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Week 28, the LAST One!

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Week 28, the LAST One! Large Round Things!
Thanks for eating locally from our family farm!
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What's Cookin' at the Farm...
  • Your Final CSA Share for 2019!
  • Tamales this Week!
  • The 2020 Season
  • Final Farmstand is Dec 11th!
 
 
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What's In Your Share This Week:*
  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Celeriac
  • Chioggia Radicchio
  • Red Potatoes
  • Winter Spinach
  • Leeks
  • Tetsukabuto Squash
On Rotation:
  • Radishes
  • Turnips
*Harvest Basket contents may vary between pickup sites in a given week depending on what's ripe and ready on the farm. Don't worry - if something is on the list but not in your tote, you'll get it soon!

The VF Crystal Ball - What might be in your next share June 2020!
  • Pac Choi
  • Kale
  • Pea Shoots
  • Radishes
  • Lettuce
  • Arugula
  • Cherry Tomato Plant
  • And more!
Your Final CSA Share for 2019
This is it, peeps! Your final tote of veg from VF for 2019! There are a lot of large, dense, round things in it: cabbage, radicchio, celeriac, beets, potatoes, and a very special kabocha squash called Tetsukabuto (aka "Tetsu"). Pretty much everything in this tote - with the exception of the spinach - will store for weeks and weeks and even months and months, the idea being that you might still be enjoying some farm produce from us in the heart of winter, long after this final week of the season.

Now, those of you signed up for the winter CSA need not ration so carefully for there is plenty of abundance coming your way starting January 8th. But if this is the last you'll see of us until next June, it's quite tenable that you could save your Tetsu squash until June 3rd, 2020, and then cook it up with the fresh pac choi and spring onions from your first CSA tote of next season. The literal translation of this Japanese winter squash is "steel helmet" and it lives up to its name: one of our CSA members let a whole year go by before she cut into hers and it was still delicious inside. Now THAT'S what I call a fine storage crop!

Similarly, your beets, potatoes, cabbage and celeriac should have an ample storage life if you keep them tucked into your fridge in plastic bags.

The savoyed spinach in your tote is a little treat, sweetened by last week's sub-30 temperatures at the farm. It's been rinsed, but we suggest giving it a more thorough wash and spin before you make salad.

We pack our hearts and souls into your totes each week, and we hope you know just how grateful we are for your support of the farm. Your participation as a CSA member makes the farm thrive. We realize you might be making a certain sacrifice when you commit to the CSA season with us - especially if you don't love eggplant, or beets, or it's a struggle to get to your pickup site on time each week. We know that and we say THANK YOU for making the commitment to the farm! Community Supported Agriculture is a very different paradigm than buying your groceries at a big box store, and in many cases it's the difference between there being small, sustainable family farms on the landscape or not. As a CSA member, you're helping make it possible for our farm to exist on Floras Creek and enabling us to be the best stewards of our land that we can. I say it every year, and I mean it every time: We wouldn't be here without you!

If you have any end-of-year feedback you'd like to share with us, we'd love to hear from you via email! We don't put out a formal survey anymore, but are always appreciative of any input you can share that might improve the experience of our CSA members.

Thanks for a great season, and we hope we have the pleasure of feeding you in 2020!
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Tamales this Week!
The final distribution of tamales is going out this week. Look for a marked cooler at your pickup site and be sure to double check labels so you don't take someone else's dinner home! A big thank you to Juana for providing us with tamales muy ricos all season!
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The 2020 Season
For those of you interested in participating in our CSA next year, we'll begin signing folks up in mid to late January. All existing members will get priority sign-up and will be guaranteed a Harvest Basket so long as you sign up during our priority sign-up period.

After the priority sign-up period ends, we'll open it up to folks on our waiting list until the CSA is full.

We anticipate kicking off the 2020 season the first week of June, weather dependent. I hope you'll join us!
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December Farmstand Hours
 
Wednesday 12/4 and Wednesday 12/11
Rain or Shine
Located at the Barn
(a half mile beyond the usual location)
10 am to 1 pm


Fresh Produce
Homemade Jam & Hot Sauce

Please bring your own bags!

Directions to the Farm
For Recipes & Cooking Inspiration:
 
Valley Flora Recipe Wizard
Our own collection of recipes gathered over the years.
 
Epicurious
A vast collection of recipes, searchable by one or multiple ingredients
 
Full Belly Farm
Recipes from one of my favorite farms in California, pioneers of the organic movement since the 80s.

Farm Fresh to You
A storehouse of recipes, searchable by ingredient.
 
Helsing Junction Farm
A Washington farm that has a good collection of seasonal recipes geared toward CSA members.
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Week 27 of 28 from Valley Flora

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Week 27 of 28 from Valley Flora Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Thanks for eating locally from our family farm!
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What's Cookin' at the Farm...
  • All CSA Pick-Ups on WEDNESDAY this week!
  • Turkeys Gone Wild
  • Parsnips
  • Farmstand is at the Barn for the rest of the Year!
One of the turkey Toms strutting his stuff on the farm, having very successfully passed on his genes this season up Floras Creek...
 
