Share Notes 6-13-2020

Share Notes 6-13-2020

CSA Share Notes:

This is the final share of the Spring CSA season!  Thank you for coming alongside us this season and enjoying the bounty.  We hope you had fun and made some new veggie friends along the way.

The summer season will begin just as soon as the summer garden has enough crops ready for all of the CSA members and we think that will be the week on June 25th and 27th.

Here’s this week’s vegetable line up:

  • Cabbage—Some for everyone this week! A mixture of smooth and savoy leaved cabbages. Give a batch of fermented kraut a try, or make up a yummy dish of sweet slaw, or use them to top some tacos.
  • Leafy Greens—Large shares and Mini shares received Red Russian kale, Regular shares received Swiss Chard. Enjoy your last salad of spring! We’ll have leafy greens again in October.
  • Basil—Everyone received a nice big bunch of large leaved, fragrant Genovese basil. Here’s the most important thing to remember about basil: It does not want to be below 50 degrees. Storing it in the fridge will ruin your basil! Quickly get it out of your box and into a glass of water. Just trim the stems and place it in a glass of water on the counter in a cooler area of your kitchen, and not in any direct sunlight.  Just change out the water and trim the stems whenever it needs freshening up and it’ll last you a week or more.
  • Onions—Large and Regular shares received this crop. A little each of our yellow and red onions. Enjoy them on a burger this weekend, or used in any number of dishes you will cook this week.
  • Potatoes—Red new potatoes, freshly dug this morning! This potato harvest is really a nice one this year, with lovely large potatoes. We’re excited to dig up the other varieties soon!
  • !Sungolds!— This is the earliest we’ve every had sungolds mature and we are SO excited to bring them to you.  These are an incredibly sweet and tasty cherry tomato. We envision basil, sungold, and onion salads with some fresh mozzarella and a bit of balsamic.
  • Blackberries—Large shares received a pint of beautiful, and organically grown blackberries grown right here at Red Moon Farm by Jessica’s parents. We hope you enjoy them!
  • Fennel—for the large and regular shares. These are crisp and juicy and would be fantastic on the grill, roasted in the oven, shaved into a fresh salad. We’re going to take the remaining few we have and try them pickled, wild fermentation style! We’ll let you know how it turns out. Enjoy!

Veggie Storage tips:

Everything (but the basil) will keep longest stored in the fridge sealed up in produce bags.  All root crops should be severed from their tops to keep the roots from getting rubbery, as they continue to send moisture and nutrients up to the leaves after harvested. Chop those greens off and discard (carrots).  The cauliflower does not like to be over handled, and it does not keep long, so use it up quickly.  Everything will need a gentle washing before cooking, but leave the dirt on until you’re ready to use them to prevent spoilage.

We may have one more harvest out there for you, but we’ll see in a few days and keep you updated. We’d love to hear stories and recipes of your culinary adventures this week. Send us a note or post a comment of how you’ve used your CSA share.

Your farmers, Jess & Justin

Regular Share

Regular Share left to right:  Swiss Chard, fennel, above 2 cabbages, sungolds and onions above red new potatoes, and basil.

Large Share

Large Share left to right:  Red Russian Kale, fennell, sungolds, blackberries, basil, (bottom row) mixed cabbages, potatoes, and onions.

 Mini Share

Mini share: Red Russian Kale, cabbage above sungolds, potatoes, and basil.