CSA Week 2- Constant Surprises
I hope that you all have been enjoying your first taste of seasonal goodies that were in your box last week! Even with the continuous curveballs Mother Nature has been throwing our way it is really quite incredible to see the resiliency of plants and the abundance present in our challenging growing climate. Weather-wise, things haven’t been much easier since we last spoke- a chilling 27 degree night on Saturday sent most of our crops into survival mode and while our diligence covering everything best to our abilities, we still saw some frost damage. Luckily it appears that everything will bounce back and with some warmer nights in our forecast we are hoping to see some serious growth in the next couple of weeks.
Even with agreeable weather, June is always a particular difficult month for farmers in our region. Our cold winters and unpredictable springs typically postpone a majority of our plantings until May and by that point the weeds are anxious to complete their lifecycle, initiating an epic battle for farmers come June. This can be a daunting workload in and of itself but paired with the first harvests and many hours spent irrigating, the Solstice Month can be sort of a perfect storm for keeping us (extremely) busy. Nonetheless- even with a seemingly never-ending to-do list- this is the time of the year where all of our work hard planting, prepping, and preparing comes to fruition and we get to share the fruits of our labor with the community that so graciously values us. And CSA members are at the epicenter of this circle so thank you so very much for being along on this wild ride!
Also, thank you all for coming out to pick up your shares! We had an incredible attendance for our first CSA drop-off and the stoke level appeared to be high! We have some more delicious early season veggies for you this week including our first round of broccoli! We spent many hours this spring digging out row cover from the snow that (kind of) protected the young broccoli and cabbage plants and we’re happy to see this hard work pay off! Also included in this week’s share are yummy greens, more turnips, and even some herbs- Bon Appétit!
What’s in Your Share?
Everyone’s favorite spicy green! We like to harvest our’s young so that they stay tender and totally crushable (in a delicious sense). For me, every morning starts with a farm-fresh egg on a bed of these greens though it also makes a killer salad with shredded parmesan.
No store-brought broccoli can even come close to the fresh stuff. A great addition to any pasta or stir-fry or try this irresistible broccoli slaw.
Bunched Red Kale
Get your daily dose of vitamins, minerals and protein with this delicious blueberry kale smoothie.
Parsley is one of my favorite herbs and we’re excited to see it come on so early this year! If you’re wondering how to use up the whole bunch check out these recipes.
It’s difficult for me to imagine any dinner without some sort of onion in it and I hope you feel similar! Looking for an easy weeknight meal? How about this mushroom and green onion stir fry?
If we had a flagship item it would most likely be our tender baby lettuce mix. After years of experimenting with the most economical and tasty way of growing these, we feel confident in this year’s batch. Expect to get of at least a few more bags of these throughout the season!
These purple beauties combine the most desirable traits of a radish and the salad turnips you tried last week. Try this braised scarlet turnip recipe for an easy snack (and use up some of that parsley while you’re at it)