How to Eat Your BOX! (Week of 9/24/17)

How to Eat Your BOX! (Week of 9/24/17)

Conference Pears: As with all new crop pears, these will need to be ripened for 4-7 days before they are ready to eat. Check the neck for ripeness by gently pressing your thumb near the stem end of the pear. When it gives slightly, the pear is ripe. Leeks: Besides potato leek soup (recipe below),…

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Potatoes and Leeks

Potatoes and Leeks

Nothing shouts Fall louder than these two winter staples. They just go together and this week we are featuring them in a recipe that consistently ranks as one of the all-time favorite Klesick Farm recipes – Potato Leek Soup. Soups are efficient, nutritious, and can make a great multi day family meal option. The great…

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We’re Digging!

We’re Digging!

Last week, Joelle and I and a few kiddos went out for our usual walk on the farm.  We started out at the sunflowers, headed over to winter squash, then grazed on a few raspberries, and checked out the pears, plums, apples and potatoes.  The potato plants looked ready for harvest, so we pulled up…

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Fresh Spuds

Fresh Spuds

Last November we ran into two issues on the farm; rain and storage. The weather had turned bad and we were harvesting more mud than spud. J We’d also run out of room to store any more potatoes. So we left them in the ground, anticipating that the rainy and freezing last winter would kill…

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Know Your Produce: New Potatoes

Know Your Produce: New Potatoes

New potatoes are freshly harvested young, or small, potatoes. They have paper-thin skins and lots of moisture inside, and they tend to be sweeter than older potatoes (in much the same way that freshly picked corn is so much sweeter than cobs that have been sitting around for a few days). New potatoes are pure…

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Boursin & Parsley Potatoes

Image from urbangardencasual.com 1.5 pounds of Red, Yukon, or new potatoes, scrubbed clean under running water Salt to taste for potatoes 1/2-1 pkg of Boursin cheese (herb flavored), (or other soft cheese, such as 4 oz of Neufchâtel) 1 Spanish onion, diced 1 Tablespoon fresh garlic, minced ½ to 1 stick butter 1/4 cup chopped…

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Know Your Produce: Potatoes

Image from the Maine Food & Lifestyle blog Potatoes should be kept in a cool, dark place with good ventilation. the ideal storage temperature is 45 to 50 degrees F. At these temperature, the potatoes will keep for several weeks. Do not store potatoes in the refrigerator, as a temperature below 40 degrees F. will…

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Smashed Potato and Leek Soup

Adapted from www.soupchick.com Ingredients: 2 large leeks 1 lb new potatoes, washed but not peeled 2 strips no nitrate bacon 2 tsp olive oil or butter 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves, plus a few extra for garnish 4 cups homemade chicken stock (or low-sodium store-bought broth) Kosher salt, if needed (taste first; if you’re using…

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