Crop List: Cosmic Mix, Turnips, Bok Choy, Garlic Curls, Roxy Head Lettuce and Basil
Share #4! A month in and it feels like we have a routine going. The daily rhythm is becoming normal for our employees and us. Everyday on the farm is a bit different, but there is a flow. We meet at 7 am and talk about who will do what, first thing each morning. Max moves off to care for the cows, pigs, chickens and calves. He rejoins the crew when he is done, around 9. Jed heads out into the field with the crew (Jenevive, Charlotte, Jacy, Emma and 2 volunteers) to harvest Cosmic Mix (every Monday and Thursday). Tuesdays and Thursdays we get the other items for the shares out of the fields. Jacy eventually ventures off to move irrigation pipe, which takes about 45 minutes each morning. We harvest until the coveted coffee break around 9:30.
Our wash station manager, Becky, has begun inventorying veggies that returned from a CSA pick up or market and divvying up "the extras" before she begins post harvest handling of items coming out of the fields.
Deb arrives to tend to the greenhouses. The tomatoes need trellising and harvested on Mondays and Thursdays.
After coffee break, there is more harvesting. When the harvest is done, we move onto getting the mud off of crops, weighing and dividing. The greens are dunked in tubs of water to cool them and get any big clumps of soil off. The root crops are sprayed down, to help keep most of the soil at the farm. Each item is either weighed or counted. The total number or weight is then divided by the number of CSA members picking up each day...this is how we determine a share.
We strive to have all the produce in the wash station before lunch, at 12:15 each day. By 1 we are back at moving forward with veggie distribution. Becky is doing serious math in the wash station to determine where the veggies will be going. There are 3 pickup points happening simultaneously on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and we need the right number of bok choys at each location for the number of members expecting bok choy! The concentration in the wash station becomes palpable on some days.
The dry erase boards with your share weights are written. Our truck driver, Roberta, arrives at 3 to load the truck and hits the road at 3:30. After dropping a pallet and supplies in Wilson, she heads to downtown Jackson to get the veggies to the people!!
This is the flow of the CSA harvest. Outside of this, there is also prep for 3 markets happening, weeding, projects and all the other good things to keep the whole farm wheel turning!
We need a couple more volunteers for July! At this point...only a 3 week commitment!
If you (or someone you know!) is curious about high altitude gardening becoming a garden helper may be just right. We are only asking folks to commit to 1 morning a week for one month, that's 20-25 hours a month! It feels really good to have volunteers back on the farm, we missed them!! Lunch and veggies are provided! Follow the link below to check it out!
Lunch this Week: Burritos with "Dale's Burrito Sauce" and sandwiches with roasted garlic curl hummus. Both recipes are on the garlic page.
Recipe Ideas: Grilled Garlic Curls 2 Ways, Dale's Basil Vinaigrette, Honey Basil Dressing. Grilled Bok Choy (go to the "Just Picked, A CSA Cooking Show on our website. The recipe is from Share #1) and Lemon Butter Basil Turnips.
The coolers at your site are stocked with Lifeline cheese and a selection of the beef and pork listed below. If you know you want something, please email me and I will make sure it is in the cooler, reserved for you. I don't send every cut every week, they simply won't all fit!
Lifeline Beef Available: Ground Beef, Patties and Stew Meat
Pork Available: Grandpa's Sausage, Breakfast Sausage, Pork Chops, Shoulder Roast, Neck Bones (make the real deal Ramen!), Fat, Spare Ribs, Country Ribs, and Hock
WASH YOUR VEGGIES!!
Bring Bags to pick-ups!
If you can't make it to pick up your veggies, send a friend!
Missed shares are forfeited for the week.
Members get 10% off at the Farmer's Markets!
The Driggs Market: Fridays 9-1
JH Farmer's Market: Saturdays 8-12
The People's Market: Wednesdays 4-7 (NO MARKET 7/13)
Questions? Comments? Recipes to share? firstname.lastname@example.org