s addition, Springdellian Betsy B has this great radish recipe to try, the greens and some parsley can be used to make the pesto (thanks for the suggestion, Betsy!)
  • Spinach– Enjoy throughout the week, in smoothies, or, if feeling overwhelmed with greens, wilt the entire rinsed bag in a pan for a few minutes and season to taste you’ll be surprised how much spinach cooks down to a manageable size!
  • Carrots– I accidentally let 2 carrots get flimsy last week… The good news is that I confirmed flimsy carrots can be revived! Cut the tops (stem side) and invert them into an inch or so of cool water, in a tumbler or similar glass. Place in the fridge overnight and you’ll find the inverted parts crisp right back up! Trim the crisp part off for use, and re-submerge any remaining flimsy parts (again, cut side down). Give those accidental root veggie mishaps a second chance!
  • Apples– Some cold storage Galas I believe
  • Bok Choy– Awesome in stir-fry, you can also enjoy raw! If you picked up a piece of salmon from Jordan Brother’s, any version of this combo is a delish!
  • Delicata Squash– The skin of a Delicata is edible and delicious, so simply scoop out the seeds and roast this up! Because the skin is thinner, it’s not a squash that will withstand cold storage for as long as your hardier butternuts and acorns, so keep that in mind and enjoy sooner than later.
  • Beets– Look up Beet Red Velvet Cupcakes for the beet averse! If you love beets, roast them with your favorite crumbled cheese and balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Meat! (I received ground beef and ground pork- Dan Dan Noodles are great for a winter ground pork recipe, and the accompanying CSA veggies can easily replace the cuke)
This recipe for Orange Hoisin Glazed Salmon is great, and very flexible. The taste of Bok Choy Salad is also quite an addictive alternative to stir fry (note- butter and sugar and ramen noodles are involved, but I think the rate at which it will make you devour your bok choy is worth it).
If you do use orange juice to make the salmon recipe above, be sure to save your carton and throw it in your trunk until farm stand day (rinse it first, of course!) Farmer Jamie needs lots of these, and given they are not an acceptable recycling item in many places, this is a great way to reuse and help your farm at the same time!
I wanted to mention these lovely photos on display on the farm stand counter- Fellow Springdellian Alexandria D. takes lovely photos of local scenes (including many photographed right on the farm). These can be purchased at the stand as greeting cards, and can also receive a second life matted in a 5X7 inch frame.
I love the pop up specials at the farm, don’t you? Be on the lookout for a Springdell Valentine’s Day Special, as nothing says love quite like fresh local produce.
On my way through the stand I grabbed some extra greens from Gerry of Johnny Putt Farm. In the winter, I find stocking up on greens as one of my favorite ways to combat the winter doldrums.
A quick shout out to Danny of Jordan Brothers, who braves the cold with Gerry (Johnny Putt Farms) and Farmer Jamie every Saturday through the winter season! Danny often sells out, but remember that if you know you’ll want a certain seafood item and aren’t sure if you’ll get to the farm stand early enough, you can call the number seen here on the truck and pre-order for the following Saturday! Fresh seafood always makes for a quick and easy dinner option.

That’s about it from me this week! I’ll see you back here soon, meanwhile please feel free to drop a line if you have any questions, comments, new tips, farm news, etc. I always love to hear from you!


About Jess

Jess Anderson is the creator of CSA|365 and is passionate about the local food movement. A busy mother of two, Jess loves keeping her family fed by honest local food. She is involved with the Westford Community Garden Working Group, Friends of Fat Moon, and is the current chair of the Westford Strawberries 'N Arts Festival.

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