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Farm to Campus to Table: Bucknell's New Residential College Focuses on Food - Bucknell University

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Farm to Campus to Table: Bucknell's New Residential College Focuses on Food
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Foundation seminars will be supplemented with field trips to sites including an industrial farm, a heritage-breed sheep farm and a local butcher. Students, who will live in a residence hall-based community, will also plant and harvest organic crops at ...

Farm to Campus to Table: Bucknell's New Residential College Focuses on Food - Bucknell University

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Farm to Campus to Table: Bucknell's New Residential College Focuses on Food
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Foundation seminars will be supplemented with field trips to sites including an industrial farm, a heritage-breed sheep farm and a local butcher. Students, who will live in a residence hall-based community, will also plant and harvest organic crops at ...

You can now buy local organic produce from your smartphone. Here's how - Alexandria Town Talk

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You can now buy local organic produce from your smartphone. Here's how
Alexandria Town Talk
A popular food delivery app will now bring produce from an organic farm straight to your doorstep. Inglewood Farm in Alexandria is the latest business using the app Waitr as a platform to serve customers more conveniently. "It's a really big ...

Healthy Outlook: Local produce will freshen up your diet; here's how to use it - Lawrence Journal-World

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Healthy Outlook: Local produce will freshen up your diet; here's how to use it
Lawrence Journal-World
Common Harvest CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture): This program offers locally grown, organic produce on a subscription basis. It's delivered for pickup weekly to a few sites around town. The program is full for the 2018 season, but it does have a ...

Guest column: Sustainable ag advocate and daughter of conventional farmer - Farm Forum

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Guest column: Sustainable ag advocate and daughter of conventional farmer
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My parents were married at the beginning of the 1980s farm crisis, and while I grew up during many of the “good years,” the fear of the next crisis still hovers over my family. Over the years, my status as a Midwest farmer's daughter has been met with ...

Women farmers creating new approaches to agriculture - Wisconsin State Farmer

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Women farmers creating new approaches to agriculture
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The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) supports these women farmers with on-farm “In Her Boots” workshops; the first workshop of the 2018 season is Thursday, June 21 at Wylymar Farms, an organic dairy in Monroe, Wis., run by ...

Meet the Vegetable Whisperer Who Has the Ear of José Andrés - Tasting Table

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Meet the Vegetable Whisperer Who Has the Ear of José Andrés
Tasting Table
"We've been dealing with this Belgian endive issue for weeks," Bennett Haynes says en route to Little Wild Things, the Washington D.C. urban farm that usually sells the locally grown sunflower shoots without a hitch. ... vegetable driven and the volume ...

Farm fresh foods at Hillside Park Farmers Market every Thursday - The Abington Journal

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Farm fresh foods at Hillside Park Farmers Market every Thursday
The Abington Journal
People can get locally grown, organic food products once a week at The Hillside Park Farmers Market which is held from 2 to 6 p.m. every Thursday at the park's pavilion near Eston Wilson Lake. This market is truly farmer-run and producers only, which ...

It's CSA Kickoff Week!

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It's CSA Kickoff Week!
What's Fresh from Valley Flora this Week...
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Our CSA Season Kicks Off this Week!
  • Three Things You Should Do this Week
  • The Best Cherry Tomato on Planet Earth
  • Summer Farmstand Hours
  • Strawberry U-pick Opens!
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What Might Be In Your Share This Week:
  • Sungold Cherry Tomato Plant
  • Red Ursa Kale
  • Hakurei Turnips
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Pac Choi?
  • Head Lettuce
  • Arugula
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
For recipes and ideas, check out these links:
 
Valley Flora Recipe Wizard
Our own collection of recipes gathered over the years.
 
Epicurious
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.

 
Three Things You Should Do This Week:
It's that happy time of year again....here comes the fresh produce! We're excited to bring you your first CSA delivery this week. It's also the week that I brace myself for the barrage of emails and phone calls about salad shares gone missing and egg share mix-ups. Most of the mishaps during our CSA season happen the very first week due to confusion at pickup sites. Please do your very best to only go home with the food you signed up for this week!

