Hello from the Crooked Carrot kitchen,
The weather has really turned cold this week, this is more what I expect from late October in Ithaca! It felt great to be snug in the warm kitchen this week, with a big pot of garlicky black beans burbling on the stove, and squash for the soup roasting in the oven. Sweet, comforting smells for grey, rainy days!
Our next share is the last of the fall season. Hard to believe how fast this year has gone by! We're featuring our Apple Kraut in this share, one of our newest live-culture ferments. The rest of the share is designed with easy, cold weather meals in mind, and highlights some of my favorite storage ingredients: apples, onions, and potatoes.
Left: Apples ripening on the trees at Hemlock Grove Organic Orchard this past August. Hemlock Grove (located in West Danby and owned by Jenny's parents) is were we started our farm this year. How wonderful to be working next to a beautiful orchard and watching the trees throughout the seasons! Right: Our onion crop curing in the field, also this past August.
Early Order Deadline This Week
To avoid possible conflicts with the imminent arrival of Jesse and Johanna's baby, we'll be closing our order system a couple of days earlier than usual this week. Please plan to get your orders in by the end of the day on Friday, Nov. 1. If you need to place a late order, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with a list of the items you'd like.
Visit our online menu to order!
German Potato Salad
Rich, meaty potatoes, dressed with a mustard and rosemary balsamic vinaigrette, and lots of pungent onion. Great served cold or warm.
Chicken or Vegetable Broth
Simple, classic broth made with roasted carrot, onion, and garlic (all from our farm!). The omnivore version features chickens from High Point Farm in Trumansburg. Cook pasta or potatoes in it, and throw in your favorite cooking greens right before serving for an easy, fortifying soup.
Apple-Onion Aioli or Apple Onion Vinaigrette
This savory, creamy dressing is a favorite of many of our customers. There's something special about the sweet richness of caramelized onions with apples! My favorite way to use it is as a dip for roasted root veggies. It's also awesome on a turkey sandwich. For our vegan members we have a vinaigrette-style variation - try it as a sauce for braised greens!
Our crunchy, live-culture sauerkraut, made with apples and thyme. You can cook it with pork for a traditional holiday meal, but I prefer it raw as a fresh, tangy contrast to a savory main dish. That way you still get the probiotic benefits too!
Making a barrel of apple kraut! With Mahra, Silas, Jenny, and Nora.
Don't forget that you can always add extra items from our menu to your regular share. That includes the items that are in the "Cooks' Choice" share, but also extras from our "Pantry" section. You can also contact us if you're interested in having an event catered. We can do business lunches, full-service events, and anything in between!
Stay warm, enjoy the food, and keep in touch!
Silas, Jenny, Johanna, and Jesse - The Crooked Carrot Team