CSA Newsletter

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Posted 6/16/2016 4:56pm by Minnesota Food Association.

Dear CSA Members,

The boxes are delivered and I thank you for your patience in waiting to get your newsletter. Keep in mind that these first few boxes will have a lot of greens, as that is what grows this time of year. The boxes will get heavier and more robust as the season develops.

Here are some thoughts I had last night as the farmers were turning in the last of the produce. 

It’s 7:30 on Wednesday night. Aung Thin and his family load into their car after washing their Pac Choy and onions. Porfirio and Argelia bunch kale. Lue and Kia diligently pound tomato stakes into the ground. I can hear the thwack of metal on wood.

The farm is ready to find a rhythm for the season. We are ready to find beauty and purpose in the land. I am not a farmer. I learned quickly that I didn’t have the will to work that hard. What I lack in stamina though, I try to make up for in spirit. I believe in farmers and I believe they are to be honored for the work they do. The following words of Marge Piercy came to me by way of a farmer. They taught me how to honor the work of growing food.

The work of the world is common as mud.
Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust.
But the thing worth doing well done
has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident.
Greek amphoras for wine or oil,
Hopi vases that held corn,are put in museums
but you know they were made to be used.
The pitcher cries for water to carry
and a person for work that is real.
                - Marge Piercy, To be of use  

This is real work, the growing and eating of food. It is work that has a satisfying shape in the land it cultivates and the food it produces. I honor farmers for their hours spent seeding, planting, weeding and harvesting. I honor MFA for the work it does to provide this land, tools and resources to people who may not have access to them otherwise. There is so much caught up in growing food these days when the reality is really quite simple: seed, plant, weed, harvest. If only it could be that simple. 

This is why I also honor you, our valued CSA members, who have chosen to seek out this simplicity, to value this work. Whatever your reason for membership, be it the quest for the freshest radish, support for immigrant and underserved communities, or a belief in sustainable land stewardship, without your appetite we would not be able to do our work. We are simply 70 acres, merely 17 farmers, but you are part of our community that is slowly but surely, changing the way the world eats. I think we can all find shape in that. 

My name is Lebo Moore, I am the food hub manager at Big River Farms and I am honored to bring you food grown by seventeen amazing individuals for the next eighteen weeks. Thank you for your commitment, your time and energy.

This week your box radiates with Folic Acid, Magnesium, Potassium, Riboflavin, Protein, Vitamins A and K.

From Dil Gurung and the Bhutanese Farm: Garlic Scapes, Radishes and Green Onions

From See Nay and the First Karen Farm: Garlic Scapes and Spinach

From Aung Thin and the Karen Farm: Pac Choy, Asian Greens and Green Onions

From May and Mhonpaji Garden: Swiss chard and Arugula

From Porfirio Perez and Sebra Farms: Garlic Scapes, Kale and Black Beans

From Xie Cha: Cilantro

From Anna Dooley: Romaine Lettuce                                                   

Note: The lettuce, Pac Choy, Asian greens and arugula will be split in half. You will receive two of the four in your box. Thanks for your flexibility in working within the unpredictability of the harvest. 

 

No doubt in my mind, this time of year is for tacos. Cook up your black beans with salt and a little cumin, warm-up some tortillas on a skillet or the grill, sautee your chard, pac choy or asian greens with olive oil, onions, cilantro and cayenne pepper, top with some cheese and your favorite hot sauce! Or, try these other delights....

Garlic Scape Pesto (Recipe from Serious Eats: 7 Things to do with garlic scapes)
 
1/4 cup pine nuts (or any nut/seed)
3/4 cup coarsley cut garlic scapes
Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp. salt
Black Pepper to taste
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup parmesean cheese
 
Blend scapes, pine nuts, lemon juice, salt and peper
Slowly add olive oil. Stir in parmesean cheese by hand.

Enjoy over pasta, on toast or in a salad.

French Breakfast Radishes for Breakfast...really! (Adapted from NaturallyElla.com)

1 bunch French Breakfast Radishes
2 tablespoons good unsalted butter
3 green onions, diced
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
pinch of salt
2 eggs
2 pieces of bread, toasted
 
Prep the radishes by removing tops and roots. Slice in half lengthwise and set aside.
In a skillet, heat butter over medium low heat.
Add in green onions and let cook until beginning to soften, 2-3 minutes.
Add the radishes, thyme, and salt to the green onions. Cover and let cook, stirring once or twice, until radishes are tender but still have a bit of crispness to them, 5-6 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning.

