Week #2 – 2014 CSA Season

Week #2 Box: Strawberry, broccoli, purple kohlrabi, salad/lettuce mix, joi-choi, buttercrunch lettuce heads, chioggia beets, and red russian kale.

What’s going on at the farm:  This week is a pickup week for full season members only, this means that if you are a Standard or Basic share you pick up but bi-weekly or half share members have the week off and will pick up again next week. It was another productive and tiring week of work on the farm.  So many weeds were pulled by hand around many crops as well as cultivating more open spaces to kill off weeds.   All our greenhouse tomatoes were pruned and clipped for the third time this week and we will be pruning and clipping them weekly as they develop fruit this month. We delivered the first shares of the season and attended three farmers markets this last week and so the harvest and delivery season will go weekly.  The greens are loving this cool weather and there are plenty more to enjoy this week.   Strawberries and a nice spring broccoli crop have also arrived!  Kale is new this week and is also looking great.  Kale is considered to be a superfood because of its high nutritional content and is very tasty used as a warm salad green slightly wilted.  It can be served as a cold salad as well after cooking and chilling and kale pairs well with sesame, olive oil, and soy for dressing.  It is also excellent for juicing!  Beets are also in!  These beets are a special heirloom variety known as chioggia (kee-oh-jah) beets.  The greens are incredible on them so don’t miss out on eating them too, preferably lightly sauteed with olive oil in my opinion!  Overall our crops are looking great this year and we are getting very close to harvesting some other new crops over the next couple weeks including zucchini, summer squash, green kohlrabi, more strawberries and broccoli, sugar snap peas, garlic scapes, carrots, radishes, golden beets, swiss chard, and more!  Enjoy!

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