The “Tell” – Springdell Summer CSA Pickup #20


Today we share about the final pickup of the Springdell Summer CSA season. With the drought and all around crazy weather this year, we were still able to enjoy a full 20 weeks of amazing produce. We’ve known many local CSAs that not only had a rough yield, but also that had to end their seasons prematurely due to the harsh field conditions. Though the same harsh conditions graced Scratch Flat, our share boxes remained heavy, filled to the brim with delicious offerings from Springdell and its partnered farms.  We are always amazed by the perseverance of Farmer Jamie and crew, working it however they can to ensure that we stay incredibly well-fed.

Let’s revisit how we enjoyed some of the produce this week.

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  • 5 acorn squash
    • Stored 
  • 1 pie pumpkin
    • Slow Cooker Pumpkin Curry (final test before putting up the recipe)
  • 3 delicata squash
  • 1 buttercup squash
    • Stored
  • 1 box of Brussels Sprouts
  • potatoes
    • Mashed and stored (away from the apples)
    • Beef Stew
  • 12 Empire apples
    • Roasted with Brussels Sprouts and Shallots
    • Eaten as-is
    • Slow Cooker Applesauce (I know… but our kids love it!)
  • 1 bunch of carrots
  • 1 bunch of kale
    • Green Smoothies

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  • 3 heads of lettuce
    • Mu Shu Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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  • 2 honey crisp apple totes
    • Mu Shu Chicken Lettuce Wraps
    • Enjoyed as-is

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Hi everyone, Jess here. Sadly, Sarah had a death in the family and will be unable to post from her kitchen tonight. It’s been a rough week.  Please keep her family in your thoughts. 

In the meantime, here’s a quick trip through my kitchen.

After last week’s cooking extravaganza, this week was a bit slower in the kitchen.  (If you missed last week’s Tell, do check it out!) We had a couple of Halloween parties and pizza fundraisers for school.  This had us home for only a couple of dinners. Hence, some of the veggies (squash, potatoes and apples) remain in storage, which will be great in the coming weeks before the Winter CSA begins!  

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Here’s the making of Mu Shu Chicken Lettuce Wraps. There were slivers of apples on this plate (right in the center where that hole is), but before I found my camera, the boys ate them all and I had to quickly slice up some more. Buckwheat noodles, slivered carrots, Springdell’s end of the season lettuce, grilled onion and the delicious hoisin-based marinade on the chicken was delicious. The only thing missing on this plate (besides the aforementioned apple) was some sliced cabbage. I thought I had one left in cold storage, but I was wrong so our Mu Shu went without a key ingredient.  No regrets, still delicious!

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Beef Stew. ‘Nuff said.

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A full Springdell plate, complete with mashed potatoes, applesauce, a ‘Dell Pork Chop and roasted brussels sprouts with apples and shallot. Sweet onion would also work here. Scrumptious!

We’ve updated Winter Squash and Apples in Veggiescope, so if you’re looking for ideas and info, feel free to check it out!

The CSA winter share starts in only a few weeks.  Like the chipmunks we are, we look forward to dipping into our chest freezers, squash stores, root cellars and pantries to continue to show you how we’ll keep our family fed during the winter doldrums.  Stay tuned for more recipes to carry us through to the Winter CSA!

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