Monday, September 19, 2016

Apples :: Haralson

Late Season • Tart • Heirloom

Haralson apples.
Ripens
Late September to Early October.

Characteristics
A complex tart flavor and firm texture. This distinctive apple is crisp and juicy, with characteristics that make it great for fresh eating, cooking, cider and storage. It is said to make a great-tasting and perfect-textured pie. 

History
Developed by the University of Minnesota, 1922 - a Minnesota heirloom.

Offspring: Honeygold, Honeycrisp.

Parentage: Malinda x Wealthy.

Storage
Keeps 4-5 months in storage, while retaining good flavor.

Notes
For years Haralson was the number one apple in Minnesota. The variety tends towards biennial bearing (altering between high and low yielding years).


CSA Weeks #14 - #15

Whoops! I have let this slide a bit too much. Here's a few photos and newsletter links for the last couple weeks. Three more weeks to go, plus Fall Shares!

CSA Newsletter Week #15 ~ In the Box: romaine lettuce head, ground cherries (half shares), 1 sweet bell pepper, red and yellow onions, Russian Red garlic bulbs, arugula-mizuna greens mix, shallots, Swiss chard, carrots, bunch of basil, 6-7 State Fair apples, 3/4 lb leeks, mixed quart of heirloom tomatoes.


CSA Newsletter Week #14 ~ In the Box: Carrots, Kennebec potatoes, trio of Antohi Romanian frying peppers, Swiss chard, leeks, mixed quart of heirloom tomatoes, shallots, red and yellow onions, garlic, green pepper, valencia yellow tomatoes, McIntosh apples, bunch of mizuna greens, ground cherries.




Sunday, August 28, 2016

CSA Week #12

Here's the CSA delivery from last Wednesday, August 24th. I am having a hard time being very timely with these this season! Well I finally got the photos downloaded and here they are. Two thirds of the CSA season has gone by in a flash and we are starting to feel touches of fall.

CSA Newsletter Week #12 ~ featuring: FARM storm & crops update, featured veggie: bell peppers; Stuffed Bell Peppers recipe.

CSA Week #12 ~ August 24, 2016
In the Box: Celery, two big heirloom tomato slicers & two Black Trifeles, mixed kale bunch, one cucumber, 12 oz mixed heirloom beans, red & yellow onions, oregano mini bunch, pint specialty (cherry/grape) tomatoes (half shares, 7-8 State Fair apples, 2 German Red garlic, 1 leek, pint ground cherries (full shares), 3 hail damaged peppers + 2 regular peppers.

Apple Boosters began this week, member can add 2 lbs of apples to what comes in their regular CSA share (as above). This week's Apple Booster included more State Fair.

Organic State Fair apples.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

CSA Week #11

Some beautiful, hefty tomatoes went into boxes yesterday. Beans continue strong and Jalafuego jalapenos add some zing - poppers anyone?! New this week are a storage onion, leeks and garlic!

CSA News Week #11 ~ featuring: farm news; leek prep tips; tips for tomatoes; fresh salsa recipe.


In the Box: Swiss chard (half shares), pint cherry/grape tomatoes (full shares) Ailsa Craig onion, German Red garlic bulb, 8 jalapenos, carrots, 1 Antohi Romanian (white) frying pepper, 12 oz mixed wax beans, 12 oz mixed green beans, cucumber, 1 lb Beacon apples, 1/2 lb leeks, 1-2 lbs summer squash, sage, 2 big (German Johnson/Black Krim) and 1 small (Black Trifele) tomatoes.

Pick up site recipe includes your apples and honey from our favorite beekeepers!


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Apple Shares Available!

Purchase a share and receive 6 weeks of local, organically grown apples with a bulk discount! Each week bags will be filled with the freshest varieties available! Varieties will change week to week as the season goes on.



Apple Share :: 3 lb. Bag :: $45.00
     • 18 lbs. That's a value of $51.00, or $2.50/lb.
Apple Share :: 4 lb Bag :: $54.00
     • 24 lbs. That's a value of $60.00, or $2.25/lb.
Baking Apple Share :: 10 lb Bag :: $48.00
     • 60 lbs. That's a value of $60.00, or $0.80/lb. These are "2nds".

Shares are limited in quantity and available on a first come, first served basis. Let us know if you would like to reserve a share. New this year is our Baking Apple Share, which utilizes our "2nds". Please take a look at the details below and let us know!

To order an Apple Share, send us an email alternativerootsfarm@yahoo.com specifying:
1) which share you would like - 3lb or 4lb or Baking
2) which delivery option you would like - CSA pick up, farm or market
Payment is due at the time of reservation, either by mail, or at CSA pick up/delivery, or market.

Pick Up Options:    ***same delivery method must be used for all deliveries***
1) You pick up your Apple Share at 101 S. Franklin, Wednesdays between 4:30-5:30.
2) On-farm pick up, Wednesdays 3:30-7:00 pm.
3) Farmers' Market pick up, Saturdays 9:00-12:00.

Friday, August 12, 2016

CSA Week #10

Woot! Apples showed up for the first time in our Week #10 box. Everyone received 6-7 Beacon apples, in addition to all the delicious veggies pictured below.

CSA News Week #10 ~ featuring: farm news; Evolution Cucumber Salad; Paula Dean's Zucchini Bread; Basic Roasted Veggies; featured veggie: cucumbers; and Brooke's article on Food Waste: Put Your Guilt in the Compost.


In the Box: quart mixed heirloom tomatoes, bunch basil, red/green cabbage, white/green cucumber duo, green onions, French Gray shallots, Ronde de Nice summer squash, carrots, 1# mixed green/purple beans, Swiss chard, 12oz mixed wax beans, mint, baby beets, zucchini and 1# Beacon apples.

Site host Megan came up with another great recipe!


Monday, August 8, 2016

CSA Week #9

Whew...a few days behind on this again, but here is last week's CSA delivery! Now I am going to go start harvesting for Week #10. :)

CSA Newsletter Week #9

In the Box: 12 oz bag wax beans, beets, carrots, red and yellow onion, bunch of tarragon. trio of cucumbers, green cabbage, green pepper, white frying pepper, 2 lbs red potatoes, celery, quart of mixed heirloom tomatoes, 12 oz bag green beans, French gray shallots.