While radishes cook, poach eggs. Try this technique. If you don't like runny eggs, this would also be great with scrambled or hardboiled. To serve, place toast on two plates, divide radish mixture, and top each with a poached egg.

Happy eating!

Oh and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We'd love to connect through social medias!

Lebo Moore

Food Hub Manager

Minnesota Food Association/Big River Farms

651-433-3676 ext.21

Posted 11/19/2015 10:16am by Minnesota Food Association.

BIG RIVER FARMS fall CSA

Our final fall CSA box! In today's box you will receive carrots, parsnips, brussels sprouts, celeriac, purple-top radishes, a butternut squash, a delicata squash or acorn squash, red onions, red beets, chioggia beets, golden beets, red cabbage, and a rutabaga.

Access recipes from MFA's website here.

Look here for recipes from our Pinterest board. 

 

Your box will be heavy, so make sure to lift it carefully from the bottom of the box. As with all CSAs, please bring a bag to transfer your veggies into and leave the box for us at the dropsite. If you forget your bag or see this email too late, no worries! Just bring your box home with you and bring it back when you pick up your next share. 


 

Your carrots will come in all shapes and sizes this fall CSA. The variety is Bolero carrot, which are known for heavy yields. They will remain sweet in flavor during long term storage. 


 What is going on at Big River Farms?

Big River Farms went to holiday market this past Sunday with plenty of storage crops to stock up on. We will be at three more winter markets this coming year, so stop by and say hi!

Market dates are Saturdays January 23rd, February 27th, and March 26th from 9AM- 1:30PM.

Location: Bachman’s 6010 Lyndale Ave S. 

We had a match.com stir event at the farm last week. We were able to get the plastic over the winter greenhouse for the birds and have fun while doing it!

 

It is time to put the farm to bed for the winter. Farmer See Nay washing the last of his daikon radishes from the field. See Nay was the main farmer this season providing daikon to the CSA. 

 

 


THANK YOU for a great season!

We are always interested in having volunteers at the farm! Contact laura@mnfoodassociation.org for more information on ways to help.


Email produce@mnfoodassociation.org with any questions, comments, or requests for next week's newsletter.

Posted 11/5/2015 11:27am by Minnesota Food Association.

In today's box you will receive kohlrabi, carrots, parsnips, brussels sprouts, celeriac, purple-top radishes, a butternut squash, a acorn squash or jester squash, shallots, red onions, red beets, chioggia beets, golden beets, a head of lettuce, a pie pumpkin, and a mixed bag of yukon, russet, red gold, and all red potatoes. Find recipes for all of these here.

Your box will be heavy, so make sure to lift it carefully from the bottom of the box. As with all CSAs, please bring a bag to transfer your veggies into and leave the box for us at the dropsite. If you forget your bag or see this email too late, no worries! Just bring your box home with you and bring it back when you pick up your next share. 


 

Your pie pumpkin is either a Cinnamon Girl (left) or a New England Pie Pumpkin (right). There is no difference in the way they bake - just an aesthetic one! Believe it or not, you can drink our pumpkins at your nearest Peace Coffee.
Your carrots will come in all shapes and sizes this fall CSA. The variety is Bolero carrot, which are known for heavy yields. They will remain sweet in flavor during long term storage. 


 What is going on at Big River Farms?

It's that time of year to get your garlic cloves in the ground before the frost comes! Last week farmers at MFA planted pounds and pounds of garlic. Farmer May is pictured above with her handy tool helping measure the right depth to drop the cloves in the soil. 

Farmers all came together on a cold Wednesday last week to move one of the farms hoop houses to a different location. The hoop house will now serve as an overwinter shelter for the ducks, chickens, and geese on the farm. 

MFA is now hiring! We are currently seeking applicants for a Market Manager position starting at the end of this month. Click here to apply!

We are always interested in having volunteers at the farm! Contact laura@mnfoodassociation.org for more information on ways to help.


Email produce@mnfoodassociation.org with any questions, comments, or requests for next week's newsletter.

Posted 10/22/2015 11:36am by Minnesota Food Association.

