Winter CSA Week #3


This is for the third week of Winter CSA, which will be delivered on 12/12 or 12/13 depending on your pick up location.

Red Cabbage  Blue Goose Farm
Green Meat Radishes  Clarion River Organics
Ginger – Crighton Farm
Shallots – Crighton Farm
Granny Smith/Rome Apples – Dawson’s Orchards
Hydroponic Lettuce – Harmony Grove
Winter Squash* – Kistaco Farm/Matthews Farm
Chevre  – River View Dairy
Apple Butter  – Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance
Red Beets – Riverbend Acres
White Potatoes – Weeping Willow Farm

Vegan shares will receive rainbow carrots in place of chevre

This week’s shares are Gluten Free

*Shares will receive pie pumpkins, acorn squash, or butternut squash


Red Cabbage

Grower: Blue Goose Farm

Store: Keep it wrapped. Wrapping cabbage in plastic and storing it in the crisper section of your refrigerator limits its exposure to air flow, and thus reduces respiration and slows down spoilage. Just as importantly, plastic wrap keeps external moisture out, preventing mold and rot, while helping the cabbage to maintain its internal (cellular) moisture—without which, the cabbage leaves lose their firmness and begin to wilt.

Recipe: Sauteed Red CabbageBraised Red Cabbage, Sweet and Sour German Cabbage


Green Meat Radishes

Grower: Clarion River Organics

Store: Keep covered in the crisper drawer.


Recipe: Green Radish SaladGreen Radish Soup, Green Radish and Pork Rib Soup




Grower: Crighton Farm

Store: Store the whole, unpeeled ginger root in a resealable plastic bag, with the air pushed out, in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator. If part of the ginger has been cut or peeled, be sure to blot it dry with a paper towel before storing.

Recipe: Fresh Ginger Cake, Ginger Cashew Chicken Curry, Hot Sausage and Cabbage Stir Fry



Grower: Crighton Farm

Store: Store in a cool, dark, well-ventilated area for up to 1 month.

Recipe: Caramelized ShallotsRoasted Potatoes and Shallots, Balsamic Roasted Shallots




Hydroponic Lettuce

Grower: Harmony Grove Farm

Store: Leave the heads intact and unwashed until you use them. Then, place them in the crisper drawer in your fridge with some paper towels.They’ll absorb any excess moisture, so your lettuce doesn’t spoil prematurely.  Lettuce bruises easily, so be careful not to shove other foods up against it. Using a storage container is better than a bag, which can end up squished against other items.



Granny Smith/Rome Apples

Grower: Dawson’s Orchards 

Store: Keep them cool. The ideal storage temperature is 30 to 35 degrees F. with 90 to 95 percent relative humidity. If you don’t have a lot of apples, the refrigerator is a good option. Place them in the crisper drawer in a plastic bag with holes in it or cover the apples with a damp paper towel.

Granny Smith apples are a tart apple that are great for baking!  Throw them into your next apple pie!  Rome Apples are are also a great baking apple as their flesh holds up well when baking.  Try this recipe for baked apples for a warm winter treat!



Winter Squash

Members will recieve either pie pumpkins, butternut, or acorn squash.

Grower: Kistaco Farm/Matthew Farm

Store:  Store in a cool, dark, well-ventilated area for up to 1 month.

Recipe: Homemade Pumpkin  PureeSausage and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash,  Roasted Butternut Squash Soup 



Apple Butter

Grower: Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance

Store: Store in your pantry for up to a year!

Recipe: Apple Butter Snickerdoodles, Bacon Biscuits with Apple Butter, Sweet Potatoes with Apple Butter




Red Beets

Grower: Riverbend Acres

Store: Beet roots can be stored in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator for 7-10 days.  You can either store them loose or in a plastic bag.

Recipe: Brown Sugar Glazed BeetsBeet Goat Cheese Tarts, Beet and Feta Burgers



White Potatoes

Grower: Weeping Willow Farm

Store: Store potatoes in a cool, well ventilated place. Colder temperatures lower than 50 degrees, such as in the refrigerator, cause a potato’s starch to convert to sugar, resulting in a sweet taste and discoloration when cooked.

Recipes: Garlic Butter Potatoes, Garlic Smashed Potatoes


Golden Beets

Grower: Riverbend Acres

Store: Keep in fridge until the date on the package.  Chevre will still be good for a few days after the sell by date.

Recipes: Potato Gratin with Goat Cheese, Roasted Butternut with Goat Cheese, Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad





Curried Carrot, Sweet Potato, and Ginger Soup

adapted very slightly from



  • 2 teaspoons canola, olive or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped shallots or onions
  • 3 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled sweet potato
  • 1 1/2 cups (1/4-inch) sliced peeled carrots
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • salt to taste


Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add shallots; saute 3 minutes or until tender. Add potato, carrots, ginger, and curry; cook 2 minutes. Add broth; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes or until vegetables are tender; stir in salt.

Pour half of soup in a food processor; pulse until smooth. Repeat procedure with remaining soup. If you prefer, you can puree soup with an immersion blender.

The key to a great salad…..

is delicious, home made dressing!  Try one of all of these recipes in your kitchen.  They will make it easy to get through all of your lettuce.


Creamy Garlic Dressing

adapted from Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home
makes 1½ cups and is good in the fridge for 5 days

3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
¾ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp kosher salt
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
½ tsp coarse ground black pepper
½ cup whole milk

Blend the first set of ingredients, everything except the milk, in a blender for a few seconds until thick and well blended. While running, add milk slowly. It will thicken up nicely. Pour into a serving container and bring to the table, or chill until needed.

*Add ½ tsp honey to sweeten
*Add 1 tsp fresh lemon juice to make extra tart
*Replace dried basil with 1 Tbsp minced fresh
*Add 1 Tbsp minced fresh parsley for color

Sesame Ginger Miso Dressing

A simple but delicious Sesame Ginger Miso Dressing
  • ⅓ cup rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive, canola, or grape seed oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoons agave syrup, honey, or sugar
  • 1 tablespoon miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1″ piece ginger
  • 1 large garlic clove
  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend the ingredients until the dressing is well blended and creamy.
  3. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

from the Kitchn

Makes about 1 cup

3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Fresh-ground pepper
Optional extras: spoonful of mustard, minced shallots, minced garlic, minced fresh herbs, teaspoon dried herbs, spoonful of honey or brown sugar

Combine the olive oil and balsamic in a jam jar or other container with a good-sealing lid. Add a big pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Screw on the lid and shake vigorously. Dip a piece of lettuce into the vinaigrette and taste. Adjust the salt, pepper, or the proportion of oil and vinegar to taste.

This vinaigrette will keep on the counter for several weeks (refrigerate if you added any fresh ingredients). The oil and vinegar will separate a few minutes after shaking — shake to recombine before dressing your salad.

Recipe Notes:

• Making More or Less Vinaigrette: Stick to a rough ratio of 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar, and scale up or down accordingly. Smaller amounts are easily whisked together in a small bowl and poured immediately over the salad.