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Week 24 of 28 from Valley Flora!

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Week 24 of 28 from Valley Flora! Brussels sprouts! Butternuts!
Thanks for eating locally from our family farm!
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What's Cookin' at the Farm...
  • Fall Faves: Brussels and Butternuts!
  • Tamales this Week
  • Farewell Dear Amelia!
Roberto rocks a new hairstyle: the strawberry blonde mullet, all the rage in Langlois...
What's In Your Share This Week:*
  • Yellow Onions
  • Redleaf Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Yellow Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Hakurei turnips
  • Butternut Squash
  • Green Pepper
  • Broccoli shoots
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 share next week...
  • Shallots
  • Carrots
  • Red Cabbage
  • Lettuce
  • Celeriac
  • Tomatoes?
  • Asian Pears
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Parsnips
  • Cauliflower?
  • Mustard Greens?

Fall Faves: Brussels and Butternuts!
When the Brussels sprouts hit the CSA share, it always feels like Dr. Seuss had a hand in the harvest. We give them out on the stalk, not a presentation that's all that common outside of farmers markets. This is our first dip into the Brussels sprouts patch and I confess I haven't even eaten any myself yet, but I'm banking on the fact that we've had some cold nights that hopefully sweetened them up enough to make you realize that Brussels sprouts actually ARE your favorite vegetable! For the sake of storage space in your fridge, I'd recommend snapping the sprouts off the stalk and keeping them in a plastic bag. They are truly like mini cabbages in that they'll store well for a long time. This recipe just came through my inbox this morning and it looks good enough that I might just have to march out into the field and log myself a stalk of B. sprouts for dinner tonight!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Warm Honey Glaze

Snugged into the bottom of your tote this week are a couple Butternut squash as well: smooth, tan, sweet, and begging to become soup. I can't think of a single thing I don't love about butternuts: they are easy to peel, they have a tiny seed cavity (= solid meat inside), they taste great, and even if they do conjure up visions of soup, soup, soup, you can use them any old way you want: roasted, steamed, mashed, pie, you name it.
Tamales this Week!
Remember to grab your tamale share from the marked blue cooler at your pickup site this week. Be sure to double check the tag so you don't take someone else's dinner home! Your final delivery of tamales for the season will go out the week of December 2nd, our last CSA week for 2019.
Farewell Dear Amelia!
Last week we bid Amelia a teary goodbye as she took leave of the farm after three wonderful seasons together. She shared her bright, positive energy wholeheartedly with us and we're deeply grateful for her commitment to Valley Flora, for all her hard work on the farm, and for the beautiful flowers she coaxed from the field the past two seasons. She grew and learned an enormous amount in her three seasons here and we are excited to see where her farming adventure leads next up in the Portland area.
November Farmstand Hours
Every Wednesday, Rain or Shine
10 am to 1 pm
(No more Saturdays until next June)

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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