Hello and welcome to the Big River Farms 2015 fall CSA! Your box will be waiting for you this afternoon at your selected dropsite. Find recipes for all your fall produce here and visit our Instagram page here to catch up with the farm in full color! 


In today's box you will receive kohlrabi, cabbage, carrots, daikon radishes, potatoes, onions, a leek, brussels sprouts, celeriac, purple-top radishes, watermelon radishes, a butternut squash, a jester squash, shallots, red and yellow onions, red and golden beets, a head of green cabbage, a pie pumpkin, and a mixed bag of yukon, russet, and red gold potatoes. Find recipes for all of these here.


 

Your pie pumpkin is either a Cinnamon Girl (left) or a New England Pie Pumpkin (right). There is no difference in the way they bake - just an aesthetic one! Believe it or not, you can drink our pumpkins at your nearest Peace Coffee.

 

Your box will be heavy, so make sure to lift it carefully from the bottom of the box. As with all CSAs, please bring a bag to transfer your veggies into and leave the box for us at the dropsite. If you forget your bag or see this email too late, no worries! Just bring your box home with you and bring it back when you pick up your next share. 

 


Email produce@mnfoodassociation.org with any questions, comments, or requests for next week's newsletter.

Posted 10/22/2015 11:36am by Minnesota Food Association.

Hello and welcome to the Big River Farms 2015 fall CSA! Your box will be waiting for you this afternoon at your selected dropsite. Find recipes for all your fall produce here and visit our Instagram page here to catch up with the farm in full color! 


In today's box you will receive kohlrabi, cabbage, carrots, daikon radishes, potatoes, onions, a leek, brussels sprouts, celeriac, purple-top radishes, watermelon radishes, a butternut squash, a jester squash, shallots, red and yellow onions, red and golden beets, a head of green cabbage, a pie pumpkin, and a mixed bag of yukon, russet, and red gold potatoes. Find recipes for all of these here.


 

Your pie pumpkin is either a Cinnamon Girl (left) or a New England Pie Pumpkin (right). There is no difference in the way they bake - just an aesthetic one! Believe it or not, you can drink our pumpkins at your nearest Peace Coffee.

 

Your box will be heavy, so make sure to lift it carefully from the bottom of the box. As with all CSAs, please bring a bag to transfer your veggies into and leave the box for us at the dropsite. If you forget your bag or see this email too late, no worries! Just bring your box home with you and bring it back when you pick up your next share. 

 


Email produce@mnfoodassociation.org with any questions, comments, or requests for next week's newsletter.

Posted 10/13/2015 12:20pm by Minnesota Food Association.

  

Love the veggies you're getting through the summer CSA? Sign up for our Fall Share!  It's just $110 for three boxes of storage veggies from the end of the regular season through November. You will receive potatoes, onions, carrots, winter squash, and more! Click here to sign up today!

Delivery dates: October 22, November 5, and November 19

Some people have been experiencing difficulties when signing up for the fall CSA. If you are one of those people, no worries! Just e-mail us at produce@mnfoodassociation.org


 

 


 
The Minnesota Food Association is proud to play a featured role as the Twin Cities joins a national movement: Food Day. Check out the schedule of events and be sure to come hang out with your farmers: 

October 18: Minnesota Food Association / Big River Farms — Harvest BBQ and Potluck 

October 20: 
• Restaurant night (featuring Minnesota ingredients, see below) - Public Event
1. Birchwood Cafe
2. Gandhi Mahal
3. Sunny Side Cafe
4. Flamingo
5. Sen yai Sen Lek

6. Groundswell
• Dine Out for Right to Know dinner at Birchwood Cafe. 30% of the proceeds go to Right to Know -Public Event
October 21: Immigrant growers and chefs speak at East Side Freedom Library - Public Event begins at 7:00 pm

October 22: Birchwood Cafe Cookbook Launch - 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Birchwood Cafe - Public Event

Join us at Food Day 2015 to promote healthy, ethical and affordable food! Check for updates and RSVP here.

 



 
                 
 
Peace Coffee's Harvest Moon Latte is now made with Big River Farms pumpkins! 
 
 
 
 
Check out this blog post about the Minnesota Food Association from Peace Coffee! 
 

