One year I had a gal call and ask about a small bunch of greens, bundled and elasticized, to inquire if they were edible or poisonous. It was kind of amusing to think of us bundling up nightshade or monkshood and putting it in the boxes. Well, it is always good to be sure! I have seen some white beets (not to be confused with the turnips some folks saw week 2) and lemon cucumbers. Though not exotic, they are not frequently seen at any major market. We love to play with our food—I hope you do too!
The blueberries are in! Some of you saw them last week and you all should see them for quite a few weeks in the future. We are harvesting raspberries, but you’ll have to come out to the New Braintree farm to harvest your own or buy them at the market. Yes, we are happy to have our members come to the farm and experience the harvest for themselves. It is very important to understand the labor involved with our local food supply—everything here is picked or dug by hand. If you have children, it is a timeless lesson to have them pick a head of lettuce, pull a beet, pick berries…. Not only does one understand how something grows, but one gains perspective on the labor costs of harvest.
Have you seen all the cukes and squashes yet?
This week: blueberries, lettuce, beets, assorted cucumbers, assorted summer squashes, green beans, fennel…
next week: more berries, CORN!
The weather has warmed up and Glenn dug a few potatoes for dinner the other night—they’ll be along before you know it. Hopefully the heat pushes the tomatoes along, as well as the corn.
If you had come to the CSA 101 gathering, you would have helped me prepare assorted veggies for freezing or dehydrating, bundle herbs for drying, learn a quick way to prep kale, make and eat kale chips, make soup out of dehydrated veggies, make radish leaf pesto, and go prowling for Bobcat. Yep, we got a call from the neighbor about the Bobcat running out of her yard in the direction of our hives. We grabbed our phones and ran over there to take pictures. No luck; we did hear some mewing in the woods, but we did not see Mama.
We are planning an open house and potluck on 21st. Yes, that’s a Sunday and if you are a Sunday picker-upper, you can arrange to get your veggies here. Glenn and I will both be on the farm, so we’ll plan a little hike together, or you can self tour. We love folks to bring a dish to share and I’ll boil corn and slice tomatoes (so don’t do that)…or you can be anti-social and pack your own picnic and still enjoy our company I’ll remind you later.
Eat well, Geneviève Stillman