Share Notes June 9, 2022
CSA Share Notes:
Welcome to what we think is your very LAST SPRING CSA share! The summer crops are right around the corner.
If you haven’t snatched a spot in our Summer season yet, we’re about 90% filled. You can head here to register: https://csa.farmigo.com/join/redmoonfarm/summer2022 If you choose not to register for the next season, no sweat! Your shares are about to end.
Now on to your vegetable line up.
- Squash— The first harvest! Tender and sweet. Straight neck, crook neck, and zephyr, which is half yellow, half green, and so pretty. We sort it by size and ensure that Regular shares receive more than Minis, and Large shares receive more than Regulars.
- Zucchini—Also the first harvest! This crop usually produces only about 1/3 to 1/2 as much as squash, but this year, it’s really doing well. Excited to give out plenty to everyone this week. We have a couple of different types, one is an heirloom that’s a lighter green with deep ribs. It’s my favorite.
- Potatoes— a mixture of 3 different kinds, Red Lasota, White Kennebec, Purple Majesty. Roast, grill, make bunch home-fries. Delish!
- Radicchio—Large shares only. This is a bit like a lettuce, and bit like a cabbage. It’s perfect in a salad with other mixed greens. You often find it in small quantities in mixed salad bags at the grocery store.
- Fennel—This crop is a delight every spring. Crunchy, bright, sweet, and so delicious. We will only have it a time or two each year, so to help you make the most of it, we suggest you scope out this great fennel blog post. The key is to slice it super thin, almost shaved. So tasty.
- Carrots—A nice bunch for all
- Scarlet Queen turnips— For the large and regular shares. Excellent roasted.
- Onions— 3 for the Large, 2 for the regular, and 1 for the mini. A great staple we’ll have all summer long.
- Cabbage—Conical green for the Large, Smooth sweet cabbage for the regular, and savoy leaved for the mini. All tasty and perfect for a slaw or kraut. We also love to make a big pot of “stew” with potatoes, carrots, cabbage, and andouille sausage or kielbasa. This dish is perfect in a crock pot or a big dutch oven
Veggie Storage tips:
Most everything will keep longest stored in the fridge sealed up in produce bags. Potatoes and onions prefer room temperature. If stored in the dark, they will begin to sprout, but don’t give them too much light, either, or their skin will begin to green. Everything else wants to be in your refrigerator. All root crops should be severed from their tops to keep the roots from getting rubbery, and the greens stored separately, sealed up to stay fresh. 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: Carrots on left side. center section, from top left to right: Onions and potatoes, cabbage, zucchini and turnips on the bottom. Fennel along the right side.