In Your Share this Week:
- Bunch Carrots
- Greenleaf Lettuce
- Micro Mix
- Tokyo Bekana - this is the light green lettucy-mustard bunch in your share. Very mild, a great salad or stir-fry ingredient
- Hakurei turnips
- Mixed Asian Green Bunches
- Spring Onions
- Kabocha Squash
Pretty much the only vestige of winter in this tote of "Winter" CSA produce is the Kabocha squash - and if you're not in the mood for squash this week, don't worry, it'll probably keep until 2024 on your counter :).
Really, it's all about spring - and even summer - this week. We got to load you up with a couple pounds of artichokes, plus our first heads of greenleaf lettuce, a variety of Asian greens, baby bunch carrots, and some early overwintered onions, which have been slowly creeping towards maturity since last fall when we planted them in October. The onions are surprisingly sweet. Allen sampled one in the field during harvest and ate the whole thing on the spot like a popsicle.
I'm always especially grateful to our winter CSA members for your extra commitment to seasonal eating. Winter can be more of a culinary challenge for some, certainly devoid of tomatoes and peppers and cucumbers and some of the other "easy" vegetables that summer offers up. It's been a fun challenge for me to figure out how to be a better winter grower over the past five years: What can I plant to keep those baskets more diverse and exciting, and when can I plant it? Where can we extend the season, how can we make the most productive use of our field tunnels, what storage crops will make it until May in good shape?
Our winter season is when I most often murmur the words, "plants are amazing" (all that they can endure, and still make big gorgeous heads of cauliflower in February). But it's also when I most often murmur, "our CSA members are amazing." Thanks for being part of the Valley Flora foundation, for supporting our little farm and keeping us going year after year.
If you're signed up for summer, see you in two weeks! If not, thanks for being a part of this past winter and we hope to have you back again soon!
Hugs to all,