Hope you cleared out some room in your fridge, cause we've got quite a bountiful load coming tonight! (/Monday night.)
As promised, we have garlic scapes, (the garlic flower), mild and garlicky, great for pesto or just lightly cooked and tossed into meals to add some punch! We've also got:
broccoli -- wow these are here early! they are in limited quantity but are extremely tender heads with a nutty flavor
green kohlrabi -- try making a "kohl" slaw!
hakurei turnips -- great for salads and deliciously tender when cooked!
mizuna -- a very mild Asian green great for cooking lightly or tossing in salads
Asian greens mix -- also great for salads or stir fries
spinach -- probably the second to last week for spinach because it's getting so hot, so take a lot and then we'll see spinach again when fall cools down the fields...
lettuce -- three varieties: curly red, green iceberg and red Romaine
kale -- three varieties: Winterbor, Red Russian and Lacinato/dinosaur (try a wilted kale salad with our winterbor variety: toss finely chopped curly kale with lemon juice, olive oil, salt, black pepper and anything else you can imagine, let it "cook" for a few hours, chill and serve)
rainbow chard (stems are great! toss them into the dish first, then lightly wilt the greens....)
Shuko bok choy (very tender, cook for just a few minutes with garlic and this is a heavenly green, great as a side dish.)
Life is GOOD here -- Monday's rain really spruced up the greens and
revived juiciness to our crunchy crops! And very soon, you all will be
taking home beets, zucchini, cucumbers and cabbage. Summer is
We're also thrilled to report (especially to our on-farm Monday pickup
folks!) that we've begun work on our walk-in cooler, and it will likely
be done in time for next week's distribution. Hooray for new
With all of our first plantings in, we've been hard at work conquering
weeds and seeding fall crops! (Get ready for more kohlrabi, turnips,
cabbage and broccoli!) Since we're low-tech (read: we don't have a
tractor... yet!), we've been experimenting with lots of hand tools --
wheel hoes, collinear hoes, heavy-duty hoes made of chopped up tractor
disks, and those good old-fashioned hands.. and they all work great!
You'd be surprised what two people can accomplish with a pair of wheel hoes and an afternoon...
ANOTHER exciting announcement: our meat chickens will be available in
just a few weeks! We're expecting to process around the first week of
July, and the birds will be available for fresh pickup immediately
thereafter. These guys live outside in a spacious fenced-in pasture
below our field, eating spent grain from a local brewery, corn grown
down the road, and all the grass, clover and bugs they can find.
They're the most delicious chickens we've ever eaten, otherwise we
wouldn't be raising them.
We're opening up sales to our members first! You guys can buy this tender, fall-off-the-bone
meat from us at $3/lb, a $.50/pound discount. We're expecting each bird to
weigh in at 4 to 6 pounds, which we've found is good for about 4 meals for the two of us -roast chicken,
chicken breast, chicken salad, and chicken soup .
**CSA members get first dibs for a week before we open sales to the
public.** Let us know by FRIDAY, JUNE 22nd by sending us an email with
how many birds you will be purchasing. Maximum 5 per household. Birds
will need to be picked up at the farm (15 minutes outside of Ithaca)
on the day of processing, as we'll be storing them fresh in our
cooler. We'll let you know exact dates when the time arrives. First
come, first served -- we only have 70, so let us know ASAP!
Also, thanks again for helping us fill the rest of our membership! We
still have a handful of shares, so if anyone asks, do send them our
See you soon!
Kara and Aaron