Sunday, February 14, 2010

Turf CSA Seedling Workshop

This month a small group of Turf CSA members came together on a cold Saturday morning to meet our farmer and choose the varieties of cucumbers and squash our farm would grow this season.

Csa members looked through seed catalogs, learning about different varieties of cucumbers and squash (their taste, nutritional value, and growing characteristics), and discussed what grows best on our black dirt farm. We narrowed down our decision to nine, they are:

Suyo Long—a dark green, long, ribbed, Asian burpless cucumber with a sweet flavor
Tyria—a dark green, seedless cucumber with a crispy texture and a mild sweet flavor
Boothby Blonde—a bright yellow heirloom cucumber with a sweet taste
***This cucumber has been recently recognized by the Slow Food “Ark of Taste” as a variety in need of preservation.

Summer Squash or Zucchini:
Costata Romanesco—a dark green, Italian heirloom zucchini that often wins best-tasting tests for its unique nutty flavor
Magda—a light green zucchini with a superb sweet and nutty flavor
Sunburst—a yellow zucchini that taste best when it is picked young
***Last year our csa had Sunburst zucchini and from my own experience they tasted amazing when sautéed with penne and olive oil.

Winter Squash:
Honey Bear—a type of acorn squash that is starchy and sweet
Sunshine—a bright orange squash with a sweet taste and is great for baking
Delicata—a cream-colored with green stripes and flecks squash that is very sweet, good for stuffing and baking

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