Good afternoon CSA members,
I’m sure most of you have heard the old saying that “Time waits for no one”. Our springtime days will soon be a thing of the past and the summer solstice, which is the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere, will take place on June 21 and on this date summer technically begins. Then before you know it, we will be celebrating Independence Day!
For us farmers, our summer begins when our field tomatoes, free-stone peaches, okra and cantaloupes starts being harvested. The tastes and flavors of summer are hard to beat! At our farm we had quite a storm last night but today, the sun is beating down. Just what we need to make things grow. Once things begin to be harvested, it’s very important to store vegetables and fruit in CSA shares the right way and to always eat the most perishable items first.
How long will they last?
The days listed below are only approximates and could vary based on your refrigerators temperature and the area where your foods are stored inside. The list will give you general ideas however, to help you maintain the quality of your food. There are no preservatives added to the food in your CSA share.
Shelf Life of Fruits and Vegetables
1 to 3 days: Collard greens, corn, green onions, summer squash, strawberries, raspberries, pears, and peaches.
3 to 5 days: Cauliflower, broccoli, bell pepper, asparagus, blueberries, cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash
5 to 7 days: Tomato, radish, lettuce, green beans, cucumber, watermelon, potatoes.
7 or more days: sweet potato, winter squash, cabbage, and bulb onions,
This week the “Fruit Lovers Shares” will get early peaches-the variety is the Early Red Haven peach. This is a Cling peach which just means that you have to either eat around the pit or, cut the flesh from the peach. The Early Red Haven in spite of that, is a really delicious peach. Be sure to let these peaches hang around on your kitchen counter for 2 to 3 days to ripen and soften a bit. Just keep a watch on them.
Here is a link to a springtime treat the whole family will love using fresh fruit. Yogurt Swirl Pops:
What’s in your shares this week?
Cucumbers, bulb onions, summer squash, zucchini, “Conehead” cabbage, green beans, beets, lettuce, sweet corn. By the way – if your corn should have a few worms in the top, this is not unusual. That is an indication that it hasn’t been sprayed. Simply remove the worms, rinse it off and enjoy it. It is delicious even though the season for corn is still early.
Tomatoes that you have received so far have been grown in high tunnels on the farm. (in the ground under cover vs. field grown). These are now gone. We are now waiting for the field tomatoes to ripen. When they get ripe you will be getting them in your shares.
Until next week,
Our weather is unbelievable isn’t it? When I got up at 5 this morning it was muggy and then shortly it rained. Within an hour the sky was blue and we had a nice breeze with less humidity. Now it looks like rain again- As you probably know, farmers work at the whims of nature so please could we have a bit of stability Mother Nature?
“What’s in our shares this week”? We have Zucchini, and – we have some Early sweet corn this week! Keep in mind this corn is first of the season for us, so it will only get better from now on. Onions, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Beets, Cabbage and more! (At some pick up locations, shares may be different than at other locations-everyone gets what’s harvested for their delivery day) Lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes and onions sound like the basis for a nice big tossed salad to me!
Here is a link to a recipe using the sweet corn in this weeks share: https://smittenkitchen.com/2014/09/corn-cheddar-and-scallion-strata/ I have not made this recipe yet myself, but it sounds like a winner as a side dish. If you try it, let me know what you think and snap a photo and email it to me.
Strawberries are quickly phasing out for us, and same goes for the cabbages. I love berries and our cabbage has been delicious this season. Cabbage is so versatile and so nutritious, I really hate to see it go. I have used cabbage a lot in various recipes the past couple weeks. We hope you have enjoyed both of these crops as much as we have.
As a reminder, always use your berries within a day or two days at the most of getting them. We gobble ours up right away so trying to hold them over isn’t an issue for us. The rainy weather has been bad for the crop and for the folks trying to pick the berries.
Your Newsletter will be in this spot again next week, so until then, have a wonderful week and enjoy cooking with and eating your CSA share!
Good afternoon CSA members,
We hope you are enjoying the holiday, and are celebrating the memory of so many men and women who gave their lives to defend our democracy. We owe them all our gratitude.
Every farmer who contributes to your CSA share is knee deep in work at this time of the year. The first plantings have gone in and are beginning to be harvested. Succession planting has begun so that we can have something being harvested almost continuously to fill your boxes each week from here on out.
