CSA Week 23

This Week’s HarvestB6C25A95-007A-4655-B151-E44EDD3F7098

cabbage

sweet potatoes

carrots

acorn squash

potatoes

radish (daikon or red round)

spinach

purple cauliflower OR romanesco

red onion

salad turnips

braising greens

Apple Share

Gold Rush and Fuji

Farm News

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First day of planting 2019

We can’t do what we do without our crew! This year we enjoyed the return of Audrey, Dan, Courtney, Kelly and Sophia to the farm and welcomed Nate full time. Nate first learned of our farm 10 years ago when his parents participated in the first years of our CSA program! We also had several part-time workers throughout the summer, welcoming a college student, aspiring farmer, and massage therapist. At the height of the season, on the busiest days of the week, we’d have 7 staff in addition to ourselves. Most people on the farm have to be well versed in all aspects of the farm, but we do have staff specialize in certain tasks. Dan focuses on tractor work and can do anything we throw at him. This year was Audrey’s second one on the tractor and she added additional tractor tasks to her repertoire, such as mowing and bed shaping. She can also handle anything we throw at her! Nate and Courtney hold down the fort in the packing shed and pack CSA boxes, wash veggies and do the wholesale pack.

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Dan cultivates beets with the finger weeders
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Audrey drives on potato planting day
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Nate and Audrey plant summer squash

Recently we’ve called on Mile Creek alum, Brittany,  to help us see the season through. We are grateful that Brittany — who last helped us make beautiful market bouquets back when we grew flowers– is able to help us a couple days a week to bring in the fall harvest! And just today we found ourselves unexpectedly short 2 crew members with a jam packed day and had to call on a friend (think harvesting, washing, and bagging for CSA, washing 950 lbs of radishes for wholesale, and picking 300 lbs of kohlrabi also for wholesale).  Taking advantage of the fact that I know our fellow market gardener and neighbor, Stephen Cook, typically takes Mondays off, I frantically texted him this morning. Fortunately he is a saint (he would down play and just say “good friend” ), and left his own to-do list to come help us harvest.`

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Stephen Cook, of Cook’s Garden, helps us out in a pinch!

Needless to say we are grateful to everyone who has had a hand in helping our farm hum along, some days more conventionally than other days. And we are grateful to our customers! For those of you whose biweekly season comes to an end this week, thank you and we hope you enjoyed it! One more week for our weekly and other set of biweekly members left before our regular season comes to an end and our extended season begins.

Recipes

Turnip and Potato Soup

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Garlicky Beans and Greens (Use braising greens, turnip greens, and/or spinach in place of collards)

Roasted Roots with Tumeric-Tahini Sauce (good choices for roasting this week are carrots, sweet potatoes, potatoes, turnips, daikon or regular radish, cabbage, and acorn squash)

Hippie Bowls with Secret Sauce (substitute green cabbage for red. Substitute cauliflower for broccoli)

Coming up next week (our best guess…..) Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Rutabaga, Brussels Sprouts, Spinach, Broccoli, Beets, Potatoes, Purple Top Turnips

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