CSA Week 4: Balancing the Bounty

Hey everyone!

Week 4 of the CSA is here and holy cow it’s almost July! We made it through last week’s fit of rain with no major set backs aside from some soggy britches after a long harvest in the rain on Tuesday.

This grumpy guy was livin’ it up in the rainy weather, hiding in the lettuce.

The sun came out this weekend in time for market (for which we are very grateful) and I was able to get to the farm on Saturday to take care of some much needed hoeing – something that doesn’t make much sense to do in wet weather.

With the spotty sun and rain our crops continue to surprise us – we feel we are constantly walking the line between having things being not quite ready to harvest or being too ready/bolting before we can get to harvest it – luckily we have plenty of food to go around despite these hang-ups. It’s a skill of intuition and a balance that comes only with experience (in general) but also with experience on the same land season after season. The fertility and forgivingness of this land has been an astounding discovery for us and with each day we are able to trust our intuition a little bit more.

Week 4 brings some new friends but some old favorites are still hanging out:

  • Escarole
  • Lettuce
  • Salad Mix
  • Parsley
  • Dill
  • Kale
  • Chard/Napa Cabbage
  • Snap Peas (maybe!)
  • Garlic Scapes/Green Garlic
  • Kohlrabi
  • Turnips

Check out the Hudson Valley CSA Coalition Veggie Guide and get excited about this week’s share!

I was so happy to get some parsley recipes for sharing from members Carla and Jennifer:

And for those looking to experiment with your Kohlrabi – check out this Kohlrabi Schnitzel recipe!

I had a lot of fun comparing our food to the size on my head last week 🙂

The week ahead is a busy one for us – lots of harvesting to keep up with along with some fun tomato/cuke work – pruning and trellising! This can be a real pain in the back but it’s truly an art in training your tomatoes to make the fruit you want them to and to stay healthy and manageable throughout the season. Ask me about it at pick-up this week if you want some pointers for your home garden!

Our cukes are up on the trellis- woohoo!

QUICK REMINDERS:

  • Fresh chickens will be at pick-up this week for those who ordered them, bring your payment! – if you want one but haven’t ordered yet there are some available still.
  • This is a GROUP B week for half shares!
  • Last week to order Second Wind CSA T-shirts! Let us know!

Thanks for being here folks, we’ll see you at pick up!

❤ SAL

217-840-0683 (Leslie)

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