This week you are getting red potatoes, white and yellow onions, carrots, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, celery and tomatoes. Unfortunately, Tue. Members will not get carrots because of the storm. Will make that up next week.
The celery variety we grow can be very strong tasting. I have not had a chance to try it yet, but some Members do not like to eat this raw. It is excellent for cooking and adds so much flavor to any recipe. Makes the best celery soup too! I dry the leaves for future use in casseroles in the winter. Wash and dry on a paper plate.
Garlic Separating: We did not get a large crowd as we have in the past and will need to do this again this Sunday. We cannot plant the garlic if we cannot get the cloves separated! Next years’ harvest depends on you and how much we accomplish! We will get together at 9am and work until 12. Bring a lunch and join us for a meal. If you cannot stay the entire time, then come for a couple of hours! As a group you will find extremely interesting people to chat with and interesting stories to hear. Join us for a day of comradery as we work together to accomplish our goal!
Winter Share: Sign-up is going well and we just about have all our members for the winter. If you intended to sign-up for the winter, you will want to get that in because it will not be long before we close that window. If you need to split a share with someone and can’t find one on your own; ask your DC to put out a memo or sign during distribution. You would be surprised how many people want to give it a try but can’t find someone to split with!
We are looking for Colin O’Neill. He sent in money for a Winter Share, but with no paperwork and with no info on your check. We cannot set you up nor do we have a way to contact you. Could you be a spouse of a current member? Please call us immediately or sign-up online at monroefarm.com.
Survey/Changes: Jerry and I are getting older (as we all are) and cannot continue working at this pace. Kyle and Sam are not ready to take on this large of an operation. Something will need to change. The survey we sent out in September needs to be filled out by as many members who want an input on their share and the variety & quantity you received. We need your thoughts. We may need to not only reduce how many shares we offer, but how many varieties we offer. Tell us in your own words what you liked & did not like about the share! Write a letter if you do not want to fill out the survey. What can you absolutely not live without; what can go by the wayside? Hard copies of the survey will be at each DC. Fill it out there or take it home; but tell us what you are thinking! Manilla envelopes will be provided at each DC to be returned to us, hopefully full of surveys and letters.
Please help us improve! Take our online end of year survey here:
First Snowfall! Beautiful, isn’t it? We love the first snowfall. It represents to us the end of a fabulous summer. Time to close up the farm, put on wooly sweaters, put on a good pot of tea, make soup and read a book!
Spicy Cream of Celery Soup
1 head celery, sliced
2 large onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, diced
1 large carrot shredded
6C vegetable or chicken broth
1 bay leaf & 5 balls allspice
1C heavy cream
1t hot sauce
Melt butter, add first 3 vegetables & cook until just tender on med. heat.
Add flour and brown. Add carrot, broth & spices and simmer for 30
minutes. Remove and discard bay leaf & allspice. Remove half of the
veggies and set aside. Blend the rest in a processor or blender.
Put everything back into pot then add cream. Add salt, pepper and
hot sauce to taste. For a traditional taste, do not add hot sauce!
Gluten free: reduce broth to 4 ½ cups and change cream to 1 ½ cups.
No need to add any thickener.