CSA Newsletter – Surprise Carrots!

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Despite the hard frosts that have arrived at the farm, we still had a good bundle of harvest today. There were a few small summer squash that survived under some protective covering and huddled under a thick layer of leaves. It was exciting to find a patch of surprise carrots, too! These were a surprise because we did not actually plant them this year or take care of them (give them some weeding love). Last fall, they were too small to harvest so we left them in the ground, but they went to seed and grew into scrumptious little things for us this fall. They are a bit misshapen due to the lack of attention they received – but they are still quite delicious.

We will definitely be able to continue our shares into next week. We still have potatoes to harvest, onions, garlic, potentially more carrots, and a few leeks. After that, we will be playing it by ear. Hopefully, we will be able to continue at least through the 24th. We will see what the ground gives us!

With the carrots, onions, and garlic this week… I got thinking about making up a good pot of lentil soup. You can keep it local with lentils from the Palouse! Plus, it is very simple to make a delicious and hearty meal.

Lentil Soup: 

Boil lentils, carrots and garlic in stock (optional, but veggie or meat stock adds a quality amount of flavor to your soup) for about 45 minutes.

Add chopped onion (I like adding it later because I feel like it retains its flavor better that way).

Spice with pepper, salt, cumin and curry to taste (or anything else that suits your fancy).

Cook until the onion has softened and you can’t resist. Mmmm…

If you would prefer more precise directions, here’s a recipe for lentil soup that also looks tasty: http://eatwhatyougrow.blogspot.com/2011/01/lentil-soup-with-chorizo.html.

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