This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

winter CSA distribution

half distribution gretta's parsnips

With no vegetables from my garden to photograph, I took pictures of my winter half-distribution from Belmont CSA. Beautiful roots, fluffy kale, gnarly celeriac, plump happy butternuts and ears of popcorn like iridescent pearls.

Gretta said most of these crops were stored a while in a root cellar. Only the kale is freshly picked.

These photos show my half of the December CSA distribution - I share with a neighbor. At $100 per half share, which included 3 distributions (Oct, Nov and Dec), its been a SUPER value. Quality, freshness and variety are exceptional.

gretta's popcorn winter distribution

The share included: butternut squash, turnips, sweet potatoes, carrots, yellow and red onions, shallots, parsnips, popcorn, celeriac, kale, potatoes, cabbage (not photographed) and beets.

It gives me ideas for my garden for next year:
grow a bigger fall crop of carrots
grow more and bigger varieties of potatoes
(can you do a fall planting of potatoes?)
grow more onions too (I think I'll buy seedlings next year)
keep trying to grow parsnips,
and try growing celeriac.

Another idea - its almost time to put together my planting schedule and seed order! I usually get time for this once the holiday's wind down. That will be soon.
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)


Blogger Matron said...

That popcorn looks amazing! I've never seen popcorn on a cob before!

December 14, 2008 2:24 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I'm looking forward to popping it.

December 15, 2008 5:51 PM

Blogger Dan said...

Those veggies look really good. I just watch Jamie Oliver yesterday parboil an assortment of root vegetables and then roast them off in the oven with olive oil, garlic and herbs. It looked amazing.

December 15, 2008 8:12 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I love to prepare winter roots that way. Yummy! Works good with potatoes, onions, parsnips, carrots, celeriac, fennel and beets.

December 16, 2008 9:48 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your winter CSA sounds a lot like mine in price and distribution. We still have a couple more sessions to go though. Seeing all the good produce makes me very thankful. Your pictures are beautiful! The veg really looks like jewels, the colors are so vibrant. Enjoy eating them - the roasted veg from the root veg is one of my favs.

December 20, 2008 9:00 AM


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