CSA Week 1- A New Beginning

The start of our new farm! The land outside of our house is currently being prepped so that next year we can walk out of our back door to our gardens.

The start of our new farm! The land outside of our house is currently being prepped so that next year we can walk out of our back door to our gardens.

Hello CSA Members!

This week brings lots of great things- full moons, summer solstice, and most importantly the first CSA pick-up! While it already seems like summer has been around for a while, it's crazy to think that only a month ago we were blanketed with snow on all of our fields and still had the heaters cranking in our greenhouse. Well all of our perseverance and patience is finally starting to pay off and lots of food is starting to come out of our fields- I hope you’re ready for it!

A colorful shot of some early butterhead lettuces drying before heading off to Durango Natural Foods

A colorful shot of some early butterhead lettuces drying before heading off to Durango Natural Foods

It’s difficult to summarize all that has been going on at the farm the past few months but I’ll try to give y’all some highlights. After moving to our new property in April we have installed the 12ft deer fence, upgraded the irrigation system to run driplines, plowed up new land, planted more orchards, set up the animals to be rotationally grazed, planted out our field at the Old Fort, and set up our washing facility- whew! It’s been a busy couple of months to say the least!

With this flurry of activity it is easy to get overwhelmed and sometimes the only things you see in it all is the flaws- we accidentally fried all of our pepper starts after transplanting (but our gracious neighbors at Mountain Roots Produce saved the day by providing us more!), our intercropped orchard is a constant thistle battle, and our tomato starts have been slow to get going. Some of these things are in our control while others are just products of growing food in a challenging environment. Nonetheless it’s important to recognize the lessons, take notes, prepare for the future, and have gratitude for all of the great things that go right at the same time!

Speaking of things going right, we have some great variety ready for your boxes this week! Lots of yummy greens, roots, and maybe a few surpises ;)

But before we get into what’s in your boxes, some basic housekeeping:

  • All Durango shares will be available for pick up tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Smiley Building from 3-6pm. We will have a little farm stand and just come to our booth and request your share- it will be pre-packaged so just grab it and go! (or hang out and chat if you’d like..)

  • Mancos shares will be held at the Fenceline Cider taproom starting at 3pm. Simply walk into the back room and find the box with your name on it- and enjoy a fresh cider there if that’s what you’re into :)

  • I have not yet received payment from some folks for their shares, so if this is the case please be prepared to pay-in-full when you pick up your share. We appreciate you understanding how much this helps us!

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!

Until then…

Max K.

Owner High Pine Produce

Our intercropped orchard field enjoying a brief relief from the thistle pressure

Our intercropped orchard field enjoying a brief relief from the thistle pressure

What’s in Your Share?

Asian Greens

These tender greens pack a tiny, spicy punch! Enjoy fresh in a salad or try them in a stir fry

Head Lettuce

Green curly leaf lettuce perfect to mix with the asian greens for a fresh salad or put them to use in lettuce wraps!

Kale

It wouldn’t be a spring CSA share without a bunch of kale! Try sautéed

Radish bunch

These Pink Beauties will be sure to impress any salad lover but they also shine pan-fried (toss those greens in there while you’re at it!)

Scallions

Little tiny onions! Chop up and add as a garnish or add to your sautéed kale ;)

Spinach

Every spring day starts with eggs on a bed of spinach for me.. yum!

Salad turnips

Everyone’s favorite springtime root! Try fresh, pan-fried, or as fries

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