- Purple Sprouting Broccoli
- Semi-savoy Cabbage
- Bunched Mustards
- Italian Parsley
- Pea Shoots
- Yellow Onions
- Kale and Cabbage Raab
- Collard Greens
La Primavera Tardada...
We went into the harvest on Monday full of excitement about all the new spring crops we'd hoped to pick this week: spinach, hakurei turnips, baby carrots, maybe some green onions. After all, it was the first official calendar day of spring, and who can argue with that?! Well, it turns out the weather can. It argued, and it won. Like it or not, winter still has a firm grip on the farm. The rain is near-constant and cold, the grass is barely growing, and the sunshine is scant (oooooh, but when it breaks through it feels miraculous, no?). As for Spring, well, she's slow in coming this year - tardada (i.e. taking her sweet time). You will see spinach and carrots and hakureis soon, guaranteed (plus more cauliflower and no more mustard greens!), just not this week. Instead, deja vu! Leeks and cabbage and potatoes and a motherlode of lovely kale and cabbage raab (even if Spring isn't quite ready to share her bounty with us, Winter is still providing mightily, thank goodness)! If you haven't oven-roasted all of those things with some olive oil and salt, get on it this week!
Even if winter seems to still have the upper hand, we took a gamble on Saturday and seeded the favas and sugar snap peas outside. Chances are they'll rot in the ground this week, but we had to try. Maybe Uma and Jules, our fava seeders, will prove to be the lucky charm that helps those seeds sprout while it's 39 degrees and raining this week. And if not, we'll try again. C'est la vie!
A Handful of CSA Shares Still Available!
We are so delighted we were able to accomodate everyone on our waiting list this year, and still have a few CSA spots left for the upcoming 2023 season! If you know of anyone who would like to partake of 28 weeks of VF produce from June to December, send them to our website to sign up!
We are making a special effort to get the word out as widely as possible to folks who have SNAP food benefits. Thanks to the Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) program, SNAP participants receive a 1:1 match on the cost of a CSA share (they pay half and DUFB covers the other half). It's an awesome program that makes the CSA more affordable and accessible to all! Get the details here on our website.
In a Landscape Comes to Valley Flora on September 6th!
Classical Music in the Wild at Valley Flora!
We are THRILLED to announce that Hunter Noack of In a Landscape will be bringing his flatbed trailer and piano to the farm and playing for us on September 6th, 5 to 6:30 pm. I saw Hunter play for the first time last summer at Shore Acres. I love live music, and I love wild places, so it was a no-brainer that I fell in love with In a Landscape. In fact, after seeing Hunter play, I experienced my first-ever case of groupie fever: I wanted to quit the farm and follow him around the West to be immersed in his music and all the stunning landscapes he plays in. Obviously there were a few obstacles to manifesting that scheme, so instead we got him to come to us! DO NOT MISS THIS!!!
All proceeds from this concert will benefit the Wild Rivers Land Trust's "Heart of the Dark Coast" Campaign. Their goal is to double the current 1,000+ acres of protected lands along the southern Oregon coast. A number of Good Neighbor (free) tickets are available at this concert for residents of Curry County and for Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cardholders.
Get your tickets today, this magical event will sell out!