CSA ~ September 16, 2021

Weekly & Bi-Weekly

Pick-Up Thursdays Between 4-7pm

WEEKLY PICK-UP DATES

September 16, 23


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FINAL BI-WEEKLY PICK-UP

September 16
(Bi-Weekly friends - Thank you for your support!!! We wish you a safe and
healthy fall and winter and hope to see you next spring! Feel free to stop in
and visit us or stroll around the grounds anytime you want.)


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If you find you can't make it during normal pick up time, please let us know and we can

arrange a Friday visit. If you aren't feeling well, we can bring your share out to your car.

Just give us a call at 330-549-9408.

We're Gonna Need a Bigger BAG!

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In This Week's Share

Giant Pumpkin (Great for jack-o-lantern carving!)

Orange & White Decorative Pumpkins

Decorative Gourds

Squash ~ Butternut, Acorn, Yellow

Apples (From Huffman Fruit Farm)

Celery

Bell Peppers

Dragon Toe Peppers

Popcorn (On the Cob)

1/2 Dozen Eggs
Salsa Roja ("Regular" Salsa)
Salsa Verde

Caramel Corn

Bonus: Choose One Extra Squash ~ Spaghetti, Butternut, Acorn, Yellow

Bonus: Choose One Container ~ Cabbage, Beets, Sweet Potatoes, Eggplant, Ground Cherries


Number of crops ready and amount of harvest of a given crop will vary throughout the season. We will provide at least six items each week. If we have any crop issues, we will supplement with produce from other local farms. Some weeks will include value added items, such as Jungle Jam, Zucchini Bread, Basil Pesto, or even seasonal fruit from other farms.

Tips & Recipes

Giant Pumpkins

Wednesday, September 22 marks an important day - the first day of fall! It's officially time for pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie blizzards at DQ, fresh apple cider, cornstalks, jack-o-lanterns, and more seasonal splendors! If you're ready to prepare your front steps for the season, we're here to help! Today, you are taking home a giant pumpkin, a small pumpkin, and more gourds. You can have the most festive house on the block! Check out these useful pumpkin carving tips and you can have fun turning your big pumpkin into whatever face or image you can imagine. (Then you could send us photos so we could enjoy your creations!)

Butternut & Acorn Squash

Peanut butter and jelly. Milk and cookies. Bacon and eggs. Next in the line of great pairings comes butternut and acorn squash. Delicious on their own...maybe even better together? Try this squash toss and see what you think!

Yellow Squash

Have you ever made refrigerator pickles? This kind of quick pickling does not require big pots of boiling water, water bathing jars, or any canning skills. This is easy stuff that produces a simple, fresh pickled veggie that cannot be stored on your pantry shelf all winter but can hang out in your fridge for a couple months, tempting you to enjoy some for a snack, on a sandwich, with a salad...the possibilities are limitless. I quick-pickle onions and feel like I am practically doing magic! Pickled squash seems even more remarkable. This recipe suggests also using zucchini, but there is no reason you can't just stick to the golden goodness of yellow squash!

Jonamac Apples

We headed out to one of our favorite farms - Huffman Fruit Farm - on Tuesday to pick you some fresh, juicy apples. They have a wide variety to choose from, but we chose to pick Jonamac. (Okay, let's be real here. "Chose" implies an actual plan. In the spirit of honesty among friends, I will tell you that we mostly picked these apples because we failed spectacularly at following the very nice orchard guy's vague directions, got somewhat lost in the orchard, and ended up driving until we saw apple trees that appealed to us! I feel we know each other well enough now that I can tell you that hard truth! I would prefer to say we did research and gathered the most popular/healthiest/largest apples but we truly just ended up at these particular trees through sheer luck! But rest assured, they are delicious! Remember when I said I grew up in peach orchards? Well, there were also apple, nectarine, pear, and plum orchards all around me. New Jersey isn't called the 'Garden State' for nothing! So, I am confident in saying these apples have a nice texture and a crisp taste that pleasantly combines sweetness with a bit of tartness. I think you'll enjoy this farm-fresh bit of fall! And, if you decide to go apple picking yourself...maybe take a buddy, remember that moss grows on the north side of trees, and wear comfy walking shoes? May the odds be ever in your favor!)

