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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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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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