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What's In Season - Weekly Newsletter #19



Order by Noon on Mondays for Wednesday

evening delivery or pickup.

(West Allis Farmers' Market Pickup is Tuesday or Thursday)



October 18th, 2021


Sorry for the late Newsletter this week! We had an kid birthday party in our backyard yesterday, which was a feat to pull off! Since I'm behind schedule, you're welcome to order (or add-on) until late tonight. I'll be doing my final order download at 5am tomorrow.

This may be a record year for Beans--it's amazing that they're still going! Snap Beans, Italian Beans, and Baby French Filet are gorgeous--and it's the middle of October! But it's looking like we have some frost in our forecast later this week...

Tomatoes are winding down quickly. We've had a lot of disease pressure this season, and they're giving way. We still have some decent Beefsteak, Roma Plums, and a smattering of Artisan Cocktails, but none of them are perfect. It'll be sad to see them go!

We have a fantastic crop of Fennel Bulb right now--they're getting nice and plump. Try them in our Fennel & Tomato Bake Bundle this week! New patches of Dill Fern, Cilantro and Baby Salad Mix have begun this week as well as a new patch of delicious Rapini (aka Broccoli Rabe.)

We're also starting to harvest our whole-stalked Brussel Sprouts. Unfortunately, our sprout size is not very consistent due to the many dry periods we experienced this summer...some of the sprouts are big, most are still small, and some are tiny. We're hoping they continue to size up over the next month. So, for now, our stalk price was adjusted according to the lower yield per stalk. Just $2.50 per stalk or 3 stalks for $7.

Butternuts and Honeynuts are ripe at last. The regular Butternuts are medium market-sized to large, while the Honeynuts are adorably mini (just under a pound each.) I also put up a separate listing for our Black Futsu Squash. These odd-looking beauties actually turn colors as they cure. Once they're a solid tawny-buff color, they're ready to eat. In the meantime, they're awfully fun to decorate with!

All The Best,

The Centgraf's




NEW THIS WEEK


Red Dragon Napa Cabbage

Brussel Sprouts

Honeynut Squash

Butternut Squash

Fennel & Tomato Bake Bundle




EXCELLENT THIS WEEK

Winter Radishes

Upland Cress

Jumbo Bell Peppers

French Filet Tri-Color Bean Mix

Fall Spinach Mix

Baby Salad Mix Bundle

Small Wonder Spaghetti Squash

Honey Crisp Apples



Photos: Rainbow Carrots, Parsnips, Black Futsu Squash, Ellie with an average sized Butternut and a Mini Honeynut Squash (I was impressed with how well she was balancing those squash!)



BOX CONTENTS


THE "YOU-CHOOSE-THE-REST" BOX


A Little Bit of Dill Fern

6 oz. Baby Lettuce Mix

1 Large Leek

2 Pounds New Potatoes

1.5 Pounds Multi-Color Mix Beets

2 Mini Winter Squash


VALUE OF $16.00



SMALL


Small Bunch of Dill Fern 10 oz. Baby Lettuce Mix

3 Sweet Peppers 1 Large Leek

1 Bunch of Broccoli Rabe (Rapini) 2 Pounds New Potatoes 1.5 Pounds Multi-Color Mix Beets 2 Mini Winter Squash

1.25 Pounds of Bosc Pears

1 Half-Pint Raspberries


VALUE OF $31.00



LARGE


Small Bunch of Dill Fern 15 oz. Baby Lettuce Mix

3 Sweet Peppers 2 Large Leek

2 Bunches Broccoli Rabe (Rapini) 3 Pounds New Potatoes 2 Pounds Multi-Color Mix Beets 4 Mini Winter Squash

1.25 Pounds of Bosc Pears

1 Half-Pint Raspberries


VALUE OF $42.50



 

RECIPES OF THE WEEK



Rapini (or Broccoli Rabe) is rather bitter as is, but when pre-blanched in salt water, it is delicious!


The process is rather quick and simple: just blanch the rapini stems, leaves, and florets in boiling water for a minute or two, place in an ice water bath, pat dry and sauté for a few more minutes.


I love it drizzled with a good olive oil and a squeeze of lemon.



Baked Fennel, Tomatoes, and Spanish Onions

My favorite preparation for Fennel is a slow bake with tomatoes and sweet onions. I've found a few recipes that are close to what we do at home, but this one from "delicious.com" is the nearest.

I usually sprinkle freshly grated Parmesan on top and I cheat with store-bought Panko breadcrumbs.

Find the basics for this dish in our Fennel & Tomato Bake Bundle.



Join our Community Page to find & share other great recipes!

 

THIS WEEK'S MARKET BUNDLE RECIPES


The Soup Bundle: Broccoli Potato Leek Soup

from Small Town Woman

from Bon Appétit

The Baked Tomato & Fennel Bundle: Baked Fennel, Tomatoes and Spanish Onion

from Delicious.com


 

Weekly Order Cut-Off Time is Noon on Monday.

Deliveries & Pickups are on Wednesday evening.

 



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