Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education

CSA Newsletter – October 23

The Weekly Share

Last week’s CSA share

Here’s what to expect in this week’s share:

  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Herbs – rosemary and parsley
  • Hot peppers
  • Onion
  • Potatoes
  • Scallions
  • Sweet peppers
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Swiss chard
  • Sunchokes (Jerusalem artichoke)

*Due to the unpredictability of weather, pest problems, and other factors produce in the weekly shares are subject to last minute changes.

Sunchokes

With the fall harvest we usually see more tubers in the CSA shares and this week sunchokes, also known as Jerusalem artichokes, make their seasonal debut. Neither an artichoke or from Jerusalem, sunchokes are believed to have gotten their moniker from the Italian word for sunflower, girasole, which it’s flowers resemble. Sunchokes are native plants in North America and are cultivated for their tuber. Nutritionally they are high in iron, potassium, thiamin, copper, and dietary fiber. Sunchokes can be sliced thinly when raw and added to salad or can be cooked similarly to how you would cook any other root vegetable or potato. As they have gained popularity in recent years, the number of recipes available for their use has also grown. Like most root vegetables I prefer them tossed in olive oil with light seasoning and roasted, makes for a delicious side dish.

September on the farm

The large yellow flowers in the back are sunchokes.

Sunchokes

Meet Your Farmers – Andrew Horn

“Andrew asks questions that start really interesting conversations.” – Alyson Earl, Executive Director

Andrew Horn is the Assistant Field Manager at the Horn Farm. Andrew is a York county native but it was his travels that brought him to the Horn Farm. After studying business management and playing football at Shippensburg University, he played semipro football in Finland which is where he caught the travel bug and the desire “to seek different experiences.” His travels took him to New Zealand as part of the WWOOF program. He spent six months there working on organic farms and traveling. Of his time there, Andrew says, “It’s a green paradise … I learned about life in general, making connections and building relationships.” His experiences eventually led him to be an intern at the farm last year and this year a job as an employee on the farm. “I am happy to be here and to be a part of this,” he says of his work on the farm, “I love what I’m doing and love what I’m learning.” Andrew’s inquisitive, knowledgeable, and friendly, if you see him at the farm stop and chat he has much to share and his positive attitude is contagious.

Connect and Share

What is your favorite part of your CSA share? Are you having trouble figuring out what to do with something in your share? If you have a recipe or picture you want to share, a trick you learned, or a question about your CSA produce please let us know at csa@hornfarmcenter.org.  Share on social media with the hashtag #HornFarmCSA.