Welcome to the 2009 CSA Season!

The first delivery of the season has finally arrived!  We’re thrilled that the season is underway and that we have so many exciting new things happening at the farm.  We’ve been growing in every way:  our wonderful new baby, Cecilia;  the  other new baby, a Kubota tractor;  and the new CSA members who live everywhere from Camden to Portland.  We also have a trio of fabulous apprentices currently working with us:  Jane Heaton,  Angelica Demopoulos, and Lauren Fiorelli.  We hope you’ll get a chance to meet them throughout the summer (you’ll certainly enjoy the results of their hard work!). 

As you know already, when you are a CSA member you learn a lot about eating with the seasons. Greens (including kale, chard, arugula, & mesclun mix) are some of the first vegetables available to us, since they thrive in the cool, wet weather of spring.  But everything from potatoes to peas, corn to garlic (and much more!) has been transplanted or seeded in the fields and will start rolling in during the next weeks and months.

We’re so excited to be pairing with Silvery Moon Creamery and to offer their cheese CSA to our members this year.  I just had my first taste of their cheese this summer, and it was scrumptious.  To those of you who purchased cheese shares, we hope you enjoy it, too! 

Remember that if you are going to be out of town for a delivery and do not want your share to go to a local food pantry, please email Reba the week before to make alternate plans to pick up at the farm. 

If you have questions about anything, please feel free to get in touch with us.  We’re excited about the season and look forward to sharing it with you!

Eat well,

Reba and the crew at Hatchet Cove Farm

Week 1 veggies: Swiss Chard (Bright Lights), Kale (Lacinato, an heirloom variety), Mesclun Mix, Broccoli, Arugula, Oregano  
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Clean grocery bags are always appreciated for CSA pickup and deliveries… clean out your closet and bring them to us!!

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Storage tips for Kale, Chard, and all other leafy greens:

All leafy greens will quickly wilt if exposed to the air.  The best way to store them is to wrap them in a damp paper or kitchen towel, place them in a plastic bag, and store them in the crisper drawer of your fridge.

The Evert-Fresh green produce storage bags, for sale at the co-ops, do an even more amazing job at keeping veggies fresh!

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Need Extra Inspiration in the Kitchen?
Nearly all that we cook has roots in one of these cookbooks 

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian
By Mark Bittman
An incredible cookbook that we turn to daily.

Vegetarian Planet and Entertaining for a Veggie Planet
by Didi Emmons
her cookbooks are like magic  — every single recipe is delicious!

Farmer John’s Cookbook:  the real dirt on vegetables
By Farmer John Peterson and Angelic Organics
Organized by veggie especially for CSA members

From Asparagus to Zucchini: a guide to cooking farm-fresh seasonal produce
By the Madison Area CSA coalition

 Greens, Glorious Greens!
By Johnna Albi and Catherine Walthers
The name says it all…

Also, at http://www.epicurious.com, like all the above cookbooks, you can look up any
specific vegetable and create your meal around the recipe that pops up!

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Remember that if you don’t pick up your veggies at church  or if you ask us to skip a delivery, your share will be donated to the food pantry in either Rockland or Brunswick.  This year, more than ever, they are grateful for any and all donations, and your veggies are always appreciated.  It’s one good reason to feel a little less sad if you can’t make it to pickup!

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