Spring CSA Begins!
News and Notes
Welcome to Spring!
Hello from your farmer. It's good to be back. After a tough slog of a winter we are delighted to be moving forward again. It never ceases to amaze me how different a farm can look in just a few days during the spring. Last week was spent sloshing around in cold muddy fields, unplanting some 1,500 tomato plants and protecting everything else from the impending frost. This week we are rolling in piles of luscious red strawberries, gorgeous carrots, and weeds that seem to have grown overnight. We are beyond ready for the rushing pace of spring. Today We are busy replanting those tomatoes, as well as finishing up the harvest for the week.
Happy Earth Day! This just happens to be my favorite day of the year. Most people spend it planting a tree, or enjoying the Google Doodle. I'll spend it doing environmentally insensitive things like killing thousands of baby plants with a piece of metal, or chopping up grass and soil trying to make it submit to my will. Mostly, I'll just be outside trying to do too many things at once. Hopefully the rain holds off...
The feeling most of us get from the 22nd of April is a vague and unfulfilling call to action (Yay Earth!). Earth Day is unusual as a holiday because there is an uneasy feeling of guilt built into it. Many of us try and make changes based on that guilt, and while that is an important step in the right direction, I would argue that it misses the point of an "Earth Day" entirely. It's easy to be a green cheerleader. It's easy to have strong opinions about recycling. It's easy to buy a hybrid car. It's hard to understand the worldwide extent of ecological damage that happens everyday by human machinations. It's hard to fathom that we are all connected and interdependent on this complex biological machine operating within very narrow margins, and that we are potentially the monkey wrench in that machine. It's hard to find an easy answer. Global stewardship is not something that human beings evolved to handle. Limiting growth is anathema to our very nature. Environmentalism is not an inherited trait.
Although this is a day of the year that is somewhat cliche and often overlooked, it is more important then we may give it credit for. Sure, it's not a Hallmark holiday. The economy doesn't get a boost. Wall Street is't banking on earnings from celebrating environmental awareness. We can bathe in conciliatory quick fixes or we can sulk despondent, waiting for an environmental apocalypse that may or may not come. Honestly, I do a little of both. But what makes today special for me is that I make a concerted effort to ignore all of that, and just enjoy how special it is that we live in such an outstanding and surreally beautiful world. That's it. Just the act of considering how small we are in the grand scheme of the universe, and that out of all of the variables and black holes and asteroids we have wound up in a place that not only supports life, but enables it to thrive; for some reason, that makes me rest a little easier. I realize that that comforting thought won't stop rampant ocean pollution or keep the glaciers from melting. But imagine if we all came to a similar consensus. If we all decided "Hey we all share this tiny speck of rock, maybe we should take it on ourselves to keep it clean". Maybe that's all we need. Just a day to consider how lucky we all are.
Take Care and Eat Well!
CSA Box Week 1
-Double Strawberries (2 pints)!
-1 bunch Asparagus
-1 bunch Carrots
-1 bunch Misome
-1 bunch Kale
-2 heads Lettuce
-1 bunch baby Celery
-1 bunch Parsley
Weely Recipes and Ideas
This recipe will work with most any hardy green, so feel free to substitute. This is a technique that we use for many of our meals at home because it's fast and it tastes great. basically you are just macerating the greens in acid to make them more tender.
-1 bunch kale/collards/spinach, Large stems removed (baby leaves are fine used whole), finely shredded
-1 small handfull dried cherries
-1 small handfull chopped pecans
-1 spring onion, finely diced
-red wine vinegar, to taste
For the dressing
-1 garlic clove
-1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (1-2 lemons)
-2-4 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil, to taste
-1-2 tsp coarse ground mustard
-1 tsp kosher salt + freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
-1 tbsp orange juice
-1 tsp honey
-small handful of parsley
Combine dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor, blend until smooth. Taste and adjust ingredients for flavor and consistency. Toss with salad ingredients. Allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes to allow the acid to "cook" the kale. To add a little kick, I toss in a little red wine vinegar before serving. Enjoy!
-1 bunch Misome, chopped roughly
-2 tbsp oyster sauce
-1 tbsp sesame oil
-1 tbsp dark soy sauce
-1/2 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)
Wash the greens. Bring a pot of water to boil and add the greens. Boil for about 10 seconds, then remove and drain well. Shock in a bowl of ice water. Drain and squeeze out excess water. Place in a large bowl and add the sauces and oil. Mix well. Add sesame seeds and toss to combine. Let soak for 10 minutes.
To serve, squeeze excess sauce, plate, then drizzle sauce on top. Sprinkle more sesame seeds on top.
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tsp grated lemon zest
3-4 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
2 tbsp minced shallots
1 tsp celery seed
1/2 tsp celery salt
1/2 tsp anchovy paste
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3-4 cups thinly sliced celery, leaves included
3-4-ounce chunk Parmesan cheese
2/3 cup toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped
whisk together the olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, the shallots, celery seed, celery salt, anchovy paste, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the celery to crisp and the flavors to develop.
When ready to serve, shave Parmesan onto the salad and, then sprinkle with walnuts.