What’s In The Bag, Tuesday, October 16

This week’s bag is stuffed full of greens! Not only will our Tuesday peeps be receiving healthy portions of chard, kale, and asian braising mix but the greens of radishes and beets as well! Both radish and beet greens are edible and highly nutritious, but best eaten cooked not raw. Heat them in a pan on their own or add them to your favorite soup or stew dish.

Also be sure to check out the Swiss Chard Hummus recipe shared by our intern, Donna. Your new kitchen creativity will leave your friends and family “green” with envy.

What’s In The Bag:
* Swiss Chard
* Kale
* Radish variety
* Beet variety
* Asian Braising Mix
* Sweet Potatoes

Swiss Chard Hummus
Mix the following in a blender or food processor:

  • 1 can garbanzo beans/chickpeas (15 oz), drained
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach or Swiss chard, chopped
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons garlic
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


What’s in CSA #3 for Saturday and Sunday Oct 13-14?

After a few soggy days, we’ve had a great week of beautiful weather. We’ve been hard at work preparing for lots of visitors on Monday October 15th, when we’ll host a Farm Show and Tell sponsored by the Chatham County Cooperative Extension. It starts at 5:30 pm and will showcase our mushroom operation. That gathering will be followed by our regular 3rd Monday Meeting for Granite Springs Farm Agrarian Intentional Community. All are invited!

Please remember to return your empty bags when you come to your pick up. This weekend’s flock will receive 2 bags of goodies. The blue bag will contain the following:

Regular Shares

Dinosaur Kale (Lacinato)

Rainbow Swiss Chard

A few White or Asian Eggplants (the last of the season)

Mixed bunch of French Breakfast Radishes/Crunchy Royale Radishes

Asian Braising Mix (tatsoi, mustards, baby kale)

Individual Shares

All of the above, in lesser quantities but no eggplant

Everyone will also get a paper bag of Carolina Ruby Sweet Potatoes. This variety is one of my favorites for flavor and texture. Once you scrub the soil off the taters (we leave it on to prolong storage) you’ll see why they’re called rubies! Below are several delicious recipes that use sweet potatoes compliments of Granite Springs Farm’s Donna Poe. They are  gluten free and wonderful. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Muffins

2 cups blanched almond flour

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 tablespoon cinnamon

2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon cloves

1 cup cooked mashed sweet potato

4 tablespoons honey

5 eggs

In a food processor combine almond flour, salt, baking soda and spices

Add pumpkin, honey, and eggs and pulse for 2 minutes

Scoop batter into muffin pan (sprayed with non-stick spray) filled to the top.

Bake at 350° for 20-25 min.

Vegan Sweet Potato Soup

5-6 cups cooked mashed sweet potato

1 Large onion, chopped

1 Large zucchini, chopped

2 garlic cloves minced

2 cups chopped kale

¼ cup pure maple syrup

2 TB coconut oil

32 oz carton of vegetable broth

1 can of coconut milk

Salt, cumin, chilli powder, nutmeg, cinnamon to taste

Saute the onion and garlic in coconut oil till almost tender.

Add the zucchini and leave it for another 5 minutes.

Puree the vegetables, along with the kale adding some of the vegetable broth in the food processor to help the process.

Place in slow cooker along with mashed sweet potatoes and the rest of the vegetable broth.

Add seasonings and maple syrup.

Add the can of coconut milk and blend all ingredients. Add more veg broth/coconut milk if needed and if available or water.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours (adding more seasonings as needed)

October Farm Events!

5th Annual Pittsboro Pepper Festival
Sunday, October 14
3-7 pm @ Briar Chapel Community Center

A celebration of farmers, chefs, brewers, artisans, and peppers! Granite Springs Farm and its peppers will be present at the festival. GSF peppers will be featured in several food products and mead (yes, mead)!

Farm Show & Tell:
Granite Springs Farm Oyster Mushrooms
Monday, October 15
5:30-dark @ Granite Springs Farm

We will take you on a tour of the pasteurization and inoculation process, explain the environment in which oyster mushrooms grow well,  show off our beautiful fruits, and answer your questions!

Granite Springs Farm & Community
3rd Monday Gathering
Monday, October 15
6:30-8:3opm @ Granite Springs Farm

All are welcome to our public gathering to discuss the development of the Granite Springs Farm agrarian community. Newcomers and returning faces are equally invited!

We hold public meetings every 3rd Monday of the month. For more information about GSF Community, visit our webpage or contact us at community@granitespringsfarm.com

Crop Mob at Piedmont Biofarm
Sunday, October 21
10am-4pm @ Piedmont Biofarm

Crop Mob is kicking off the fall at Piedmont Biofarm in Pittsboro. Mobbers will be working on the sweet potato harvest and digging and stripping peanut plants. Participants get to take home some sweet potatoes! RSVP smith.maggie@live.com so enough food is prepared for all.