The Tromboncino Story

We are growing tromboncino squash this year as an experiment. They are an heirloom climbing squash that can be used as a winter squash, but are usually eaten as a summer squash, prized for their firm texture. We got interested in them through the Culinary Breeding Network, an organization based in Portland, that encourages breeders, chefs and farmers to collaborate. Lane Selman, who started the organization, has Italian roots and has introduced several Italian heirlooms to area farmers. Tromboncini are delicious pickled. We have used them in several traditional Italian recipes, including a risotto and a simple soup of potatoes, tromboncino, pasta and tomatoes sprinkled with parmesan cheese. Here is the link to the adorable video we watched to teach us this recipe (the video uses cucuzzi, but tromboncini work perfectly): Cucuzzi with Zisolhouse

KENAI-RED BUYING CLUB

First off, we want to thank Polly and James for spreading the wild salmon word and reaching out to all of you who may be interested in joining our Kenai-Red Fish Company community.  We first brought our Community Supported Fishery (CSF) to Portland 6 years ago. Each year we have grown and been able to reach more individuals and families like you, thanks to wonderful kindred spirits like Pumpkin Ridge Gardens. We cannot wait to stock your freezers with delicious, wild salmon.

Kenai-Red Fish Company is a Community Supported Fishery that proudly delivers high quality, long lasting, sustainable wild Alaskan sockeye and coho salmon shares to households around the Portland area. Our fishing grounds is the Cook Inlet out of Homer, AK. By purchasing a share from us, your next salmon dinner is direct from the boat to your table.

Our vision is to bring our salmon to the tables of those who care about:

  • a direct relationship with their fisherman
  • healthy eating
  • sustainable fishery practices
  • support of a family owned small scale business
  • the origin’s and handling of what they eat

In addition to the above, jump to our website to learn more HERE.

We have created a Pumpkin Ridge Gardens Buying Club where all of you have a chance to reserve a share of this years catch of wild Alaskan coho and sockeye salmon.

HOW TO ORDER: Order through this google form: CLICK HERE TO ORDER

ORDER OPTIONS: The minimum order is 6 lbs which can be increased in 6 lb increments. Our salmon is all portioned into 12 oz packages that are flash frozen and vacuum sealed. We have sockeye and coho available as well as smoked salmon

PRICE: Sockeye and coho price is anticipated at $12.60/lb*. Smoked salmon price is anticipated at $20.00/lb*.

HOW TO PAY: We will send you an invoice via email and you pay directly there. Very easy! Due to COVID-19, we will not send this invoice out until we are certain that the fishing season will open as expected.

PICK UP OPTIONS: Due to COVID-19, our pick up options are not confirmed. We have many ideas in the works and will update you as soon as we have more info.

We also want to point out that this Buying Club is not limited to Pumpkin Ridge CSA members. We encourage you to spread the word to friends and family and include them in this offer!

Feel free to contact Allison with any questions – allison.kenaired@gmail.com

Thank you for taking the time to consider- we truly do appreciate you all!

Allison & Clint Benson

*PLEASE NOTE: Final share pricing is subject to market pricing and to be determined by end of July 2020.  To better understand how CSF Shares work, click here.

2019 Holiday Deliveries

The following is our schedule for deliveries throughout the holiday season:

TUESDAYS:

Double basket on 11/26

Skip delivery 12/3

Double baskets on 12/10 & 12/17

Skip delivery on 12/24 & 12/31

FRIDAYS:

Double basket on 11/22

Skip delivery 11/29

Normal delivery 12/6

Double deliveries 12/13 & 20

Skip delivery 12/27 & 1/3

December projected harvests

To assist you in planning and storage of the extra veggies we will be sending you in the next two weeks, here is how we see those baskets shaping up:

12/11 & 14:  Brussels sprouts, rutabagas, celeriac, beets, potatoes, butternut squash, cipollini onions, and carrots

12/18 & 21:  Cabbage, pumpkin, potatoes, carrots, leeks, onions, chard or kale, celeriac, acorn squash, and perhaps celery.

Red, White, & Blue Potatoes

Time for red, white and blue potatoes! Some of our subscribers have mentioned that they don’t like the color of blue potatoes when cooked, so we experimented. The first picture shows the same variety of potato (All Blue) cooked in plain water (on left) and water with vinegar added (on right). I kind of like them both!  The second photo is a portion of yesterday’s harvest.

Strawberries!

We didn’t replant strawberries last year, so we will have a gap in home-grown production. Our friends at Blooming Junction have berries grown with organic techniques that we can deliver with your basket. They cost $3.50 per pint, $18 per half flat (6 pints), $34 per flat (12 pints). Please let us know your order by noon the day before your delivery. Thanks!

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