Storage Notes

A few tips on proper storage.

Many commercially sold produce is treated post harvest with food grade wax and/or anti-desiccants to improve self life. Not here. Our produce needs a little extra care to keep your greens crispy, herbs lively and fruits snappy. The biggest issue for our produce is moisture loss, kale chard head lettuce and herbs will tire and cucumbers broccoli beets and so on may get rubbery. To combat this fatigue keep your veg covered either in a plastic bag or sealed container. If items become limp you can perk them back up with a splash of cool water and a plastic bag lightly closed. Or try those now popular waxed produce wraps for a reusable solution.

The exception is mushrooms, remove the outer plastic bag and place the remaining paper bag in an open bowl in the fridge. The paper lets the mushrooms breath and keeps them from becoming slimy.

Recommended this week

Spring Mix Our mix this week is heavy on the spinach with arugula and baby lettuces. Take your lunch game to a new level by creating salads in-a-jar. Prep several at once to make the choice easy when time crunches you. Our tip, don’t add dressing until your ready to eat cause you just don’t know what dressing you’ll be in the mood for and they keep better.

Green Beans We eat these puppies raw or stir fried. The snap and sweetness of these high powered legumes make these an easy snack or get you skillet hot and blister them and finish with three splashes of soy for a easy side to any dinner.

Sweet Potatoes This super food doesn’t need to get dressed up for a delicious time. Baked or roasted your eating well.

Fall Feels

The cooler weather brings a change in appetite and offerings.

Recommended this week.

Honey Crisp Apples grown by our friends at Frecon Farm. These apples can team up with peanut butter to create something simple and decadent for kids of all ages. A staple of the lunch box or a sweet treat anytime of the day.

Butternut Squash from our fields. A smaller butternut, ‘butterscotch’ squash, bred for sweetness, richness, and complex flavor. The perfect size for dinner (no leftovers).

Red Beets grown by us. Fresh harvested with out the tops. Par-boil these beauties for easy peeling and a thoughtless mid week side by roasting them off in the oven.

Kale and Chard from our fields. These staple greens are as good as they get right now. cooler weather and young plants = tender mild and nutritious bunches.

 

Sweet September

Our fall season will be kicking off with everyone’s summer favorites. Fill up on corn, tomatoes, beans, summer squash and watermelon, if that’s your thing. They will be fading away as the cooler temps move in.

Recommended this week

Plum Tomatoes – Not just for sauce. “Juliet,’ a small plum, that is great fresh in a panzanella salad. Rich tomato flavor, that’s as snack-able as a cherry and great on a burger or sandwich.

Patty Pan Squash – Delicate sweet cousin of zucchini. Simply grilled or sautéed = yum.

Lettuce – Romaines this week. Sturdy enough to anchor a salad that eats like a meal. Check out this ‘‘Salad greens by the numbers’ chart. Go Romaine!

5 Not So Obvious Reasons You Should Join Our CSA

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1) It Frees Up Your Brain and Simplifies Your Life

While joining our CSA limits your choice, behavioral economist and Swarthmore professor, Barry Schwartz explains why that’s not a bad thing. The author of The Paradox of Choice, has studied option overload in American culture and concluded that people are happier when they have limited choice. With 3 meals a day your faced with over 1000 meal choices every year. A CSA is a chance to not think about what’s for dinner. You pick up your share and work backward from there. It takes one decision off your plate and replaces it with a simple and healthy no-brainer.

2) You Have a Picky Eater in the House

Eating habits are learned. Introducing a variety of colorful and flavorful vegetable options to your young (or not so young) eaters expand their palettes and preferences. Continue reading

Our Future Farm!

Hello folks!  We have lots of exciting stuff popping up this spring, but we want to introduce our future home for Down to Earth Harvest.  We recently purchased land south of Downingtown, PA and will slowly be transitioning to the new property, with hopes to be there next season.  Take a look at some of the photos to see what we got ourselves into.  Kennett friends and neighbors, don’t worry, we will continue to include you in our future plans.  Please be sure to share this information with your Dowingtown area friends, as we try and establish ourselves in our new home.  Thank you all for your continued support!

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Join our CSA!

Farm shares grown and gathered by Down to Earth Harvest from our fields and other area farms and orchards.

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We offer flexible and customizable subscriptions local produce with options for add-ons and opt-outs to cater to your lifestyle and appetite. Our online market will arrive in your inbox each Tuesday with a list of offerings for the week. From there you can edit, add-on or opt out for that week. If you do nothing you will receive our seasonal favorites. Decision simplified. If you can’t make a pick up or just need to sit out a week, you’re able to ‘bank’ your share for use at another time through our online platform with no penalty.

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