Week Seventeen Newsletter
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Food Shelf

Each week during the CSA, we have been bringing ten shares to the food shelf to set it up farmers market style. 

We hang out for an hour and answer questions like what do you do with Kale? How do you eat Kohlrabi? etc. We've all taken turns being the farmer at the food shelf and have all been thankful that healthy produce can be distributed at no cost to Northfield citizens who need it. It's quite cool, no matter how much you are allowed to take monthly at the Food shelf, anyone can take as much produce as they want the last hour of every day. Many customers caught on to the fact that Seeds Farm always shows up Thursdays from 4-5 pm and would form a line half an hour before we would even get there! The picture above is our set up in the blue crates. Below are pictures of happy customers.

This is a picture of the kale field. One thing I love about kale is that as the season goes on, it gets sweeter. This is because of the colder temperatures-when the kale plant starts to predict cold weather, it will pump SUGAR into it's cells. This lowers the temperature that the plant freezes at, giving the plant a few more degrees of wiggle room before it goes kaput for the season. Carrots, broccoli, beets...anything that withstands the frost does this. This is why I love fall!
This week we butchered our last hog. It is important to me as a carnivore to be comfortable with every part of eating meat, including the harvest. It took quite some time and a lot of work to get the job done, but we now have a freezer packed with meat! This little piggy got to eat as many healthy veggies as you did this season, and he is going to taste great.
Oh no, the CSA is near it's end! Have no fear, there is a Fall Storage Share!

The crops we include in the fall storage share are ones that have a long shelf life, so you don't have to worry about eating them in the next week, or two, or five! Or ten! This is what you get:
  • Three Butternut squash
  • Four Delicata squash
  • Five Acorn squash
  • One red cabbage
  • One green Cabbage
  • Two bulbs of Celeriac
  • Onions 
  • Five pounds dry beans
This is a one time pick up only, and costs an additional $65. Please e-mail to reserve yours. Continue to enjoy Seeds Farm produce past the 18 week CSA. Think this is too much produce? I'll send recipes to help you eat through it like a breeze!
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Unfortunately, we're canceling the Pumpkin Party this Thursday. With the surgery and all the work left to do this season, it's proving to be too much. I'm sorry if you were looking forward to it! Hopefully next year!
Sale of Main Street Farms Free-Range Chicken--Saturday, Oct 11, 9-11 AM
Main Street Project is a non-profit organization based in Northfield that promotes alternative systems for sustainable food and agriculture.  Much of its initial work has been to train local Latino families in the sustainable production of free-range poultry and in small business management skills so that they may become independent producers. The chickens offered for sale have been raised by graduates of the training program on two local training farms.  The chickens are humanely raised with free access to pasture, which supplements the non-GMO and organic processed feed and sprouted grains which they are fed.  The chickens are free of antibiotics and synthetic hormones.  The taste, in the words of one Bon Appetit chef at Carleton, is simply "awesome".  They are processed at a USDA inspected facility in Utica, MN.
The chickens are sold whole, frozen, and weigh an average of 4 lbs. The price is $3.29/lb for 7 or less, $3.19/lb for 8 or more.  (Cash or check please).

Chickens are sold by pre-orders only. Please send an email to: to indicate your name, contact info (email or phone), and the number of chickens you wish to order. (They can be sold as a box of 10 or smaller/larger quantities.)  We will have your chickens ready for pick-up Oct. 11, between 9 and 11 AM at the farm of Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, 4597 W. 315th St., Northfield  (Heading north of town on Hwy 3, turn left onto 315th St and continue until you cross the railroad tracks. His farm is immediately to the right.)  Early pick-ups are appreciated. Cost will depend on weight. Hope to see you there!
In your box you'll find:
  • Salad Mix
  • Brussel Sprout
  • Winter squash
  • Radish
  • Frost Sweetened Kale
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Garlic
  • Jalapenos
  • Turnips
  • Beets
Heads up: I'll be sending a survey out in the near future for CSA members to complete. When you do find this in your inbox, please help us reflect on the season and how we can improve by filling it out. Thank you.

Also, if you have any extra boxes taking up space at your house, we'll be happy to take them!!!!
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