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Food, Farm and Sustainability

Spectacular Sweet Potatoes

First things first. The sweet potatoes that Farmer Nancy Hanson and her crew have grown this year are fabulous.Truly delicious. If you haven’t done so yet, go home and roast some of the sweet potatoes in your share and eat them as they are–or with butter or goat cheese or salt or whatever else you might like atop a spectacular sweet potato.
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Pasta with Roasted Winter Squash and Greens

October is the time when blogging along with the CSA gets tricky. I look at the list that Farmer Nancy puts out on Facebook and wonder whether I can possibly make a mustard green-green tomato-kohlrabi-sweet potato casserole, or some such, just to use as many vegetables as possible. Alas, no. Each week, it's a choice.
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Roasted Winter Squash and Leek Soup

There are two things that are making me believe that fall is really here, even if the weather outside doesn't really feel like it. One is that my calendar now says October. The other is that winter squash are now plentiful at the Hampshire CSA and in our corner of the world in general.
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And the winner is . . .

Jeff Schmittlein, Systems Support Specialist for the School of Natural Science. (For those curious–or in need of a way to pick a name out of a hat electronically–I used the handy Pick at Random website.) Jeff, your book is in the CSA barn for you to pick up.  And to everyone else who commented, thanks! Please keep reading and commenting. Back tomorrow with another post, this one on winter squash!
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Roasted broccoli/Romesco sauce mix and match

Today's post is a mix and match in multiple ways. There are two recipes that can be eaten together or separately, which seems fitting for a post on two different aspects of fall vegetables. The broccoli carries with it the hint of cooler weather, while the Romesco sauce uses the last of the late summer produce--roasted red peppers and Roma tomatoes.
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Final Vegetable Literacy Giveaway Reminder

First, thanks to all who have commented so far and thus entered the Vegetable Literacy Giveaway. In the spirit of inclusivity, we're going to extend the deadline for the giveaway a final time. You have until Monday, September 30 to comment on any post on the blog. We'll announce the winner on Tuesday, October 1.
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On the Many Fine Qualities of Chard

In recent years, chard has become my go-to green. Don't get me wrong--I love spinach as much as the next (spinach-loving) person. But spinach's season is brief--just a few short weeks in spring and fall for the fresh stuff, and the rest of the time you're either spinach-less or reduced to bagged spinach from the grocery or even frozen in a pinch.
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Deborah Madison/Vegetable Literacy Reminder!

Just a quick reminder that Deborah Madison will be speaking at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley tonight at 7 p.m. Madison is the author of ten cookbooks, including the Greens Cookbook, The Savory Way, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, Local Flavors, and, most recently, Vegetable Literacy.
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The President’s Gazpacho!

We're delighted to welcome Hampshire President Jonathan Lash to the blog with our very first guest post. President Lash has offered us his gazpacho recipe so that we can continue to enjoy these last brief weeks of tomato season.
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Deborah Madison’s Eggplant Gratin; and Vegetable Literacy giveaway!

I wanted to start with something exciting happening in our very valley next week. The wonderful chef and writer Deborah Madison is going to be at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley next Wednesday, September 18, for a discussion and book signing of her gorgeous new book, Vegetable Literacy.
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Tomato Season

Greetings, and Welcome to Hampshire’s new CSA blog! I’m a longtime writer, gardener and (vegetarian) home cook, and I’m excited to share stories and recipes with you as the CSA moves week to week, from the bounty of late summer to the onset of winter.
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Local Food, Global Interest

Arriving on the Hampshire College campus to take part in the summer 2013 Food, Farm and Sustainability Institute, Enli Li and Mengxiao Wang found themselves immersed in a new culture.
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