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From the Fields of Freedom Valley Farm 5.3.2017

Posted 5/2/2017 8:19pm by Jim Baughman.

Hi Folks,

Welcome to our 2017 CSA spring/summer season. The farm crew (Chip and Dayton) and I have been busy the past 2 months doing everything possible, weather permitting, to get the season off to a good start. Even with current rash of thunderstorms we feel the farm is off to a good start. Even though the recent weather has delayed a few crops we had hoped to have in your first CSA share we feel we have a good bounty of fresh greens and few other treats to get things started out.

For those of you who may be new to our CSA or any CSA for that matter, you will find that your weekly share will be very seasonal. We strive to provide as much variety as possible each week, and to fill your shares as if it was coming from your own garden.  We will always push the limit to bring you fresh produce that is in season for our region. The season will change throughout the 20 weeks of your CSA. Starting with lots of greens like lettuce, spinach, salad mixes, radishes, green onions, and braising greens. As warmer weather and daylight allow you will start seeing more items like carrots, beets, cabbage, and broccoli. Warmer weather will bring on summer squash, tomatoes, pepper and egg plant, green beans, and potatoes. The end of summer will bring on fall type crops like sweet potatoes, onions, and a return of many of the spring crops like salad mixes, beets, and carrots. We also strive to plant many crops in succession throughout the season in order to keep up with variety.

In this week’s share:

Spring Lettuce Mix. This is a mix of several types of leaf lettuces great for a salad, or using on sandwiches. We triple wash all of our greens and you will find them very clean and ready to use.

Red Stem Spinach. A vary versatile spinach that can be eaten in a salad, sautéed, used on pizza, in soup, pasta or omelet.

Poc Choi . Some call it Chinese Cabbage but it is not like the cabbage we know here in the states. Poc  Choi is great steamed, sautéed’, braised, or used in a stir fry. There are many recipes on line but I like to lightly sautéed’ or steam it with some chopped onion and garlic, salt, and pepper. The stem is very edible and I believe the best part.

Radishes. Great addition to a fresh salad, eaten raw, or roasted. Most people don’t know that the radish tops are edible. Great sauted’ or in a stir fry.

Pea Shoots. Good to garnish a salad with, used in stir fry’s, or just for grazing. See our website for a good stand alone pea shoot salad.

I hope you enjoy your first share.  See you at pick up. Jim

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