Last year was my first year with a CSA, and my first year with Parker Farm. It was a terrible growing year for farmers across Massachusetts. What was not destroyed by the copious amounts of rain in early and late summer died due to some or another disease or the excessive heat of August. Tomato blight took most of the tomatoes. Blossoms dropped off of many plants after the harsh, sporadic weather conditions. Despite all of this, the CSA still went on, although yields were greatly reduced and the 20-week drop off season was cut short. I still found that I had too much food.
This year was a bumper year for crops, in my opinion. Each week the limits of my bags were tested by trying to carry my share of the bounty home. Some vegetables, sadly went to waste since I could not keep up with them all. Marathon blanching sessions to preserve the harvest tested my kitchen legs.
Last week was the final pick-up of the season. Yet for my kitchen the CSA season is not yet over. I still have an overwhelming number of fresh foods to use up:
- 3 huge butternut squash
- 2 delicata squash
- 1 sugar pumpkin
- 1 acorn squash
- 1 blue hubbard squash
- 1 green tomato
Me oh my! So much good food. Expect plenty of squash and root vegetable recipes in the near future.