fALL CSA 2021 – WEEK 8

Pick up will be at the Cook Field parking lot pavilion on Thursday, October 21, between 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Produce this week:

Asian greens
Cherry tomatoes
Delicata squash
Eggplant
Horn peppers
Swish chard

Self-select items available this week:

Bell peppers
Carrots
Kale
Lettuce
Tomatoes
Turnips

*Note that the produce list is tentative and may change slightly due to weather and crop ripeness.

WHY BITTER IS BETTER!

Studies show that the American diet is lacking in a critical taste: bitterness! The abundance of sugar in our culture has become a primary dietary concern as it contributes to increased risk of heart disease and other chronic diseases. Sweets cause blood sugar, insulin levels, and hunger to spike, leading to obesity and diabetes in the long term. On the other hand, bitter foods, which are nutrient-dense, can help moderate hunger and blood sugar! Are you interested in optimizing your gut and digestive health while reducing your risk of developing various chronic health issues? Try the Farm’s Mixed Asian Greens! These bok choy, cabbage, and mustard green varieties are delicious at any stage, from salads to stir-fries. 

Below are some nutritional and other benefits of Asian greens:

Cancer-fighting and inflammation-reducing phytochemicals: sulforaphane

● Antioxidants protect from cell damage that leads to arthritis, autoimmune disorders, and cognitive decline 

● Vitamin A supports heart, lung, and kidney function 

Vitamin B6 and folate help reduce the risk of heart problems 

● Vitamin K supports blood, bone, and brain health 

● Boost your immune system with vitamin C 

Full of fiber, calcium, beta carotene, iron, magnesium, and more!

Be sure to check out the Institute for Food Farm’s What We Grow website for information about how to use and prepare different produce and for some great recipes!

Are you interested in opportunities to volunteer at the Farm?

If so, sign up to volunteer using the following link to volunteer: https://volunteersignup.org/9D4M7. There are multiple spots for each date listed. Note that the time indicates 9am-5pm, but you can volunteer for any amount of time during that period. Any volunteer (signed up online or not) also will need to sign a paper copy when they arrive at the Farm.

Thank you for supporting this year’s Fall CSA!