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Food, Farm, and Sustainability

Greens Harvest

The Hampshire College Farm Marketplace

This morning we awoke to a thin blanket of snow, but the vibrant green blades of grass poking through prevailed and now this afternoon the sun is shining brightly on the rolling green fields of Hampshire’s campus. We are recovering from a very long winter, but even on the dreariest days there has always been a bit of green growing at the Hampshire College Farm. With the guidance of Hampshire’s CSA Manager
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Holiday Baking, Part I: The Lash Family Stollen

It may not be officially winter yet, but it certainly feels that way. It’s cold and snowy out, and Christmas is fast approaching. Since there are no more fresh CSA vegetables to write about, we’ve decided to spend a bit of time focusing on holiday baking.
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Butternut Squash Part II: or, another great option for your Thanksgiving table

I am probably not the only one who is sad that there are no new CSA vegetables this week. I will miss my weekly trips to the CSA barn, not to mention all the lovely vegetables in my kitchen. I suspect that I'm also not the only one, though, whose CSA share will last at least a few weeks into the future.
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Sri Lankan Butternut Curry

Butternut squash has been a staple in my kitchen for years, decades, even, I’ve used butternut squash into soup and risotto. I’ve roasted it and steamed it and pureed it. I’ve added it to pasta and salad. I’ve used it in lieu of pumpkin in bread and pie both. It is, as you probably know, extraordinarily versatile.
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The Hampshire CSA’s youngest fans

One group that has a yearly share in the Hampshire CSA is Hampshire's Early Learning Center. Each week, children come to collect the share--if you've ever wondered why there are tiny shopping carts in residence at the CSA barn, here's your answer! Casie Smith, the Early Learning Center's director, sent along some photos of her charges enjoying their share. Here's what she has to say.
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Carrot Salad, Two Ways

Carrots are another stalwart of the CSA share--there at the beginning and there at the end, there to be weighed out weekly in 2 pound increments. Unless you keep on top of them, the carrots have a way of multiplying in your refrigerator, and when you go to look for something, you find three or four identical bags, each holding 2 pounds of carrots of varying degrees of freshness.
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Beets in the most unexpected places

Beets are another vegetable that hang around for the length of CSA season. You may use your beets in salads or soups. You may pickle your beets, shred your beets, roast your beets. But I'd wager that you probably haven't yet used your beets in chocolate cake. It's time for that to change.
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Be More Cheerful; Eat More Kale

First things first, on this last day of October: Yay Red Sox!! And Happy (Hampshire) Halloween! It's only too bad that the weather outside is not in tune with the festive celebrations we should be having today. The weather is cooperating, though, with the recipe I'm going to post. Damp, chilly weather makes soup almost an imperative.
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Broccoli Rabe, Potato and Rosemary Pizza

I have to admit that before last week, I was a broccoli rabe neophyte. I’d heard of it but never eaten it. That has now changed, and I’m glad.
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