September 22 (Minestrone Soup)

It’s finally starting to feel like fall! To celebrate the season’s official start we are giving out our own apples and pie pumpkins this week. If you take a pumpkin you can use it for pie, muffins, bread, or soup. Most pumpkin recipes call for pumpkin puree, which is fairly easy to make; you just halve a pumpkin, scrape out the seeds, and bake, face down, until the pumpkin is very soft (you can put a knife through it easily). Then scoop out the flesh and puree it in a food processor until smooth. If you don’t use all of the puree you can freeze whatever you have left. If your recipe calls for 1 can of pumpkin puree that equals 2 cups of the home-made stuff.

Colchester Stand

I want to thank everyone who picks up in Colchester for being so very understanding about the stand closing early this year! Most folks have been fine with saving their missed share vouchers to use at the Essex stand. Because of this I will probably stop bringing extra items along to the Colchester stand unless I get a specific request. So if you missed your share in Colchester and would prefer to use your missed-share voucher at your regular Colchester pick-up (not Essex), please feel free to send me an email requesting the items you would like to “buy” with your voucher; I am more than happy to bring them along. Of course, as always, if you just want a double share instead of a voucher that’s fine as well. Feel free to bring along a friend if you feel that two shares might be a bit much for you!

Beef

We have sold out of the 10 lb grass-fed burger shares, but there are still a few 20 lb mixed beef shares available. If you would like one or have any questions please let me know. The pick-up will be in Essex on a Friday afternoon in mid-October. (Don’t worry if you can’t make it; we are happy to arrange alternate pick-ups). More details to come soon!

Soup

Nothing says fall more than homemade soup. The sausage and kale soup I mentioned earlier is incredibly easy to make, and very, very good. You can find a my recipe from a past newsletter here.

It’s also a good time of year for homemade Minestrone soup. This recipe calls for a little bit of green beans, but you are welcome to skip them or substitute some chopped kale.

Minestrone Soup

(Adapted from Epicurious.com)

        3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 6 cups low-salt chicken broth

  • 2 carrots, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds

  • 2 celery stalks, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 4 small potatoes, quartered

  • 1/2 pound green beans, trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 3 small zucchini or summer squash, halved lengthwise, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini (white kidney beans), drained

  • 2 tomatoes, peeled, crushed

  • 6 tablespoons pesto

  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Heat olive oil in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until soft, about 4 minutes. Add broth and next 7 ingredients. Increase heat to high and bring soup to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover pot, and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.  Season soup to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into 6 bowls; garnish each with 1 tablespoon pesto. Serve, passing cheese separately.

This Week’s Produce

Single Share

Choose 5 options:

2 lbs apples

2 tomatoes

1 pie pumpkin

1 large bunch kale

3 zucchini (might be replaced by summer squash)

1.2 lbs beets

1.3 lbs carrots

1.3 lbs broccoli

1.5 lbs green bell peppers

2-3 lbs potatoes

Possibly: Flowers, watermelon, arugula

Small Share

Choose 7 options:

2 lbs apples

2 tomatoes

1 pie pumpkin

1 large bunch kale

3 zucchini (might be replaced by summer squash)

1.2 lbs beets

1.3 lbs carrots

1.3 lbs broccoli

1.5 lbs green bell peppers

2-3 lbs potatoes

Possibly: Flowers, watermelon, arugula

Large Share

Choose 10 options:

2 lbs apples

2 tomatoes

1 pie pumpkin

1 large bunch kale

3 zucchini (might be replaced by summer squash)

1.2 lbs beets

1.3 lbs carrots

1.3 lbs broccoli

1.5 lbs green bell peppers

2-3 lbs potatoes

Possibly: Flowers, watermelon, arugula

 

 

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