Week #1 – 2014 CSA Season

Week #1 2014What’s in the Box:   Salad mix (red and green lettuce), savoy spinach, easter egg radishes, bak-choi, joi-choi, rhubarb, lettuce heads (green buttercrunch) and purple kohlrabi.

What’s going on at the farm:  We made it to the first week of shares so first I would like to welcome everyone back or to their first season with us!  As usual our first box of the year includes many fresh and tender greens.  Here is the run down on some of them.  Choi is best used as a saute green or side dish but is also good with rice or in a stir fry.  Radishes and kohlrabi are in to go with the salad greens and we have taken the time to top and bag the radishes so they are cleaned and ready to eat.  They also store better this way with the tops off.  Plenty of fresh spinach and salad mix this week as well so enjoy your salads, and maybe try some quiche or spinach pie! Its only the second season for our rhubard which was grown from seed here on the farm and is ready for your crisps, pies, and other desserts.  There has been and will be a lot of transplanting, weed pulling, and trellising work going on here through the late spring and summer.  It was a cold wet spring this year but we have managed to stay ahead of our planting schedule and are all caught up despite the cool spring.    In May so far we have planted many tomatoes, shallots, cucumbers, summer squash, zucchini, celery, onions, eggplant, leeks, melons, collard greens, cauliflower, green beans, radishes, arugula, lettuce, beets, peppers, and more.  It’s been go, go, go, every day all day and we have been working very hard.  Our fields are looking wonderful and showing the results of all this effort and it looks like a beautiful and tasty season ahead of us.  Being a small farm We do everything by hand so it takes longer to do each job than if we had mechanization.   We are getting strawberries developing so there should be a nice crop of  organic strawberries coming soon.  Some other crops coming in the next couple weeks will include kohlrabi, ,lettuce heads, swiss chard, strawberries, sugar snap peas, beets, summer squash, carrots, and garlic scapes.  Other crops we will be planting over the next couple weeks include winter squash, cilantro, dill, okra, tomatillo, ground cherry, parsley, and cauliflower. We are trying our hand at growing mushrooms this year as well and have a large area of wine cap mushrooms started in one of our greenhouses under the tomatoes.  Its a new thing for us so we’ll see how it goes but it is looking good so far and i’m hoping we get enough of a crop to add mushrooms to our CSA this year!  Remember you can use our veggie ID section on the website to identify your veggies visually if you need to.  The veggie ID photo’s and weekly box photo’s will be updated weekly by a photographer in order to help with this as well.  Hope everyone enjoys the first week and i’ll be seeing most of you at the drop sites.

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