Strawberries from Downing Fruit Farm in New Madison, OH
Guide to the Blog
We hope you use this resource as you go through your week’s produce. As a CSA member, you will receive lots of different vegetables, some very common and some not so common. It is our hope that you come to love everything we grow! One of this newsletter’s purposes is to help with just that, by providing vegetable notes and recipes. In the harvest list above any highlighted vegetable is linked to another page specific to that vegetable. For example, you can click on “Garlic Scapes” and you’ll be taken to a page that explains what they are and provides ways to prepare them. Additionally, each week at the end of the blog there will be links to recipes. I try to find recipes that use 2 or more items from the box. If you haven’t done so already, you can click “follow this blog” on the right and every time I make a new post you will be sent an e-mail notification.
A Note on Keeping Vegetables Fresh
We take great pride in our vegetables being really fresh and long lasting. Most vegetables want to be wrapped in plastic to stay crisp all week long and beyond. You can use grocery bags or ziplock bags, just don’t throw vegetables in the fridge loose or they will wilt quickly. If your vegetables are a little wilty by they time they make it to your kitchen, you can refresh them by putting them in a bowl of ice water for a few minutes. That should crisp them back up…but we don’t anticipate this step being necessary.
We’ve hit the time of year where all the seasons are overlapping. With the start of the CSA we are finally into our weekly harvesting rhythm. To ensure that we have things to harvest through November, our weekly transplanting routine in place since April continues. And just this week, we are seeding our fall planting of broccoli (before we even harvest our spring planting!). We’ve been bustling since Febuary for this moment: the start of the weekly CSA deliveries.
If you came to the farm on any given day you would see Ben out in the fields on one of our three tractors (even during coffee breaks). We use tractors to plant, weed, apply compost and other nutrients, as well as other odd jobs like pounding our tomato stakes in. We have a great crew that all worked with us last year. They harvest, wash vegetables, plant, keep up with greenhouse seeding, make bouquets and more! I hope to profile each crew member throughout the season. As for me, I manage the CSA from harvest to e-mails to delivery and do the same for our farmers market stand at 2nd Street Market. Ben and I enjoy what we do and thank you for the support. We hope you enjoy this journey in seasonal eating.
Greens with peanut sauce ( sub garlic scapes for the garlic, use any of the greens in the box) Peanut sauce on a bed of greens is one of our favorite way to serve greens!
Have a great week!