Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Fall CSA Shares Available

Fall CSA Options   ::   Online Order Form

“Going to Alternative Roots Farm to pick up our Fall Share is something we really look forward to. It’s fun to see the animals! The vegetables are great and beautifully displayed. Heading out to the farm makes us “town folks” feel like we are part of the harvest season.” -Yvonne & Lee, CSA members

It’s that time of year again! Join us for our fourth season of Fall CSA. Enjoy the bounty of the season, fresh from the farm. This year our Fall Shares focus on the basics and best of the apple season.

In the past we have had a larger Full size, and a Mini Share; this year there is one more medium sized Fall Share and a new Apple Lovers Share. Join us for our Fall CSA, or swing by the Farm Store!

Fall CSA Shares are picked up at the farm between 4:00-7:00 pm on the dates specified.

Shares are done “market style” where you bag up your items—please bring your own container(s).

Wednesday, October 2  |  Hunter’s Moon Share  |  $45
Apples—fresh eating and baking, apple butter, applesauce, apple rings, acorn squash, butternut squash, garlic, onions, pea shoots, potatoes, kale/chard. Add on items will be available in the farm store.

Wednesday, October 30  |  Snow Moon Share  |  $45
Apples—fresh eating and baking, apple butter, applesauce, apple rings, acorn squash, butternut squash, garlic, onions, pea shoots/microgreens, kale/chard, potatoes. Add on items will be available in the farm store.

All items subject to availability, items may change based on abundance, or availability of other produce.

Apple Lovers Share  |  $30
Apples 4# bag, 2 apple butter, 2 applesauce, apple rings.

     Available Oct. 2 and 30, along with Fall CSA, or anytime in October by preorder appointment!

Online Order Form

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Apple Season Update 9/17

Now Available: 
Zestar!, Paula Red, Honeycrisp, Honeygold, Haralson, Cortland, Sweet Sixteen, McIntosh and Mystery apples. 

Apples are available at our Farm Store, at the Saturday Mankato Farmers Market and by contacting us directly and at the New Ulm Community Market.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Worth Reading: "Ugly fruit may pack more nutrition"

Worth repeating. From the article "Ugly fruit may pack more nutrition" - those blemishes on your apples may provide more antioxidants and sugars.

“In an unofficial experiment, Greenman tested scabbed and unscabbed Parma apples...scarred apples had a 2 to 5 percent higher sugar content than unmarred apples from the same tree. More sugar means a higher alcohol content once fermented, producing a tastier hard cider.
But she loves these ugly apples for another reason: They may be more nutritious and have a higher antioxidant content.”

----> When we demand perfect looking, uniform, shippable and shelf-stable foods oftentimes this comes at the cost of less nutritious produce and more food waste. Also, the loss of genetic diversity. Real food has variation, imperfections...and sometimes it's ugly.

“We already suspect this is the case with organic fruits and vegetables. A 2014 review of 343 studies found that organic produce had lower pesticide residue and a 20 to 40 percent higher antioxidant content than conventional produce. Those antioxidants include compounds such as flavonoids, phenolic acids, anthocyanins and carotenoids, all produced by plants as defense mechanisms when they are stressed by pests.”

----> When it comes to organic apples you know you're getting a more nutritious product, because conventional apples are one of the most highly sprayed and contaminated foods, ranked high on the Dirty Dozen list.

“One study showed that an apple covered in scab has more healthy, antioxidant phenolic compounds, called phenylpropanoids, than a scab-free apple peel. Another study showed that apple leaves infected with scab have 10 to 20 percent more phenolic compounds.”

FULL ARTICLE: Ugly fruit may pack more nutrition MPR, April 27, 2016

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Apples :: Honeygold

Late Season • Sweet

Late September-Early October

A high quality apple that is crisp, juicy and sweet with a honey-like flavor. The apple is golden to yellow-green, with a reddish-bronze blush. Honeygold is great for fresh eating and cooking - it makes a no-sugar apple pie. Exceptional storage qualities.

Developed by the University of Minnesota as a Northern alternative to Golden Delicious. Introduced in 1970.

Parentage: Golden Delicious x Haralson.

Keeps 3-4 months, exceptional storage qualities.

Bruises very easily. A very winter hardy variety, said to be hardy to -50°.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Fresh Raw Cider Available!

NEW this season - fresh pressed, raw apple cider! Made with our organically grown apples. 

If you have never had fresh cider you will be amazed at the flavor and refreshing quality. (Processed apple juice is much different.) Crisp and clean tasting, it is a fall treat!

Available in half gallons for $7.00 - only at the Farm Store. More store info.

We press every 2-3 weeks and will post on facebook if we are out/back in stock, or contact us directly - or text Brooke at 507-412-7605.