THIS WEEK’S SUBSCRIBER MENU:
• “Table Queen” Winter Squash
• “Chioggia” or “3 Root Grex” Beets
• “Beira” Portuguese Collards or “Rainbow Lacinato” Kale
• Baby Bok Choy (aka Pac Choi)
• Assorted baby heads of Lettuce
• Red Onions
Click on the links above for information and recipes about these crops.”T
Cliffside Orchard “Danjou” Pears
We’ve been experimenting with our winter vegetables. Back in July we planted our fall/winter roots and sowed a new genepool along with our tried-and-true red, gold, and striped varieties. “Three Root Grex” is not really a variety, because it is a combination of three varieties of heirloom beet: “Yellow Intermediate”, “Crosby Purple Egyptian”, and “Lutz Saladleaf”. The gigantic leaves are definitely from the Lutz parent, we’ve grown those before. They also grow huge roots if given enough time before dark winter arrive. The cone-like, tapered shape is reminiscent of the more primitive beets—spherical beets are a new development. What we end up with is a jeweled mix of huge, beautiful beets. Enjoy them! We’ll be planting again next year.
New to our greens repertoire this year are two varieties: “Beira Tronchuda”, rumored to be a type of collard from Portugal. It’s an open-headed cabbage with thick, white ribs, and is supposed to be very cold tolerant, but I don’t know that it gets too cold in Portugal. Another experiment is “Rainbow Lacinato” Kale. Also more of a genepool than a variety, it’s a combination of Red Russian and Lacinato (Dinosaur) Kales. I’m not seeing a lot of rainbow-ness, but it is definitely covering the pink-purple-blue range in the kale spectrum for us.
“Table Queen” squash looks like an Acorn or Danish type. It too is an antique, not resembling the new black Acorn descendants. This one actually fruits up white to pale green and darkens as it ages. I don’t like Acorn squash—I find them boring and bland. But this one is different. It isn’t sweet (like other Acorns) but it IS nutty, like what I would imagine an acorn to taste like. Plenty of nutty, not sweet flavor to justify being grown for centuries.
Our Quince trees have produced their largest crop yet. We planted the trees 6 years ago, and this year we harvested about 250 pounds. If you would like some let us know.
Thanksgiving is next week, and we want to make sure you understand our schedule for these two weeks. We will do our usual pick-up/delivery schedule for Tuesday and Wednesday, but we have a more generous allotment for Saturday and Sunday pickup. There will be no pickup on the Saturday/Sunday after Thanksgiving. We are giving you two weeks of produce this weekend instead.
Have a wonderful holiday! We are so grateful to all of you who continue to have faith in us in providing food for you, and we are continually flattered that you choose us to feed your families.