June 12th Weekly News

"How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?"
- Dr. Seuss

I am constantly shocked to realize the date. I honestly can't believe that it is the middle of June! We had a big week of cultivation. Below is a picture of field B. This field has garlic, greens, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, potatoes, brussels sprouts, leeks, onions, scallions, spinach, parsnips, first year strawberries, & more!

The tomatoes in the hoophouse are in the process of being trellissed (which means healthier plants, bountiful harvests, & easier picking). The garlic is beginning to scape, the sweet potato slips have been planted, & the hens are laying about 15 eggs per day! We got an inch of rain near the end of last week. We're looking forward to more cultivation this week (in the sweet corn, peppers, & eggplant) & hilling our potatoes.

We will be offering a limited number of egg shares this summer & fall. The chickens are on pasture in a moveable pen & fed certified organic soy free grain. They are moved onto fresh ground every other day. This means a diverse, nutritious diet for our hens which means delicious, beautiful, sun-yellow yolks. (We're really proud of these hens & their eggs!) Beginning next week, June 22nd, receive a half dozen in your share each remaining week (18 weeks) of the summer share for $40.50 ($2.25/half dozen/week). To reserve a share (or 2 for a full dozen each week), send us an e-mail at farmers@meadowlarkcommunityfarm.com. 

A few notes about vegetable storage - All of the veggies are washed, but we have handled them after washing. We recommend a rinse prior to eating to insure all of the grit is gone! Everything should be stored in the refrigerator, unless noted otherwise. All of the greens will store best in produce bags in your crisper drawer.  If any of the greens become limp, they will perk up after a soak in cold water.  With bunched roots (carrots, hakurei, radishes, beets), remove the greens from the roots (by tearing or cutting) & store each in seperate bags. Any greens attached to roots that come in your share are edible! 

Here's an older article from NPR about CSA - Oh, The Things You Can Do With A Farm Share. Be sure to check out the recipes at the end of the article (Wilted Greens! Catch All Salad!). 

Your Farmers,
Lauren & Craig

Lauren Kreutzer