This was our first year in five that we did not join a summer CSA. It was a little sad, but we did start a garden and wanted to make sure we kept up with it. Since we couldn't grow everything in our 98 square foot garden, I opted out of growing fall crops. This means that once it starts getting cold at night, most of my plants are going to be done. Lucky enough, there are still options out there for receiving fresh produce for the upcoming months. Most farmer's markets go until the end of October, maybe longer if the weather stays warm. Another option, that I will be participating in, is a fall CSA share. More farms are starting to offer these late season shares, which typically start in October/November and go to December. You may be wondering, how can they still grow produce when its starts snowing? The answer is they can't, but vegetables of the root, cabbage, and squash varieties can last many months in cold storage.
Here is a roundup of some farms in the metro area offering a fall CSA share. When choosing a CSA the three big factors I compare are price, location of pick up sites, and number of weeks. The below options have a variety of those three factors. Most of these farms offer a winter share as well. I hope you find one that fits you!
Another resource for finding CSA's in your area is Local Harvest.
My CSA share will be starting in November. As I receive my boxes every 2 weeks for 6 weeks, I will be sharing recipes and storage tips. You will notice when it comes to most late fall produce I will be sharing less "preserving recipes" and more ready to eat ones. Since these vegetables are able to keep with the proper storage you dont have to worry about them spoiling so fast. I also will be sharing more pantry item recipes such as tortillas, bread, stock, and pasta. The winter months are a great time to restock your freezer with delicious homemade items.
On another note, my husband and I have been doing a lot of camping this fall. The pictures below are from our trip to Voyageur National Park, our 7th national park of the year! This is the perfect time of year to get in more outdoor adventures. Make sure to keep your eye out for the mushrooms, they are everywhere! (Please don't eat them unless identified by a professional!) Happy Fall!