Brightside Acres
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Sep 8, 2015

Plentiful Peppers!
What Can I Do with So Much Squash? Come December, you know you'll crave the aroma & flavor of summer squash. But right now you might feel thoroughly sick of it, and a bit stressed by the prospect of wasting the bounty around you.  Take heart! There are simple ways to preserve squash so you can recapture a taste of summertime when snow is knee-deep.
GRATE & FREEZE.  Shred summer squashes of all kinds to create excellent substitutes for carrots in "carrot cake" and zucchini in "zucchini bread." Label & freeze in portions measured to fit your favorite recipes.
DICE & FREEZE. Dice summer squashes along with carrots, onions, celery & peppers. Label & freeze in portions suitable to create a pot of soup with the simple addition of veggie or chicken broth & your favorite herbs. Voila!
BLEND & FREEZE.  Coarsely chop any combination of summer squashes, place in a stock pot with just enough water or broth to cover the bottom of the pot. Cook on low until squash is softened. Let cool for about 15 minutes. Use blender/food processor to puree in small batches, placing thoroughly pureed squash in another pan. Add salt, pepper & herbs to taste. Label & freeze in portions suitable for your family needs. Topped with grated parmesean, a dollop of yogurt, or just by itself on a winter day, this simple soup is magically delicious: I LOVE IT!
Beyond Steam: What to do with Fresh Beans? CSA customers have received a variety of beans this season. Blue Lake, Kentucky Wonder, Royal Burgandy, Golden Wax, Scarlet Runner, Dragon Tongue, & several more. While simple steamed fresh beans of all kinds are a delicacy for me, not everyone feels the same. Following are a few additions to this basic recipe sure to excite the least-enthusiastic eater.
To beans freshly steamed or boiled just to tenderness, add:
  • Crumbled cashews & dried cherries to taste. Toss well.
  • Roasted pecans & maple vinaigrette (Blend 2 Tbls red wine vinegar, 2 Tbls Dijon mustard, 1 Tbls maple syrup, 1 Tbls olive oil). Toss well.
  • Almonds & lemon brown butter (Melt 4 Tbls butter until it begins to froth & sputter, remove as soon as it begins to turn brown, add 2 Tsp lemon juice & 1/4 cup chopped unsalted almonds). Swirl briefly to toast almonds. Pour over beans & toss well.  Yummy!!
This week's produce forecast:
This week's CSA basket will include new potatoes, beans, pears, summer squash, colorful peppers, tomatoes, lettuce and a surprise or two. WHAT WILL WE HAVE AVAILABLE AT THE MARLINTON STORE?  Beans, broccoli, cabbage, cucumbers, eggplant, kale, lettuce, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes. We also have free-range eggs ($3.50/dz) and whole free-range chickens ($4.25/lb).  Decide you want a dozen eggs or a chicken included in your basket? Want us to hold something for you at the store? Drop us a line.
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Maple Mountain Farm Cherry Tomatoes.
Duck, Duck...Turkey!
Most of you are familiar with free-range chickens from Steve Saffel at S & S Farm. So flavorful and tender! Once you taste a Saffel chicken ($4.25/lb), you'll never drive to Kroger again! This season Steve is offering free-range ducks ($5.25/lb), a delicious & nutritious alternative to chicken. Duck breast has about half the saturated
fat of a boneless, skinless chicken breast and is notably higher in protein, iron, selenium and niacin. Nutrition information.  Coming soon: Thanksgiving & Christmas turkeys! If you ordered one last season, you know how good they are. This year, we'll have turkeys ($4.25/lb) available over a wider range of dates. Questions? Want to order a bird? Contact us.
Brightside Acres has goats! Our dog Buddy couldn't be happier.
And neither could I. A new adventure has begun.
At $3.50/dz free-range eggs from the happy hens at Brightside Acres and
S & S Farm are only a penny more than what you'll pay at regional grocery stores. Why not buy local?
Produce on the Move Partners
Pocahontas County Produce on the Move! wouldn't exist without the weekly participation of S & S Farm, Windy Acre Farm, Maple Mountain Farm & Bootstraps Farm. These families are dedicated to producing delicious food without the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. When you purchase a CSA membership, you're supporting five family farms for whom LOCAL FOOD IS OUR FUTURE is not a slogan, but a daily way of life. They're also the best group of people I've ever had the privilege to work with. The blessing is mine.
The CSA basket is now a box! Customers who pick-up at NRAO or The Fiddlehead received their first box last week. We feel that boxes will enable us to transport more CSA shares while ensuring the best quality at point of delivery. As with the baskets, we ask you to return the boxes so we may re-use them. If you happen to have any baskets or purple bags lingering about your kitchen, garage or vehicle, please return them, as they are needed and will most definitely be used. Thanks everyone for your commitment to POTM!
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With your dollars, you've not only purchased produce raised using the most environmentally sustainable methods, you've also supported the reality of small farming as a business. We small local producers simply can't survive without your choice to spend more of your dollars with us.