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What's In Your Share This Week:*
  • Shallots
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Rosemary
  • Parsnips
  • Yellow Potatoes
  • Kale
  • Butternut Squash
On Rotation:
(Some locations will receive it this week; others in a future week)
  • Radishes
*Harvest Basket contents may vary between pickup sites in a given week depending on what's ripe and ready on the farm. Don't worry - if something is on the list but not in your tote, you'll get it soon!

The VF Crystal Ball - What might be in your FINAL share
  • Yellow Onions
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Red Cabbage
  • Celeriac
  • Radicchio
  • Winter Spinach
  • Potatoes
  • Kabocha Squash

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ALL CSA Pick-Ups on WEDNESDAY this Week!
It's Thanksgiving week! (The reason we know that, irrefutably, is because tomorrow - our biggest harvest day of the year - we're supposed to get torrential rains and high winds, a longstanding Thanksgiving harvest tradition at Valley Flora! There's many a tale of digging last-minute parsnips by headlamp in sideways rain and oozy mud, and pickup trucks getting abandoned in the field (oozy mud), and boots getting sucked off our feet (yes, oozy mud) - all on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Wish us luck. :)

This week we are delivering every single CSA tote on Wednesday, November 27th, including Bandon and Port Orford. As a result, there is no CSA delivery on Saturday, November 30th. If you are a Bandon or Port Orford member, please mark your calendars and set a reminder to pick up your food on Wednesday next week, not Saturday!

Pick-up times will be as follows:
  • Coos Bay: unchanged, Wednesday 12 pm to 7 pm
  • Farm: unchanged, Wednesday 9 am to 4 pm
  • Bandon: Wednesday, 11 am to 5 pm
  • Port Orford: 9 am to 5 pm
We will resume our normal delivery pattern the week of December 2nd (Wednesday 12/4 and Saturday 12/7). That will be our 28th and final CSA distribution for the season.

A well of gratitude to everyone for your support of the farm this season. Happy Thanksgiving!
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Turkeys Gone Wild
If anyone has yet to procure a turkey for their Thursday table, might we suggest a free-range, organic wild turkey from Valley Flora? We've had a few turkeys lurking about for years, but the population exploded this season: We currently have at least three distinct roving bands at the farm, totaling around 70 birds. They've eaten their weight in cover crop seed this fall, have developed a worrisome taste for low-hanging apples and strawberries, and have made the artichoke patch their favorite dust bath hang-out. Worst of all, I fear the neighbors think I've lost my marbles because on a daily basis I'm reduced to the lunatic behavior of chasing after them, screeching, screaming, flapping my arms, zig-zagging around the farm: yes, officially, that crazy lady up the creek.

I'm sure it's some karmic retribution for every turkey I've joyfully partaken of at the end of November, but I'll admit: this many cocksure wild turkeys are a little hard to swallow. If you're interested in helping bring the population into slightly better "balance," let us know: turkey season is open through the end of December, limit two birds per person says ODF&W... :)
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Parsnips
For better or for worse, it was a laughable year for parsnips. We grew more than ever and harvested fewer than ever, thanks in part to some voracious rodents who tunneled their way down the rows and ate them from the bottom up. The joke was on us when we starting digging them last week and discovered nothing but air beneath the tops (yes, they left the tops, just to rub it in a little more). What that means for you is fewer parsnips this week than expected (still enough to make a side dish, at least).

It seems like parsnips fall into that same vegetable category as beets and fennel: people either love them or they hate them. For me it's both: I really enjoy eating them, seasonally, but I don't love growing or harvesting them (our veteran CSA members have heard all about my thwarted attempts to divorce parsnips for good, but here I am, still embroiled in a semi-disfunctional relationship with a root crop). I don't seek them out if they aren't at my fingertips, and once we run out on the farm, that's it until next fall for me. But while they're here, I do love eating them. In addition to the recipe I posted last week (Roasted Winter Squash and Parsnips with Maple Syrup Glaze and Marcona Almonds), there is a wonderful parsnip soup recipe from Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables by Joshua McFadden: Parsnip Soup with Pine Nut, Currant, and Celery Leaf Relish. If you don't own the cookbook, you can follow this adapted version online.  It's sweet and creamy and tangy and nutty and excellent, which unfortunately proves the parsnip worthy of all the headache. Enjoy.
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November/December Farmstand Hours
 
Every Wednesday, Rain or Shine
Located at the Barn
(a half mile beyond the usual location)
10 am to 1 pm


Fresh Produce
Homemade Jam & Hot Sauce

Please bring your own bags!

Directions to the Farm
For Recipes & Cooking Inspiration:
 
Valley Flora Recipe Wizard
Our own collection of recipes gathered over the years.
 
Epicurious
A vast collection of recipes, searchable by one or multiple ingredients
 
Full Belly Farm
Recipes from one of my favorite farms in California, pioneers of the organic movement since the 80s.

Farm Fresh to You
A storehouse of recipes, searchable by ingredient.
 
Helsing Junction Farm
A Washington farm that has a good collection of seasonal recipes geared toward CSA members.
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