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CSA Week 1: June Sun and Rain

Hello All, CSA members please read this email carefully as it has all the information you need for pickup on Tuesday. We are looking forward to the first CSA pickup this Tuesday June 6th from 3pm - 5:30pm. At the farm we have been busy seeding, transplanting and preparing since February! The fields and hoop houses are filling up with greens, peas, herbs, tomatoes and peppers. This spring it has already been very hot, very cold, very wet and very dry. This is what farming in our changing climate often means, one week we are moving sprinklers to irrigate and the next we are harvesting spinach in a downpour. In last week's heat we went for our first river dip of the season. We are graced by the gentle presence of the Nubanusit River flowing right beside our fields. The first few weeks of CSA are heavy on greens, as the season progresses there will be more variety. Now is the time for big salads and stir fries. I love the freshness of the greens after a long winter and find myself throwing them in every meal. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to the farm Tuesday and sharing in the beauty of what we have grown. Please feel free to ask us any questions and take a stroll around the farm. But first! Continue reading for details on where to park, what to bring and what to expect!

CSA Pickup Important Reminders Pickup is from 3pm-5:30pm at Nubanusit Neighborhood and Farm, Peterborough, NH, 03458. Once you arrive, follow the driveway past all of the garages until you see a barn and a silver truck (follow the green arrows!) Please park along the guardrail and walk up the hill to your right towards the open flag on the barn. Follow the path and you will see our Farm Store and CSA pickup. Please bring a reusable bag to pack your share into. Remember! 8 Week Shares can pickup any 8 weeks over the 16 week season. You are in charge of making sure you pickup 8 times throughout the season. If you already know which dates you will be picking up, please let me know Pro Tip for new 8 week members: if you are looking for more variety in your share, save your 8 weeks until later in the season as the spring is heavy on greens. We wash most of our produce before distribution but its always a good idea to give everything a rinse before you eat it. Our veggies can last weeks if stored properly! Click the document below for tips on storing your produce. Vegetable_Storage_Tips.pdf

Keep scrolling for recipes ideas...

How our CSA works:

When you arrive at pickup you will see tables with bins of veggies. Please read the whiteboard before you start so you are familiar with the process. There will be around 10 items to choose from, you may choose 8 of these items. For example one item may be 1 bunch of kale, 1 head of lettuce, or 1 bag of spinach. If you want more of something you may take 2 of that item but that counts for 2 of your 8 items. If you have questions about this please ask!

In addition CSA members may pick their own flowers and herbs throughout the season as well as peas when available. These areas are still growing and peas will be ready in about two weeks, so stay tuned.

What's in my share this week?

This week may include:

Kale - chop leaves and stems and sauté with oil, salt and pepper.

Collard Greens - our first year growing collards and they are beautiful! Best sautéed heavily with lots of butter, salt and pepper.

Head Lettuce - our favorite red curly heads and green romaine. Great for salads or lettuce wraps.

Leaf Lettuce - a mix of red and green flat and curly. Washed, bagged and ready to salad!

Spinach - big, dark green leaves. Best sautéed, as a salad or in eggs with cheese in the morning (a farmer favorite).

Salad Turnips - these fresh eating turnips are sweet and crunchy. We eat them right out of the field but they are great roasted, we had them on pizza last week!

Bok Choy - great chopped and sautéed with butter, salt or roasted (see recipe of the week for a delicious bok choy noodle bowl).

Carrots - sweet and crunchy carrots, seeded in our hoop house in March. Great for snacking, salads or soups.

Pea Shoots - a favorite microgreen, these sweet pea tendrils are best eaten plain or atop salads and soups.

Mild or Spicy Microgreen Mixes - choice of spicy or mild brassica microgreen mixes. Best on salads, sandwiches or on top of a stir fry.

Plant Seedling - we have leftover seedlings from our Plant Sales this year. If you are still planting your garden, grab a seedling or two! We have tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and some herbs and flowers.

Recipes Ideas:

This week's highlighted veggie is Bok Choy. It can easily be sautéed or roasted or grilled. If you are feeling a little more adventurous try what we had for dinner last night. Recipe below. This weekend we trialed a delicious Miso Bok Choy and Turnip Ramen Noodle recipe that we loved. It uses so many key ingredients from CSA this week (turnips, bok choy and microgreens!) and the soy sauce marinated eggs are delicious. Send us your recipes if you tried something and loved it! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! We are excited to be growing for you.

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