 
 
Big River Farms on Pinterest and Instagram
 
We love our CSA produce, but some items are real head-scratchers to cook with! Check out our Pinterest page to find new recipes and add your own. 
 
 
Catch up with the farm in technicolor, high definition glory! Our forested horizons and dew-laden produce are visible to all on our Instagram account.
 

Build a Sustainable Food System at Work!

Many of you have workplace giving campaigns going active this week.  Please consider supporting Minnesota Food Association through giving to Minnesota Environmental Fund.  MEF supports our work at MFA and Big River Farms, and helps us build a more sustainable food system.  Please consider giving to the Minnesota Environmental Fund this year.  Please encourage people you know at work to join you in giving.  Thank you!


 

 
 
  Be careful when lifting the boxes! Please leave boxes at the pickup location after unloading the produce.  
 

Click on each crop listed below for some tasty recipe ideas, and click on the farm names to learn more about the amazing people who grow your food!

Posted 10/6/2015 12:44pm by Minnesota Food Association.

  

Love the veggies you're getting through the summer CSA? Sign up for our Fall Share!  It's just $110 for three boxes of storage veggies from the end of the regular season through November. You will receive potatoes, onions, carrots, winter squash, and more! Click here to sign up today!

Delivery dates: October 22, November 5, and November 19

Some people have been experiencing difficulties when signing up for the fall CSA. If you are one of those people, no worries! Just e-mail us at produce@mnfoodassociation.org

 


 

 


 
The Minnesota Food Association is proud to play a featured role as the Twin Cities joins a national movement: Food Day. Check out the schedule of events and be sure to come hang out with your farmers: 

October 18: Minnesota Food Association / Big River Farms — Harvest BBQ and Potluck 

October 20: 
• Restaurant night (featuring Minnesota ingredients, see below) - Public Event
1. Birchwood Cafe
2. Gandhi Mahal
3. Sunny Side Cafe
4. Flamingo
5. Sen yai Sen Lek

6. Groundswell
• Dine Out for Right to Know dinner at Birchwood Cafe. 30% of the proceeds go to Right to Know -Public Event
October 21: Immigrant growers and chefs speak at East Side Freedom Library - Public Event begins at 7:00 pm

October 22: Birchwood Cafe Cookbook Launch - 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Birchwood Cafe - Public Event

Join us at Food Day 2015 to promote healthy, ethical and affordable food! Check for updates and RSVP here.

 



 
                 
 
Peace Coffee's Harvest Moon Latte is now made with Big River Farms pumpkins! 
 
 
 
 
Check out this blog post about the Minnesota Food Association from Peace Coffee! 
 

 
 
Big River Farms on Pinterest and Instagram
 
We love our CSA produce, but some items are real head-scratchers to cook with! Check out our Pinterest page to find new recipes and add your own. 
 
 
Catch up with the farm in technicolor, high definition glory! Our forested horizons and dew-laden produce are visible to all on our Instagram account.
 

 

 
 
  Be careful when lifting the boxes! Please leave boxes at the pickup location after unloading the produce.  
 

Click on each crop listed below for some tasty recipe ideas, and click on the farm names to learn more about the amazing people who grow your food!

In this week's box, you'll find:
Brought to you by: 




 
 


 

Karen Family Farm



 

1st Karen Farm

 

 









 

Mhonpaj's Garden


 

Sebra Farm

 

 

  • MFA Farmers
Posted 9/29/2015 10:43am by Minnesota Food Association.

 

Big River Farms hopes to grow in Wilder Forest!

Please sign this petition for Minnesota Food Association to keep its land and acquire the rest of Wilder Forest's 600 acres, so that we may continue to train disadvantaged farmers on this land, expand our sustainable agriculture project and initiate our permaculture program.

Click HERE to learn more about the big opportunities ahead for the Minnesota Food Association, and click here to watch a special series of videos about why we love Big River Farms and want to keep working on our land. 

 

We are happy to welcome Ethan to our team!  
 
Born and raised in Iowa, Ethan found his way to Minnesota for graduate school after having lived in Wisconsin and New Hampshire. His interest in local sustainable agriculture began in 2007 while volunteering with Central Rivers Farmshed in Stevens Point, WI. Since then he has held a wide variety of positions on Community Supported Agriculture farms, in formal and non-formal education institutions and working with diverse peoples. He is excited to be joining the Minnesota Food Association as a Minnesota Green Corps Member to work on developing alternative markets, Youth and Family Education programming and whatever else is thrown his way. He looks forward to being able to building, using and refining his skills while focusing his career on the sustainable agriculture field.

