And, we’re off! The smiling faces above, plus workshare helpers Tonya Watson, Derek Kotasi, and Vanessa Fairbrother assembled at the farm this morning at 7 to harvest veggies for the CSA for the very first time this season! The first CSA share of the 2011 season contains the following:
3/4 lb bag of salad mix
3/4 lb bag of spinach
1 head of lettuce (Boston or Black Seeded Simpson)
1 bunch of French Breakfast radishes
2 heads of bok choy
1 bunch of herbs: Sage -OR- Oregano -OR- Mint
2 seedlings (assorted herbs, veggies, and flowers)
A few notes on the bounty:
Our salad mix is made up of three or four different varieties of lettuce plus arugula, mizuna, tat soi, baby Red Russian kale, and baby red mustard. Enjoy! Our greens in general look a little rough so far this season, and there are a couple of reasons why. Those little holes you see in the bok choy and salad greens are caused by flea beetles, tiny but hungry critters who love greens and who have been really tough to keep on top of this season. The chief means of thwarting these little eaters is to cover susceptible crops with floating row cover, but the pressure has been so great this season that even the row cover failed somewhat. The critters also had their way with crops we normally don’t see them feeding on (and so don’t cover) like kale and kohlrabi. As for the larger holes and torn leaves? Blame the weather, specifically a trio of brief but fierce hail storms, one this past Saturday and the others a couple of weeks ago. Bad hail storms can wipe out fields in a flash, so we’re grateful our storms were less severe. Still, some damage was done, and it is what it is. A handful of CSAers today will get strawberries. The fruit is just beginning to come in, so be patient! If you didn’t get berries today, you will very soon…we’re keeping track of who gets what so that everyone can share equally in the bounty!
I also want to mention the Recipes page here on the website. We’ve arranged the page by vegetable so that you can simply click on the veggie name and a list of recipes featuring that veggie will appear. We’ve tried to post at least a couple of recipes for each veggie, and the overall archive gets bigger every year as we find and try out new recipes and as friends and CSAers pass along their favorites to us, too. I may put recipes right here on the blog now and again, but if you’re stumped about what to do with this or that veggie, please visit the recipe archive, and add to it by e-mailing us your favorite veggie recipes! Also, don’t forget that our new farm stand is up and running and is now stocked with most of the veggies listed above plus assorted seedlings. Keep the stand in mind if you need extra of anything, and please spread the word to friends and neighbors that they can stop by the farm and buy fresh, organic veggies anytime!