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!

You-choose CSA – Week 27
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You-choose CSA – Week 26!

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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.

You-choose CSA – Week 26
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You-choose CSA – Week 25!

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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!

You-choose CSA – Week 25
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You-choose CSA – Week 24!

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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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You-choose CSA – Week 23!

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Though the storm and rain this weekend battered the plants and caused some flash flooding in the field, the plants appear to mostly have survived, and with sunny, cooler weather in the forecast for the whole week, hopefully things will continue to dry out! The caterpillar epidemic continues, and talking to other farmers in the area, this is a widespread problem this fall, as bad as I’ve ever seen it. We continue to wash the greens very thoroughly, hoping to get 99% of them before delivering them to you, but please continue to wash and inspect your produce thoroughly, and if we’ve missed something you think we should be aware of, please let us know! There are more greens on the list this week, and hopefully a wide range of lettuces will be back on the list next week. And we continue to have peppers, eggplant, and okra, though with the cooler weather they won’t be around much longer. The okra has really slowed down, and there may not be any more after this week.

You-choose CSA – Week 23
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You-choose CSA – Week 22!

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Kale is back on the list this week! It’s young and tender, and since there’s still a small amount of it, you can get a back with all of the different varieties mixed together. Next week there will be bunches of the various varieties, and hopefully collards, chard, baby arugula, and mixed lettuces (they’re coming!). Also back on the list this week is flat leaf Italian parsley, and both sunflower and pea shoots. The shoots are all in limited supply, so please request a back up in the special notes in case they’re not quite ready.

You-choose CSA – Week 22
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You-choose CSA – Week 21!

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New to the list this week is a mustard green mix and Hakurei salad turnips. These small mustard greens vary from a little spicy to extremely spicy, and can have a strong horseradishy kick. They’re great is salad, and you can moderate the flavor a bit with a good vinaigrette. They’re also great sauteed or stir fried, in which case they retain a lot of flavor but become quite mild. The turnips are mild and delicious in salad, and quite different from the purple top turnips you may be used to.Hopefully kale, collards, chard, and more fall items will be making they’re way onto the list soon!

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You-choose CSA – Week 20!

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It has finally rained! The fall transplants were not really loving the hot, dry weather, and were depending on irrigation pretty much everyday. It is great to finally have some rain, and hopefully we’ll have more fall veggies on the list soon. New to the list this week: pea shoots, sunflower shoots, arugula, French breakfast radishes, and round red radishes. Hot weather makes the radishes spicy, and they’ve got a pretty good amount of kick right now. They’re great to add flavor and texture to salads, and the breakfast radishes are also sometimes paired with butter and salt, which is kind of fun and surprisingly good!

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You-choose CSA – week 19! (First fall CSA)

Hello!

Quick post this week. We’re still planting fall plants and getting the field lookin good, and there are still a ton of eggplant, peppers, and okra, so there should be a nice little balance of spring and fall items for the next few weeks. So glad the CSA is back underway!

You-choose CSA – Week 19 (First fall CSA!)
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FALL CSA TIME!

(Quick note: I know you all are very busy, so if you just need to know the important logistics info, check out the bold text and the paragraph after it, and the closing paragraph)
Hey all!

We’ve been working hard these last three weeks getting the field cleaned up and ready for fall! The weeds are starting to look slightly under control, the fence lines are cleaned up and ready to repel deer when their forage gets scarce in the colder months and they turn their hungry noses toward your greens growing in the field, and most of the fall plants are in the ground and growing!

Transitions from one season to the next are always the hardest on the farm. The new seedlings are the most delicate, and keeping them alive in extremely hot and dry conditions is not easy. The summer okra, peppers, and eggplants are still going strong, so you should get to enjoy some of those as the fall crops come in over the next couple of weeks. And I’m really happy to announce that the farm is starting to do pea & sunflower shoots. So you can expect to see those in your CSA box at some point this fall. It might be a little touch and go as we get that operation down, but they should show up in your boxes soon.

Now, the important logistics:

I’m planning to start the CSA this Tuesday, September 13!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you’re freaking out because you’re not here this week, not to fear! I had told most of you that you’d get a week’s notice before the start. If you’ve already stocked your fridge or are out of town, and won’t be able to use this week’s box, let me know! I’ll hold your delivery and make it up to you later in the fall.

Let me finally say, it has been a wild, crazy year, and you CSA members are the constant that keeps the farm humming, keeps me on schedule during the week, and ensures the farm is okay when it rains/lightnings/gets so hot at market that customers stay home or go on vacation, and the farm is becoming better every year thanks to YOU. Better equipment, more diversity in what we’re growing (sprouts!), better quality, and more! It’s far from easy, and you all make it worth it. The CSA is all about you all supporting a small, local, socially and environmentally minded business, and getting awesome food in return! You’re always taking a chance when nature is involved, and bugs, weather, or my mistakes can make crops fail, and for those of you who come back year after year, I hope you can see/taste the improvement, and hear me smile when I say thank you! (And so does Blair, who if you haven’t met, is sort of like the CSA of my soul and personal/social/everything life: WE’RE GETTING MARRIED IN OCTOBER) (Sorry for oversharing).

So, if you’re still reading this, thank you, and be prepared! I’ll send an email tomorrow to new members going over the pick up procedures for Tuesday deliveries.

MANY THANKS!

Dave