CSA 2018: Week 3

You can get your sweet tooth going with strawberries, haukeri turnips, and snap peas, then snack on radishes, salad mix, some super colorful Gypsy broccoli, and tons of garlic scapes. 

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CSA 2018: Week 2

This week your share contains: butter lettuce, frisee, garlic scapes, carrots, haukeri turnips, salad, and snap peas. 

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CSA 2018: Week 1

CSA is finally here again! Welcome to all of our new members and welcome back to our old hats!

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The Season is Looming....

While we still have time this month for some non-farm past-times, we are still hard at work updating our crop plan, ordering seeds, and brainstorming about the coming season.

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2018 CSA Signup Starts Today!

The sky is blue, the sun in shining, the fields are flooded; springtime in January! This month is also when we try to get all of our 2018 CSA members signed up for a season's worth of produce.

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Holiday Letter to our CSA

Crazy that 2017 and Victory Farm's first season is coming to an end! Adam and I are taking some much needed time off and enjoying the holidays with our families and friends. We hope you are too!

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Pop-Up Farm Stand and CSA Party This Wednesday!

To celebrate the end of a successful CSA season and give all of our friends a chance to stock up on storage veggies, we're having a farm stand/party this Wednesday at both our Moscow and Lewiston CSA pick up locations.

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CSA Share #18

Happy October!

This week on the farm we're up to some decidedly unglamorous, yet satisfying, fall cleanup chores, such as pulling out the tomatoes and cucumbers, mowing and tilling in crops that are done, and finally tackling and organizing what Keegan and I have dubbed, "the sh*tpile" - the area behind our toolshed where all year things that don't yet have a place on the farm get thrown because we're too busy to do anything else.  Oh, we're also harvesting TONS of broccoli! So that's fun. 

 This is what our field tomatoes look like after a good frost. Time to pull 'em out and throw 'em in the compost pile!

This is what our field tomatoes look like after a good frost. Time to pull 'em out and throw 'em in the compost pile!

 Keegan the Broccoli Slayer!

Keegan the Broccoli Slayer!

This week's CSA share is jammed with more Fall goodness: baby bok choy, mixed potatoes, Caribe hot peppers, broccoli, carrots, fennel, delicata squash, and red onions. 

 CSA Share #18. 

CSA Share #18. 

I often get the question, "So, what do you do with fennel?" I admit it is pretty alien-looking; and with its distinctively sweet, herbal flavor and dense, crunchy texture, it can be a bit confounding, culinarily. So, here's a good little article that demystifies this excellent vegetable.  

Happy Fall, everyone! Thanks for eating well with us!

CSA Share #17

There are many reasons I love this time of year. The cooler weather and the attending return of some favorite spring veggies, like Hakurei Turnips; the pace of work on the farm slows down a bit; we get to catch up on some projects that got away from us earlier in the year, like finally building doors for the pack shed; the light gets all pretty; it feels like the world exhaling after holding its breath for six months - or maybe I'm projecting... 

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CSA Share #16

This week we had our first frost and it was a pretty good one, too. It got down to 28 degrees on Saturday morning! Cold air sinks and we're in a fairly low spot near the base of Moscow Mountain, so all the cold air from the mountain and surrounding hills drains right to our fields... or so it seems. The frost killed all our outdoor tomatoes (the hoop house tomatoes are still going), squash, cucumbers, eggplant, and most of the flowers. Sad!

 Birds-eye view of our lower fields just before the frost came. Say goodbye to Summer!

Birds-eye view of our lower fields just before the frost came. Say goodbye to Summer!

The first frost of the fall (well, technically, it's still summer) is always a little bittersweet for me. On one hand, it's sad because so many of the plants we've worked so hard to grow and take care of and harvest all die at once. It's sort of a shock to the system. On the other hand, it signals the impending end of the season and some much needed rest in winter. Mother Nature steps in and says, "Nope, you're not doing that anymore." What can we do? She's the boss. 

With a frost on Saturday morning and impending rain Monday, we had to scramble to harvest all the winter squash and pumpkins. So, we had a harvest party! We are so lucky to have great friends who are willing to spend a few hours of their Sunday helping us out! We harvested a 1/4-acre of squash and pumpkins and a bunch potatoes and onions in a few hours on Sunday. Thanks so much to everyone who helped! You're the best! 

