The heat has arrived after many weeks of perfectly temperate working weather and we rise early to beat the blaze. In the fields, the crops and weeds are taking full advantage of the sunshine and it is hard for us to keep up. Over the weekend the very first cherry tomatoes started to ripen and we got our first taste of deep summer in those little oranges treats.
Sunday was spent weeding, seeding and moving compost while the heat hummed around us. At the end of our days we have been taking much needed swims in the river or lake and watching the sun go down. We like to keep it simple in the kitchen and have been having lots of stir fries with bok choy, beet greens, kale, garlic scapes, swiss chard, you name it. All the greens and minimal cooking is what works for us. We hope to take a *tiny* vacation this week but otherwise you will find us harvesting, weeding, transplanting and swimming our way through to July.
Are you interested in volunteering? Let me know at pickup and we will work it out. We love having people on the farm and there is always lots to do.
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CSA Pickup Important Reminders Pickup is from 3pm-5:30pm at Nubanusit Neighborhood and Farm. If you can't make it for any reason, send us an email, we have options! Please bring used granola jars back! As well as rubber bands, pint and quart containers. 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. Check out our selection of Orchard Hill bread and cookies at pickup! This week's cookie is Mint Chocolate Chip. Bring a reusable bag to pack your share into. We also encourage you to bring your own food storage bags for produce. 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 3 leaf lettuces, red and green. Garlic Scapes - Use the whole scape as you would garlic or green onions, makes amazing pesto. Basil, Parsley and Dill Bok Choy - great chopped and sautéed with butter and salt or roasted. Broccoli *LIMITED* - the first of the broccoli is here, this is the only item that is limited this week which means you can't double up on this item and we may run out before pickup ends. Don't worry there will be more! Cabbage - coleslaw, use as a lettuce wrap or sauté with oil, salt and curry powder (my personal favorite). Beets and Beet Greens - Red and gold. Remember you can eat the greens too, just sauté as you would chard or kale. As for the beets we recommend roasting them with oil, salt and pepper. Remember to separate the greens from the roots RIGHT AWAY, for longer storage life. Zucchini - chop and saute briefly with oil and salt. Cucumbers - great for snacking or salads. Carrots - first of the carrots so on the smaller side, super sweet and tender. Pick Your Own This Week - peas, chives, parsley, thyme, sage, lemon balm, chamomile and flowers (zinnias, marigolds, cosmos, calendula). Ask and we will show you.
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 or more of that item but that counts for 2 (or more) 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.
Recipes Ideas: Yay carrots at last! The first carrots are always so sweet and tender I highly recommend just eating them right from the bag on your way home from pickup :) but, if you are looking for something a little more involved this recipe uses both carrots AND carrot tops! and looks good for a hot evening. Grab some beets and carrots at CSA and you are all set! YUM. Send us your recipes if you tried something and love it! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! We are excited to be growing for you.