What to do with your veggies?

BFTB Ever Green Farm CSA Flyer_June 2016

Bounty from the Box – Mi Ae Lipe

We came across this great cookbook over the winter. It is directed toward CSA members. It has nutrition, storage information, cooking tips, recipes and a wealth of other information. We have been in contact with the author and she is offering a discount for our members. Check out the flyer. It is an amazing resource. Take a look at it and see if you might be interested. I have one copy here at the farm and will have it in the van at delivery. If you would like to take a look before you purchase for yourself, let us know.

Weekly Update

Thank you to all of the Crop Box Members for returning their boxes – keep up the great work!

Possibilities for the week:

Snow Peas                                       Baby Lettuce Mix

Baby Bok Choy                                Lettuce

Radish                                             Garlic Scapes



Recipe ideas : Garlic Scapes & Snow Peas

Radish – store roots in a container removed from greens, eat raw in salads,slaw, sandwiches or cooked; also great in a stir fry or saute – removes the spiciness but keeps the crunch. Greens can also be cooked

If your radishes wilt soak in water in the fridge – they will perk up again. Important to retain moisture during storage.

Make your own dressing – Basic vinaigrette recipe – A vinaigrette is typically made from 1 part vinegar to 3 or 4 parts oil. Possibilites are endless – check the link below for more ideas.

Vinegar – Red Wine, White, Balsamic …..your choice

Oil – Olive, Sunflower, Safflower, – keep in mind Olive oil will solidify in the fridge if making a large batch

Season with herbs and seasonings of your choice – Salt,Pepper, Garlic, Basil, Oregano, Hot Pepper,etc

Salad Dressing Recipes


2016 CSA Shares – First Week

The first CSA shares of the season will be delivered and picked up this week.

6/7 – Tuesday 
Corning – Arthur Street 12-1pm
Horseheads – Jubilee Plaza  1:30-1:45
Eaton Inc. – 2:00
Geneva- YMCA  5:00-5:30
6/8 – Wednesday
Watkins Glen – Seneca Sunrise Coffee – 806 N. Decatur St. 12-6
6/9 – Thursday
Geneva – Farmers Market  7:30am -1:00pm
Rock Stream – Farm 4:30-6:30
6/10 – Friday
Gang Mills – Sullivan Park 12-1pm
Painted Post – Diesel 1:30-2:00


Items and quantity varies between share size

Possibilities for the week are:


Hakurei Turnips

Baby Red Russian Kale

Baby Lettuce Mix

Radish – Pink Beauty/French Breakfast

Romaine Lettuce – Freckles / Rouge

Swiss Chard

Week #20 – A Cold One! Winner of the Contest

We had a wonderful time at the Open House and several of you made it to the farm on the breezy, chilly day. Thank you!! Special thanks to Seneca Sunrise Coffee and Shannon Brook Farm for helping to keep all of us warm with hot coffee and warm food!  We had several farm made sweet potato dishes. Recipes from the Open House are below as well as one I just had to share.

We offer the CSA discount as our thanks to you for helping us get the next season started. Your membership support of our farm greatly appreciated. We thank you for allowing us to grow for you!  Membership for next season is off to a great start.

Open House 1 Open House 2 Open House 3 Kohlrabi

Open House Contest – Guess the weight of the Kohlrabi in grams!   The WINNER is…..Beth Vileno – very impressive – within 12 grams!

Actual Weight – 2744.234 grams

Creamy Radish Slaw

Sweet Potato Butter

Sweet Potato Biscuits

Curried Sweet Potato Apple Soup

Sweet Potato and Ginger Slaw

Kale & Quinoa Sweet Potato Salad   –  Great Salad and even better the next day!!! I left out the pomegranate seeds and goat cheese.

Week #19 – Time to join for next season for the best discount!

So we have a few weeks left for the regular CSA growing season. The 21st and final week is the last week of October.  Don’t want your weekly veggies to end ….. Join our November/December Extension – membership form here

Open HouseSaturday, Oct 17th 1-4pm – Join our CSA for 2016 season and save 10%. Seneca Sunrise Coffee will be here with fresh brewed coffee for tasting. We will have seasonal food for you to sample too. Everyone should visit the farm at least once. We hope to see you!

Some of you have asked about locally produced meat. Well we have a source for you- Shannon Brook Farm.  Stock up your freezer for the winter. Price list is here   Place your order now and pick up at the Open House.

Possibilities for Week #19 – Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Swiss Chard, Kale, Cabbage, Collard, Kohlrabi, Broccoli, Turnip, Rutabaga, Carrots, Onion, Daikon Radish, Butterball Potato, Radicchio

Items and quantity varies between large and small share – harvest decisions are made daily

Roasted Veggies - turnip, kohlrabi, carrot, rutabagaLooks like a great week for roasted vegetables. The key is to have your vegetables diced to approximately the same size and roast them at a very high temp. Dice up any of the following and in any combination – Turnip, Rutabaga, Carrot, Onion, Daikon Radish, Kohlrabi, Sweet Potato, Potato – toss with a little olive oil, fresh pressed garlic or garlic powder, salt, pepper, add some thyme & rosemary if you have it.  I like to mix the herbs and spiced with the oil first then drizzle over the diced veggies in a bowl to mix up together. Roast at 500 and check regularly – single layer on cookie sheet – stir when necessary for even roasting – remove when fork tender and crisp to your liking.

