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Vegetable Energy for the Finish Line


Vegetable Eaters, Start Your Engines!

Week 20 is upon us! Can you believe it??? Didn't that season just race by? Well guess what? We're not done yet! Not only do we have Holiday Shares coming up (more about that in a moment), but there's still plenty of food to be had at our farms! Therefor we have decided to continue selling shares for the next couple of weeks! That's right! You can buy shares for two more weeks! Sign up today! Just like our Holiday Shares, these additional weeks will be available at Cleveland Heights, Oberlin, and Lakewood stops only, but all are welcome to become City Fresh tourists and join us there! Look for the City Fresh truck and myself, our executive director, Nick Swetye, and our Farmer Liaison, Pete Morris (pictured here) who will be helping you to all the goodies still cranking out in the fields, thanks to this delightful heat wave. Think of these additional weeks like a little post-season scrimmage, just to keep us all on our toes!

But won't you miss your weekly hob-knobbing with our fantastic, amazingly dedicated, passionate, fierce, and funny volunteers, our Food Justice Warriors??? I know I will! Our volunteers are the beating heart of City Fresh - they make this whole thing work. We'd love to have you join them next year. We're already in the midst of planning great improvements for next season. Be sure to get in on the conversation!

There's still time to sign up for our Holiday Shares too! These come in Family Share size only to make sure you've got all the supplies you need for your traditional holiday side-dishes: things like potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, Brussels sprouts, and value-added items like apple butter.

And then what are you going to do with all this deliciousness? Well, you're going to make amazing squash soup is what you're going to do. And roast beets coated in fancy cheeses, and braised kale with sausage, and roasted root vegetables and roast heads of cauliflower and cook ALL THE THINGS, keeping that kitchen warm and snuggly as the cooler weather rolls in.

We have a new winter squash joining us this week - the Heart of Gold! You won't need to cross an ocean or search too hard for ideas for it, though, because it's in the acorn family, which you're super accustomed to already, right? Well one wonderful little detail that separates this variety from others is that the skin is soft and pliable and therefor fully edible. I enjoyed some piled on a bed of kale salad with tahini dressing just recently. My friend Kirsten who made this meal, sends along her son's favorite way of eating them:

Stuffed Heart of Gold: Prepare a cup of barley, then caramelize 2 onions in lots of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, add a red pepper or two and a tart apple, then the barley, warm spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cumin, cayenne), and some dried cherries. Salt and pepper to taste, and serve in the roasted squash halves.

They assure me that the rest of the family generally just eats them as dessert with cinnamon, butter, and drizzled with maple syrup. Because mmmmmmm......

We used squash this week with some of our yearly basil harvest in a Moroccan Chicken Soup:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
3 (4-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces (we used the leftover meat from a roast chicken)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash
1 tomato, seeded & diced
1 sweet pepper, finely diced
2 carrots, diced
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1/3 cup uncooked couscous or rice
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil

In a pot, heat olive oil, add onion, cook until translucent, add chicken, stirring, brown on all sides. Add cumin and cinnamon to pan; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add butternut squash and tomato; cook 1 minute. Stir in Chicken Stock, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add carrot and sweet pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 8 minutes. Stir in couscous/rice, and salt; cook 5 minutes or until squash is tender. Remove pan from heat. Stir in chopped basil.

A special shout-out to Food Justice Warriors Anthony and Pete who both placed in their age-ranges in the Autumn Blaze 5k this past Sunday at Tri-C Western Campus to benefit Greater Cleveland Community Shares! City Fresh and the New Agrarian Center are a member organization of Community Shares, which means that when you donate to Community Shares, City Fresh sees some of that contribution. You can also designate us when you fill out the donation form to boost your impact! Thank you Anthony and Pete! 

Have a good week! Don't forget we're all sharing recipes on Instagram and Twitter, so check us out!

Peace and veggies,

Anna Kiss Mauser-Martinez
City Fresh
In the shares...

Single Share
Butternut Squash
Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Pepper
Slicer Tomato
Family Share
Heart of Gold Squash
Sweet Potatoes
Wake Robin Pickle Chips
Swiss Chard
Slicer Tomato
Sweet Pepper
Green Bell Pepper

*Share contents subject to change day-to-day and stop-to-stop.
The Very Last Moments to Sweep in and Win our Refer-a-friend Contest

We have two post-season scrimmage pick-ups and two holiday shares for you to convince all of your friends to join City Fresh! As a non-profit organization, it is our shareholders, volunteers, and donors who keep us going. Have your friends mention your name when signing up as new shareholders. The top three shareholders with the most referrals at the end of the season will win one of three paintings, generously donated by local artist (and City Fresh champion!) Debbie Vail.


Become a Food Justice Warrior!

Join us in the fight to eradicate food deserts, promote health and nutrition, support sustainable agriculture, and ensure food access and equality! Join the conversation as we move into our planning season! Ask how you can help at your local Fresh Stop or email