Okra is a strange vegetable. It's skin is prickly and rough. When you slice it open slime and seeds are revealed inside. Being from upstate New York I wasn't acquainted with okra before I began growing it at Spoutwood. I was hesitant at first, but I have to say that as I've munched it raw in the field and learned to cook it in a variety of ways, it's grown on me. I hope its grown on you too.
Okra’s a beloved staple in other regions, such as the American South, parts of Africa and the Mediterranean, and in India. It's most famous in the United States as the thickening agent in gumbo. At the bottom of this email you will find a very simple okra recipe that was shared by one of our members. Try it tonight and you will become an okra fan, if you weren't one already.
Calendar of Events
Processing Black Walnuts
October 6 from 1:00 to 3:00
Black walnuts are everywhere this time of year! Learn to process them for food, make them into medicine, and use them to dye cloth. Bring a quart sized mason jar and a t-shirt or cloth to dye. Contact Gina to RSVP.
Fall Harvest Party
Saturday, October 13 4:30 to 7:30
Join us as we ring in the harvest season with an event celebrating you, our members! A farm to table dinner will be served. There will be live entertainment, home brews to sample, door prizes and more! Contact Gina to RSVP.
Inside Your Share
You MAY find the following items in this week's share. Actual contents vary based on share size, pick-up location, and harvest variations.
Peppers- Chili, Bananna, Bell, and Jalepeno
White Acorn Squash- Try using this as a low carb substitute for mashed potatoes
Carnival Squash- This squash is very colorful and looks similar to a decorative gourd, however it is edible and delicious.
Delicata Squash- This squash is very colorful and looks similar to a decorative gourd, however it is edible and delicious.
Sugar Baby Pumpkins- These pumpkins are wonderful in soups and pies.
Tomatoes- The last of the season!
Baby Carrots / Carrot Greens- These baby carrots were removed from the carrot patch to make room for the others to grow larger. Enjoy as a snack and use the greens in soup,vegetable stock, and pesto.
Kousa Dogwood Fruit- You see this fruit everywhere this time of year. Did you know it was edible? The skin is tough and should be removed but the pulp tastes like a mango!
Kale / Chard Mix
Cheese Shares from Daily Crisis Farm
This weeks cheese shares will receive: Farmer's Choice If you are interested in adding local cheese or eggs to your share, please contact Gina: email@example.com.
Please return your empty green bags each time you pick up your share. Our egg distributor no longer accepts returned egg cartons. Please recycle these at home.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Wash the okra and slice it in half lengthwise or leave small fruits whole. Brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast until tender and slightly browned.
Brown Sugar Delicata Squash
2-3lbsdelicata squash(about 2 average sized squash)
salt and pepper to taste
1/4teaspoonground cinnamonor more to taste
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Halve the delicata squash lengthwise and remove the seeds. Cut the halves into 3/4 inch thick slices.
Line a sheet pan with foil and coat with cooking spray.
In a small bowl mix together the olive oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt and pepper to taste.
Pour the olive oil mixture over the squash and toss to coat.
Bake for 20-30 minutes or until squash is tender and starting to brown. Serve immediately.
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