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Week 24 of the CSA with Alien Potatoes

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Yes, last week the potatoes were cute. This week a few of them were strange, and one was downright alien looking. The potatoes this week are purple majesty, one of my favorites. They make great chips, and with red and white potatoes make a very patriotic potato salad.

We can certainly eat the rainbow this week. If I add nuts, beans and grain to the menu, I have all the other colors represented here.

The list:
1 Bag Mixed Sweet Peppers – Maple Lawn Organics
1 Head Green Escarole – Windy Hollow Organics
1 Bag Purple Majesty Potatoes – Transitional – Family Cow Farm
1 Bunch Baby Hakurei Turnips – Echo Valley Organics
1 Head Bok Choy – Bellview Organics
1 Head Broccoli – Soaring Eagle Organics
1 Green Acorn Squash – Railroad Organics
1 Bunch Red Radishes – Soaring Eagle Organics
1 Bunch Leeks – Rolling Ridge Organics
1 Bag White Hamon Sweet Potatoes – Sunrise Ridge Organics
1 Bunch Red Scallions – Sweetarie Farm
1 Bunch Gold Beets – Windy Hollow Organics

As we get into fall, the box gets heavier, with squash and potatoes adding most of the weight. Loving all the peppers. I need to make chili with them. Plus, all the greens. Getting the turnips, beets, radishes and the escarole makes me think I need to make a soup. I love using the greens on these organic root veggies, as I know they haven’t been sprayed.

My other veggie here that I find interesting and quite delicious is the baby hakurei turnip. It is sweet, and can be eaten raw. A little seasoned salt is all they need.

Heading over now to link up with In Her Chucks, and get inspiration for what to do with my veggies.


Another Busy Weekend Around The Area

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I am prioritizing where we will go, as again, there are multiple events that interest us this weekend. I have a definite commitment to host the Family Hike this weekend at the Conservancy. Spring and Fall, we have a special hike, with naturalists leading groups, through the trails and the property. The fall colors are just beginning to paint the hillsides. Who wouldn’t want to follow this trail down to the creek on a lovely fall Saturday morning?

grasslands trail at Howard County Conservancy

The Family hike begins at 10 am on the 20th of October. The conservancy is on Rt. 99 a few miles east of Marriottsville Rd. After the hike, the Woodstock snowball stand is open, and with temperatures in the high 60s, not a bad choice for a treat.

Now, us? After the hike, we will be heading back towards home to catch the pig roast at Bistro Blanc. Marc is roasting a whole pig. They have a wine tasting and wine sale as well. 11-2 on the 20th. Bistro Blanc is our favorite local hangout for a great meal. Marc does incredibly good dishes, using many local foods. This pig roast should be a fun event.

Sunday, I will be tagging along as my better half is off to the Westminster Carroll County hamfest, with his amateur radio buddies. After the event, we are heading for Baugher’s to pick apples, and to get the supplies I need for an event in November at the Conservancy. I need corn cobs for the children to use to make bird feeding stations. Baugher’s sells large boxes and bags of feed corn, which works perfectly without great expense. And, one of my all time favorite roasted corn meals. I use this to make cornbread, and a killer polenta.

roasted corn meal

There are corn mazes and fall festivals again, all over the area, if you haven’t yet picked up your pumpkins for cooking or decorating. If you get the chance, head out to one of the local farms and get into that spirit. If pumpkins aren’t your thing, apple cider, heated and spiced, is a perfect choice to eat locally. Or, pick up some fall squash to make soups.