Welcome to the 2019 CSA!
What a first harvest! The brand-new apprentices got a serious crash course in salad greens today — well over 100 lbs of spinach, lettuce and arugula was harvested leaf-by-leaf, sorted, washed, spun dry, and bagged up. It was an impressive operation and successful despite the heat, the insane black flies (like I’ve never experienced!) and it being a brand-new undertaking for all three apprentices. We usually just provide one or two salad greens a week in the CSA, but it was all out there in the fields looking gorgeous and we couldn’t resist getting it to your kitchen!
This spring has been an unusual one for our farm and family. Bill has been representing District 95 nearly-full time in the state house in Augusta, experiencing his own crash course in governing. We hope that the legislative session will be over soon and we’ll have him back on the farm – gently. No back surgery allowed this year! In the meantime, we’ve had a dedicated team of women holding all the pieces together – and working their butts off – alongside me. In addition to our amazing employees Christina and Becky, we now have Karly, Thea and Laura here as the three summer farm apprentices, immersing themselves in farm life for the season. You’ll get a chance to meet them at pickup, and we can’t wait for them to meet our awesome CSA community.
We hope you really enjoy the broccolini this week — it’s my absolute favorite and I’m thrilled that it’s doing so well this spring. (It’s the same thing that we’ve called gailon in past years, but broccolini is just a more familiar word for folks). All parts of the broccolini are edible and delicious — the floret, the flowers, the stalk and the leaves.
If you have specific questions about your pick-up, the FAQ email I sent out a few days ago should have most answers. But you are always welcome to reach out to me via text, email or phone at 207-712-7382.
Finally, if anyone happens to have a bunch of 1-1/2″ or 2″ pvc pipe sitting around that is at least 8 feet long, I’d love to buy it off of you. We use it to wind up our row cover (click here to see a picture) and I really hate to buy it new as it’s such toxic stuff to make. So if you happen to have some sitting around unused, please let me know!
Remember that at the bottom of this email is a list of the veggies you will likely receive this week, and a list of this week’s add-on shares and recipes. Again, please get in touch with any questions, and we’ll see you so soon!
Reba, Bill and the HCF crew
2019 CSA Week One: Lettuce Mix, Spinach, Arugula, Kale, Pea Shoots, Broccolini, Hakurai Turnips and/or Radishes
Week One Add-ons: Milk, Yogurt, Ferments, Bread, Tofu, Cheese, Eggs, Mushrooms, Oil & Vinegar