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Week 5 from Valley Flora! Broccoli! Cauliflower! Cabbage!
Thanks for eating locally from our family farm!
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What's Cookin' at the Farm...
  • Broccoli at last!
  • New Produce: Cabbage, Bunch Carrots, Cauliflower
  • Flower Shares!
What's In Your Share This Week:*
  • Baby Arugula
  • Green Cone Cabbage
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Head Lettuce
  • Strawberries
  • Cilantro
  • Broccoli
  • Bunch Carrots
  • Purple Cauliflower
On Rotation:
(Some locations will receive it this week; others in a future week)
  • Nothing this week...
*Harvest Basket contents may vary between pickup sites in a given week depending on what's ripe and ready on the farm. Don't worry - if something is on the list but not in your tote, you'll get it soon!

The VF Crystal Ball - What Might be in your Share Next Week...
  • Carrots
  • Beets?
  • Broccoli
  • Dill
  • Lettuce
  • Strawberries
  • Snap Peas
  • Fava Beans
  • Red Ursa Kale
Broccoli, at last!
It's a few weeks late, but the broccoli is finally here! Our early plantings were set back by spring slug damage - an issue I've never seen before in any of the hundreds of broccoli plantings we've set out into the field over the years. I experienced a few worried weeks back in early May when I wondered if our first plantings were ever going to bounce back from their slug-razing, but a little warmth and long sunny days finally did the trick. Now, of course, we are headed into a broccoli pile-up of epic proportions since our early plantings are maturing in sync with our mid-season plantings. Which is all to say, it's time to bust out your favorite broccoli recipes. Broccoli Caesar anyone (sub your green cabbage for the Napa cabbage)? Or peruse this diverse collection of broccoli recipes from Epicurious.

Our spring broccoli season tends to run through July, so it'll be a staple in your share for at least the next month. Enjoy!
New Produce
Bunch Carrots: Our first spring seeding of carrots also suffered a setback when we got six inches of cold rain over a few days in April. Some of the seed simply rotted in the ground, and some germinated and then got mowed down by - yes, you guessed it - slugs. We re-seeded as soon as we could but ultimately fell a few weeks shy of my goal to have freshly-dug carrots year-round on the farm. We're back in 'em now and if all goes according to plan, you should see carrots every single week for the rest of the season - even some rainbow carrots here and there!

Green Cone Cabbage: I love this whimsical cabbage variety for lots of reasons. As a farmer, I love how early it matures and how sure-heading and consistent it is. As an eater, I love how tender and sweet it is, and how easy it is to cut up in the kitchen. You'll see six or seven different types of cabbage from now until December, but only this one will make you want to get on You Tube and pull up some old Saturday Night Live Conehead skits.

Purple Cauliflower: This one snuck up on us! A week ago they were but lavender buttons wrapped in the cozy embrace of big-framed cauliflower leaves. Then, BAM!, on Tuesday we were filling bins with neon cauliflower (a lot can happen in a few long days around the summer solstice!). I love this variety because it stays purple when you cook it.
Flower Shares!
Flower shares are officially on! If you are signed up for flowers, look for a separate weekly email from Amelia. Remember to take your bouquet home each week, and please only take flowers if you have signed up for them.

The Farmstand is Open for Summer Hours!

Every Wednesday & Saturday
9 am to 2 pm
Rain or shine!

Fresh Produce
U-Pick Strawberries & Flowers
Homemade Jam & Hot Sauce

Please bring your own bags and u-pick containers if possible!

Directions to the Farm
For Recipes & Cooking Inspiration:
Valley Flora Recipe Wizard
Our own collection of recipes gathered over the years.
A vast collection of recipes, searchable by one or multiple ingredients
Full Belly Farm
Recipes from one of my favorite farms in California, pioneers of the organic movement since the 80s.

Farm Fresh to You
A storehouse of recipes, searchable by ingredient.
Helsing Junction Farm
A Washington farm that has a good collection of seasonal recipes geared toward CSA members.
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