You-choose CSA – Week 6!

Hello!

The list is looking much like last week. We’re out of the gold and Chiogga varieties of beets. There’s a whole other planting of beets that should be ready in a week or two, and while there are no gold beets in the second round, there will be plenty of Chioggas. This rain and cooler weather should refresh the greens, but it’s not good for the strawberries. There were plenty of berries over the weekend, but they may be damaged and slow to ripen this week. New on the list this week is red cabbage. There’s also frisee on the list this week. This endive is a frilly, bitter green that is cherished by some, and too bitter for most people. I do encourage people to try it, but this green is not for the faint of heart.

We’ll be planting a ton of plants this week: 1500 sweet potatoes, about 800 eggplant and peppers, a ton of winter squash and pumpkins, and a good amount of melons, okra, basil, summer squash, cucumbers and more sweet corn. This is the last big planting before the fall, which will be a huge relief and let us try to get caught up on weeding and making the field look good! We’ll continue to do small successions of plantings throughout the summer of squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, and basil with the goal of extending the season for the summer crops as long as possible.

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You-choose CSA – Week 5!

Helllooooo! It’s hard to believe we’re just about halfway through the spring CSA. I’m really happy with this year’s spring CSA. We’ve never had strawberries like this, and they are not about to stop. The sunny, hot weather this week might hasten their decline, but for at least this week we still have plenty. New on the list this week are sugar snap peas, which are still tender and mild and should be sweeter and bigger next week, fava beans that are also tender and small which means you can cook the whole bean fresh and is way less work!, and sorrel which is a tangy, lemony herb that is a lot of fun.

We’re making great progress on the summer crops, and can’t wait to get the melons and sweet potatoes in the ground early next week (hopefully!). As always, we can’t thank our CSA members enough for being great supporters of the farm, making our year so much more predictable, and enjoying our fresh produce!

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You-choose CSA – Week 4!

So much is going on right now! We’re behind on summer planting, but getting caught up, and should have all of the tomatoes in the ground by Wednesday or Thursday. Most importantly, the strawberries are continuing to produce like crazy, and they look like they will continue to for another week or two (fingers crossed, this cold weather is definitely helping!). You’ll notice a few items are new to the list this week, including broccoli, cauliflower, and Napa cabbage! There will be a ton of broccoli and cauliflower in a few weeks, but for now they are limited and you’ll need to select a back up. The purple kohlrabi is also doing awesome, and there’s a lot of it right now! For those of you who have never had purple kohlrabi, it’s not very celebrated among other types of produce, but my personal opinion is it’s highly underrated for a couple of reasons: 1) it’s got amazing greens that are similar to kale in addition to the tasty stems, and 2) it is so funky and awesome looking. A few items are gone from the list too, including bok choy (a victim of a serious beetle attack) and turnips (the first round has all been harvested, but hopefully there is a second succession coming. Also, the longer days and warmer weather are taking their toll on the spinach. It’s still on the list this week, but not holding up well and will probably be done after this week. We’ll be planting the rest of the summer crops in the next week or two, and it’ll be June before you know it!

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You-choose CSA – Week 3!

There’s lots more on the list this week, including a number of varieties of lettuces, herbs including cilantro, dill, and parsley, beets, and green onions! There also should be more strawberries. If there is a big enough harvest of strawberries, everyone will get quarts instead of pints, but that will all depend on how many we’re able to harvest Monday and Tuesday. The strawberries are doing well, and in the last few days we’ve started to harvest a lot more. If you’d like extra strawberries, note that on the form as well as a back up choice. Purple kohlrabi also might be available by Tuesday. Please select a back-up for that as well, as it’s right on the cusp of being ready. Kohlrabi is definitely one of the most underrated veggies out there. The leaves are great cooked just like kale, and stem is like a sweet turnip that can also be roasted, and it looks funky and awesome. We planted a lot of sweet corn last week, and are hoping to get the tomatoes in the ground as soon as possible! There’s of greenhouse work this week as we continue to get ready to plant tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, basil, and more.

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2017 You-choose CSA – Week 2!

