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The Weekly Weeder

July 9, 2015
EOW 'Beet' group

Box Contents and Tips

 
  • Broccoli: Store in plastic bag until used. What you can't use within the week, freeze it up for the winter - it doesn't take long to blanch broccoli and pack into freezer bags.  Take advantage of your CSA bounty!
  • Sweet Onions: the first of many planned givings.  Store in the refrigerator in  plastic bag.
  • Kohlrabi: Shred for a slaw, slice onto a salad, cube into your stir fry, cut into sticks for your veggie tray, or slice into moons for a simple side dish saute.  So many way to fix this versitile vegetable, plus they keep very well in a plastic bag for weeks!  Don't forget to peel off the outer skin (purple and/or greenish in color) and that the leaves are also edible (use like a collard or kale).
  • Napa Cabbage: Wash thoroughly.  Use raw or cooked.  There are many excellent and quick salad recipes on the internet.
  • Sugar Snap Peas:  Wow what a load!  The whole pod is to be eaten. Simply snap off the string top and peel it down the pod.  Eat raw or cook lightly.  We enjoy them in our stir fry, lightly steamed with butter/salt/pepper, or raw.
  • Pok Choi: Entire plant is edible.  Great in stir fry or as a easy side dish.
  • Parsley: Store in plastic bag and use raw or fresh or dehydrate for your winter pantry (the stuffing at Thanksgiving!!)
  • Radishes, French Breakfast:  Extremely brittle but oh so nice and crunchy and peppery!  Store leaves and roots in plastic bag until used. 
  • Salad Mix:  this will be the last for a week or two.
  • Zucchini:  the plants are just coming to production.  The first fruits are often funny shaped so they may not be as pretty as we would like but they are still tasty.  We love them sauteed with fresh sweet onions.
COMING SOON....
Swiss Chard, Cucumbers, Scallions, Beets, more Zucchini, Peas, Onions, and so much more!

News From the Farm

Wow, the spring season has been bountiful and we hope that we have not overwhelmed you with so much produce-( ie snap peas small shares 2 lb, standards 4 lbs, and doubles 8 lbs).  We have about 28 acres in production for vegetables.  While we do wholesale and go to farmers market, we primarily a grow for you and want to make certain you get your share of produce before our other markets.  There is a fine line between sharing the bounty and overloading you with too much produce.  And I think we may have one toe over that line with the peas.

There are certain crops that not everyone likes to eat and we strive to find a fair balance.  One of the ways we do this is to share some of the bounty then to offer you the opportunity to purchase case quantities at wholesale prices- which we will do in the future.  However, we are always mindful to not just give you the minimum and sell you the bounty, as that is definitely not the CSA spirit nor the farmers we want to be. 

With that being said you will find this box and the last couple larger than planned, but this spring has been bountiful and we really love sharing the bounty with you whenever possible as there have been times when certain crops and seasons that the boxes were leaner.   We are coming to the end of the spring/early summer crops and will soon be in the lull before the start of the peak summer crops of peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant etc.... so you can expect next weeks box to be smaller and closer to a normal share size.  This will give you a chance to catch your breath after processing these last large boxes.

We hope that you can enjoy what this spring has to offer.  To get the most value out of your CSA you will want to freeze any extras whenever possible.  You don't need a large chest freezer- if all you have is the one above your fridge that will work just fine.  Those who are able to get things frozen are most satisfied with their CSA experience and feel much less veggie guilt. If you are looking for a good resource consider buying the Ball Blue Book, or one of the great cookbooks available from the Fair Share CSA Coalition:  http://www.csacoalition.org/cookbooks/

We wish you well and happy Eating,
Cate & Mat

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Rescheduling a delivery:

New this season, we are allowing members to reschedule, one time only,  to an alternate week to accommodate travel and vacation.  Or you can choose to postpone and double your next delivery.   We must be notified of your intent to reschedule or postpone delivery by 8 am on the Monday of your normally scheduled delivery week.  There will be no exceptions to this deadline.  We are happy to offer this to members, but it has been taking a significant amount of time to track and manage the changes so to help please be sure to include the following:  Name, share size, delivery schedule (weekly or EOW group), pickup site, relevant dates

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