October 27, 2012

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"In the long term, the economy and the environment are the same thing.  If it's unenviromental it is uneconomical.  The is the rule of nature.
"  ~Mollie Beattie


Autumn Vistas

The view from the field this time of year is stunning, as the ridge is on fire with color.  Pictured below is a row of asian greens, ready to be thinned and fill up your shares this weekend.  They are lush and green and deepening in color with the autumn air.  It is a nice compliment to the changing colors of the forest behind them.

We have pie pumpkins, sweet potatoes, kennebeck potatoes, and garlic ready to fill your shares as well.  This week we will include a sugar pie pumpkin, saving butternut squash for the final weeks of the CSA. 

Bok Choi in Autumn  
The lettuce beds have germinated fully and are now a blanket of leaf lettuce, giving us enough to send home a generous bag of lettuce this week.  In hopes to extend the growing season and offer year round fresh local produce, we are erecting a second tunnel next to the existing one Jesse built early in 2012.  This will enable us to get an early start for next years' shares as well.  Lettuce, kale, beets, carrots, and turnips are all varieties we hope to sow under the tunnels late winter to fill the first spring shares.  The beds are prepared and the pipes are bent for a second tunnel to place next  to the existing one, pictured below.  Along with helping us get an early spring crop, we can also plant for winter harvest, and maybe have a winter CSA in the coming years, God willing. 

Tunnels Sweet white turnips are a new addition to your share this week.  They are always a welcome addition for my entire family.  They are wonderful raw, roasted, sauteed, sweet, spicy, in soup...  This weeks' share will include a small bunch, with more to follow.

Once we have completed this weekends' delivery, only two weeks remain of the 2012 CSA season.  We hope you are enjoying the gifts from the garden and we appreciate your choice to support local and organically grown agriculture.  I often remember a quote by Mother Teresa, that inspires my heart with gratitude for all those who make what may seem like simple or small acts of kindness and care for the creation.

"Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love."
Mother Teresa

If you would like to reserve you share for the 2013 season, please feel free to contact me or visit 
Farm of Peace to reserve you share of the harvest.

Since I love inspiring quotes so much, I'll leave you with one more, in gratitude for your support of the CSA.


Thank you for joining us this season to share in the harvest and all of it's beauty, nourishment, and healing. 

Please contact us any time with questions.  You are always welcome to come visit!

   Sunflower Art
Peace and Blessings~ 

Halima Willett

This Weeks Harvest
sweet white turnips
Sweet White Turnips w/ tops
Kennebeck Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes
Pie Pumpkin
Asian Greens
Leaf Lettuce Mix
Daikon Radish

Spicy Pumpkin Soup
pumpkin harvest


4 Tbsp unsalted butter  

2 medium yellow onions, chopped  

2 teaspoons minced garlic  

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper  

2 tsp curry powder  

1/2 tsp ground coriander  

Pinch ground cayenne pepper  

6 cups of chopped roasted pumpkin*  

5 cups of chicken broth (or vegetable broth )**  

2 cups of milk  

1/2 cup brown sugar  

1/2 cup heavy cream

*To make pumpkin purée, cut a sugar pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff, lie face down on a tin-foil lined baking pan. Bake at 350°F until soft, about 45 min to an hour. Cool, scoop out the flesh. Freeze whatever you don't use for future use.


1 Melt butter in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add spices and stir for a minute more.

2 Add pumpkin and 5 cups of chicken broth; blend well. Bring to a boil and reduce heat, simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.

3 Transfer soup, in batches, to a blender or food processor. Cover tightly and blend until smooth. Return soup to saucepan.

4 With the soup on low heat, add brown sugar and mix. Slowly add milk while stirring to incorporate. Add cream. Adjust seasonings to taste. If a little too spicy, add more cream to cool it down. You might want to add a teaspoon of salt.

Serve in individual bowls. Sprinkle the top of each with

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May 25 through November 9

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