It’s Cold. Bring on the Root Crops

The grace period is over and we are into fall, for real. What’s the upside? Great tasting root crops. Beets, carrots, parsnips, rutabaga, potatoes. Nothing warms like these starchy, sugary gifts.IMG_4533 Here’s the secret to enjoying root crops this time of year. Turn on the oven. We like 400˚. Chop all of them to to a 3/4-1″ size. Toss them together in you favorite oil (olive, peanut and sesame are lovely). Add salt, pepper, rosemary, paprika. Lay them out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast them for 20-30 minutes. Turn them and leave them for 15-20 more or until soft and then enjoy. They will brown slightly and fill the house with warm smells.

IMG_6473Crystal Spring Farm Grass-Fed Beef

For the first time we will be offering a Family freezer package.Fill your freezer with Crystal Spring Farm Grass Fed Beef this winter.   Our grass-fed and grass finished animals are raised on Crystal Spring Farm certified Organic pastures.  Grass-fed beef is high in healthy Omega-3’s and cancer fighting CLA’s not to mention it tastes great.  Family Freezer Packages are $325 for 45 pounds and come frozen and vacuum packed. This amount will fit into the standard size family freezer but without much space to spare. We ask for a deposit of $50 and we will be in contact with the date in December when your beef will be ready. Follow this link to make you deposit online.

Each package will include:

  •  Assortment of 10-14 oz steaks including Delmonico, Sirloin, and NY Strip
  •  Several 2-3 lb Roasts
  •  1lb packages of Ground
  •  1lb packages of Kebobs and Steak Tips
  •  1lb packages of Stew Cubes

What’s Ahead: When is the last week?

We have two more weeks of harvest!   Our last pick-up date at the farm will be Friday the 31st (Halloween!).  Next week will be heavy. We have lots and lots of potatoes and winter squash to send you home with so please get ready. Clear out a space and bring a box!  Barring disaster, we will have Brussels Sprouts for the last week.

Reserve Your Share for Next Year

Many Thanks to all of you who have signed up with us for next season!  We have had a great turnout so far and will open up sign-up to our wait list next week.  If you have not signed up yet and are planning on it please do!  We have an easy payment plan program to break up the cost of your share over the winter.

Crystal Spring Rosemont Market Farm-to Table Dinner

We had an incredible meal this past weekend with four courses of our own produce paired with great wines and good conversation. Our first farm-to-table dinner was a great success and we hope to plan more of these for next summer.

How Do I Store these Vegetables?IMG_7687

  • Beets, Carrots, Potatoes, Cabbage– Plastic bag with a hole or two (they are alive and have to breath a little) in a cold part of the fridge.
  • Winter Squash and Sweet Potatoes– Pack loose in a box. Cool but not cold (60-55˚) and dry place with little air movement. A closet or garage with some heat is good.
  • Onions– Cold in plastic bag. Keep them away from other storage items (or everything will taste like onions!).

What’s In the Share…



Sweet Potatoes




Asian Greens

Winter Squash