Week 2 — June Showers?

Hi Everyone!

June!  It’s the first *official* distribution.  All the rain over this past week has been more than we’ve needed, but we’re actually grateful to have the sunshine and heat a little toned down for now.  The unexpectedly summery weather was making everything grow big and fast, a bit bigger and faster than we’ve wanted, so we’re glad for a break.  We were so happy to hear from some of you that you really enjoyed last week’s veggies.  For us, fresh greens are so welcome, and we hope you all are ready for more, with a few new players on the plate.  

With the rain has come an anticipated explosion in our weed population, the pulling of which I try to consider a form of active meditation.  Today, as we weeded and thinned some of our beets, I thought about a question that a Vassar student asked Wes and me a few months ago for a paper she was writing: Do you think joining a CSA is an inherently political action?  While I don’t suspect that most people consider healthy eating to be political, Wes and I are definitely curious to hear all your motivations for getting up and joining our CSA.  Every reason is a good one!

This week, you can expect in your share:

  • Mesclun
  • Head Lettuce
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Braising Mix
  • Spring Garlic
  • Kale
  • Broccoli Raab
  • Napa Cabbage (also called “Chinese Cabbage”)

Napa Cabbage

We love to stir-fry napa cabbage with onions and tofu or chicken, typically dressed with sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic (you could use your spring garlic) and ginger (fresh or powdered, whatever you have handy).  It’s a simple way to feature a delicious green.  Consider throwing in some braising mix to spice it up!

See you at distribution!


2 thoughts on “Week 2 — June Showers?

  1. I read an article a few years ago that started with the question “Do you know where your food comes from?”. I am suspicious of the quality of almost all foods available in any supermarket. The only way that we can be sure of getting fresh and healthy food is to know your local farmers and see for yourself how they care for their crops and animals. We are blessed here in the Gardiner/New Paltz area to have so many wonderful organic growers, with a great variety of products for sale.
    Thanks for the early distribution, I came home with a great haul of fresh, early greens. The arugula was fantastic and most definitely my favorite of the week.

  2. The move to local and organic agriculture is certainly a step to improve nutrition, reduce soil depletion, slow global warming, end dependence on long-distance shipping of industrial-type agriculture. Cuba was kind of forced to do this after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and many other places around the world will also be taking these steps soon.


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