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Spring CSA Newsletter Week 6

Posted 3/13/2017 10:43am by Caroline Cicatko.


Check Out What's In Your Share

Traditional Regular Share~

  • Butternut Squash, Rome Apples, Asian Pears, Red Russian Kale, Parsnips

Traditional Large Share~

  • Butternut Squash, Rome Apples, Asian Pears, Red Russian Kale, Parsnips, Greens, Pink Lady Apples 


Item of the Week: Butternut Squash 


Butternut squash is one of the most popular modern varieties of hard winter squash. Butternut are known for their long neck and bowling pin like shape. Butternut squash provides vitamins A, C and E, manganese, potassium, soluble fiber and magnesium. Deep orange color squashes are also known to be rich in beta carotene.

The skin is edible when cooked through. It is most often peeled and discarded prior to eating, but when cooked the flesh of the butternut squash is tender and has a mild nutty flavor to it.


Don't Let Your Produce Spoil, Here's Some Simple Storage Tips 

  • Butternut Squash: Store in a cool and dry spot, butternut squash stays for up to 6 months.
  • Rome Apples: Store in a cool dark place, such as in a basket in the pantry or on the counter.
  • Asian Pears: Store pears for up to a week at room temperature or 3 months in the refrigerator. 
  • Red Russian Kale: Kale will last for up to 1 week if wrapped in a damp paper towel and put in the refrigerator.
  • Parsnips: Refrigerate in a plastic bag.
  • GreensStore in the refrigerator, do not wash until ready to use. 
  • Pink Lady Apples: Store in a cool dark place, such as a pantry or on the counter.


Yummy Recipes for Your Fresh Produce 

Butternut Squash with Apples and Cranberries


1/4 cup butter, melted

1 pound butternut squash, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

1 medium apple, cubed

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar 

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in 1-1/2-quart baking dish. Cover and bake 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake an additional 15 minutes or until squash is tender. 


Smokey Kale Salad


1 bunch green kale, stemmed and leaves roughly chopped

1 bunch red kale, stemmed and leaves roughly chopped

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

1 1/2 teaspoons chipotle pepper powder

1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika 

1 teaspoon liquid amino acid

1 avocado-peeled, pitted and chopped 

  1. Combine green kale, red kale, pecans, apple cider vinegar, honey, chipotle pepper powder, paprika, and liquid amino acid together in a bowl. Massage the kale mixture together using your hands until leaves are evenly coated and starting to soften, about 3 minutes; fold in avocado.


Pear Pockets


cooking spray

1 (8 ounce) package crescent rolls

1/4 cup peanut butter, divided

1 Asian pear, chopped and divided

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Combine two crescent roll triangles by overlapping the seams, creating a square. Repeat with remaining dough to form 4 squares total.
  3. Spread 1 tablespoon peanut butter in the center of each square; top each with pieces of Asian pear. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon atop pear slices; top with Cheddar cheese. Fold one corner of a square over to completely cover the fillings, creating a triangle; seal the edges together. Repeat with remaining squares. Arrange pear pockets on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake on the preheated oven until dough is lightly browned, 10 to 15 minutes. 


 Parsnip Chips


4 parsnips 

1/4 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup all-purpose-flour

2 cups vegetable oil for frying


chili powder

cayenne pepper

  1. Peel parsnips and slice into 1/4 inch rounds. Bring a pan of lightly salted water to a boil, and add parsnips. Cook for about 5 minutes, until tender but still crisp. Drain, and cool slightly. Dip slices in melted butter, and place on a baking sheet. Refrigerate until the butter is firm, about 30 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Coat parsnip slices in flour, then fry in the hot oil until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels, and season with salt, chili powder and cayenne to taste.