Last share of the year contains: 1 bunch each of leeks, beets, carrots, hakurei turnips and 2 small heads of bibb lettuce, 1 bag of baby greens, 1 bulb of garlic. There is also a bag of sweet potatoes for each share to make up for the missed box in September.
The bag of sweet potatoes contains 3 pounds of Murasaki sweets which are white inside and not as sweet as the orange ones. The other 9 pounds are orange. These will store best in a dry place above 50 degrees. They will continue to get sweeter the longer they sit.
The greens of the turnips and beets are great for eating as well as the roots. You can prepare them as the recipe for the beet greens and pasta from a few weeks ago recommends. Or you can braise or steam them or add them to soup.
TURNIP and TURNIP GREEN SOUP from Alice Waters
1 yellow onion, 1 clove of garlic,1/2 T olive oil, 1/2 T unsalted butter, 1 bunch young turnips with greens, 1 bay leaf, 1/4 tsp thyme leaves, 1 small piece prosciutto or smoked bacon, 4 cups chicken stock (or veggie or water), salt n pepper, Parmesan cheese.
Peel and slice the onion and garlic thin. Put in a pot with olive oil and butter and 1 tablespoon of water and stew, covered, until soft and translucent. Trim off the stems and greens from the turnips and reserve the greens. Trim off their roots, slice the turnips thin and add them to the pot. Stew them for a few minutes, until they begin to soften. Add the bay leaf, thyme, prosciutto, stock, and s n p. Cover and simmer over low heat for about 30 minutes.
Wash the turnip greens and cut them into 1/2 inch wide strips and stir them into the soup. Simmer the soup for another 10 minutes or so, until the greens are soft and tender. Garnish the soup with a few curls of shaved Parmesan. serves 4
Thank you for being a part of our CSA this year. 2020 has been the toughest year of my life for many reasons. I know it has been tough for most of you as well. Thank you for showing up every week to get your vegetables. Thank you for giving meaning to our work. It is a pleasure to grow vegetables for you. I hope that this fall and all its beauty bring you some joy and rest.