Radicchio – what to do – we like ours roasted, sliced thin into a salad, or saute with other veggies

Sweet Potato – if you haven’t decided what to do yet take a look at these amazing options – its hard to make a decision all the recipes look great…You will definitely see a few of these at the Open House Saturday!

Kohlrabi – look at previous posts for links about this versatile vegetable- raw, roasted, saute, soup, mashed, endless possibilities……

German Butterball Potato – waxy potato great for boiling, mashing, frying, baking, soup


Week #17 – Sweet Potato!


Sweet potato fries, turnips & turnip greens

Open House at the farm is October 17th – 1-4pm. Join our CSA for next season at the Open House and save 10%! The new 2016 Membership form will be printed soon or you can print your own from here.

The Sweet Potato harvest is going well. Everyone will get a few pounds this week. We have some new turnips. These are an heirloom french variety, Des Vertus Marteau. They have a sweet, mild, crisp flavor excellent for salads, crudites or cooked. Since they are a french heirloom, we found a french recipe. Turnip greens are very healthy for you. Yes, we have a recipe this week for those also.

Possibilities for Week#17 – Sweet Potato, Broccoli, Turnip, Swiss Chard, Kale, Carrots, Winter Squash (Acorn, Spaghetti, Butternut), Red Onion, Garlic, Lettuce Mix, Parsley, Radish, Pepper, Cabbage, Mustard Greens, Arugula, Collard Greens

Items and quantities differ between small/large share and also by harvest day

Turnip Recipe – Navet Glaces – The turnips you receive this week do not need to be peeled just scrubbed.  Eat them raw or cook them. Be sure to eat your turnip greens too! Here is a link all about the benefits of Turnip Greens with cooking tips and quick serving ideas. We tried the recipe Healthy Steaming with Mediterranean Dressing for dinner tonight.

Sweet Potato – oh there are so many recipes to try……mashed, roasted, pies, soup, casseroles, salads……..Tonight we tried Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges – definitely making this one again.  We have also tried a Sweet Potato Soup –  delicious

The possibilities seem endless…….enjoy your meals and have some fun in the kitchen this week!




Week #16 – Feels like fall



Looks like the final heat wave is over and we have officially entered the fall season. SAVE THE DATE: Our Open House at the farm is Saturday, Oct. 17th 12-4 PM.  Visit us at the farm, join our CSA for the 2016 season and save 10%. We will provide seasonal snacks and beverages. We hope you will join us. We will show you around and you can see where your veggies are grown.

We have started to harvest the sweet potatoes and they are looking great. They will need to cure so you will see them in your shares in a few weeks.

Possibilities for Week#16 – Broccoli, Kohlrabi, Green Cabbage, Turnip, Kale, Swiss Chard, Greens Mix (Arugula, Baby Chard, Baby Lettuce, Mustard Greens), Radish, Red Onion, Garlic, Spaghetti Squash, Peppers, Potato, Sweet Corn, Summer Squash

There are some new items you’ll see in your shares. Not sure what to do or you need some inspiration – here are some tips and recipe links for you. Lots of possibilities for your meals this week.

Spaghetti Squash – We like to bake ours, scoop it out and bake casserole style in a dish after mixing with fresh pressed garlic, tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese and maybe some extra cheese on top till bubbly. Follow this link for even more ideas  lots of pictures on how to cook and prepare spaghetti squash

Kohlrabi – yeah it is weird looking, very versatile can be eaten raw, roasted, sauteed, boiled. Great link on how to cut it up

Cabbage – this link has a wealth of information about cabbage and how to use it. One of my favorite websites. The recipe ideas are all the way at the bottom

Turnip – our favorite is roasted or mashed, link has 4 easy recipe ideas

Radish – raw or cooked – they are not just for salads – stir fry, roasted – radish looses its spiciness after cooking

The greens mix can be eaten as a salad or slightly wilted in a saute  – spiciness fades in arugula and mustard greens after cooking

Our veggies love us back

Our veggies love us back

For those of you that don’t follow us on Facebook we harvested these a few weeks ago on the farm and wanted to share the love with you too!




Week # 14 – Sure is HOT for September!