Hey all,

It’s been a wet, rainy day, and it’s forecast to continue through tomorrow, with almost a month’s worth of rain coming in a couple of days. It’s been dry since last fall, and we definitely need the water, but when it all comes at once like this it’s not good for the crops. The strawberries started ripening on Friday, and I just took a walk through them. It’s borderline whether there will be enough ripe fruit for Tuesday, but the few that are ready are pretty tasty. The fruit ripens slowly in overcast weather, and the rain dilutes the sweetness, but assuming they do ripen for Tuesday the flavor should be okay. Go ahead and select a back up in case they’re not ready. Also new on the list this week: bok choi, red curly kale (really it’s a beautiful dark purple), bunched mustard greens, and scarlet queen turnips, and in a few weeks we’ll have green onions, all kinds of herbs, beets and head lettuces, hopefully shortly followed by fava beans, broccoli, cauliflower, sugar snap peas, potatoes, and carrots.

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2017 You-choose CSA – Week 1!

Hello!
It’s hard to believe it’s already time to start the 2017 CSA. While it’s been warm for months, plants in the field are just starting to put on leaves and grow really fast. Thanks to the warm winter and early spring, there’s a little more available than there normally would at this point. It’s still mostly limited to greens and fast growing roots though, so keep an eye out in the coming weeks for more greens and herbs, and then beets, green onions, broccoli, cauliflower and more. ALSO, I really don’t want to jinx it, but the strawberries are looking really good. Strawberry season usually starts in early May, but it’s been so warm, they might start ripening before then. I’ve had a couple of tough years of back luck with the strawberries. Everything from pests wiping them out to late frosts. So I’m afraid to even mention them here, but my fingers are crossed. Thanks for being a part of the 2017 CSA!

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You-choose CSA – Week 27!

Hello!

This is the last week of the CSA. Holy Cow! It’s been a crazy year, and it’s hard to believe the end is here. We’ve been working on getting ready for the colder weather. It looks like the first real frost is going to hit tomorrow night, so we’ll be hurrying to cover all of the plants tomorrow afternoon, and harvest may start a bit late on Tuesday as we wait for the temperature to warm up. We’re also working on getting new ground plowed for next year, and getting tunnels up to grow more greens in the depths of winter. With so many of the brassicas getting planted late this fall, we still haven’t gotten a good harvest of broccoli or cauliflower. While it’s disappointing, there are lots of other tasty greens that are new on the list this week: escarole, several different types of lettuces, and pea & sunflower shoots are back this week.

Also, with the frost looming, we’ve harvested every last pepper in the field. If you want a TON of peppers, just let me know. We’re pickling a bunch tonight, and even if you don’t preserve them, they’ll keep for a good while.

You all have been great this year. I’m going to send a survey out with the regular Tuesday email, so please provide honest feedback, as that’s the best way for me to know what I need to work on to make a better experience for you! THANK YOU!

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You-choose CSA – Week 26!

Hey all!

It’s the second to last CSA this week! New choices this week include: dill, Chinese cabbage, kohlrabi, new baby hakurei turnips, and a couple of other greens. I’m hopeful that we’ll have a big cauliflower and broccoli harvest for the final delivery next week… fingers crossed.

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You-choose CSA – Week 25!

Hello!

New items on the list this week include: cilantro, Thai basil, carrots, and daikon radishes. The Thai basil resurrected itself from the summer and will probably only be on the list for this week. The mixed lettuces are really nice this week, and the carrots are limited, so please select a back up. The weather has been amazing the last several weeks, and though normally the first frost would be here right around now, I’m hoping for some continued warm weather, and hoping to get some broccoli and cauliflower in the next week or two!

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You-choose CSA – Week 24!

Hello!

The arugula is still nice and tender this week, a little larger than the baby arugula we had last week. New on the list this week is mixed lettuces (finally!). There is a ton of it, and it’s right on the cusp of being ready. Please select a back-up, just in case it doesn’t grow that last little bit I’m expecting in the next day. There should be a ton of lettuce next week. The summer stuff continues to slow down, and I keep predicting the end of the okra, but I think there might be enough for this one last week. Still plenty of green peppers, and some sweet peppers. As I anxiously await a lot more of the fall crops to be ready, I’m adding a few items on the list I wouldn’t normally feature. First, sweet potato greens. They’re commonly eaten in cultures that need to be more creative about their food sources, and the greens are rich in nutrients. If you’re curious to try them, check out these recipes: http://www.epicurious.com/archive/blogs/editor/2012/08/cooking-with-sweet-potato-greens.html. Also, broccoli greens. They’re a lot like collards, and can be used in a wide range of dishes.

You-choose CSA – Week 24
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