Share Notes 6-20-19

Share Notes 6-20-19

CSA Share Notes:

Welcome to the final week of your Spring CSA season. Thank you so much for being a member with us.

If you’d like your shares to continue into the summer season, head over to our sign up page to register. Remember, your shares do not automatically continue into the next season, you have to opt in! If you’d like shares filled with tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, peppers, and more, just can sign up here.

Now on to your vegetable line-up!

  • Carrots—This picking is from our Nelson variety. They are a long, tapered, pointed carrot, with a great deep orange color. This variety was planted in a zone with incredible soil and grew really well.
  • Blueberries—For both regular and large shares.  These were grown by our friends at Winona Orchards. The rain has made some of them burst, or get a bit soft, so just eat them up quickly as they’ll spoil quicker.
  • Blackberries—For all the regular shares. These blackberries are grown by Jessica’s mom and dad, right here at Red Moon Farm, and have been cared for organically every step of the way. Our berries have been going into gluten free crisps every week and I’m crazy about them.
  • Garlic—Our garlic are Red Hardneck garlics.  They are southern, heat and humidity tolerant varieties that hail from Louisiana.  We aren’t sure which of our many varieties you’ve received but you’ll see they have little red stripes on the garlic papers which make them a red garlic, and they have a hard stem coming out of the top, which makes them a hardneck garlic. They were in the ground a little too long, so they don’t have the full paper coverings you’re used to seeing and are a little bit blown out. This doesn’t effect the flavor, the garlic is just as tasty as ever.
  • Winterbor Kale/Collard/Red Russian Kale— Regular shares received Winterbor Kale, and about 12 of you received Collard or Red Russian Kale.  Any of them are excellent for cooking in a soup. I incorporate greens into my eggs each morning, or chop them fine and include them in pasta sauce, mac & cheese, or mashed potatoes. Working them into your diet in every way you can is a great way to get that nutrition!
  • Red Russian Kale—Large shares all received Red Russian Kale, the most tender variety, perfect for fresh raw salads
  • Onions—a handful of our yellow onions for each share.
  • Potatoes—Red La Soda potatoes are our heirloom variety this year. We made them this week as smashed potatoes with garlic and thyme and they were killer.  I HIGHLY recommend you give smashed potatoes a try,

Veggie Storage tips:

Sever roots from their tops to keep them from getting rubbery. Greens will want to be stored cold in the fridge sealed up in a bag. Berries will also prefer the fridge.  Shelf life on berries is short, so eat them up soon!  Your onions, garlic, and potatoes will be happiest at room temperature. Everything will need a gentle washing before cooking, but leave the dirt on until you’re ready to use them to prevent spoilage.

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 from top left to right: Nelson Carrots, Winona Blueberries, (2nd row) Red La Soda Potatoes, red hardneck garlic, yellow onions, curly kale.

Large Share

Large share from top left to right: Red Russian Kale, Red Moon Farm blackberries, Winona blueberries, (2nd row) Red La Soda potatoes, red hardneck garlic, yellow onions, and Nelson Carrots