Fall crops - cabbage, kale, broccoli, turnips, rutabaga, collards
Fall crops – cabbage, kale, broccoli, turnips, rutabaga, collards
Fall crops are coming in with or without fall temperatures. It is quite a heat wave we have been having. Hard to believe we grumbled about rain and flooding earlier in the season.  A nice spritz of rain would be wonderful. We  took a peek at the sweet potatoes and they seem to be coming along nicely. The 2nd planting of corn is ready and you will see some this week.
Possibilities for Week #14Mountain Rose Potato, Fingerling Potato, Delicata Squash, Sweet Corn, Summer Squash (yellow, zucchini, patty pan), Kale (Dinosaur, Red Russian, Siberian), Swiss Chard, Bok Choy, Collard Greens, Arugula, Onion (Red, Yellow, White), Garlic, Basil, Parsley, Tomato – Heirloom, Peppers (Bell, Frying, Mini Swee, Hot), Eggplant

Items and quantities vary between Small and Large Share and decisions are made daily.

Member Day – September 18th – Saturday – 1-3pm – stop by the farm, we will show you around the field, ask us questions, see how/where your organic veggies are grown.

Kale – You will see kale often this fall. There are many ways to use kale here are 2 links that I shared on Facebook.

9 Kale recipes you won’t get sick of making or eating

All the Kale recipes you’ll ever need  – 32 of them!

Too busy to use your kale or other greens some tips on freezing. Raw or boiled


Kale Idea – This afternoon Joe and I had a quick kale salad. Way too hot to heat up the kitchen. Super easy, super quick.  Pull leaves from stems, rub between your hands ( I think this is what they call massaged in fancy restaurants). This softens up the kale leaves for your salad and then tear into bite sized pieces. Chop stems into thin pieces for added crunch in your salad. We added diced peppers and sliced onion and raw cashews.

Organic Coffee – place your orders with Seneca Sunrise Coffee for us to deliver to your CSA pick up. You can now order and pay online. Please let them know you want it delivered with your CSA share.

Large Garlic bulbs are back this week. Joe has sorted through the dried garlic and reserved our seed for next season. This means we can release the big bulbs to you again. Enjoy! We had a decent harvest this season. We did have losses due to flooding, but we really can’t complain. Here is what the garlic looks like after it is dried and then after it is cleaned up for you. Basically, we trim the roots and brush off the outer paper layer.

Dried Garlic

Dried Garlic

Cleaned Garlic

Cleaned Garlic



September – Fall Share starts this week – Welcome new members!

Delicate squash

We would like to welcome our new members that have joined for the fall share – Sept & Oct. As the summer crops come to an end, we will begin to see some fall favorites – Kale, Bok Choy, Winter Squash, Cabbage, Broccoli, Carrots, Beets, Radicchio, Arugula, Spinach, Turnip, Rutabaga, Kohlrabi, Radish, Swiss Chard, Mustard Greens, Lettuce, Potato, Sweet Potato, Onion, Celeriac.

Possibilities for Week #13

Delicata Squash, Bok Choy, Parsley, Tomatillo, Pepper, Hot Pepper, Basil, Kale, Swiss Chard, Summer Squash, Sweet Corn, Tomato, Eggplant, Onion, Garlic

Items and quantity varies between small and large share – harvest decisions are made daily


Sweet corn. - 1st planting on the right - 2nd on the left

Sweet corn. – 1st planting on the right – 2nd on the left

We will keep picking from the 1st planting of sweet corn until it is gone. Most of you have heard the news that the first planting suffered from the excessive rain earlier in the season. The ears were stunted but still quite delicious. The 2nd planting is looking great and should be ready soon.




Member Day is Saturday, September 19th. You are welcome to come visit the farm from 1-3pm and take a tour of the field to see where/how your veggies are grown.

October Member Day – OPEN HOUSE – October 17th – sign up for next season on or before the open house and save $$ – more details coming soon!!!!!

Roasted delicate squashRecipe: Oven Roasted Delicata Squash

Rinse off outer skin, cut in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds, slice 1/4″ thick, do not peel, mix in bowl just to lightly coat – olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic (fresh pressed or powder), roast in high heat (450) oven to desired crispness – YUM!





This was a quick lunch we had today – great way to use up all your veggies!

This dish included – onion, pepper, squash, swiss chard, bok choy, hot pepper –

Week #10 – Member Day Saturday

CSA Pick up at the Farm!

CSA Pick up at the Farm!

Member Day is Saturday 1-3 pm. We would love to see you at the farm!

Members welcome to visit and we will give you a tour.  Are you interested in joining for the remainder of the season? You are welcome too!

Seneca Sunrise Coffee will be here with fresh brewed coffee for you to sample and purchase.

Week#10 – Harvesting this week

Summer Squash (Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Patty Pan); Potato (All Blue, Red Norland, Yukon Gold); Tomato (Field-Bellstar, Sunkist, Heirloom Mix, Sweet Cherry Mix); Pepper (Sweet, Bell, Hot, Frying); Tomatillo; Beans (Yellow, Green, Haricot Vert); Eggplant (Ping Tung, Diamond, Little Finger); Cucumber (Little Leaf, Marketmore); Basil; Fresh Onion (Red, Yellow, White); Parsley (Italian Flat Leaf); Garlic

We love roasted tomatillo salsa verde – it is so easy and delicious. Some of you are still wondering what to do with your tomatillos here are some more recipes . Let us know your favorite.

roasted tomatillos