Welcome to our 2016 CSA season!
In your share this week:
- Salad Mix - 2 bags!
*Arugula is a rare treat from EverGreen Farm. We get it for one, maybe two, weeks of the year. Plants are very picky about their growing conditions. About 1/4 of the planting grew to a decent harvest size, and about 1/4 is already bolting (flowering). Hoping it gives us another week? Now, the difficult decision is to how to enjoy it? As a salad, mixed with salad greens, or to make Arugula Pesto? (Arugula Pesto recipe available on our blog, click the Recipe Link on the left column.) I am rather fond of Arugula on an egg salad sandwich! But Arugula pesto is fabulous too.
I took a nice walk around the farm yesterday (checking water lines) and as I looked inside each of our 7 greenhouses, I am in awe at how much has been accomplished. All but 1 of our greenhouses are planted, and the last will have plants going into it in just a few days. Each greenhouse represents countless hours of weeding, ground preparation, starting seeds, planting, more weeding, and now moving into harvesting. I can tell you a lot of care and effort goes into all we do here. It's going to be a great season.
"How are things growing on the farm?" is a question we hear frequently. My reply for the past month is one variation or another of "It's cold, dark, wet, and the food isn't growing very quickly." These are the trials of being a farmer in our challenging climate. We can do all the necessary preseason work, but sometimes the weather just doesn't cooperate with what we planned out months ago. To put it simply - our crops need warmth and sunlight to grow. We've been lacking in both for more than a month. But we keep planting, and working, and weeding, and starting more seeds, and putting out row covers, and doing all we can to help things along and stay ahead of the game. Your share is small this week because these are the only crops that are available to harvest. There is a LOT more coming and soon you'll see the results of all we've been working on for these many weeks. Soon, your weekly bag of veggies will be bursting with the best tasting produce you've had in a very long time. :)
I've been attempting to post daily farm photos and updates to our Facebook and Instagram. Links are on the right. Please check it out. You don't have to be registered with either website to be able to scroll through the photos and brief posts.
Please call (884 - 6423) or email me (tara @ svwy . net) if you have any questions about the weekly pick ups.
Have a great week and ENJOY your greens!