Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education

CSA Newsletter – October 16

Last week’s CSA share

The Weekly Share

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

  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Herbs – rosemary and peppermint
  • 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 Farmer – Miranda Gindling

“Miranda’s smile brightens my entire day.” Alyson Earl, Executive Director

Second year Horn Farm intern Miranda Gindling is originally from College Park, MD but now calls York County home. She became interested in agriculture after volunteering at a farm three years ago. She realized growing her own food and learning survival skills empowered her. Since then she’s worked on growing her homesteading skills in order “to feed my family and community.” “I love to get reminded of the miracle of things growing,” she says of her internship. Miranda has been working hard on the herb garden at the farm this year. In addition to her internship,  Miranda loves to read, write, make art and sew quilts. If you see Miranda at the farm ask her about the herb garden and her experience as a intern.

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.