CSA Newsletter #3 – July 14, 2012

Contents of Share this Week

  • green beans- 1 pound
  • summer squash – 2
  • kale – 1 bunch
  • parsley – 1 bunch
  • dill flowers – 1 bunch
  • green onions – 1 bunch
  • beets – 1 bunch
  • carrots – 1 bunch
  • pac choi – 1 bunch
  • mesclun with taste of radish – 1/2 pound
  • eggs or sprouts

Recipe Ideas

Introducing kale chips! Rip kale (or other greens) minus the stem into chip-sized pieces. Massage your kale with olive oil, a bit of salt, and any other spices you like. Place them on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 350 for 8 minutes or put in the dehydrator until crispy. Children of all ages will devour this crunchy and healthy treat.

Share your recipe ideas! Here is a shared document for our CSA members to exchange culinary wisdom.

Fresh Veggies Tip

Wilting greens getting you down? Here are 3 easy steps to make sure that your produce stays fresh all week, or even for several weeks. (1) Get your veggies into the fridge quickly. Don’t leave your share in the box longer than necessary. (2) Keep veggies humid. This means storing them in a loose plastic bag, preferably with a wet paper towel or cloth in the bag. This is not necessary if you have a high functioning crisper drawer. (3) If you didn’t store the food properly and its already wilted, you can revive it with a 5 minute “bath” in ice water, followed by proper storage.

Food Justice News

The Applied Research Center recently released the report, GOOD FOOD AND GOOD JOBS FOR ALL: Challenges and Opportunities to Advance Racial and Economic Equity in the Food System. You can read the full text online athttp://arc.org/foodjustice. Report findings show that low-income people and people of color are most disproportionately, negatively impacted by: obesity, food security, “food deserts,” wage and hour violations, and lack of benefits. Yet, the movements for good food and labor rights do not typically work together towards food justice.

Farm News and Notes

This week we had a small and sweet CSA member potluck. For those who were unable to come, please feel welcome to visit the farm at another time. Just let us know so we can be ready for you. Kristen, one of our apprentices, has taken a leadership role in the irrigation and pest control. We now have beautiful spreadsheets detailing the irrigation schedule and concoctions of soap and hot pepper ready to combat cucumber beetles. Alex, who is also apprenticing, has taken the lead on the poultry. We built a couple new hoop coops this week and have 100 adolescent laying hens ready to move onto pasture. We could really use an end to this drought, so if you have any lines to Spirit, please activate them in favor of rain. Thank you!