CSA 2013 - Week #5

The contents of the share may fluctuate through the week.  Please check the newsletter here for an updated list.

In the Box

Radicchio - 1 head
Scallions - 1 bunch
Lettuce - 1 head
Toscano Kale - 1 bunch
Baby Carrots - 1 bunch
Baby Salad Turnips - 1 bunch

Notes from the Farmhouse Kitchen

Happy 4th of July everyone!  This week's box has lots of salad fixings (lettuce, kale, carrots) and radicchio, which is delicious in a salad with a shaving of parmesan cheese, or grilled (see recipe below.)   The scallions are also delicious grilled if you don't slice them on your salad.  The turnip soup recipe can be served room temperature, and is a great way to use the turnip greens and the roots in the same recipe.  Bon appetit! -Maggie

This week's Recipes

Turnip & Turnip Greens Soup
Grilled Radicchio

Recipes from CSA Member Blogs

BBQ Chicken Salad with Avocado - Shared Appetite

News from the Fields

Hi folks, it's Farmer Matt here with a quick update from the fields...  Returning members may notice that the shares these past weeks are smaller than in past years.  A few crops have been lost, including the second planting of baby bok choi and chioggia beets (due to insect damage and weeds), and broccoli (which suffered a lot of root maggot damage as well as wind damage.)  We have subsequent beet and bok choi plantings this summer, so we can look forward to those, but we won't have any more broccoli until the fall.  

As you know, we've had an extremely wet start to the season and every time it rains significantly we can't get our tractors into the fields for at least 2-3 days.  These delays have thrown off our rigorous planting schedule and we're not sure how this will effect the harvest in the coming weeks, but we'll keep you posted.

In good news (and there is plenty of it!)  we have some gorgeous crops headed your way soon...including cippolini onions, more delicious carrots, early red potatoes, zucchini and cucumbers!  -Farmer Matt

News from the Farm

The weather has been sticky and cloudy for days, but the lack of rain has allowed us to get a lot done around the farm.  In fact there's very little we're not doing: we're continuing to prep and plant our late summer, early fall crops; we're irrigating (even though it looks like rain every day we haven't had much recently); we're harvesting (at least 6 days a week); and we're weeding (endless).  I should add that this is the time of year when the equipment seems to inevitably and invariably break down - just when you need it the most.  Luckily most of these issues have been minor. 

On a more administrative note, the Thursday groups will not receive a share this week due to the holiday.  This day was "made up" at the beginning of the year, and is one of the reasons why we began on the last Thursday in May.  Also, it's very likely that fruit shares and herb shares will begin next week (NOT this week).  We will email members at the end of this week to confirm.

Enjoy this week's share and please let us know what vegetables you'll be grilling over the holiday!
Have a happy 4th of July!

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