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Monday, December 3, 2012

Salad battle strategy

Helllllllloooo My Hearties!

Well, actually we don't have to be that hearty yet seeing as the weather is ridiculously mild. From a winter farmer perspective, this mild weather makes the winter distributions SO EASY to prepare for. 

We still have plenty of winter shares available. There are still 7 distributions left, and a regular $300 share pays for 6, so you haven't missed anything. If you want to sign up just come to Wednesday's distribution and you can sign up there. There are also still 1 or 2 Healthy Food For All subsidized shares left. 

I went to some friends house the other night and brought along a bowl of shredded carrots (a Cuisinart is so divine...) and a big ole head of no-excuses-for-itself Napa cabbage. Once there I cut up the Napa (half of it anyway) and put it in a big salad bowl with the shredded carrots. Then my friend added all kinds of deliciousness to the bowl and I mixed it up. Lets just say that even though we were having lobster for dinner we all devoured that huge bowl of salad, sharing one fork, until it was almost gone before the lobster water even came to a boil.  We all agreed that we could eat that stuff without stopping for about a week. It was just so good! (The lobster was sublime as well, but very scary looking.)

Here's the recipe: (disclosure: I, Evangeline Sarat, bought cilantro at the store, and I'll do it again.)

Grated carrots
Thinly sliced Napa cabbage
a thinly sliced bunch or two of cilantro
to taste: sesame or peanut oil, seasoned rice wine vinegar, fish sauce, sushi ginger (and some liquid added), garlic

Mix it all up and grab a fork, hunch over the bowl, and get ready to attack anyone who comes close.

This week's vegetables:

Still from the field:
romenesco, pac choi, tatsoi, radicchio, spinach, celery, parsley, kale

From storage:
carrots, beets, Napa cabbage, cabbage, potatoes, onions, garlic, turnips (many kinds), rutabagas, parsnips, acorn squash, diakon, watermelon radishes, celeriac, fennel

Here is an announcement from Wide Awake:
Dear Wide Awake Bakery Breadshare Members,

We’ve been getting some emails from concerned members: When does the breadshare end? Where do I go to get my bread now that the farm CSA is closed for the season? How can I sign up for another share? Is it possible to get bread all winter?

Here are a few answers!!

First, we apologize for our poor communication. We’ve been having lots of trouble with our email system, and as a result many of you have not been getting updates. We’re hoping that this email, coming though your CSA farm, will reach you. We know we've created a lot of confusion, for which we apologize, and we are working to set things straight. Please stay tuned, and thank you for your patience!!

Q: Where do I go to get my bread?
A: If you regularly pick up your bread Sweet Land Farm, your bread will be at GOOD TO GO on TUESDAYS FROM 4-6:30.

Q: When does the breadshare end?
A: The breadshare ends the second week of December. The last bake will be Friday the 14th.

Q: How do I sign up for another share? 
A:  Good Question!! Here’s how to do it: go to the website (wideawakebakery.com) and check the bulletins on the front page. When we have the new sign-up system in place, we’ll announce it there, and everywhere else we can think of. When it’s up and running, just click the sign-up button, and despite the fact that you may have already given us your email address and other info, please do it once again. (We’re working with a new system, one that we hope will improve our communications!!) When you do click on the new sign-up button, you’ll notice a few cool things: 1) it costs less to sign up! 2) you can pay online!! 3) you can set your own pickup schedule, including “half-shares”!!! 4) you can purchase other cool stuff, like t-shirts, pasta, granola, and who knows what else!!!!

Q: Can I get bread all winter?
A: Well, not really. We’re going to take a break over the holidays and then get going again in January.  But there is some good news in there—We will be having an OPEN HOUSE, and if you come you can get bread to freeze for the holiday!

A: December 19th, from 6:30-9:30.

A: At the bakery!! 4361 Buck Hill Rd. S., Trumansburg. That’s the mailing address, but we’re really just outside of Mecklenburg. We’ll post a map on the website. If you plan to use a GPS, just be sure to put the “south” in Buck Hill Road South. Without the south there’s no telling where you’ll end up!

Please stay tuned to the bakery website for more news!!

Thank you!!


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