Monthly Archives: May 2016

CSA distributions begin this week!

From a snow covered greenhouse in early April to 90 degree days in late May, it's been an interesting season already!

From a snow covered greenhouse in early April to 90 degree days in late May, it’s been an interesting season already!

Hi all, Alli here.

It’s that time of year again!  Our CSA filled up earlier than ever this year (thank you to all of our members, both new and returning!), and the start of the season is here already.  If you are signed up, you should have received an email from us about 2 weeks ago, and you’ll get another one shortly, just in case there are some members who still haven’t followed this blog.  Those of you who are signed up for bi-weekly shares will also get a separate email notifying you of your start date, as some of you will start this week and some of you will start the following week.

Tiny boxes of seeds arrived this winter--it's amazing how much food this can turn into.

Tiny boxes of seeds arrived this winter; it’s amazing how much food this can turn into.

Here’s some important info for you regarding pick-ups:

*Gardiner distribution: Tuesdays from 2:30-7 at 158 Marabac Rd, in the white barn

*Garrison distribution: Wednesdays from 4-7 at 20 Nazareth Way, on the porch

*We will have plastic bags available if you need them, but please help us cut down on waste by bringing your own reusable bags, if at all possible!

*Please sign in at the beginning of each distribution.  This helps us keep track of anyone who might be missing distributions and also helps you identify what dates you pick up eggs, if you have an egg share.

*If you are ever late to a distribution, we will attempt to call you and make arrangements for your share.  However, please always try to notify us if you are running late or will not be able to make it for any reason.  This helps us cut down on wasted food or allows us to make alternate arrangements with you.

That covers the basics, but please let us know if you have any questions at all regarding pick ups or your balance!

Arugula in early May (now it's ready for you to eat!).

Arugula in early May (now it’s ready for you to eat!).

This spring has been an interesting one already, with some pretty cool temps early on slowing the growth of certain direct-seeded crops and now crazy heat making them jump up in size (and making us water like crazy…speaking of which, please send good vibes our way that it actually rains tomorrow like it’s supposed to!).  Such is the life of farmers–we never quite know what we’re going to get, but we work with what we get to keep growing you the best food we can!  While I wouldn’t call this ‘normal’ by any means, it’s actually been somewhat similar to the strange spring we had last year, and it’s had a similar impact on all the crops we planted.  This first distribution will have a smaller variety of items than we had hoped for, but the crops that are ready are READY for you to eat.  You’ll definitely be getting an assortment of greens, such as lettuce, kale or collards, arugula, chard, and spring garlic (and possibly some other surprises), and the variety in the shares will only continue to grow as the weeks go on!

Every time I think I've found the most beautiful lettuce, another one comes along and proves me wrong, like this Red Deer Tongue Lettuce.

Every time I think I’ve found the most beautiful lettuce, another one comes along and proves me wrong, like this Red Deer Tongue Lettuce (with some amazing butterheads behind it!).

I look forward to seeing returning members and meeting new ones, and I can’t wait for everyone to meet Joe and Anna, the farm crew this season.  We all hope you will enjoy a lot of delicious salads this week, so I’m going to leave you with this recipe for a Miso Tahini dressing to help keep them interesting!  Anna and I both loveeeee miso and tahini dressings (even better when they are together), and Joe is getting used to one of us adding these dressings to almost every meal these days!

http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-miso-tahini-dressing-172942#recipe

Have a great week everyone, and enjoy all of these farm photos from the spring!

Joe and Anna prepping our beds by spreading an amazing layer compost on them.

Joe and Anna prepping our beds by spreading a layer of Jay’s amazing compost on them.

I agree, a lettuce transplant seems like a great place to build a house!

I agree, a lettuce transplant seems like a great place to build a house!

Some rainy day lettuce planting awhile back.

Anna and I working on some rainy day lettuce planting awhile back.

From baby kale plants....

From baby kale plants….

...to full sized plants, ready to eat!

…to full sized plants, ready to eat!

Tomato seedlings...

Tomato seedlings…

...to tomato planting...

…to tomato planting…

...to a whole field of tomatoes!

…to a whole field of tomatoes!

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