csa share – week 17 {september 10}

csa share week 17

Welcome to the 17th week of the Pitchfork & Crow CSA!

Here’s what’s in the share:

  • Green Snap Beans – blue lake pole beans this week.  we love them for their snappy snap and lack of string even at a larger size.
  • Bunching Onions
  • Cucumbers
  • Summer Squash
  • Beets
  • Broccoli or Cauliflower
  • Sweet Italian Frying Peppers – these are a mix of locally adapted sweet peppers including Gatherer’s Gold, Stocky Red Roaster, and Jolene’s Red from Wild Garden Seed in Philomath.  Oh, and there are a few Orange Sun sweet bell peppers thrown in the mix for good measure.
  • Basil
  • Tomatoes – cherries and heirlooms for everyone
  • Bok Choy
  • Salad Mix
  • Pears

I can tell we’re on the downhill side of the season because of the amount of time we spent off the farm this past week.  Most weeks during the season see only brief trips into town for errands or to Salem for the CSA pick-up.  This week we took several breaks for fun-having too!

Our first fun event was a trip to the local title company to sign the papers to sell our house.  That’s right, our house sold!  We’re awfully excited to be completely focused on the farm now!


We did do some work around the farm this week, such as finishing up the onion harvest!  The onions are now curing in the mostly-empty propagation house and will be making further appearances in future CSA shares throughout the fall and winter.  We grow many varieties of onions and the photo above includes red, yellow, and white storage onions and cippolinis.  I’m a fan of yellow onions for cooking, but that red onion skin color is so lovely I couldn’t help but snap a photo.


This week I spent some time attempting to preserve some of the goodness we have in season right now.  After putting up jars and jars of tomato sauce and pickles in weeks past, I thought I’d try a few new things.  It’s fun to have new additions like pickled peppers and apple-tomato chutney on our pantry shelves.  I’d love to hear your favorite recipes for putting up the bounty of tomatoes, cucumbers and such!


Today is Jeff’s birthday!  This weekend we decided to take a little time off to celebrate and we headed out for a hike to Crabtree Lake on Sunday afternoon.  It was nice to get out in the forest for a few hours and we really enjoyed the remote location.  The views of Mount Jefferson and Three Fingered Jack were fabulous, the lake itself was clear and inviting, and the only evidence of large wild animals we noticed was the lone cougar track towards the beginning of the hike.  We certainly live in an amazing place where we can tend to farm tasks in the morning, spend the afternoon in the backcountry, and be home for dinner.

Enjoy the vegetables!

Your farmers,
Jeff Bramlett and Carri Heisler

Here are a few recipes to get you inspired:

Sesame Soba Noodles with Cucumber, Bok Choy, and Mixed Greens

  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange peel
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lime peel
  • 2 teaspoons dried crushed red pepper, divided
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 8 ounces soba noodles
  • 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
  • 3 cups (loosely packed) mixed baby greens (try salad mix here)
  • 2 heads of baby bok choy, cored, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 English hothouse cucumber, cut into matchstick-size strips
  • 3 green onions, cut into matchstick-size strips
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro plus sprigs for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • Salted roasted peanuts

Puree first 9 ingredients and 1 teaspoon red pepper in blender until smooth. With machine running, gradually add canola oil through opening in lid. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before continuing.

Cook soba noodles in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite. Drain. Rinse with cold water; drain well. Using kitchen shears, cut noodles crosswise in 2 to 3 places. Drizzle noodles in strainer with sesame oil and toss to coat.

Place greens, bok choy, cucumber, green onions, chopped cilantro, and mint in large bowl. Add 1 teaspoon red pepper, dressing, and noodles; toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with cilantro sprigs and peanuts and serve.


Green Beans Braised with Tomatoes and Basil

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped white onion (try bunching onions)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed
  • 2 large plum tomatoes, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup water
Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until onion softens slightly, about 5 minutes. Add green beans, tomatoes, basil leaves, and 1/2 cup water. Cook until beans are crisp-tender, stirring and tossing occasionally, about 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowl and serve.

Pickled Beet and Cucumber Salads

  • 1 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chopped shallots
  • 10 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 pounds small red beets, trimmed
  • 2 large English hothouse cucumbers (about 1 pound each), halved lengthwise, seeded, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick pieces
  • 2/3 cup chopped fresh chives

Stir vinegar, shallots and 6 teaspoons sugar in small bowl to blend. Let marinade stand while preparing vegetables.

Cook beets in large pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 30 minutes; drain. Peel beets. Cut into wedges. Transfer to medium bowl. Toss with 1/2 cup of marinade to coat.

Place cucumbers in large bowl. Sprinkle 4 teaspoons sugar over. Toss with remaining marinade. Season salads to taste with salt and pepper. Cover separately and refrigerate 1 day, stirring occasionally. (Can be prepared 2 days ahead. Keep refrigerated.)

Drain salads separately; return to bowls. Mix half of chives into each salad. Arrange salads on platter and serve.

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