Category Archives: CSA Information

CSA week of May 1, 2018

Whats in the box this week?

  • Strawberries
  • Lettuce mix
  • Kale
  • Collards or Swiss chard
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Salad turnips
  • Rapini

Greens are steadily in abundance with this box. The rapini which resembles broccoli is entirely edible with many ways to prepare and enjoy. If you’re short on freezer space, consider dehydrating some of the greens from your box. Dehydration is fairly simple and is accomplished in a few different ways. You can set the oven to a 200 F, place the greens on a sheet pan without overlapping the leaves. Monitor the progress and greens can be ready in about 5 hours. Another option is using a dehydrator, setting the temperature to 135 F and lay the leaves on the trays without overlap. The dehydrator can be left to run for about 3 hours or until greens are crispy. Using solar energy from the sun is a simple and energy efficient method, simply place the greens on a baking sheet, screen, silicone mat and leave in the sun. Check periodically for doneness.

You have a number of options with the finished greens:

  • bag the dried leaves and store in a cool place for use later
  • pulse the greens into powder and store to add in recipes for smoothies, soups, eggs, etc.
  • save the stored greens and re-hydrate later by soaking in hot water
  • eat the dried greens as a snack, during dehydration prep sprinkle with salt or spices to add flavor


post by Shaquannah Faison


What’s in the CSA Box for Wednesday December 13, 2017

First, we would like to give a shout out and a word of appreciation to one of our farm assistants that labors all year long to help keep insect pests under control on the Student Farm.  This little fellow is very quiet and unassuming  – often so much so that we don’t even know he is around.  But through the course of the year, month in and month out he works diligently and serves as an important member of our biological pest control team on the farm!


Despite our current snap of cold weather continue to have a good supply of cool weather vegetables for our CSA members.



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Here’s a quick rundown of what will be included in this week’s CSA Box:

Sunburst Sweet potato



Mustard greens








Salad mix



Cabbage or Endive

Head lettuce

Brussels sprout bombs



Posted by Mike Tate, December 13, 2017

Weather conditions affect harvest

Weather challenges greet us toward the end of this season’s CSA. Infrequent temperatures changes have affected a few crops, and some were completely lost (tomatoes, cucumbers and squash). We will completely harvest crops like spinach and salad mix to have as much to offer as possible in the CSA boxes in the final week. Some of the crops like collards, carrots, and beets have winter hardiness and are able to withstand temperatures below 20 ° F. We will see.

Post by Shaquannah Faison

11/30/17 What’s in the CSA box this week?

There are some unique veggies in the box this week. The fall harvest is still going on the farm and we have got some treats for you. There are two kinds of head lettuce, Picat Butterhead, and Cimmaron Romaine. There is also some Ginger, cilantro, and turmeric.

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The other veggies in the box are:

  • Ginger
  • Leeks
  • Garlic
  • Purple top white turnips
  • Watermelon radish
  • Kohlrabi
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Kale
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Fennel
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Chervil
  • Collards

Here are a few things you need to know about kohlrabi:

  1. When raw, it tastes like a slightly spicier version of broccoli stems, like a mix of broccoli stem and radish. When cooked, it’s a bit sweeter, especially if caramelized. You can cut it into cubes or wedges and roast it, or slice or cut into matchsticks and stir-fry.
  2. The leaves are edible (and loaded with iron); add them to a salad or saute with garlic as you would mustard or beet greens.
  3. Kohlrabi is a good source of fiber, vitamins C and B6, and potassium.

There is more information on this veggie at :

You also need to know about the turmeric in the box so here are a few hints on how to use it:

  1. Use Fresh Turmeric to Add a Health Kick to Smoothies. …
  2. 2. Make Indian Golden Milk (Haldi Ka Doodh) …
  3. Use it as a Substitute for Mustard or Saffron. …
  4. Turn White Rice into Golden Rice. …
  5. Dehydrate Leftover Turmeric Root. …
  6. 6. Make a Turmeric Omelette. …
  7. Substitute Fresh for Dried Turmeric in Curry Paste Recipes.

Now I have a couple of recipes for you to check out. Here are the links and I hope you enjoy them.

Roasted root vegetables with fennel, garlic & thyme


posted by Sherry Carroll



Whats going on down on the farm?

CSA boxes are packed on Wed. Mornings,  but not this week due to theThanksgiving Holiday. Big boxes were packed last week to hold members through.

Lately,  we’ve been focusing on getting ready for winter.  We harvested the last of the crops in summer blocks, (including sweet potatoes), built beds to be ready for spring,  and sow cover crops. More and more Fall crops have been maturing, as well as those in our late summer high tunnel,  so there is more diversity of produce available.
We also got the North and Eastern sides of the pack shed mulched-and have inoculated the wood chips with Wine cap mushroom spawn.
 We are getting in a new Delaware rooster this week as well,  and have found a good home for “Ranger”, who has been doing a very good job of taking care of the flock in the meantime.
From this point on, we will have plenty of harvests left to do,  but most of the other time sensitive duties are winding down quickly.
Sherry Carroll

CSA for 11/15/17

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This week in your CSA box you will find a few new items! These include chicory root, turmeric, kohlrabi, carrots, and 2 varieties of sweet potatoes. Please note that there will not be a CSA box next week due to Thanksgiving break.

Chicory root is a source of prebiotic fiber that assists the good bacteria in your gut, boosting your immune function. The root can be consumed raw or cooked, prepared similarly to dandelion root. Can also be dried, ground, and used as a coffee substitute. Additional resource:

Turmeric is part of the ginger family. It has digestive, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant benefits. Some common ways to use turmeric is to grate it in to smoothies, soups, curries, and rice dishes. It can even be used as a toothpaste! Note that the golden (orange) varieties of turmeric may stain skin. Additional resource:

Kohlrabi is a member of the Brassica family and is similar in taste and texture to a broccoli stem– though has a bit more crunch. My favorite simple preparation is to slice as thin “steaks” and roast in oven or grill. It can also be eaten raw as a slaw (but make sure to slice very thin and marinate to soften).


To extend the life of your carrots, top immediately before storing in fridge. Tops will continue to transpire, which will cause the roots to wilt. Carrot top pesto is a farm favorite, and easy to prepare– all you need is olive oil, garlic, salt, walnuts, and tops. Blend and enjoy with your next grilled cheese!

The smaller varieties of sweet potatoes in the CSA box this week are best eaten sooner rather than later, cooked while the skin is still thin. When aged, the skin becomes more tough and may be more challenging to peel and remove.


Thanks for your continued support, and enjoy the bounty!