 

Love the veggies you're getting through the summer CSA? Sign up for our Fall Share!  It's just $110 for three boxes of storage veggies from the end of the regular season through November. You will receive potatoes, onions, carrots, winter squash, and more! Click here to sign up today!

Delivery dates: October 22, November 5, and November 19

Some people have been experiencing difficulties when signing up for the fall CSA. If you are one of those people, no worries! Just e-mail us at produce@mnfoodassociation.org

 


 Save The Date! 

Fall Harvest Party - October 18th

MFA and Big River Farms will be having our annual Fall Harvest Party on October 18th from 3:00 - 7:00 PM! There will be hayrides, pumpkins, a raffle, a barbecue, and a potluck dinner. It's a celebration of the end of the season and the harvest. All are invited!


 
 
                 
 
Peace Coffee's Harvest Moon Latte is now made with Big River Farms pumpkins! 
 
 
 
 
Check out this blog post about the Minnesota Food Association from Peace Coffee! http://www.peacecoffee.com/blog/local-pumpkins-for-lattes 

Thoughts on Autumn Produce from Our Farmers Market Friend
 
We love meeting new people at the Kingfield Farmers Market, and when one of them is a Minneapolis-based personal chef with an appreciation for organic produce, you know it's the beginning of a beautiful partnership. Ann Bridges, formerly of Restaurant Alma, Barbette, and Patisserie 46, is expanding her repertoire to create her own personal chef business in Minneapolis. We are very proud to feature her recipes using our CSA boxes here in the weeks to come, but first please enjoy this reflection on the start of the fall produce season from Ann. Respond to this email if any of these ideas stand out to you and you want Ann to include a recipe!
 
It’s getting to the time in our Minnesota summer where we are holding on tight to any last bit of warm-weather produce for dear life before we enter into squash and root veggie season. Don’t get me wrong, I can eat my fair share of eggplant and delicata squash NO PROBLEM. You know, after about 5 months of that- yeah…coming up with the same amount of enthusiasm as I did in the beginning of the season is definitely hard.
 
Oh dear. The taste of a summer-kissed tomato makes me appreciate so much more our short warm season. It’s also at a point where there are a few more random things in our CSA boxes and it ends up sometimes feeling like…the pieces are separate and not “dish-centric.” But it all depends on how you look at it!   Seeing all the radishes in the box makes me think of buttered radishes. Like sautéed buttered radish with a hint of sea salt. Or searing them with some coconut oil on a hot pan! When you cook a radish it just brings out some exciting profiles missed on the crispy raw version. My grandmother used to put some butter in her cast iron pan, get it hot and kinda roll the radishes around in it…till it was browned and nutty then we’d have some salt and pepper and voilà! It made eating ALL the radishes more exciting! Have you ever thought to quick pickle a radish? Yup. Delicious---take those out in the dead of winter with some smoked salmon, cream cheese and some dark pumpernickel? I’m just saying. Best news is, if you store radishes in water they will last you longer and stay more crisp.  
 
I felt like the eggplant and green beans could mingle together quite well in an Asian way. Think sweet & spicy…  
 
Toss with your kale and some rice? A tasty vegetarian dinner!  
 
The tomatillos, the peppers and onion could be the start to a magical relish or interesting green salsa…  
 
And the leeks and potatoes can help you get going on a potato leek soup for the intermittent chilly days we seem to be having from time to time.  
 
These ideas are a great start to prepping and using your CSA this week! PLUS there are dried beans in your box to start storing up some goodies for when its (and I whisper this) winter and you are looking for some rib-sticking goodness.
 
One last tidbit - lately in the morning I’m doing a quick fried egg tossed onto my salad greens –I plop in a few last cherry tomatoes and BOOM! Protein, greens, veggies. Off to a great start in my day! Bacon, is often a part of that routine too…andddddd now I know what I’m eating for breakfast for sure tomorrow!   I hope you are enjoying these last days of summer as we fully transition to colder temps-get out there and see some leaves- have a fire and enjoy some of the best reasons we call Minnesota HOME!
 

