This week you will find corn, celery, lettuce, potatoes, garlic, kale, peppers, a very large tan acorn squash (not the typical small dark green kind) & 1 large heirloom tomato.
Smoked Paprika (optional)
Pre-heat oven to 400°F Cut corn off the cob carefully and put kernels into a bowl. Add Salt, Pepper & Smoked Paprika to your liking. Drizzle with olive oil and mix until combined. Spread corn in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast for 10 to 20 minutes stirring every 5 minutes. Alternately if you have to much corn to spread in a single layer, you could put the corn into a lasagna type baking dish with deep sides and roast at 400°F for 40 minutes stirring every 10 minutes. Eat right away or spread in a single layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and put in freeze. Once corn is frozen it can be placed in a freezer bag and kept frozen for 6 months.
Maple Glazed Acorn Squash Rings
salt and pepper
3/4 cup apple juice
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter
Line a large baking pan with foil. Lightly grease or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Heat oven to 350°F. Carefully slice the squash into 1/2 to 1-inch rounds. Cut centers out of each squash slice with a knife or a biscuit cutter about the size of the seed area. Arrange slices on the baking sheet. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper and pour apple juice over the rings. Cover the pan tightly with foil and bake for 30 minutes, or just until the squash rings are tender. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, maple syrup, salt, cinnamon, and butter. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Spoon the mixture over the squash and continue baking, uncovered, for about 20 minutes, or until squash rings are tender.
Parmesan-Roasted Acorn Squash
2 Tablespoons olive oil
8 sprigs fresh thyme
Kosher salt and black pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Heat oven to 400°F. Carefully cut squash in half lengthwise, then cut the halves into 1/2 inch slices. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the squash with the oil, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Sprinkle with the Parmesan. Roast the squash until golden brown and tender, 20-30 minutes.
On the farm we are preparing for our first frost, whenever that may be. The weather has been unseasonably cool and we think there could be the potential that frost will come early this year. What happens when there is a frost on the farm? We cover up frost sensitive vegetables (with spun bound frost blanket) that are doing well and those frost sensitive plants that take up a small square footage area and haven’t finished growing & we harvest all frost sensitive vegetables that will store and put into storage. For us this year that means we will be covering some of the sweet peppers, celery, winter squash that is on the verge of ripening & green beans & harvesting winter squash, potatoes & sweet potatoes for storage. Lettuce, Leeks, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Radish, Kale, Cabbage, Spinach, Broccoli Raab, Asian Greens, Kohlrabi, Rutabaga, Arugula, Baby Greens, Beets & Chard that are all growing now will survive the first few light frosts and some will even survive a hard frost. Most of these vegetables taste better after a frost. There will come a point when covering plants is no longer feasible (usually when they are predicting a frost with no warm up for the days following) and when this happens we will have a ginormous pepper harvest so expect that there will be a multitude of peppers in your share that week. On that note here is a recipe to help when you have a lot of peppers.
Peppers (sweet or hot)
Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Cut peppers into as big of pieces as possible minus the seeds. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil. Arrange peppers skin side up on baking sheet so they are not touching. Spray tops of peppers with olive oil & sprinkle with salt & pepper if desired. Roast until skins start to char. Eat now or cool and arrange on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in a single layer and freeze. Once peppers are frozen they can be put into freezer bags and kept frozen for up to 6 months.
We grow multiple varieties of winter squash here are a few pictures of some of those varieties.
We will have Butternut, Spaghetti, Buttercup & Kabocha winter squash as well