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Week 4 from Valley Flora!

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Week 4 from Valley Flora! Happy Solstice!
Thanks for eating locally from our family farm!
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What's Cookin' at the Farm...
  • The Solstice Salad Extravaganza!
  • New Produce: Peas, Basil, Chard
  • First Flower Shares Starting on Saturday!
  • Strawberries by the Flat and Great U-Pick!
What's In Your Share This Week:*
  • Baby Spinach
  • Rainbow Chard
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Head Lettuce
  • Strawberries
  • Basil
On Rotation:
(Some locations will receive it this week; others in a future week)
  • Broccolini
  • Asparagus
  • Lacinato Kale
  • Tokyo Bekana Pac Choi
  • Cilantro
*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...
  • Arugula
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Baby Carrots?
  • Lettuce
  • Strawberries
  • Snap Peas
  • Cauliflower?
Solstice Salad Extravaganza
When you're eating direct from a farm like ours every crop has its peak moment during the year, which largely dictates what we all put in our bellies for the week. Instead of going to the grocery store with your list, you get to take your cue from the food that's coming out of Valley Flora soil right now. So might I suggest that this week you put a lot of salad in your belly. And maybe that of your friends as well. Always around the summer solstice we find ourselves cutting head lettuce the size of beach balls, bunching luxurious leaves of chard, and harvesting tender baby spinach and arugula galore. This is their moment. Which means its your moment to have a Solstice Salad Party and revel in the abundance of it all with friends and family.

A little tip: there's nothing like switching up your salad dressing to make you feel like you're eating a whole new thing. I was inspired by this recipe for Wedge Salad with Tahini Ranch, maybe made with the butterhead you're all getting this week instead of the little gem (or if you're really into excess, you could come to the farmstand and buy some little gem this week :)...). Also, with the help of few hearty toppings like nuts, avocado, and cheese, salad becomes the main course, and a filling one at that - no cooking required!
Amelia Clements, Valley Flora Pea Queen
New Produce
You're getting a few of my favorite things this week: the first sugar snap peas, basil, and rainbow chard. Amelia, our pea-picking queen, is to thank for the Sugar Snaps: she single-handedly hauled in 120 pounds of peas on Monday in a record-breaking feat of pea-picking persistence. Remember that Sugar Snaps are not a shelling pea: you eat the whole sweet thing, pod and all, and they're especially fat and juicy this year.

Other than tomato plants, I can't think of anything that smells more like summer than basil, so how apropros that we're kicking off summer this week with your first installment. Add it to one of your bodacious salads this week!

And rainbow chard, so pretty it's worthy of a vase! I love a couple chard leaves in my morning smoothie, and a big heap of it steamed at dinner. It also makes a great lasagna filling in lieu of, or in addition to, spinach.
Flower Shares Start on Saturday!
Amelia's flowers are beginning to bloom! She's going to kick off the Flower Share season this Saturday so Bandon and Port Orford flower members will receive their first bouquets. You have some lovely-smelling sweet peas to look forward to your first week!

If you are signed up for flowers, look for a separate email from Amelia later this week. Please only take flowers if you have signed up for them for the season!
Strawberries by the Flat, and Great U-Pick!
Strawberry production is ramping up enough that I hope to be able to offer special order flats to our CSA members, delivered to your pickup site. If you would like to order, please email us your name, pickup site, daytime phone number (ideally a number I can text), and the quantity of flats you would like. We'll fill requests in the order received as the berries are available (we can't guarantee a specific delivery date but will contact you the day before your pickup to confirm once we have your berries).

The u-pick is also great right now, but is typically getting picked out before noon. Strawberry fever is running high - as always in June! We should have at least three to four good months of berries, so come pick whenever it's best for you!

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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