“What’s in our boxes this week”? Tomatoes, varieties of cabbage, squash, beets, green beans,cauliflower, English peas, green onions. (share boxes may differ from one location to another).
We are so excited this week because we will have early season Tomatoes and summer Squash for you along with some wonderful varieties of cabbages. Cabbages are in the Cruciferous family of vegetables and they are some of our healthiest veggies. This week you will have a Conehead cabbage, Napa cabbage or Round cabbage in your shares. All are extremely tender and delicious any way you use them. Personally I love the conehead cabbage cut up and steamed a few minutes until tender, and just add a bit of butter, with salt and pepper to taste. Couldn’t be easier.
Your Napa cabbage is delicious used in one of the many Asian salads that pop up on Google when you search for “Asian Noodle Salads”. It is also delicious steamed, or even halved then grilled and dressed with an oil and vinegar dressing topped with crumbled feta cheese. Both cabbages are very versatile. Round cabbage, my old fall back here is Cole slaw which I happen to love! Good steamed, in casseroles, soups and on shredded on fish tacos too!
Please don’t throw away those beet greens-they are so nutritious and unbelievably good. The beet greens on your beets are wonderful sautéed in a bit of olive oil, red pepper flakes to taste, salt and pepper to taste and at the last minute add a splash of apple cider or red wine vinegar. Top them with crumbled cooked bacon. .
We hope you enjoy your share, and have a wonderful week,
CSA rocks on, week #2
‘Wow, what a difference a week makes in the growth of crops. Last week I mentioned that our first week box would be light and it was in our mind, but this weeks box should make up well for it. Some weeks are just always going to be better than others. I tell you this because this is just the nature of farming. Farming is dependent on so many variables, but the flavor of the food and the nutrition you get from from the food because it hasn’t traveled thousands of miles to reach your table, is so worth the work that goes into it, even if you can’t control the variables. So, do enjoy this weeks haul!
“What’s in my share this week” Napa cabbage, green cabbage, lettuce, green onions, broccoli, strawberries, green beans, cucumbers, and English peas. (Some of the above will be in your shares. Contents in our 3 share sizes vary. Share contents in Tennessee could vary from those delivered in Alabama). Our English peas are not prolific this season, so we suggest you shell them and eat them raw in a green salad. We do this, but find we eat most of them while we’re shelling them, they’re so good raw. Get your school age children to help shell the peas, they will enjoy it plus they may even sample them while shelling.
Please don’t forget to pick up your CSA share this week, times and days are on the website pick up location page. If you can’t make it to pick up let us know in advance of your pick up day – 48 hours notice please. . (By the way – you can also have someone pick up for you)
If you have a favorite recipe from a website that uses a veggie or fruit from your CSA share, please send the link to us and we will pass it along in the Newsletter. Who doesn’t love a good recipe?
Be cautious in the heat forecast for our area this week, do stay hydrated! Eat your Cucumbers!
‘Till next weeks newsletter,
Good morning CSA members!
Today is the first delivery of the season and we are excited to begin! Looks like we may have a bit of rain in some areas so be prepared today, just in case.
Our first harvest is kind of light, but we did not want to delay another week so realize that mid summer harvests in your shares will more than make up for the lighter harvest this week. We hope you will enjoy and use everything in your share. It’s a miracle that something started from a small seed brings forth wonderful food to nourish our body and our soul.
Please follow the CSA Guidelines about what to do at your pick up sites this week. If in doubt, follow the leader! Let us know if you did NOT receive your email from us last week containing your CSA Guidelines. You really do need to read them, they will help you this season. Check your junk mail file before alerting us.
“What’s in the Box”. Some, but not all of the following will be in your share this week: Collard Greens, Broccoli, Cabbage, Green Onions, Lettuce, Strawberries. Use most perishable items first, such as Strawberries, then Broccoli, Lettuce, Green Onions and Collards, then Cabbage. Cabbage holds over well, just trim the outer leaves if needed.
Here are two links to recipes for using your collard greens! Tip: I always had a little brown sugar to taste in mine (not white sugar).
Please verify your pick up day, time and the procedure for picking up your share once you arrive at the pick up location. Procedure can be found at your location on the pickup locations page on this website.