We will begin opening the store on the farm starting today with the following hours:
Tuesday 12pm to 6pm
Thursday 12pm to 5pm
Friday 12pm to 5pm
Saturday 10am to 5pm
We will be closed on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday
When opening your CSA Farm Box this week, you will see a variety of produce such as our signature, triple washed spring mix, French radish, and our beautifully aromatic basil. Many of these items you may well know and utilize in your favorite dishes. However, have you ever experienced our turnips? I’d like you to envision a perfectly white, small, yet bulbous root decorated by tender green leaves. Hakurei Turnips, also known as Salad Turnips, differ greatly from the traditionally seen purple turnips that offer a spicy kick to your taste buds. These white little gems grace the palette with a sweet and mild flavor. Sliced raw, they are a perfect companion to our spring mix.
The beauty revolving around this cruciferous vegetable, doesn’t begin and end with its flavor, but expands as you become familiar with its many benefits. Nutrients abound from the calcium, folate and vitamins K, A, and C found in the leafy tops, to the potassium and sulfuric compounds within its dense bulb. This is a two in one vegetable, sure to satisfy even the pickiest eater. Here are a few recipes to experiment with this week.
Roasted: In a 425-degree preheated oven, roast halved turnips for 15 minutes. In a bowl, mix 1 Tablespoon of White Wine Vinegar, 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil, and 1 ½ teaspoons of Dijon Mustard. Add a handful of chopped flat leaf parsley to the bowl, add in roasted turnips, toss, and enjoy!
Baked Chips: Preheat oven to 400-degrees. Thinly slice turnips with a food processor, mandolin, or carefully with a knife. Toss slices in Olive Oil, Salt, and Pepper. Arrange in one even layer on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, flipping once halfway through cooking time. Be sure to check on their progress regularly to ensure even baking.
Sautéed: Sauté sliced Turnips and chopped Garlic in Olive Oil until tender. Roughly chop Turnip Greens, add to pan with Turnips and cook until wilted. Season with fresh lemon juice and cracked black pepper.
Slaw: Grate by hand or with a food processor; 2 large Turnips and 4 medium Carrots. In a serving bowl; mix ½ Cup of Apple Cider Vinegar, 2 Tablespoons of Dijon Mustard, and 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil. Add grated vegetables and toss. Garnish with thinly sliced, green onions.
Mash: Chop Turnips, and submerge into a pot of water, bring to a boil, and allow turnips to simmer until fork tender. Drain turnips and mash with a drizzle of Olive Oil. Season to taste with chopped chives, salt and pepper.
Quick Pickle: Slice Turnips and place into a bowl, add 1 teaspoon of Vinegar (Rice or White Wine) and several pinches of Salt. Enjoy!
Good news, we made it through the hot, dry days of summer! Our reward; the cool breeze of autumn and an opportunity to savor some of the best produce of the entire year. This growing season at Blue Sky Organic Farms we have made it easy for you to share in the season’s best produce through our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farm Box program.
Forget the questionable freshness of produce and long lines at the grocery store, and sign up for a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly Farm Box. We deliver to pick up sites throughout the valley, or come visit us at the farm to pick up your Farm Box. We’d love to see you!
This season we have made it even easier for you to enjoy eating healthy. Our CSA offers three types of delivery frequencies, three sizes of Farm Boxes and yes, we have even taken the guess work out and are now offering a Customizable Farm Box option, so you know what you are receiving each week. Through the Customizable Farm Box you have the opportunity to choose from our available produce to make the perfect Farm Box for your household. And that isn’t all folks, you can also Add-On our farm fresh RAW honey and certified organic, nest run eggs to any of your Farm Box orders.
Take a look and see what size Farm Box fits you and your household needs. Each size box can be set for delivery on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis.
What if I want to go on vacation and can’t get my Farm Box for a couple of weeks? No problem! We understand; you can place your order on hold. Starting your Farm Subscription in the middle of the season? We prorate! Could we have made it any easier? We are always improving and finding better ways to serve our community.
How else are we helping you maintain great health, create a positive impact on the environment, and build a stronger community? We grow everything with health in mind, that is why all our products are 100% Certified Organic. Know your farmer, gain insights into the seasons and the land, and get connected with your food. Sign up for your Farm Box, today!
As 2016 comes to an end, we reflect on the last year.
We think about the good times we’ve had,
the memories we’ll cherish moving forward,
our bountiful harvests,
our wonderful CSA members and shoppers.
We think about the ways in which we can better ourselves – and not only ourselves, but our farm. Our focus lately has been on the CSA program and what we can do to make it even better. We’ve been listening to all of your feedback – the praises, and the concerns – in regard to your membership, and we want you to know we hear you. Our team has been hard at work putting together a new membership structure that will hopefully please all of our current members, but also reach more people in the Phoenix area who not only want, but in some cases need, access to fresh food.
We’re in the final stages of the CSA “refresh”, and hope to have the new program and all of it’s details available to everyone by the New Year. For any of our CSA members reading this wondering, “Well, what about my current membership?!” You will have the opportunity to transition to the program if you wish or finish out the remainder of your 12-week cycle.
Bringing 2016 to a close and moving forward into 2017, we want to thank you for your continued support as we work toward growing a healthier, more sustainable Phoenix food culture.
Stay Tuned & Happy Holidays,
The Blue Sky Team