And then there was brusselini!

Today we harvested the last of the outdoor produce: cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and brusselini! These are all from the genus of brassicas in the mustard family (Brassicaceae) which does not mind cold shoulders or toes. Asian greens also belong in the brassicas….so no wonder we have introduced you to many of them! Other than their many health benefits, I have enjoyed the crisp flavor of each variety in all the new dishes that have been sampled in my kitchen.

For lunch, we had sautéed brusselini which up until 24 hours ago, I did not know it existed as a separate food item. Gullible is my middle name at times. Have you guessed? Or maybe you know all about it. It has a delicate flavor so I harvested it for your market boxes. Give up? Brusselini is the top knot of a Brussels sprout plant, the last bit of leaves. What fun!

Nathan is having a hullabaloo fermenting everything he can get his hands on. We now have 5 gallons of garlic beer perking along for the winter. NO, we will not have a Spring beer share! Garlic beer is to be trialled as an insect inhibitor on fruit trees. We have potato cheese made with kefir, yogurt cheese, millet juice of some sort, fermented salsa, fermented pac choi, and three more bowls of something. He is sprouting wheat and barley berries to dry in order to make something else. He does a good job of cleaning up after his endeavors so I have no complaints.

I have posted the 2012 registration form. There are many new items to ponder…Spring shares! Last year we had plenty to start sharing in May but had to wait till June. It would be fun to have some fellow accomplices for the adventure. I could explain woodland greens but that would give it all away. Please note that there is an incentive planned in for timely payments. We hope to plant according to what is requested instead of wild guessing being our modus operandi. There is also another incentive if a friend of yours registers for a half or full CSA share.

I am partnering with Sweet Fields, the new bakery and coffee shop in town, to provide an artisan bread share. You will get a varied selection over the weeks being delivered for your harvest share pick up. Each season, will have a separate bread share registration.

The harvest this week should include: brusselini, cabbage, carrots, onions, potatoes, acorn squash, Asian greens, radishes, head lettuce, and a choice of either Brussels sprouts, broccoli or cauliflower.

Remember to place your bulk potato and onion orders in the next week. Hot vegetable soup is a terrific remedy for the long, cold winter months ahead of us. You might remember I also suggested giving them as presents!