Edgewood Farm Organics Newsletter - Harvest and Growing our CSA Family

Happy Delivery Day!

First and foremost I want to congratulate our Farmer Paul for completing his very first Organic Corn and Beans harvest this week.  Wow.  Year three of his farming career and already he is trucking bountiful loads of OG grain.  HE’s a natural and ought to be mighty proud of himself, the rest of the Edgewood Crew is!  Paul is a brother, a friend and an empowering co-worker to me and the crew and quite frankly, he deserves multiple high fives and definitely some days off!   He and his wife are expecting their first child in early November so his timing is impeccable.  Thank you Paul!

The weather has been gorgeous with the start of the golden leaves, backed by blue skies and fall breeze, a bit like paradise I believe….  The warm dry weather ended yesterday with a chilly, drenching rain, soaking everything including myself.  This morning we were greeted with an eye-opener better than coffee, a 37 degree sunrise perked us right up!

In the field my solitary days are over, my friend Keri has returned from the wilderness and is here to stay until the end of October.  In one day we were able to pull all of the tomato plants as well as the T posts that helped trellis them!  Two sets of willing and hardworking hands can go a long way, she’s proving that to me daily.  The peppers faired last night’s extreme temperature dip and the cabbage, radishes and Brussel’s basked in the coolness.  I look forward to sharing these items with everyone to end the season with a bang.

*On Monday Keri and I ventured off to experience another farmer’s field.  PrairiErth Farm in Atlanta, IL called on volunteers to come down and help harvest potatoes.  They have a lot of potatoes in their field along with many other delicious and exciting items.  We helped them and in return they helped us.  For their winter CSA and farmer’s markets they rely heavily on the sales of storage crops, for example winter radishes, turnips and sweet potatoes.  This year, based on overplanting or just excellent germination rates, they ended up with root crops that they weren’t going to have time to harvest.  Keri and I saw this as an opportunity to supply Edgewood’s CSA with some unusual crops that I don’t have in my field.  We harvested potatoes for them and got paid in veggies for all of our members!  The box may look emptier but I assure everyone it is full, full of sustenance.  In the recipe section I will provide guidance on how to cook and process.

In preparation for next year we are planning to grow the Edgewood Farm Organics CSA and we are calling on our current members to help make this possible.  With the future addition of Farmer Jon and a few other willing and able crew members we feel that growth is possible and essential.  Our CSA community now is remarkable and I don’t know a single other farmer that was able to start off with over 25 members consistently in their first years of growing.  Thank you for hopping on the CSA train and experiencing every twist and turn along with me.  We want to encourage more Clarke employees to take a chance on Organic Agriculture and we also want to include other willing people that live in the Roselle/Saint Charles areas to ride along with us.   We are striving to grow from a 27 member program to a 75 member program.  Shooting for the stars some might say but we’ve done the research, ran the numbers, and confidently stand behind our own skills…..we are enthused to broaden our embrace and include more community members in this experience.

*Included in each box is a post card full of information concerning the 2017 CSA season.  Bring it home and share the info. with neighbors, family and friends!  There will also be a stack of cards at each drop off spot for others to explore and consider.  Help us grow our CSA family! 

 

What to expect in the box on October 13, 2016

Watermelon Radishes

Russian Red Turnips

Korean Daikon Radishes

Hot Peppers – Jalapeno, Aji Crystal (orange/yellow), Candlelight (the tiny red ones)

Garlic

*As always, wash produce before indulging.

 

Recipe Ideas

Pickled Watermelon Radishes

https://food52.com/recipes/33585-pickled-watermelon-radishes

What is a Korean Daikon Radish?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daikon

How to cook it?

http://www.heraldextra.com/momclick/recipes/the-warmth-of-a-winter-radish/article_86637d3e-3d30-11e1-b6b0-0019bb2963f4.html

https://hotcheapeasy.com/2014/11/01/buttery-roasted-winter-radishes-and-watermelon-turnips/

I hope everyone enjoys celebrating the season with this autumn delivery!

"There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October." -  Nathaniel Hawthorne

 

“Grow, inspire, repeat.”

 

With kindness,

Edgewood Farm Organic