What a beautiful first week of CSA pickup! And just like that we are on to the next where zucchini will make an appearance, the first flowers are starting to turn their colorful heads toward the sun and pick you own peas are here!
We had another sunshine filled, perfect working weather week so we got caught up on some out of control tasks such as trellising the tomato and cucumber jungles, planting our pumpkins and melons and weeding. Always weeding.
So far this season we can practically taste the abundance that seems to be seeping from every corner of the farm. This is the earliest we have ever had cucumbers and zucchinis and all the leafy greens look and taste so strong and vibrant. This fair weather spring has cetainly helped but we like to think it is in part due to the love and fun we put into the land. Because no matter how tired we are at the end of each day, oh my, do we love what we do!
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CSA Pickup Important Reminders Pickup is from 3pm-5:30pm at Nubanusit Neighborhood and Farm. Once you arrive follow the driveway all the way down past the garages until you see a barn and a silver truck. To your right you will see a grass path and another barn with an open sign on it. Follow the path and you will see our Farm Store and CSA pickup. Bring a reusable bag to pack your share into. We also encourage you to bring your own food storage bags for produce. Please bring used granola jars back! As well as rubber bands, pint and quart containers. Pick your own available this week! We have chives, parsley, peas and some flowers (first come first serve) ready for pick your own. Please ask and we will show you where everything is located. Enjoy! Pick your own areas are open at all times throughout the week to CSA members so come whenever. Remember! 8 Week Shares can pickup any 8 weeks over the 16 week season. If possible let us know at pickup if you plan to be at pickup next week. This helps us plan harvest amounts. Our veggies can last weeks if stored properly! Click the document below for tips on storing your produce. Vegetable_Storage_Tips.pdf
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What's in my share this week?
This week may include:
Kale - chop leaves sauté with oil, salt and pepper Swiss Chard - chop leaves and stems and sautéed with oil, salt and pepper. Pro Tip: sauté the stems a few minutes before the leaves so they have time to soften. Head Lettuce - green and red. Leaf Lettuce - a mix of 2-3 leaf lettuces, red and green Green Garlic - use both bulb and light green part of stem, treat as you would a garlic clove. Garlic Scapes - Use the whole scape as you would garlic or green onions, makes amazing pesto. Spinach - We may get one more harvest next week otherwise we will see spinach again in the fall! Radishes - pickled radishes are a favorite. Basil - more pesto ingredients! Bok Choy - great chopped and sautéed with butter and salt or roasted. Tokyo Bekana- (chinese cabbage) - This light green chinese cabbage is great for sautéing or mixed in salads. It has a mild mustardy flavor. Beets - Red and gold. Remember you can eat the greens too, just sauté as you would chard or kale. As for the beets I recommend roasting them with oil, salt and pepper. Remember to separate the greens from the roots RIGHT AWAY, for longer storage. Peas - Grab a pint container and head to the fields.
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 12 items to choose from, you may choose 8 of these items. For example one item will be 1 bunch of swiss chard, 4 beets, 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! Remember to only take what you enjoy and if you don't want 8 items, take less! You will get your value especially if you are really happy with what you are taking home.
The highlight of this week's share is the garlic scape. Garlic's fun twirling offering before the bulb is ready. You can use the whole scape. Scapes can be sauted just like regular garlic or green onions, but pesto is an all time favorite. Hereis one recipe, but you can really take it any direction you want. I usually make mine dairy free and substitute nutritional yeast for the parmesan cheese.
Send us your recipes if you tried something and love it!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! We are excited to be growing for you.