From the Farmer

Dry Weather On the Horizon, Strawberries & In Your Share

Hello CSA Members!

It has been quite an aggressively rainy week here on the farm! We’re hoping you were able to keep dry and safe through it all. As tumultuous as it was, I have to say, watching lightning illuminate the clouds last Tuesday evening was pretty spectacular. With the exception of a little storm passing through today, it is starting to look like we might actually have dry weather on the horizon – whew! Of course the crops need water and it’s certainly more efficient for us when nature takes charge of irrigation, but too much water can flood the fields, cause erosion , and drown the plants, so we are happy that things are clearing up. I’m waiting for the fields to dry out a bit so that I can hop on the tractor and prepare the soil for our next plantings (melons, and 2nd and 3rd plantings of lettuce, pac choi, and zucchini).

As the sun comes out we are looking forward to seeing our past plantings come to fruition. This week we are starting to see radishes, lettuce, arugula, and strawberries become ready to harvest. I am even seeing the cucumbers growing in our high tunnel greenhouse starting to fruit! It’s very early to see cucumbers nearing harvest time, so that is pretty exciting.

This week’s shares are as follows:

Small Shares:

  • Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Pac Choi
  • Spring Salad Mix
  • Chives or Garlic Chives
  • Dried Hot Peppers

Large Shares:

  • Strawberries
  • Radishes
  • Sprouting Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Pac Choi
  • Spring Salad Mix
  • Chives or Garlic Chives
  • Dried Hot Peppers

In shares this week we have Pac Choi, a sweet, mild, succulent green that is perfect for stir frying with carrots, onions, soy sauce and sesame oil. Sometimes I throw an egg in the mix right at the end for a little extra protein. We also have a Spring Salad Mix that includes baby lettuce and arugula leaves. Recently I’ve been roasting sweet potatoes and tossing them in my salads with quinoa and red onions. I think the toasty savory flavor of the sweet potato pairs nicely with the light spice in the arugula.

Our strawberries plants are certainly starting to fruit more consistently but have been desperately yearning for sun. Just in the past two days they have produced twice as much as the previous week, so we are looking forward to harvesting more in the coming weeks.

Thanks and we’ll see you at the Farm Stand or the Boat House this week! Be Well,

Anya, Deb x 22 goats, Dan and Ann, Lex x 800 laying hens and x 17 hogs, James and Rocko, Nate, Christina, Kate, Amanda, Julia, Anna

Important Notes:

  • Important note about egg shares: Still on rain delay. The hens are doubling production daily, but considering only 20 were laying a few days ago, we still have a ways to go. That means, NO EGGS SHARES THIS WEEK EITHER. Once these 800 girls get going, we would love to invite you to double up on your eggs any week in July. We will send out reminders and updates and appreciate your patience very much.
  • Pizzaria MOTO will be at the Farm Stand this Tuesday and every Tuesday, making farm-to-table quick and easy one night a week. This week’s “market pie” is Potato Leek and as always, Chef Tyler will have three other favorites on the menu.
  • Also at the Farm Stand Tuesday night: Trickling Springs Creamery and ice cream samples!
  • HONEY IS SOLD OUT until further notice. We just got new hives installed at the Grange Farm and are hopeful that the bees at the Grant Farm are hard at work making honey. If we find a great, hyper-local honey source to sell, we will let you know.
  • We will have eggs from Moutoux Orchard for sale at the Farm Stand all week and George’s Mill Goat Cheese is back in stock.
  • We still have a few spots open for veggie, egg, flower and chicken shares (tell a friend!)
  • CSA Members Pick-Your-Own Strawberries – don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten! Strawberries are ripening as we write the newsletter and you will begin seeing them in shares and for sale. As soon as we hit that mark of abundance, veggie members will receive a all-you-can-pick strawberry coupon in shares with details about locations and picking days and times. There will be at least two days of picking, hopefully more!
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