Someone Else's Farm

June 30, 2010

Week 03: List from newsletter

Filed under: pre-pickup — Tags: , , — M @ 14:25 PM

New week, new newsletter, new pickup tomorrow. Here’s what’s supposed to be coming:

  • Asparagus
  • Bok choy
  • Rainbow chard
  • Garlic scapes
  • Green kale
  • Red kale
  • Rhubarb
  • Either pak choi, an extra bok choy, or tatsoi in lieu of broccoli

It was very hot over the weekend, and at the beginning of this week. Thus, the broccoli on the farm bolted, so we won’t get any more till fall. It didn’t go to waste, however: the farm harvested it to feed to their 12 pigs. While we have the option of putting down a deposit for a heritage breed pig, we think we’re going to hold off this year. At the very least, we’d need to clean out some freezer space and find some friends to share with. We might even need another freezer, specifically for the purpose of holding meat, if we don’t find someone to share with. The problem with meat in the freezer is the need to plan ahead a couple of days for adequate thawing time. I’m not so good at that. So for this year, we’ll probably pass.

We won’t be getting many, if any, peas or beans either, thanks to some hungry deer that apparently left the weeds untouched. They may also go on the list for replanting in the fall, along with broccoli. I wonder if maybe the CSA needs to look into adding free-range venison to their options.

The newsletter included a note on substitutions, to clarify that CSA means everyone shares the loss, just as when there’s a bumper crop of something, everyone shares the bounty. Given the lack of broccoli this spring, I most definitely feel some ownership, and I really hope the blueberries do well.

Given the continuous output of greens, I was not surprised to see a recipe suggestion for a bok choy salad. Casey pointed out that I’ve been enjoying this salad for many years courtesy of Aunt Charlene; it’s one of her go-to dishes for a potluck, which most family occasions are. In addition to the eponymous bok choy, it involves sesame seeds, almonds, olive oil/lemon juice dressing, and uncooked ramen noodles for crunch. The other recipe is for a rhubarb tart, which I passed on to Casey. I’m holding out for blueberries.

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