And away we go! The farm has dried out some, just in time for the start of the CSA. Sonya was able to till a bit yesterday, so hopefully we can get caught up with our planting this week. The first harvest of the season this morning was an interesting one. We don’t yet have harvest morning child care for Ezra, and Lydia skipped preschool because she wasn’t feeling well. Also, one of today’s workshare harvesters called out because of a family emergency. The result? Sonya harvested a few things after dark yesterday and much of the rest by herself this morning. Our super volunteer, Brittany, worked this morning, too, and helped with some harvesting, veggie washing and packing, and even some weeding. Whew! Here’s hoping Friday and beyond will be a little less hectic! Your first share of veggies for the 2012 season includes the following:
1/2 lb bag of salad mix
1 head of lettuce
2 small heads of Napa cabbage
1 bunch of beet greens
1 bunch of scallions
2 stalks of green garlic
Choice of 1 herb: basil -or- mint
Napa (or Chinese) cabbage is an Asian veggie that is great cooked in stir-fries or homemade eggrolls or raw in salads or slaws. We like to shred it up and use it in our weekly taco nights. Beet greens, like chard or spinach, can be steamed or sauteed. Green garlic can be used raw in salads or cooked in any recipe that calls for garlic; just slice them up as you would scallions. And remember to check out the website’s Recipes page for cooking ideas, as well as a little veggie history and storage tips!
My other great adventure this past week was a visit to Dr. Meghan Flanagan at Turner Veterinary Service in Turner. In my last blog post, I told the tale of pig wrangling in the rain. What I didn’t mention was that one of our pink piglets, the one I caught rather than herded, hurt his leg during that little adventure. The piglet (creatively dubbed “Wilbur”) was limping around and not putting much weight on his back leg. After a few days of this, we got in touch with the vet. She offered to come to the farm but needed us to get the pig into an enclosed area alone where she could examine him. The sheeps’ winter pen would have worked, but with all the rain, we couldn’t get a vehicle out to the pigs. We realized we’d have to cage the pig and roll it out in the garden cart, and if we went to that much trouble, we might as well drive the pig to Turner ourselves. (Another consideration was the possibility of x-rays which obviously could only be done at the office.) So, we made some calls and borrowed a dog crate from friends. After Sonya got it put together, we put it in the garden cart and schlepped out to the pigs. Once I had Wilbur, it was fairly easy to get him in the cage and wheel him out of the field. We lifted the cage into the van, and I was off. At the vet’s, the staff there helped me get the cage in, and Dr. Flanagan gave Wilbur a thorough look-over, plus an x-ray. The good news is that he does not have a broken leg, just a swollen knee, probably from an ACL tear. This injury, though painful, will more or less heal itself over the next few weeks as scar tissue forms and shores up the joint. Back in his cage, back in the van, back home, back into the garden cart, back over the bumpy track out to his family, and back in with them. It was quite a day for Wilbur! Thanks to Dr. Flanagan and her staff…the whole experience at their office was great. And our little piglet is doing well. The leg looks stronger already, and he’s moving around more confidently.