Wednesday, June 22, 2016

2016 CSA Share 4

2016 CSA Share 4

It's been a busy week on the farm, we had our hay cut and baled and have been putting it up in the barn, looking at nearly 300 bales from our hay field and some extra cow pasture we hayed, about 6 acres. 

Beyond that we have been transplanting herbs, mulching, and prepping the garden for the last planting of sweet corn, okra,  dry beans, pumpkins, melons, watermelons and winter squash. This week is largely a green share again, enjoy these greens now! With the heat and lack of rain we've been experiencing this summer, who knows how long we will have them. Soon we'll be enjoying kohlrabi and broccoli and summer squash though. New this week we have green onions and kale! 

Inside the greenhouse the plants are growing well and managing the heat, we will likely have peas next week as well. The first tomato fruits are forming and the tomato plants are covered with flowers, just check out these cherry tomato plants! 

Large Share Pictured: 2 .5 lb bags of mixed greens, 2 .5 lb bags of mixed lettuce, 2 root bundles, 2 herb bundles, 2 kale bunches, 2 green onion bunches.
Small Share Pictured: 1 bunch kale, 1 bunch herbs, 1 bunch green onions, 1 bunch roots, 1 .5 lb bag lettuce mix, 1 l5 lb bag greens mix


This week we have the first kale of the season, enjoy these young leaves as kale chips or sautéed in olive oil, garlic and a little cayenne, or add them to a soup, or a frittata, or a quiche, you can't go wrong with kale. 

Kale Chips

Green Onions

New this week we have bunches of green onions, add these diced to your salad greens for a great salad! 

Mixed Greens-Tatsoi, Mizzuna, Mustard, baby Kale, Arugula

We have a mix of some of our more unusual greens again this week. This is great by itself or mixed with the lettuce mix. If you find the greens too hot, try cooking them down to cook down the heat a bit by braising, sautéing, or steaming. 

Root bundle

This week we have more radishes, baby beets, and a purple top turnip to add to your salad. We like the beets shredded on salad and the turnip thinly sliced. Remember, these greens are also edible! Cut off the greens an inch above the roots and store those in a closed container. The greens are most often eaten cooked down, added to soup or egg dishes. 

Lettuce Mix

Our favorite lettuce mix variety from Johnny Seeds, this is a mix of green oak leaf, red oak leaf, green romaine, red romain, lollo rossa, and red leaf lettuces that always gets rave reviews from our customers.  


This week we have three herbs for everyone, oregano, tarragon, and apple mint. For an idea on what produce, meat and dishes these work best in, and how best to store them, consult the below Herb Cooksmart Guide. 

To preserve your herbs you can hang them to dry out of the sun and rain where there is good air flow until dry, then crumble into a paper bag and transfer to a storage container. Tarragon leaves can be frozen or dried. If left to dry for too long though, the leaves lose their flavor, so make sure to store them in airtight containers as soon as the leaves are dry. 


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