CSA Week 3: When it Rains, it Pours…When it Doesn’t Rain…

It still pours – Figuratively speaking obviously!

Man, 2020 is really wringing us out huh? After last year’s magnificent growing season it can only be expected that we are met with snow in May and a drought in June. While the struggle is real (more on that to follow) we continue to do all we can to keep our crops happy – here are a few that will be making their way to your share this week:

**DISCLAIMER: share list is estimated on Sunday every week and is apt to change if crops suffer a loss or bolting between then and time of harvest**

  • Salad Mix
  • Arugula
  • Lettuce Heads
  • Kale
  • Chard
  • Dandelion Greens Or Mustard Greens
  • Chinese Broccoli or Bok Choy
  • Salad Turnips
  • Radishes
  • Kohlrabi
  • Beets
  • Fennel
  • Scallions
  • Fennel Leaf or Dill
  • Yukina

HALF SHARE GROUP A THIS WEEK

FARMER RECIPE: Green New Dill Dressing

If you haven’t heard yet – dill is my absolute favorite herb, but I know it can be a challenging one to use outside of salmon and pickles! Here’s a little hack from yours truly.

  • Healthy handful of dill sprigs
  • 2-3 Tbs. Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbs. Tahini
  • 2 Garlic Scapes
  • S&P to taste
  • Splash of water

Throw it all in your food processor/ninja/bullet – whatever ya got! Use as a salad dressing, pasta salad sauce, add it to some cottage cheese or top your avocado toast with it. It’s the BEST.

NOTES FROM THE FARM

I feel like I’ve had a million little thoughts come to my head this week that I wanted to make sure made it into the blog but today I find myself rushing to get this info out to you all during our siesta – so pardon my ramblings if they get a little squirrely!

Beating the Heat

Taking a siesta is something I truly love – it’s a customary part of life in many places, but for me, I hold it close to my heart from my time working on farms in South America. I spent time on a finca in the desert at the foot of the Andes in Argentina. There the days got so hot we’d often break at noon and not return to work until 4pm. We’ve been finding this schedule to be so nice during these hot days this week. Although our days end later – we’re happy to make the trade to keep ourselves safe.

In the Spirit of the Solstice

Last Saturday marked the summer solstice- the day we so appropriately celebrated by working until the sun went down! It’s a truly magical time of year – we are feeling the shift from the mild (very mild) spring days into the heat of summer not in the temperatures, but we start to see it in the fields and taste it in our shares. Over the weekend, we pulled out a handful of the early season’s, “cool weather crops” that are no longer tolerating the heat: broccoli raab, spinach, and early lettuce plantings. While some crops are leaving us behind, other’s are springing to life – we scramble to keep up with the pruning, trellising and vining fruit crops of summer: tomatoes, cukes, and zucchinis. In this transition we are quickly approaching what we call “the hunger gap”of summer – where the share will slim down as spring crops putter out and we wait on the fruit of the summer bounty ahead.

Our awesome new crew member, Davida, happily spending her Saturday morning pulling out bolted spinach from the field and embracing the spirit of the solstice- time to let that spring crop go and make room for what’s next!

What else…

First blooms of the year have popped up- just waiting on the rest of the flowers to catch up so we can open U-pick!
One of Four Wind’s newborn calves – they are on their 5th generation of grass fed cattle, pretty cool!

One last thing….if you need me…

Now that you all have had the experience of picking up your shares and meeting Anthony and I it seems like we all know what to expect at each distribution moving forward. Just a note here to say, that if you are reaching out to me via email on the day of pick-up it is unlikely I will get back to you before it starts. CSA days are jam-packed with harvesting, washing, and packing up your tasty haul and I don’t typically check my emails until I’m set up at pick-up. If you need to be in touch with me, the best way to reach me is by calling or texting at the number listed here at the end of each blog post!

Stay cool out there ya’ll – see you soon!

❤ AL

217-840-0683 (leslie)

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