 Friends bucket-lining pie pumpkins into the pack shed for storage.

Friends bucket-lining pie pumpkins into the pack shed for storage.

This week our CSA members are enjoying a share of late summer/early fall veggies (my favorite time of year): All Blue potatoes, garlic, cipollini onions, Serrano peppers, fennel, bell peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, and delicata squash.

 CSA Share #16

CSA Share #16

I got quite a few questions about Delicata squash at our CSA pickup, so here's a little explainer for anyone who's perplexed by this delicious little squash: Delicata is a thin-skinned winter squash with very sweet flesh and is excellent for stuffing, baking, and even sautéing! What sets Delicata apart from some of its other winter squash relatives is that due to its thin skin, it does not require peeling, i.e., you can eat the skin... it's good! It also doesn't require a curing period to be super tasty (as with other, larger squash such as butternut), so you can enjoy it right away! Delicata, however, does not store very well and should be eaten within a few weeks or so. 

 Delicata squash have thin skins and do not require peeling!

Delicata squash have thin skins and do not require peeling!

Check out some of these recipes and, as always, have fun!

CSA Share #15

Here's what the CSA is snacking on this week: heirloom tomatoes, red bell peppers, poblanos, green cabbage, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, beets, and radishes.

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CSA Share #14

This week, our CSA friends are enjoying a diverse and bountiful share: tons of tomatoes, jalapeno, sweet onions, garlic, french breakfast radishes, cantaloupe, yukon gem potatoes, cucumber, zucchini, and heritage cherry tomatoes. 

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CSA Share #13

This week our CSA is enjoying our heaviest share yet: HUGE savoy cabbage, cantaloupe, sweet onions, carrots, heritage tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, and a serrano pepper. 

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CSA Share #9

August is here and with is the crazy summer heat we've all been waiting for (and/or dreading). Adam and I are definitely baking out there on the farm, but these hot days and especially the warm nights, are doing wonders for our ripening fruits. The cucumbers are producing like it's going out of style, the melons are super green but swelling, the peppers are thinking about changing color, and the TOMATOES are just starting to ripen!!!!! Don't get your salsa recipes out just yet, we only got a couple this week and hope to have enough for CSA by next or the following week...but we are well on our way to a bumper crop of tomatoes!

Despite their hatred of the heat and general aversion to the sun, the chickies are still laying strong and we'll have lots of eggs available for sale at both the Moscow and LC Valley CSA distributions. Eggs are available first come, first serve and are, for the time being, $5/dozen. The girls snack on grass, bugs, produce, kitchen scraps, and a local, GMO-free grain mixture grown by our friend Eric Zakarison in Pullman. 

We also have garlic braids for sale at CSA pickup. The idea behind the garlic braid is to hang it on your kitchen wall and, starting from the top and working down the braid, clip a bulb off as needed throughout the fall and winter. Garlic stores really well when braided so these bulbs should last into next year! They also make really sweet gifts for food-minded friends.

This week's share is our heaviest to date: new potatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, basil, kale, rainbow carrots, HUGE napa cabbage, and an eggplant or a pepper. Most every of the veg this week should be pretty familiar but I bet napa cabbage is a new one for some of you. Napa cabbage is probably my favorite type of cabbage. It has a crisp texture and mild, sweet flavor that's perfect raw, stir fried, or in kimchi. Read on for some ideas...

CSA Share #8

Since we've got so much new stuff, our CSA members got an exciting share this week: new potatoes, rainbow carrots, kale, sage, garlic, cucumbers, zucchini, and peppers OR eggplant.

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CSA Share #5

Fennel, kohlrabi, frisee, italian dandelion greens, broccoli, red butter lettuce, garlic scapes, and zucchini.

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CSA Share #4

escarole, haukeri turnips, broccoli, lettuce, kohlrabi, garlic scapes, and zucchini.

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CSA Share #3

Victory Farm 2017 CSA Share #3: Radishes, haukeri turnips, kale, lettuce, cauliflower, italian parsley, pea shoots, and garlic scapes

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CSA Share #2

Victory Farm 2017 CSA Share #2: lettuce, arugula, haukeri turnips, white icicle radishes, green garlic, cauliflower, and radish microgreens.

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