As you have probably figured out, these apples are a cross between Jonathan and McIntosh apples. The first Jonamac was grown in 1944 at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York and then introduced to the market in 1972. Jonamac apples are excellent for baking, cooking, or for enjoying as a snack. Remember, an apple a day keeps the doctor away - always helpful, especially in a pandemic!

While you may just want to nosh on apples all by themselves or slice and pair them with some good aged cheddar cheese...here are some neat recipes to consider. There's even one for a dessert that is as fun to say as it is to eat. Pandowdy. Doesn't just saying that old-fashioned word make you smile?!?! "The name “pandowdy” is said to come from the “dowdy” appearance of the top crust—it ends up rumpled and messy (though delectable). This dish is usually baked in a pan rather than a pie dish, perhaps creating the first part of the name."

Popcorn

A bit of history...

Corn began as a wild grass called teosinte in southwestern Mexico. The first evidence of popcorn was unearthed in 2012, when archaeologists in Peru discovered 6,700-year-old corn cobs studded with puffed kernels! The fluffy popcorn we know and love today is, in part, the result of thousands of years of careful cultivation of a few different strains of corn by those early tribes of Central and South America. Colonists in North America adopted corn, including popcorn, and learned to grow and cultivate it, ensuring it stayed in the diet of hundreds of thousands of people for the next several centuries. These early Americans ate the popcorn with milk and sugar, making it the first known breakfast cereal. While I am not sure I would enjoy the milk and sugar approach, I do think making popcorn from a cob, instead of from a supermarket container, is pretty cool!

Butternut Squash and Apples and Sweet Potatoes, Oh My!

Don't you love trying new combinations of favorite ingredients? If so, check out these ideas! The first recipe uses apples, butternut squash, and celery from your share while the second pairs apples with sweet potatoes for a warming fall soup.

Salsa Roja and Salsa Verde

While you may be tempted to just grab some tortilla chips and jump into the two salsas you are taking home today, maybe consider some new ways to incorporate these fresh flavors into your meals to really make them pop! "What's the difference between the two salsas?" you may ask. Basically, regular red (roja) salsa is tomato based while the verde (green) is made from tomatillos.

Our Caramel Corn Recipe

We are pretty excited to share homemade caramel corn with you this week. Our crew made it, using our own GG grown popping corn. This little treat is even gluten free! Here's the recipe we follow.
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Upcoming Event ~ Annual Coat & Clothing (& More!) Giveaway

Did You Know...

Every year in October we help with Common Ground's Giveaway day. This year it is scheduled for Saturday, October 16 from 10am-1pm. For the first time ever, we will hold it in the big warehouse up next to the church.


At this event, anyone in the community with a need is welcome. No income or proof of residency requirements. It is not necessary to bring kids in order to choose items for them.


We spend all year collecting new and used items that are still good, useful, and clean so that they can be shared with anyone in the community in need. We accept donations any day that we are open - most Mondays through Fridays from 8:30-2:30 as well as Sunday mornings.


If you have items that you would like to get out of your house and donate for a good cause, we would be glad to take them! Feel free to stop by or to give us a call at 330-549-9408 to arrange a drop off time or put bags under the big front awning of ​the church (facing the road) near the patio's glass doors and we will find them. Donations welcome right up to the day of the event! We are also thankful for any bags, boxes, and hangers you may have to spare.


Items we accept include, but are not limited to:

Coats ~ Jackets ~ Raincoats & Umbrellas ~ Snow Pants ~ Gloves/Mittens ~ Hats ~ Scarves ~ Clothing for All Ages, Sizes, & Seasons ~ Baby Items ~ Shoes/Boots ~ Purses/Bags ~ ​Halloween Costumes ~ Household Items ~ Kitchen Items ~ Tools ~ Stuffed Animals ~ Toys & Games ~ Books...Any item you think might help someone out or brighten their day can be donated, as long at is clean, usable, and in good working order.

Our Hard-Working Folks Helping With Past Giveaways

Contact Info

Let us know your thoughts! We take praise and constructive criticism to heart as we strive to better our program. Contact us anytime. As always, thank you for your support of Goodness Grows!