CSA Week #5

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  • Swiss Chard
  • Fennel
  • Potatoes (Nicola and Desiree)
  • Basil
  • Lettuce
  • Beets
  • Green Onions

Some Sites Only

  • Broccoli

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

If you missed last week’s Blog and would like to receive the CSA Veggie Guide, just let me know and I’ll email you the PDF….if you are planning a vacation, you can share your box with a friend or family member, donate it to one of the food banks we support, or receive a $15 credit (good toward next season’s share) for your box. Please give us at least 24 hour notice, but more notice is better!

RECIPES:

Bright Lentil Salad w/Apples, Fennel & Herbs

Swiss Chard, Fennel & White Bean Gratin

Roasted Fennel Pesto w/Fronds

Mozzarella, Basil & Nectarine Stacks w/Balsamic Glaze

Crispy Gnocchi w/Basil Pesto

Swiss Chard, Mushroom & White Cheddar Quiche

It’s July and I don’t know about you, but after the July 4th holiday, it officially feels like summer to me! For me it’s also a personal landmark, as this year will mark my 20th year in Oregon. I moved here 20 years ago to study midwifery with a midwife in Veneta, and landed here 2 days before the Oregon Country Faire, which will happen this weekend. My journey took me across the country from North Carolina, by way of the coast North from Eureka, where my traveling buddy hoped to find a teaching position. When we crossed the border into Oregon and stepped onto the beaches, I somehow knew I had found home. It is constantly reaffirmed for me, but especially so after last weekend, when I went to visit my Dad and family down in Arizona. Just walking through the parched desert landscape, and sizzling city (although they assured me 100 degrees was nothing compared to the 120 they had sustained a couple of weeks ago!) made me realize what a paradise we actually live in! So grateful to be here, and so grateful for my work on the farm!

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Wali performing an early morning check on the compost piles

I took a walk into the fields yesterday morning to see what the crew was harvesting for you all…I found Wali there checking on the compost piles. He checks them for moisture content and to make sure they are heating up to the proper temps…so far they look great!

While the potatoes for today’s delivery were harvested and washed last week, the potatoes for Friday’s delivery were harvested yesterday….we like to wash them and give them a few days to dry a bit before we put them into the paper bags…there’s nothing worse than pulling your bag of potatoes out to transfer, then the bottom falling out due to too much moisture. That being said, still be careful handling them out of your box, as the lettuce and other vegetables can be a bit moist and create the same issue.

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Out of the field, into bins, onto the truck and back to the processing area for washing

Another crop about to be harvested was the fennel, which you will all be receiving this week….the morning dew on the “fennel forest” was just lovely, and the bulbs are luscious this season….I like to just eat it raw, but I found some fun recipes for you so let me know how you like them!

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One of the concepts of the farming life is that you always seem to be weeks or months ahead of NOW….in the greenhouse we continue to create seedling mix, and have begun planting your winter crops….just last week we planted Kale, Romanesco, Radiccio for markets and more!

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Jesse making up a seedling mix “recipe”

I hope your week ahead is amazing, and that you all enjoy your summer weather and each other, as well as your veggies!

Linda and all of the Winter Green Farmers

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