|Tomatoes of all different shapes, sizes, and colors from the field! Summer, 2019
Week 3 of Summer Shares!
Happy July, Everybody! It’s crazy to us farmers that we are already so far into the summer, considering February was only a week ago, but time on the farm can be like that. Welcome to week 3 of summer shares!
This week we will be picking Beets for the first time. They will come bunched with greens on them. We’re picking the early to try and thin our beds a little bit, so they will be on the smaller side, meaning super sweet! Head Lettuce will continue to be a mainstay for the foreseeable future. Rainbow Chard is back in baskets, and chard shares will be receiving the specialty greens this week. Scallions are making their first appearance of the year. Our radish beds are just not producing early on this year. We will be taking a look at them each harvest day, but cannot guarantee they will be harvestable. My best guess is that the heat has been getting to them, but our beds keep going to seed before the radish bulbs up. Parsley will be in shares this week so that we can cleanup our beds a little bit. Our Peas are covered in flowers! We will go through our beds this week, but do not expect to get any decent harvest until next week. Either way, we will be passing out what we harvest..
The Specialty Greens share this week will be receiving a Brassica Greens Mix and the Herb Share will receive Green and Purple Basil. Brassica greens and basil will also be available in the farm store.
This weeks shares will go out: Monday 7/6, Wednesday 7/8, Friday 7/10
Pick up is in the barn anytime after 3:30pm
Some veggies may come with limited pest damage. We are committed to operating as a 100% Spray and Pesticide Free farm, and one of the results of that is occasional pest problems. Typically the extent of the damage is small holes nibbled by insects, and we will never pass out vegetables that have lost their nutritional integrity due to pest damage. We hope you will understand!
A ? signifies a crop that we pass out over a couple of weeks. This could be because it is just starting to come in and is not yet producing enough to pass out to everyone in the same week, or because the crop produces smaller amounts over an extended period of time (like in the case with broccoli). We make sure that everyone receives an equal share, even if it is passed out over a few weeks. If we do not pass out a crop to every basket on a share day, we make note where we left off and resume in that spot the following week.
What to Expect Week 3:
Beets w/ Greens
Chard Share: 15 Week Share Only
Kale Share: 15 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Herb Share: Green & Purple Basil
Speciality Greens: Brassica Greens Mix
Egg Share: 15 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Coffee Share: 15 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Monday: Honey Multigrain
Wednesday and Friday: Cinnamon Raisin
Anticipated Basket Week 3 (Subject to Change):
Chard Share: 15 Week Share + 7 Week Share
Kale Share: 15 Week Share Only
Herb Share: Basil
Speciality Greens: Brassica Greens Mix
Egg Share: 15 Week Share Only
Coffee Share: 15 Week Share Only
We Are Hiring!
After a string of untimely injuries and departures from our crew, we are looking to hire on some part time help for at least a couple of months through the summer. Our starting rate of pay is $11/hr, and we prefer availability for at least two days out of the week. Applicants must be able to work long days in the sun, lift 50lbs, and be reliable. No experience is necessary. If you are interested in joining our team for a couple days out of the week, please email Jack at email@example.com
Looking For Bamboo!
Do we know anyone with a large patch of bamboo we can cut back? We need about 100 4-foot pieces to extend our pea trellising by a couple of feet. The bushes are starting to get huge! If you do, please email Jack at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange a time to send some crew members out to grab it. Thank you!
Farm Store Now Stocked Daily!
ATTENTION! MASKS AND GLOVES WILL BE REQUIRED IN OUR BARN AND STORE DURING THE FOLLOWING TIMES:
We have decided to implement this schedule to protect our CSA members from transmission of COVID-19. Outside of these hours masks and gloves are not required, but they are encouraged.
With the beginning of summer shares, we will now be stocking the store daily for all of your fresh veggie needs!
The farm store operates on the honor system, which means cash or check only. Returning shoppers will notice a few changes in the farm store. We put up a dividing wall between the CSA tables and the store, and made a produce shelf for non refrigerated items. The cash box has moved locations to the banister along the stairs to the right of the fridge.
Regarding Pickups In The Barn
Pickup will operate as normal in our barn, save for a few exceptions due to COVID-19. With increased traffic during share days, as well as open produce being washed and packed in our barn,
MASKS AND GLOVES WILL BE REQUIRED IN OUR BARN DURING THE FOLLOWING TIMES:
We have made this decision to reduce any possibility of transmission in our barn. Masks and gloves will be provided to store visitors during these hours. Outside of those hours we still encourage the use of masks and gloves available, but it is not required.
For CSA members looking to avoid a crowd in the barn, we recommend picking up your share after 5:00pm. At that point the bulk of the crew will be sent home, delivery baskets and drivers will be cleared out of the barn, and the initial rush for pickups will have slowed.
Every share day until 4:30 we will have a staff member in the barn that can assist members get their basket that do not want to enter the barn. The farmers will be wearing appropriate PPE the entire time they are in the barn on share days, and will be happy to bring your basket out of the barn for you.
Recipes and Nutrition from Emily Alexander Nutrition, LLC
Hi Summer CSA Share Members! My name is Emily Alexander and I am a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner located in Keene, NH. As a practitioner, I help to support my clients and their bodies in achieving wellness, nutrition, and overall health through whole foods and individualized nutritional support! I am passionate in helping individuals create healthy habits and part of that is helping people learn to create the most nutrient dense meals that they can.
In your box this week you will see you have Swiss Chard! This nutrient dense vegetable is a great addition to your cooking rotation as it is easy to prepare and equally as delicious. Its nutrient profile boasts 700 times the recommended daily amount (RDA) of the fat soluble Vitamin K and 200 times the RDA of the fat soluble Vitamin A. There are many delicious ways to use this vegetable including as a wrap, in an omelette, stir fried, and steamed.
Lemon-Garlic Stir-fried Swiss Chard:
1 Bunch Swiss Chard
2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (cold pressed)
½ lemon, juiced
Salt and Pepper to taste
Shred leaves of swiss chard from stems.
Heat olive oil at medium heat in a pan.
Add minced garlic to the pan, and continue to stir until fragrant. Stir frequently to avoid burning.
Add chard to the pan and continue to stir as it softens. Squeeze lemon juice over the chard as it cooks, and continue to stir.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from the pan and serve immediately.
I hope you enjoy this recipe, and keep your eyes open for a new recipe each week. If you are interested in learning new recipes follow me on instagram @emilyalexandernutritionllc! Interested in more individualized support around your nutrition? Contact me at email@example.com or http://emilyalexandernutrition.com to learn more about how we can work together.
EVERYTHING IN PLANT STAND 50% OFF!
We want to get as many of our plant starts planted before its too late as possible! All items in the plant stand will be 50% off for the remainder of the season! Hanging baskets, 4.5in pots, window boxes, 6-packs, and more!
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