Was not even going to mention the rain, except then I learned a new fact that I think gives me some latitude to complain: this has been the 4th wettest June on record, and it's on track for first place. I've decided that we are actually seeing the first wave of weird climate change events here on the farm, and I am worried for the future of agriculture in our country. A lot of adaption will be needed to make us as resilient as possible to droughts, flooding and whatever else this will bring to us. On our farm we try to keep our bare ground covered as much as possible to prevent soil erosion and compaction during large storm events. Our pathways are mulched, our resting soil is cover cropped, and wherever possible our crops are mulched and planted into beds that lie along the farm's contours, to slow down the water as it drains from the field.
That being said, the crops are for the most part responding just fine to the water, as much of our field is well drained and we use raised beds in the other sections! The cucumbers are soooo close to being ready, and the tomatoes and pepper fruits are big enough to make me pause and admire them as I walk by. Summer is getting closer!
This is a reminder that your second CSA payment is due this week. Please bring a check or cash to Thursday's pickup or Monday's pickup if you are a farm-pickup member. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call or email us!
And if you're looking for some real inspiration, please keep up with Chef Allison's cooking blog where she continues to just blow us away with the food she's creating from the share. Thanks Allison! We hope these tips and recipes will help the cooking and prepping go faster.
Just a reminder, to be remembered in the bountiful weeks ahead: our share is free choice, meaning you can choose how much of each thing to take or not take every week, with certain limits. If your household's share has signed up to have a third or fourth person eating with you, you can take an extra item beyond the limit. Please only take what you need for that week's meals.
The second part is that you can take what you need for fresh eating each week. That fresh eating part is critical, as it allows us financially to continue to offer this type of CSA share. The share is not intended to be used for canning, freezing, pickling (except fridge pickles) extensive juicing or other preserving or uses. We do have bulk produce available every week if that's your thing, great! But if you take more than you need and preserve it, it might leave us with not enough for other shareholders. Thanks for understanding!
This week we're also bringing along a sign-in sheet that we'll ask you to sign for our own records. We'd like to confirm how many people are picking up and that our records are correct, because pickup day can be so hectic we don't want to miss anyone. Thanks! Also, let us know if a partner or household member would like to be added to the newsletter list.
At our Westy pickup, we'll have our mainstays, Crosswinds Farm and Creamery, Wide Awake Bakery and Wellspring Forest Farm with meat, cheese, eggs, yogurt, bread and mushrooms, to augment your shares and fill your diets with delicious local food, and the Crooked Carrot Kitchen will again have their cooler o' ala carte pickles at our pickup site.
And! Head fermenter Silas should be there to answer any questions you might have this coming week. Bring some cash if you'd like to head home with a nice jar of delicious, probiotic vegetable snackery or stock up on the rest of the food pyramid from our local producers.
And now, the pickin' list!
Zucchini/ Summer Squash
Thai Basil (delicious cinnamon flavor, perfect raw chopped on Asian stir-fries or soups, or vietnamese salads, etc.)