Thursday, July 14, 2016

CSA Week #6

It was a very rainy CSA harvest day, but harvest goes on and muddy beets and carrots can be washed! It has been quite a treat to have the Farm Teen helping out with folding boxes, cleaning, sorting and packing on CSA day. We get some extra time to hang out in the business of summer and she gets a little more insight into what her parents do.

New for the CSA season this week...Ronde de Nice summer squash, basil, carrots and chard.

CSA News Week #6 ~ featuring: fresh basil vinaigrette; swiss chard and caramelized onion tacos; featured veggie: beans; summer squash saute; Japanese cucumber salad.
As well as updates about our: 
     •July 23rd Garlic Harvest & Potluck, 
     •half/whole hogs for reservation
     •September 11th Farm-to-Table dinner with Schell's Brewery!

CSA Week #6 ~ July 13, 2016
In the Box: Ronde de Nice summer sqash (or zucchini), Dragon's Tongue wax beans, three cucumbers, Swiss chard bunch, beets (full shares), bag o' basil, spring onions, carrots, garlic scapes, celery (half shares) and Kale.

Herb Boosters Week #1: basil, spearmint, tarragon, mint.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

CSA Week #5

We begin July with new items like wax beans, summer squash and cucumbers. Verging on the bounty of deep summer. Peas continue, spring radishes wrap up.

CSA Newsletter Week #5 ~ featuring: New Potatoes in Dill Butter; featured veggie: Onions; onions on the grill; sautéed kohlrabi.

In the Box: quart snow peas, cucumber (or zucchini), bunch parsley, quart Dragon's Tongue wax beans (half shares), garlic scapes (the curly Qs), mini celery bunch, quart shell peas, radishes, yellow spring onions, two kohlrabi, zucchini (full shares. New potatoes did not make it into boxes, as harvest excavation revealed their lack of size and readiness.

Pick up site recipe of the week, courtesy of our kind site host Megan - Warm Beans & Bacon!

I am delighted that bean season has begun! Our first beans to come in are our Dragon's Tongue wax beans, bush type. These creamy, tasty beans will carry us into our main bean season.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

CSA Week #4

The first four weeks feel like they have flown by! I can't believe it has been a month already. New items this week included green onions, kohlrabi, sage and shelling peas. Peas will continue for another couple weeks, and garlic scapes for another 1-2. Then we will really have tastes of summer rolling in.

In the Box: quart snow peas, garlic scapes, Red Russian kale, bunch baby beets, quart shelling peas, bunch kohlrabi (eat your greens!), small handful of radishes, bunch green onions, sage.

CSA News Week #4  ~  featuring: crop forecast; Sage, Butter & Parm Pasta; featured veggie: Kale; two ways to prep kale; Sauteed Beet Greens; Grilled Baby Beets with Scallions & Lemon Herb Butter.

Check out the pick up site recipe of the week Mediterranean Peas.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

CSA Week #3

The first delivery of summer! Officially, anyways, as it's felt like summer for a bit. New this week are butterhead lettuce, kale, radishes, mint and snow peas! One of the highlights of the day was new piglets however! Suzy and Elsa farrowed in the morning, before delivery - it was a great day altogether. Now off to pull weeds and enjoy the sunshine!

CSA News Week #3: featuring garlic scape pesto, radish butter, wilted greens with parmesan (great for swiss chard, kale, beet greens and more). 

In the Box: Butterhead and romaine lettuce, kale bunch, apple butter, big bunch garlic scapes, quart snow peas, bunch radishes, green shallots and mint.

The pick up site recipe of the week was Dinosaur Kale Salad!

A third week of lettuce showcases our Pirat butterhead - tender and beautiful.

Mint is a great refreshing herb with beneficial properties for digestion. Throw it in a cucumber salad, a pitcher of water, a mojito or brew a fresh tea. There are many ways to use this herb.

Boxes packed and ready to head out for delivery!

Monday, June 20, 2016

CSA Week #2

CSA Week #2 came and went on Wednesday, June 15th. Strawberries continued to come in strong, while the excessive heat was hard on the lettuce. Garlic scapes are new to the boxes - a delightful spring treat.

Packing up pints of strawberries.
 Week #2 CSA Newsletter 
featuring strawberry tips & tidbits, Tarragon-Shallot Vinaigrette, farm news, crop forecast.

In the Box: Salad Booster Bag (kale, chard, dandelion greens), rhubarb (Half Shares), garlic scapes (curly Qs), strawberries (2 pints for Full Shares), apple butter, green shallots, two heads of romaine lettuce, tarragon.

The field is becoming full and lush! A couple folks came out for the member meeting in May, then again more recently and couldn't believe how much it had changed. It happens fast at this early stretch of the season.

Monday, June 13, 2016

CSA Week #1

Whoops! Getting back into the routine folks, I forgot to post our photos and newsletter from Week #1 of CSA delivery on June 8th. Spring CSA boxes start our smaller and lightly, dominated by spring greens. Strawberries and lettuce are the stars.

In the Box: Salad Booster Bag (kale, chard, dandelion greens), stinging nettles, apple butter, 2 heads heirloom lettuce, 3/4 lb rhubarb, pint strawberries, green shallots, bunch oregano and veggie seasonality and storage guides.

First week boxes usually contain spinach and radishes as well. Spinach is a crop failure this year and radishes are far behind due to rain delay. Plenty of other goodies to enjoy!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Paint the Farm!

We are ever so grateful to our CSA members that came out to the farm over the weekend to help us beautify the farm! Having a crew of fun folks to do the painting with really makes a difference - great progress was made and what is left seems so much more manageable now. Thank you!

Thank you Brady for letting us borrow the paint sprayer - what a difference that makes! Here is Nate, Yvonne & Lee standing in front of the pack shed, which is now 90% painted!!

A view of the pack shed before painting - what a difference!

Pat and Penny tackled the greenhouse, which just looks simply amazing! Thank you ladies and gents for your time and support.

Looks like a whole different building, right?!

The crew even got a little start on the pig barn. We feel very blessed - what an amazing community we have here. :)