 
This past Monday we had a blast on the farm with a group of sixty 3rd-graders from Brimhall School in Roseville. For 3 hours, the students harvested pumpkins, sorted and bagged potatoes, learned about our chickens, fed the horses, and in general had a fun-filled time learning about sustainable farming. We're grateful to the Midwest Food Connection (www.midwestfoodconnection.org) for connecting us with the group, and to the students for all of the work they accomplished! 
 

 

 
Big River Farms on Pinterest and Instagram
 
We love our CSA produce, but some items are real head-scratchers to cook with! Check out our Pinterest page to find new recipes and add your own:
 
Catch up with the farm in technicolor, high definition glory! Our forested horizons and dew-laden produce are visible to all on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bigriverfarms/
 

 

 
 
  Be careful when lifting the boxes! Please leave boxes at the pickup location after unloading the produce.  
 
Note that the kids are still learning how to identify the best potatoes, so quality will be variable. 

Click on each crop listed below for some tasty recipe ideas, and click on the farm names to learn more about the amazing people who grow your food!

Posted 9/24/2015 10:32am by Minnesota Food Association.

 
 

Love the veggies you're getting through the summer CSA? Sign up for our Fall Share!  It's just $110 for three boxes of storage veggies from the end of the regular season through November. You will receive potatoes, onions, carrots, winter squash, and more! Click here to sign up today!

Delivery dates: October 22, November 5, and November 19

Some people have been experiencing difficulties when signing up for the fall CSA. If you are one of those people, no worries! Just e-mail us at produce@mnfoodassociation.org

 


 

Save The Date! 

Fall Harvest Party - October 18th

MFA and Big River Farms will be having our annual Fall Harvest Party on October 18th from 3:00 - 7:00 PM! There will be hayrides, pumpkins, a raffle, a barbecue, and a potluck dinner. It's a celebration of the end of the season and the harvest. All are invited!


 
 
                 
 
Peace Coffee's Harvest Moon Latte is now made with Big River Farms pumpkins! 
 
 
 
 
Check out this blog post about the Minnesota Food Association from Peace Coffee! http://www.peacecoffee.com/blog/local-pumpkins-for-lattes
 

Thoughts on Autumn Produce from Our Farmers Market Friend
 
We love meeting new people at the Kingfield Farmers Market, and when one of them is a Minneapolis-based personal chef with an appreciation for organic produce, you know it's the beginning of a beautiful partnership. Ann Bridges, formerly of Restaurant Alma, Barbette, and Patisserie 46, is expanding her repertoire to create her own personal chef business in Minneapolis. We are very proud to feature her recipes using our CSA boxes here in the weeks to come, but first please enjoy this reflection on the start of the fall produce season from Ann. Respond to this email if any of these ideas stand out to you and you want Ann to include a recipe!
 
It’s getting to the time in our Minnesota summer where we are holding on tight to any last bit of warm-weather produce for dear life before we enter into squash and root veggie season. Don’t get me wrong, I can eat my fair share of eggplant and delicata squash NO PROBLEM. You know, after about 5 months of that- yeah…coming up with the same amount of enthusiasm as I did in the beginning of the season is definitely hard.
 
Oh dear. The taste of a summer-kissed tomato makes me appreciate so much more our short warm season. It’s also at a point where there are a few more random things in our CSA boxes and it ends up sometimes feeling like…the pieces are separate and not “dish-centric.” But it all depends on how you look at it!   Seeing all the radishes in the box makes me think of buttered radishes. Like sautéed buttered radish with a hint of sea salt. Or searing them with some coconut oil on a hot pan! When you cook a radish it just brings out some exciting profiles missed on the crispy raw version. My grandmother used to put some butter in her cast iron pan, get it hot and kinda roll the radishes around in it…till it was browned and nutty then we’d have some salt and pepper and voilà! It made eating ALL the radishes more exciting! Have you ever thought to quick pickle a radish? Yup. Delicious---take those out in the dead of winter with some smoked salmon, cream cheese and some dark pumpernickel? I’m just saying. Best news is, if you store radishes in water they will last you longer and stay more crisp.  
 
I felt like the eggplant and green beans could mingle together quite well in an Asian way. Think sweet & spicy…  
 
Toss with your kale and some rice? A tasty vegetarian dinner!  
 
