Preserving Summer

Whether you are sad to see summer go, or you are happy to welcome in the cooler weather, it's hard to deny that come winter, we'll all be missing the summer produce. For those of you who are tired of tomatoes, exhausted by eggplant and pooped of peppers, take this opportunity to put some sunshine in the freezer for a snowy day.

You will be so happy when we put those lasagna noodles in the shares or when you are making a big pot of chili this winter. You can roast up your vegetables with little prep and few ingredients and have a plethora of preserved produce to brighten your bleary wintertime blues. A little olive oil and garlic are all you need to turn individual or mixed veggies into a flavor burst for your winter soup.

Add salt and pepper sparingly if you will be adding this to a recipe so you can season the whole dish as required. If you are planning to cook your veggies down into a concentrated paste, it would be wise not to season them until after cooking, if at all.

Freezing tip: Whether you are using a container or a zip lock to store your veggies, squish them way down together or store with enough broth to eliminate air in order to avoid crystals and freezer burn.

Tip: Butternut Squash Puree

Don't trade this. Eat it! This pint of thick, rich, all-the-work-has-been-done-for-you goodness is a keeper! You can make so many kinds of yummy sweet or savory dishes with it, like butternut squash risotto, soup, ravioli, lasagna, muffins, pancakes, oatmeal, brownies, or cookie bars.Read more


Yellow Dog Farms is a successful small farm in a large part due to Sara and Jamie at Fair Shares CCSA. They were willing to take a chance on a budding (pun intended) first generation Farmer. We were not a supplier to Fair Shares the very first year, but have been ever since and hopefully far into our shared futures.

I am proud to be a supplier and you should be proud to be a member of Fair Shares CCSA where we are all involved in growing and eating better quality, healthy food and supporting small, local businesses and small scale agriculture in Missouri and Illinois.

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