CSA Week 4

This Week’s Harvest16DB4039-8336-4228-87C8-BB367BF1B805

Sugar Snap Peas

Spinach (last of the spring season!)

Kohlrabi

Salad Mix

Garlic Scapes

Beets

Flat Leaf Parsley

Arugula OR Braising Greens

Radishes

Swiss Chard

Save the Date

Our CSA member field walk will take place Wednesday June 26 from 6:30 to 8:00. We will have light refreshments and tour the farm. Come see how your food is grown and ask your farmers your questions! We’ll see what we’ve been picking and what goodies are still to come. Comfortable walking attire is recommended! See you then!

Farm News

With the arrival of our brand new rinse conveyer, custom built by an Amish farm equipment manufacturing company in Pennsylvania, our redesigned packing barn is complete! 

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Unloading the rinse conveyer using unconventional methods

Just last year a third of the packing barn (where produce comes in from the field to be cleaned,  processed and stored) was unusable. Now the entire space is being used. With space restrictions lifted, we are able to wash both produce and bins so much more efficiently than years past. With so many variables out of our control in this line of work, how efficient we are is key to the success of the farm.

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Lights and concrete are also new additions to the pack barn this year

So imagine my delight when it only took 10 minutes to wash 80 some bunches of radishes for the inaugural run of the rinse conveyer. Just the day before, when the rinse conveyer was on the property but not yet set up, it took 45 minutes to wash the radishes. In fact, I ended up having to work past 5 to get the washing for the day complete. 

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We’ve had 4 work days with the rinse conveyer and everyone is happy with the upgrade. Washing and sanitizing our bins is done in no time, produce is handled less and gets cleaner,  and mud from the field is contained. Even though the packing barn space is now bigger, it takes less time to clean it up at the end of the day.

This piece of equipment was not inexpensive and it has been on our wish list for a couple of years. We are so glad we could finally get one and can see how it will easily repay for itself! A farmer we follow on instagram who recently acquired the same rinse conveyer commented that it was their best farm tool.  I think I’m going to second that!

Recipes

Garlic Scape and Parsley Pesto (toss with steamed snap peas, pasta or dollop on pizza recipe below!)

Roasted Beets and Kohlrabi

Beet, Chard and Garlic Scape Pizza (red beets will fine in place of golden)

Coming Up Next Week (our best guess…….)  golden beets, snap peas, butter lettuce, scallions, radishes, kohlrabi, cilantro, escarole

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