Several pictures from the farm, as well as a good eggplant/winter squash recipe that is great this time of year. The first picture is of several types of greens as well as turnips, rutabagas, and beets. The second is of eggplant. We harvested 227 eggplant yesterday. It looks beautiful. The third is of the winter squash and pumpkins that we harvested Monday. The butternut was already harvested and stored away. The last is a picture of the corn we grow for cornmeal (Tennessee Red Cob). We are about half-way through the harvest. The cobs, in general, seem larger and healthier than in other seasons.This week’s share: butternut squash, scallions, radishes, white turnips, arugula, mesclun mix, kale or chard, bok choy (several types), green beans, okra (maybe two more weeks), eggplant, green and red peppers, jalapenos, summer squash, a tomato or two, and an herb. Bins are still bursting at the seems so plan accordingly.
We had the pomegranate-glazed eggplant a few nights ago. I made some alterations (of course). For one, I don’t think it would ever feed 4 as is, so I used 4 Asian (skinny) eggplants and 1 butternut squash. I substituted a big bunch of curly kale for the tempeh (which I added at the half-way point of the baking time). I cooked mine one hour, stirring several times. We made it into tacos with feta cheese, cilantro, and other fixings (mushrooms, chicken, etc). It was very good. We also had stuffed eggplant with our Italian eggplants. I roasted eggplants whole at 400 until the insides are mushy. Then I scoop out the insides and chop and mix with whatever I have on hand (summer squash, chard, red peppers, and basil OR leftover marinara and mozzarella OR quinoa, roasted red peppers, and feta cheese). Stuff all of that back in and broil until cheese is browned or eggplant is browning on edges.
Turnips: they are often paired with potatoes or used in Asian dishes or in vegetable roasts or vegetable soup. These recipes look good:
Potato, Turnip, and Spinach Baeckeoffe
(You also could try more turnips and less potatoes with this one)
Care of the Earth Community Farm – a Certified Organic, diversified family farm offering a 33-week vegetable CSA and a winter CSA with delivery to West Knoxville, Bearden, Sequoyah Hills, Island Home Park, and Fountain City.