Our winter share from Penn’s Corner started this week, after a one week break following the regular season. That break was good because it allowed us to get caught up on some of the leftovers from previous shares.
We found out this week that one of our friends loves dilly beans. We had no idea, so we will likely gift this jar to her, considering we already have some in the pantry.
The celeriac will join some celeriac we already have, though that will likely give me the impetus to cook it. (Often I like to wait until we have a little more of something to cook it. Especially with the hairy mandrakes.)
The garlic and shallots have joined the root cellar stash, along with the potatoes and kuri squash. We use potatoes, onions and garlic on a pretty regular basis, so I never have any worries storing them. Now that we have two kuri squash, I think roasted squash for dinner might be in order this week. Even though it was dethroned by delicata as my favorite squash this year, it’s still delish.
One of the things I love about our Penn’s Corner share in the winter is getting fresh hydroponic lettuce. I had someone ask me about the winter share and say “so you probably just get onions and turnips, right?” and I was happily able to correct the misconception (and direct them here to actually see what you get!). Having fresh lettuce when it’s 20 degrees out is something I take particular joy in. Probably because I love salads. That lettuce above? Last night’s dinner. Gone.
Carrots are also something that we eat all the time, whether in salad or as part of the base of a dish. Still meaning to make cider glazed carrots one of these days. This might be a good week for cider glazed everything, since we still have cider in the fridge from a previous share. Might freeze this particular one, but keep working toward chipping away at it.
One of my favorite parts of the winter CSA is getting local honey. I use honey regularly in my homemade granola, but it’s also nice to have on hand for baking or for tea. And local honey tastes so much better than generic honey from the grocery store. I treasure these little bears when we get them, that’s for sure.
Also this week, we bought some onions and eggs from the Penn’s Corner Online Farm Stand. Our onion supply was dwindling in the basement, and knowing that we need to keep a regular stock there, I decided to grab them from Penn’s Corner instead of the store. Same goes for eggs. Our remaining chickens haven’t laid in awhile – due to a combination of molting, lack of daylight/season change and simply age. So we’re out of eggs for the first time in a long time. Thankfully we can get good eggs that are reasonably priced from the farm stand. I need to take advantage of this every two weeks when it pops up, especially because now it will coincide with the winter share pickups since they are every other week.
Anyone sign up for a winter CSA? What have you received so far?