Gettin' fresh … in Northern Nevada

Great Basin Basket CSA, Autumn Week 3 (10/17/13)

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What’s in the box this week?

(all organic from Lattin Farms unless noted otherwise)

  • Cha-Cha Kabocha Squash
  • MIzuna and Mustard Greens
  • Tomatoes
  • Shallots
  • Islander Peppers
  • Garlic
  • Popcorn
  • Spinach
  • Garlic Chives from Mewaldt Organics
  • Potatoes from Holley Farms
  • Yellow Onions from Peri & Sons
  • Cauliflower from Peri & Sons

What the Cha-Cha?   Now, I’m not a rookie to the squash scene at this point but I don’t remember ever seeing a Cha-Cha Kabocha Squash on the menu before now.   Have you ever had one?

To me, it looks like a big speckled green pumpkin or, maybe, a flatter watermelon   But, I was surprised when I picked it up because it was significantly lighter than expected.   According to the instructions/newsletter, it is the best-eating of the mid-size kabocha squashes.   “It has a bright yellow flesh that cooks up dry, flaky, sweet and delicious.”   I’m thinking it will be a lot like a butternut squash … I guess we will find out soon enough, won’t we?

In case you didn’t already know, the pick-up spot for my CSA is at the local Whole Foods store.   Most of the time, I don’t even go inside unless I need some random other item because, after all, I am going home with a huge box of veggies every week.   This week, though, was different.   I was stopped dead in my tracks because I found my holy grail item of fall.   The Honey Crisp Apple.   Oooooh, yaaaaa.    It’s on like Donkey Kong, my friends.

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I bought a whole bag of these beauties and, after I eat myself sick on just plain old apples, I’m going to make a recipe suggested by Rachel’s Table, Seasonal Sangria.   Check her out, she knows how to get it done …

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5 responses

  1. Sharlea,
    Yum, yum, and more yum! You get terrific variety in your Fall share! I especially like your pick up location. Ours is slightly too close to a UDF where I am tempted to buy milkshakes. I’d rather have a Honey crisp (not really, I’d rather have a milkshake, but I should prefer the honeycrisp and sometimes I do).

    October 19, 2013 at 7:34 am

    • At first, I thought it was weird that the Whole Foods was willing to let them set up — right out front under the awning by the front doors. Now, I am more than impressed because I have seen some of the local farm produce inside the store as well. I’m sure it’s not a perfect corporation but I do know that my local WF actually stocks local produce, etc. I have even seen local honey and other products! Go WF!

      October 19, 2013 at 7:57 am

  2. Thanks for the mention? So how was the sangria?

    October 23, 2013 at 9:23 am

    • Everything autumn is supposed to taste like. 🙂

      October 23, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      • 🙂 🙂 🙂

        October 25, 2013 at 6:54 am

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