Week 2 Delivery; June 20, 2019

What’s in the box?

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Curly lettuce
Romaine lettuce
Arugula
Salad mix
Spinach
Napa cabbage
green onions
Salad Turnips or Radishes
Herb basket

Notes on the box.

Another very green week (early season in full effect!) All greens will keep best in a plastic bag in the fridge. Remove the tops from turnips/ radishes for longer storage.

Arugula is great in salads or you can also make a nice pesto out of it.
Salad Turnips are so good right now! Crisp, sweet, and refreshing. We slice or cube them and eat them as snacks (sometimes the kids don’t bother with any of that and they just eat them as they are).
Napa Cabbage is great in stir-fry, fried rice, or try it as a slaw with a peanut sauce.
The baby kale is good fresh or cooked. I like it in a fritatta.

Cosmic Wheel Creamery Cheese Shares.

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Circle of the Sun aged over a year and Green Garlic Quark. Circle of the Sun is one of my favorite cheeses to make and it’s an original recipe to our farm. This particular batch was made in early Spring of last year and the cows were still eating mostly hay before the pasture really started growing, so it’s not as grassy as most that I make, but it still has a nice brightness. It’s a good snacking cheese, or it’s nice to cube up and add to salad or shred on top of eggs or tacos. The quark is one of my most popular at market. It is great spread on crackers, or on bread with some thinly sliced radish or salad turnips. It will keep for two weeks in the fridge.

Recipes.

Crunchy Napa Cabbage Salad
Easy Pineapple Slaw with or without slaw mix, feel free to add sliced radish or salad turnips
Napa Cabbage Stir-Fry
a great recipe for Arugula Pesto and some great ideas of what to do with it!

On the Farm.

Head’s up! The 4th of July is on a Thursday this year! We will be making that weeks delivery on Wednesday July 3. We know this is a tricky one, so if you need to schedule a vacation hold, let us know! This year we are allowing for one week of rescheduled delivery per member. If you know when you would like the hold scheduled, please email us so we can schedule it for you. You will have the option of doubling a delivery for another week or adding a delivery to the end of the season. When you email with your vacation date, let us know how you would like to handle the schedule. If you have additional weeks that you won’t be able to pick-up, you can arrange to have a someone else pickup your share (please give them detailed pick-up directions) or you can let us know and we can donate your share. Let us know if you have any questions.

Our compliments to our members! This year was a WONDERFUL first week with very little confusion or mix-ups and everyone doing a great job of finding their boxes! THANK YOU!

It’s busy busy time on the farm! Still seeding and planting and prepping beds while also weeding and harvesting and packing boxes and going to market! The cows are enjoying lots of great pasture and the pigs are enjoying lots of golden whey! And really, no complaints about the weather lately. :)

We are part of the Eat Local Farm Tour again this year! We invite you to come out to the farm for a tour on Saturday July 13th. Mark your calendar! More info coming soon…









2019 First delivery! June 13th, 2019

What’s in the box?

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Lettuce 3 ways!
bagged salad mix, butterhead lettuce, romaine or oakleaf lettuce
Spinach 2 ways!
bagged and bunched spinach
Arugula (bagged)
bok choi
green garlic
radishes
rhubarb
herb pot

Welcome to the season!

A few CSA notes for our new members: Be sure to meet your host at your drop site. They are wonderful people who will be able to help you if you might have questions or concerns.  

Please unload your veggies into your own bags or tote and then collapse the veggie box by unfolding it and making it flat. Put your flattened box into a neat stack as a favor to your host.  We will reuse them!  Be careful not to rip your boxes when you unfold them. Bend the flaps away from the slots instead of pulling the flaps up to get them out.  The boxes aren't cheap and they aren't recyclable, unfortunately.  Help us reduce waste and cost by not ripping the boxes, please.  Thanks!  

EGGS are not packed in boxes with the veggies this season. They will be packed in a separate box. If you have an Eat Like a Farmer or Eat Like a Vegetarian Farmer share, those shares include a dozen eggs and a cheese share. Eggs and Cheese are packed in a separate box or cooler. Please remember to get your eggs and cheese! If your name is not on the list, please DO NOT take eggs or cheese. Contact us if you think there was a mistake or if you’d like to add eggs or a cheese share to your CSA deliveries.

Feedback is appreciated! Problems or questions?  We are here for you! Email is the best way to get us quickly.

Notes on the box.

Everything in this weeks greens and salad heavy box (except the herb pots) will store best in your fridge.  

Herbs can be replanted in your garden, into individual pots, or kept in the pot the arrived in.  Keep in a sunny spot and water as needed.  Pots contain some combination of the following: basil (still tiny seedlings, but will grow as you harvest other herbs in the pot to open up space), parsley, sage, thyme, and oregano.  

Spinach, lettuces, and bok choy will all keep best in a plastic bag in your crisper drawer.  Spring is always heavy on greens as we wait for fruiting crops to come in later in the season.  Now is the time to enjoy salads with every meal and stock up on your favorite salad dressings.  We've been enjoying serving pasta dishes on beds of greens and having taco bowls and proteins on top of greens.  

Remove the tops from the radishes for longer storage.

Green Garlic can be used in the same way as green onions, but they will have a garlic instead of onion flavor. Yum!

Cheese Shares.

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Some of our wonderful First Snow (camembert style cheese) AND a container of crumbled feta. The feta is quite salty, so remember that so that you don’t over salt anything that you are eating with it! It will keep for about a week in the fridge. I would normally have just delivered the First Snow alone in a delivery, but I had to throw the feta in because ALLLLLL THAT SPINACH! The First Snow is ready to enjoy on a good crusty bread. You can hold it in your fridge for another week or longer if you want it to get more oozy/creamy all the way through the center (you can see where it is in its ripening in the photo). It’s best if you let it come to room temp before eating. I’ve only had success with making this cheese in the spring and fall, so enjoy it while it’s here!

Recipes.

Rhubarb Vinaigrette
1 rhubarb stalk, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp. honey
2 Tbsp. champagne vinegar (red wine, raspberry, or rice vinegar would work well too)
2 tsp. Dijon mustard (or to taste)
1/4 cup canola or olive oil
In a small saucepan, simmer the rhubarb with 1/4 - 1/2 cup water for 5 minutes, or until very soft. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. 
Put the rhubarb into a blender with the honey, vinegar and mustard. Pulse until smooth. With the motor running, slowly add the oil. 
Great on top of a Spinach, Lettuce, and Roasted Beet Salad with some toasted nuts!

Creamy White Bean Peso Arugula Salad

Radiant Bok Choy

Easy Spinach Feta Pinwheels recipe calls for frozen spinach, but you can quickly wilt fresh spinach (or even just chop it and mix it with the feta and oil and it will still work great!

Try this recipe for Wild Garlic Feta Dip with the green garlic.

On the farm

Another wild spring! We are getting used to being ready for the unexpected. This year was the 7th wettest in recorded history in our area. It has made finding time to plant pretty challening and along with a lot of cooler temperatures, things were growing really slowly. Then when the weather warmed up, everything exploded with growth! It was really quite amazing! Monday of last week we decided to push the first delivery back, but by Thursday we knew some things were going to bolt (go to seed) over the weekend! We lost a planting of the bok choi, but not much else. We are happy for the sunshine and the grass has been growing and the cows are getting lots of fresh pasture.

We still have vegetable CSA shares available, so let your friends know if they are looking for a farm we will pro-rate their share if they would like to sign up.

Enjoy your CSA box! We will send another email with what to expect next week.