The tomatillos, the peppers and onion could be the start to a magical relish or interesting green salsa…  
 
And the leeks and potatoes can help you get going on a potato leek soup for the intermittent chilly days we seem to be having from time to time.  
 
These ideas are a great start to prepping and using your CSA this week! PLUS there are dried beans in your box to start storing up some goodies for when its (and I whisper this) winter and you are looking for some rib-sticking goodness.
 
One last tidbit - lately in the morning I’m doing a quick fried egg tossed onto my salad greens –I plop in a few last cherry tomatoes and BOOM! Protein, greens, veggies. Off to a great start in my day! Bacon, is often a part of that routine too…andddddd now I know what I’m eating for breakfast for sure tomorrow!   I hope you are enjoying these last days of summer as we fully transition to colder temps-get out there and see some leaves- have a fire and enjoy some of the best reasons we call Minnesota HOME!  

 

Your CSA box for this week contains a little taste of the many gorgeous pumpkins we have growing on the farm! You will receive either a Cinnamon Girl, pictured on the left, or New England Pie variety. They are both excellent pie varieties that roast into a sweet, smooth filling for your fall baking needs. They even blend well into Peace Coffee's Harvest Moon Latte! You can find recipes for your pumpkins on our Pinterest page at https://www.pinterest.com/theonlystalia/big-river-farms-2015/
 

 

Youth & Family Education Program

There is still room in our upcoming youth programs on September 26th & October 24th. Come out to the farm for hands-on learning about basic sustainable agriculture practices and meet farmers! 

Program sign up: http://mnfoodassociation.org/form/youth-family-education-program


 
Big River Farms on Pinterest and Instagram
 
We love our CSA produce, but some items are a head-scratcher to cook with! Check out our Pinterest page to find new recipes and add your own:
 
Catch up with the farm in technicolor, high definition glory! Our forested horizons and dew-laden produce are visible to all on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bigriverfarms/
 

Big River Farms hopes to grow in Wilder Forest!

Wilder Foundation is looking to sell the rest of its 600 acre May Township forest property and the MFA would like to buy it to add to our permaculture and food justice programming.

Click HERE to learn more about the big opportunities ahead for the Minnesota Food Association!


 

 
 
  Be careful when lifting the boxes! Please leave boxes at the pickup location after unloading the produce.  

Click on each crop listed below for some tasty recipe ideas, and click on the farm names to learn more about the amazing people who grow your food!

In this week's box, you'll find:
Brought to you by: 


 
 

 

Karen Family Farm



1st Karen Farm









 

Mhonpaj's Garden


 

Sebra Farm

Bahji Peppers

 MFA Farmers

Posted 9/22/2015 12:02pm by Minnesota Food Association.

Join Land Stewardship Project and the MN Food Association for a

Tractor and Implement Field Day

Sunday, September 27, 2-6PM

At Big River Farms in Marine on St. Croix

2 Sessions, Beginner and Experienced.  Participants may attend one or both sessions. 

2 – 3:30 PM Tractor 101 for Beginners. A basic introduction to the safe operation and routine maintenance of a standard tractor and introduction to basic implements. This session will also include a demonstration of a BCS walk-behind tractor and implements. Led by Rodrigo Cala, MFA graduate and owner/operator of Cala Farms in Turtle Lake, WI. Se habla espanol 

4 – 5:30 PM Tractor Troubleshooting. For those with knowledge of basic tractor operation, a more advanced session on diagnosing tractor problems in the field and repair/trouble-shooting of basic components. Led by Joel Kellum, Markets and Production Manager at MFA.Equipment used for these events include John Deere 30 and 45hp tractors, BCS walk-behind tractor, 8ft tiller with roller, 5 ft. tiller, finish disc and offset disc, 3pt. brush hog, chisel plow, compactor roller, 13 ft. drill seeder, small manure spreader and potato digger. Several cultivating tractor implements are also available for participants to observe.

Field days are free for LSP members, Farm Beginnings students and MFA program participants. The general public is invited to attend at a cost of $20 per session or $30 for both.To register, please email Dori Eder, Farm Beginnings Organizer, at dori@landstewardshipproject.orgFor other questions or more information contact Katie Kubovick at katie@mnfoodassociation.org or 651-433-3676 or Dori Eder at dori@landstewardshipproject.org.