CSA 2014 Week #1

IMGP4511

  • Turnips
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Strawberries

Vegetable Storage and Preparation Tips:

radish:turnip

TURNIPS/RADISHES: We are really excited to be able to give you both turnips and radishes this week. We usually give one or the other, but the plantings were just too beautiful not to harvest both! We also wanted you to know that you can eat your turnips raw in a salad, but can also roast or sauté them with a little butter and onion to bring out their delicate sweet flavor, enjoy!

Cut turnip greens from their roots and store the roots separately. Keep dry, unwashed greens in a sealed plastic bag in your fridge. Thicker greens will keep up to two weeks, tender ones should be eaten within a week. To store turnips and radishes, place them unwashed in a plastic bag in the crisper bin of your fridge. Due to high water content, turnips and radishes may deteriorate quickly, but most should keep for a week.

spinach

SPINACH: Rinse Spinach leaves in cool water and pat dry with a towel or “spin dry” as you would lettuce. Store in a damp towel or plastic bag for up to a week. Spinach can be steamed, sauteed, eaten raw or added to soups at the last minute. For long-term storage, spinach may be frozen. Blanch for 1-2 minutes. Spinach cooks quickly, so be careful not to overcook. Look for a bright green color. 2-3 lbs. of fresh spinach will reduce to 2 cups cooked.

strawbs

STRAWBERRIES: Rinse Strawberries just before eating to clean off any grit that may still be on the berries from the field. To freeze berries, spread them out on a cookie sheet and place them in the freezer. Once frozen, store them in a Ziploc bag or plastic container until ready to use. Fresh or frozen berries can be used to make cakes, breads, & muffins, as well as added to yogurt, ice cream and smoothies.

lettuce

LETTUCE: Store your lettuce in a plastic bag in your refrigerator and when you are ready to eat it, wash the leaves in cold water and spin or pat dry. The variety you are getting this week is a red oak leaf lettuce.

Recipes!

Spring Turnips and Their Tender Greens from Natural Health Magazine

Strawberry Recipes from Martha Stewart

The Best Baked Spinach from Smitten Kitchen

firstharvest

Welcome to our 23rd CSA season here at Winter Green Farm! We have had an absolutely beautiful spring and the farm is bursting with delicious vegetables to share with you. I wanted to start this season’s blog by introducing you to the people who will be involved in the CSA program this year on the farm.

me

My name is Sara Davies and I write and take most of the photos for the blog. This will be my thirteenth season at the farm and my roles have evolved over the years, from harvest crew, greenhouse, farmers market vendor, to bookkeeper and blogger. My most important job these last few years has been mother, to my now 3.5 year old Ella, and joining me in the office and on the farm this year, my two month old daughter Genevieve! I am excited to be able to share photos, recipes, farm news, and more, to provide you with a link to where your food comes from. I hope to create a connection for you, so you feel like you know your farm and the people growing your food.

IMGP4143Jabrila Via is one of the owners of the farm and has been managing the CSA since the beginning of the program. With her vast depth of knowledge and experience,  she is the one who plans the CSA crops, manages the greenhouse, coordinates the transplants, manages the CSA harvest crew, and designs each box every week throughout the season.

IMGP4145

This year, her CSA assistant manager is Tyson Davies (who also happens to be my handsome husband). This is Tyson’s tenth season at the farm and his roles have also evolved over the years, from farmers market vendor and harvest co-manager, irrigation coordinator, wholesale coordinator, and pesto production, to co-managing the cattle herd.

linder

You have all probably had the pleasure of speaking with Linda Davies, our amazing Office and CSA coordinator (and Tyson’s mom…it’s a family farm!). She is the one you will talk to when you call the farm office and will have all the answers to your questions! This is her tenth season at the farm, and she handles all the CSA logistics, as well as many other farm office responsibilities. She is the queen of mulit-tasking, and an integral part of making sure your CSA experience is a good one!

spinachharvesters

The crew this year is a great group of hard-working folks, and I will be sharing their stories throughout the season here on the blog. They are up early every morning to harvest, process, pack the boxes, and deliver them to you and your families. Without them, we couldn’t do what we do, and we are so grateful for all their hard work and positive attitudes.

emmaWe hope you are as excited as we are about the beginning of the CSA season! For those of you who have been with us before, we are honored to be growing your food once again. For those of you who are new to the CSA, welcome! Thank you for making the choice to support your local food system and farmer this year. We truly couldn’t do it without you!  We hope you enjoy the bounty of the season with us, we are so happy you all chose us to be your farmers this year.

 

 

 

 

 

14 thoughts on “CSA 2014 Week #1

  1. Love the email and the way it is set up. It is easy for this old non techy girl. Love the pics and oh my gosh Sara you have a new baby how wonderful, congrats.Thanks to everyone for your hard work and dedication!

    God Bless Theresa Gentils

  2. please take me off the email list. we have not bought into your csa this year. and we live in Bend so you said you were discontinuing deliveries to bend anyways. thank you, David Stetson

  3. i assume i’m writing to sara. fyi–love the photos and personalization of staff. it’d be quite a selling point if i weren’t already a customer…polly

  4. I always enjoy the weekly newsletter with gorgeous photos. But the links to recipes didn’t work for me. Something wrong?

    Thanks, Ann

    • Hi Ann,
      I tried the links on a couple different computers and they worked, and I haven’t heard that others have had a problem with them, so I’m not sure why you were not able to see them, sorry! If it is still a problem next week let me know and I can see if it is something wrong on my end of things.
      -Sara

  5. THANK YOU so much for this great newsletter! Your photos are superb and it’s always great to get biographies of the people involved in this good work. It really helps us who are physically distant from the farm to feel connected…and…Congratulations on the new baby!

    My family has been anxiously awaiting the new season. For the past two months I’ve had 4 different people asking me: When does our food box come? Well, it finally came and we had a great salad last night. I have to smile when I see your instructions on freezing the strawberries; ours were practically gone before we had the salad.

    We are also excited to be site hosts again this year. I had our shady spot at the side of the house all prepared and realized it would not work this year because we have an earlier delivery time and the shade doesn’t come until an hour later. So the boxes are on the porch (which is exactly what was advertised) and we have a corner that avoids the late afternoon sun. All the boxes were picked up by 6:45!

    By having people on the porch we are getting a chance to meet many of our neighbors and they are also connecting. What fun! And by putting a CSA sign with an arrow on the sidewalk, I had someone ring my doorbell to learn about the CSA. I wouldn’t be surprised if Nellie already contacted you. She came back last night to see if any boxes were left over (ha). So I guess I’ll keep putting that sign out there and see who else might be interested.

    Just wanted to let you know how much excitement you generate in this little corner of Portland–and I imagine it is true in all the other “little corners” you reach. I usually tend to hold back and try not to bother busy people but I’m going to make an effort to share more with you folks (since I know how nice it is to receive feedback) unless you ask me to stop.

    Best to you all, Regina Loos

    • Thank YOU so much for this amazing glance into your “little corner” of Portland and your CSA experience! I love the thought of your neighbors meeting on the front porch, and your CSA sign! We really appreciate you taking the time to write to us and I will share your letter with the crew, they always love to hear from the people enjoying the fruits of their labor. So don’t hold back! We are so happy you are excited for the beginning of the season, and I look forward to hearing more about your CSA experience!

  6. Very happy with my first box of my first year with you. The strawberries were so delicious my daughter and I snacked on the all the way home! Keep up the beautiful and healthy food!

  7. Great job Sara, I just want you to know that as I came toward the end of this blog what it brought to my mind was
    “I love my farmers!!!!”
    Looking forward to another yummy summer!-Sarah

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s