We’ve made it to the end, folks. For those of you who’ve been with us the entire 26 weeks, we thank you for supporting us and the local food system in Montana. I think it’s been a great season, and we at Helena Local hope you feel the same. This week, in preparation for Thanksgiving, have ordered up some potatoes, beets, carrots, and onions. Additionally, as a little extra surprise, we ordered some feta cheese that is delicious (I would know, I got some in my fun share this summer and I’m so excited to see it again!). The potatoes are a mix of fingerlings or Russets, so get here early for the best selection! We also have mixed beets again. All in all, it’s a pretty nice way to end the season.
For those of you who did not get a pie pumpkin last week, we have them for you this week. Don’t forget to pick it up!
And don’t forget, if you are interested in getting eggs over the winter, let us know. We’ve decided to wait until January to begin egg delivery–and we WILL be offering half dozen eggs every week, instead of biweekly like originally proposed. So that’s the latest.
We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and winter (get out and enjoy some skiing, snowshoeing, or winter hiking to beat off those winter “blahs”!) and we look forward to seeing you again next summer! We’ll be in touch next spring with respect to Summer 2016 shares.
This week we are gearing up for Thanksgiving! We ordered pie pumpkins so you have time to cook them up over the weekend and make your delicious, homemade pumpkin puree for that pumpkin pie you’ve been waiting for all year…or is that just me? We ran short by a few this week because the pumpkins are SO BIG this year! So if you don’t get a pumpkin this week (get here early for the best shot!) then you will definitely get one next week. We also have Russet potatoes for those mashers, some faro–treat it like brown rice, and wouldn’t you know it: lettuce! The lettuce is actually an awesome surprise this week because we’re having venison spaghetti tonight and a salad will be a dandy addition to the meal.
ONE FINAL IMPORTANT NOTE:
Are you interested in getting eggs over the winter? If so, talk to Jared today and let him know you are interested. Our egg produces have eggs coming out their ears, so we are thinking of offering a monthly subscription over the winter so you don’t have to buy store-bought eggs! We’ll offer weekly dozens or bi-weekly dozens, so we don’t have to fuss with half dozens per week. Since my girls are molting and have stopped laying for the winter, I’m definitely game for this idea!
Next Tuesday is our FINAL week of Fall Share! We’ll try to find more Thanksgiving-y items for your share to send you out with a memorable, bountiful share this year.
We got our surprise in this week! It’s pancake mix made with black/purple corn! As you may know, vegetables that are blue or purple have high levels of antioxidants, which are cancer-fighting compounds. That’s good stuff. Let us know how you like it, as there is also a cornbread mix that we may try next year.
The rest of this week’s share includes mixed potatoes, onions, parsnips, and acorn squash. It’s a beautiful share and with the snow falling today, this share speaks comfort food to me–roasted veggies! I’m also going to make more parsnip muffins. I absolutely love those things! Enjoy your share and safe travels today to and from the CSA pick up!
Fall is in the air today. It’s a chilly, overcast, drizzly sort of day. A great day for soup. Maybe butternut squash soup? Potato-carrot soup? Or how about a butternut squash and kale risotto? Or maybe roasted carrots and potatoes? There are several possibilities to use up these beauties. With tomatoes to remind us that summer hasn’t been gone for too long, we’re off to a great start with our fall share. More root vegetables and leafy greens in your future for the next 5 weeks!
It’s beginning to look a little like fall around here, both outside and in the kitchen. The leaves are turning and falling just as quickly, and we’ve had a hard freeze in the valley that took out the last of the tomatoes and summer squashes, much to our growers’ dismay. But, we have a great selection of late summer produce for you today: cilantro, tomatoes, potatoes, mixed beets, and rainbow chard. You can’t go wrong with this week’s share! Enjoy!