Here are three very simple things you can do this week to ensure it all goes smoothly:
  1. Read this newlsetter before you pick up your CSA share on Wednesday or Saturday! It has some key info that everyone needs to know for CSA pickups to go smoothly.
  2. Read all the labels and signage at your pickup site this week. We try our best to label things clearly in hopes of preventing any mix ups.
  3. Read the pickup instructions for your specific site on our website. There's important info listed there, like what time your pickup site starts and who to call if you can't make it to your pickup in time.
I know, that's a lot of reading in this day and age BUT it will make all the difference this week! For those of you who want the cliff notes, here are the most important things to know (please also share this info with anyone who might be picking up on your behalf at any point this season!)....

About HARVEST BASKETS:
  • Do check your name off the list at your pickup site each week.
  • Do pack your veggies into your own bags and leave the tote and lid at your pickup site in a tidy stack.
  • Do ask other CSA members about any produce you're not familiar with - about 80% of our CSA members are returning veterans and know their veggies! They can help you figure out what to do with that kohlrabi! So can the internet, cookbooks, and this newsletter. Never fear!
  • If you are splitting a share, don't leave a partial share in a tote for your CSA partner to pick up later. Please pack the produce into your own bags. More than once an unsuspecting CSA member has ended up with someone's half share and emailed me wondering why the head lettuce was cut down the middle. :)
About SALAD SHARES:
  • Don't take a salad share from the marked red coolers if you didn't sign up for one!
  • Do pay attention to the lists on the coolers and the labels on individual bags. Full pound shares are labeled with members' names; half pound shares are unlabeled. All Salad Share members are listed on the cooler lid. Double-triple check before you take that bag of greens home!
About EGG SHARES:
  • Do make sure you take home the dozen or half dozen with your name on it! All eggs are labeled with last names.
About TAMALE SHARES:
  • The first tamale shares will go out NEXT week, the week of June 4th.
  • Do make sure you take home the tamales with your name on them! All Tamale Shares are labeled.
About FLOWER SHARES:
  • Flower Shares will begin at the end of June or early July...
Thanks for your help making this first week, and the next 27, go smoothly for all!

Enjoy the food, the CSA comraderie, and thanks for making our world go round here on the farm!
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SunOrange Cherry Tomatoes - the Best Little Tomato I Know...
It's tradition that we include a cherry tomato plant with each Harvest Basket the first week of the season. The reason? We don't grow cherry tomatoes for the CSA, due to how labor intensive they are and because outdoor production of them at any scale is a little bit of a risk in our damp, coastal climate (lots of disease pressure late in the summer). Instead, we offer you the opportunity to grow your own SunOrange plant - an improved sibling to the infamous Sungold. SunOrange is a notch better than Sungold, primarily because it has excellent crack resistance. Anyone who has ever grown a Sungold knows that they have unbeatable flavor, are high yielding, and are beautiful to behold. But one little misty evening and any close-to-ripe fruit cracks. SunOrange holds up to the weather and still has the flavor.

They're easy to grow - all you need is a sunny, warm spot in the ground or in a big pot. Plant them deep (it's ok to bury all but the top set of leaves; it will encourage the stem to sprout roots and increase the size of your root zone). Provide regular water, a balanced fertilizer and/or compost, and a trellis (they can get tall!) and you should have handfuls of orange sugar bombs within a couple-few months. For more intense flavor, cut back the water when they start to ripen their fruit. Eat them raw, or cut them in half and dry them for a great winter treat.
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Summer Farmstand Hours Start this Wednesday!
The farmstand is open for summer hours every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 to 2 pm, starting this Wednesday, May 30th. Please note our hours are slightly changed from year's past (closing at 2 pm instead of 3 pm).
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Strawberry U-Pick Opens this Wednesday!
Red alert! There are ripe berries in the field! We'll be opening up last year's strawberry patch to u-pick this Wednesday. Our new patch is not ready for u-pick yet, but last year's plants are pumping out some big, early fruit! Bring your containers and get the first berries of the season!
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Dutch Days Beijing 2018: Dutch Food for Thought - The Netherlands and You

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Dutch Days Beijing 2018: Dutch Food for Thought
The Netherlands and You
Fresh Farm Plus Agricultural Technology is a multi-nationally managed organic lifestyle provider. Operated ... With the Dutch Food Week coming to an end, be sure to not miss our Open Day to learn more about local, tasty as well as healthy food and ...

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