Purple Kohlrabi, Red Head Lettuce, Green Head Lettuce, Red Russian Kale, Green Curly Kale, Chard, Bok Choy, Scallions, Sweet Salad Turnips, and Garlic Scapes…
Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Farm Share Members,
The first harvest! And what a beauty it was…hard work and good soil have paid off, and will continue to help the coming vegetables prosper this summer. While the forests of spiny, deep rooted thistle and rhizomatous grasses have at times been daunting, Alex and Claire and Andrea’s help hand weeding has kept us in high spirits. And everyone’s happy to see the beauties we brought in to wash this morning!
If you’re new to the whole CSA concept, there may be a few new vegetables amongst the recognizable standbys of lettuce heads and scallions. The purple spaceship with leaves is called kohlrabi, an enlarged stem of the brassica family. It has a mild flavor somewhat reminiscent of broccoli. Peel and slice the bulbous stem, soak in olive oil and vinegar, and snack on as a raw appetizer or salad. Yes, you can eat the leaves – cook them as you would kale, though they’re not quite as tender. I also hear you can make a slammin' hash with them, just peel, grate, add eggs, form patties, and fry 'em up.
The white round root is called a sweet salad turnip, or Hakurei turnip. As suggested by the name, you can indeed eat it raw, chopped up in a salad. The raw leaves have a bit of bite. Alternatively, cook the chopped turnip with onions in olive oil, with a touch of salt, and enjoy the sweet goodness! We also ate the leaves for lunch, cooked together with bok choy in olive oil and sesame oil with a dash of mirin. Sam loves the bok choy stems, both raw and cooked! If you didn't get a chance to sample these delights, no worries, they are coming back at least this Saturday, and perhaps one more after that. Then the summer fruits start appearing – squash and zucchini – that let you know the season really is in full swing!
Friday's Harvest/Wash Crew – Jon, Fumie, Andrea, and Alex
The deer fence has finally arrived! Jon and the UPS freight driver had quite a time getting a 2750 lb, 9’ long pallet off the truck on Wednesday. But we are mighty relieved to have it. So far, losses to deer and other wildlife have been minimal, but I would not want to rely on their generosity all season. Next week will be a push to get this “invisible” black mesh fence up around our 10 acre garden.
A few reminders –
Yes, we are still taking members for this season, tell your friends!
Maple syrup orders are due next week for delivery the second week of July.
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Sam is on vacation this month – my parents are visiting from Georgia, and every morning before I leave for the farm, they come in and whisk him away to parks of Hudson I didn't even know were there! Sam is loving the long stroller rides and hours spent exploring slides, swings, and motorcycles! (Disclaimer: It's one of those bouncy toys in a park, no actual motor!)
In the steamy 80s and the rainy raindays,
Jen, Jon, and little Sammy
Alex, Andrea, Claire and special guest Fumie