July 4 CSA pick up!
37 degrees with the humidity today. It took us 4 hours in 37 degree weather to pack up your CSA bags today. Granted, the first time doing anything takes longer, but the heat was just a killer while doing it. It makes me really appreciate all of those men and women who were out in the fields today and yesterday harvesting the goodies for your CSA bags. Right now farmers are crying out for more moderate temperatures and some rain. This drastic heat bakes the earth leaving compacted soil with huge cracks in it. It causes some plants to refrain from ripening their fruit (cucumbers), and causes others to go into over drive, shortening the season (strawberries). If a farmer could request an ideal summer, she would request 25 degrees with a light breeze, and an inch of rain starting every Saturday evening and ending Sunday morning at 8 am. :) Each Tuesday, I'll be posting the contents of your bags on this site. It may give you a better tool to plan your meals for the week, give you some extra time to pick out a recipe on our recipe blog www.cramptonsrecipes.com. or it may just satisfy your curiosity. Not all bags will be the same, as you will see below some bags will get a few different items. We don't mark the bags after we pack them, so we won't be able to accommodate requests such as "can I have the one with the spring mix instead of the red romaine" We'd have to empty out dozens of bags to figure it out. It's just not going to happen. We know that you trust us, after all, you did dish out a large sum of money and trust that we will be handing over 14 weeks of produce over the summer. We trust you too. If something went wrong and we missed an item while packing the bags, just let us know. We'll be sure to make it right. Here is the list! All of the items on the list this week are spray free. We hope to have our certified organic producers up and running starting next week! HALF SHARE, JULY 4 1 bunch beets Some swiss chard Salad mix Salad Turnips (similar to a radish, peppery, earthy, crisp. Can be eaten raw, skin and all, discard stems but eat the leaves. Can be steamed, sauteed, or roasted until crisp tender, serve with salt and pepper) Green Onion Garlic Scapes Cilantro Mint 1 Bunch Radish Rhubarb 1 container Strawberries Full Share, July 4 1 Bunch Kale Salad Mix or Red romaine Salad Turnip Green Onion Garlic Scapes Cilantro( some bags will have double basil instead of a cilantro) Basil Mint 1 Bunch Beets 1 Bunch Swiss Chard 2 containers strawberries Rhubarb 2 bunch radish What is Erin making with her CSA bag this week? Check out the recipe blog for Asian Grilled Rainbow trout Kale Chips Sauteed Radishes Greens with basil, tomato, garlic and ginger, Garlic scape pesto And Marc will be making us mojitos with the mint. I'll have to see if he will share his recipe. I do know that the secret to a good mojito is good mint...and that I now have! See you tomorrow!! Erin