YOUR WEEKLY CSA GUIDE
Forkful: June - Week 4
RAIN ALERT TUESDAY
The forecast is possibly calling for rain Tuesday. If the weather is not in our favor for an outside pickup, we will move to our indoor location.
Cultivated Green Towers Romaine Lettuce looking beautiful in the sunshine!
The ten-day forecast is looking up. Even though we’ll have pop-up thunderboomers, it looks like we’ll be seeing sunshine and warmer weather. With temperatures in the high 80’s crops will be booming.
We’re happy to say Summer Squash, Zucchini and Golden Zucchini are in, Scallions too, and they will be included in your shares this week!
We’ve been irrigating and adding fertilizer amendments as a side-dress application to our second succession of plantings. This covers the leafy greens, brassicas (kale, cabbage, turnip) and cucurbits (cucumbers, melons, squash). We should see some rain this week which will help push these along as well.
Progress has continued with high tunnel #2 and the greenhouse. We’re really excited start early and extend into the season next year. We’ll see earlier and later harvests in the 2020 CSA Farm Share Program.
It looks like will be indoors again for at least the Tuesday CSA pickup day. It was so great to hear all of the comments about our indoor space last week. We’re excited to keep expanding this as the season continues.
We’re looking forward to seeing all of your smiling faces this week!
Owner Harrison Bardwell
Photo Mapleline Farm - Hadley, Ma
Mapleline Farm Milk products have been added to the CSA VAP Preorder Page!
Add something yummy to your share like Chocolate, Coffee and Orange Cream Milk or stock your fridge with staples like 2%, Half & Half, or Buttermilk. See the complete list of offerings by clicking the button below.
WE'RE PICKING WEEK 4
Take a break, have a sip of your Magic 49 Coffee, and come farming with us!
WHAT TO USE FIRST
We noticed several of you brought an extra bag on your pickup day, you have the right idea! Last week the Chinese Cabbage was ginormous and it almost filled our jumbo tote bag completely. The shares will only increase in size from here on out, so feel free to bring an extra bag or two.
Additional Bardwell Farm Tote Bags are also available for purchase through our Online Farm Store and Tuesday and Friday CSA pickup days as well!
LETS GET COOKING
We welcome your recipes, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Photo Cabot Creamery
Red Flannel Hash with Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar
Red Flannel Hash is just about as New England as you can get, it has warmed the bellies of many a farmer and family for upwards of a century. Customarily eaten the day after serving a traditional New England Boiled Dinner, the hash is made by chopping the leftover corned beef, potatoes, carrots, turnips and cabbage, and frying it up in a cast iron pan with a big old knob of butter and topping with soft cooked egg. The “red flannel” part happens with the addition of cooked beets, and in typical Cabot fashion, we’re going red flannel all the way, and better yet, topping it all with a big handful of Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese... see recipe
DON'T STRESS IT
We've talked with many of you over the last three weeks and you've done amazingly well using all of your share before the next one is available. Almost everyone said they had one item leftover and they were still working on it. The Chinese Cabbage last week is a good example of that, it was huge!
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, even for a seasoned cook. You may feel guilty falling a little behind seeing your leafy greens wilt or your root veggies go soft. Please don't feel this way. This is a vegetable adventure and it's meant to be fun!
Get the most out of your share and eliminate that guilt by doing this simple thing.
Blanch & Freeze - you may have some kale, swiss chard, or maybe that cabbage we've been talking about. You're really not sure what to do with it and you don't want to throw it out. We suggest freezing it. All of these summertime veggies will be amazing in soups or stews heading into late fall and winter. Blanching your unused veggies prepares them for freezing. If you're not sure how to blanch a vegetable properly watch this quick video.
Once your veggies have been blanched you need to freeze them properly. If using ziploc bags, invest in the freezer quality kind. Place your blanched veggies in the bag and try to remove as much air as you can before sealing. Place in the freezer where you can see them and get at them easily.
If you love what your CSA brings you every week and you plan on doing it year after year, invest in a vacuum food saver. It's easy to use, has many applications, and will save you money in the long run.
6 THINGS THAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK
7 DAY SUPPORT
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions, need assistance or want to provide constructive criticism. Also, when the program starts, don’t be afraid to talk with your Bardwell Farm Representative in-person during a pick-up day. You can always contact us by using the links below.
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