CSA Summer 2018 Week 14

In the box this week (from upper left hand corner, clockwise): Swiss chard, Italian parsley, thyme, red summer crisp lettuce, French fillet string beans, basil (potted! A CSA first!), joi choi, green summer crisp lettuce, baby sweet peppers, cherry tomatoes, garlic (large share pictured).

Use first (will keep about a week): cherry tomatoes, string beans (they will keep longer but taste and texture are best when fresh)
Store a little longer (about 2 weeks): lettuce, joi choi, chard, peppers
Keep a month or more: thyme (easy to dry or use fresh), garlic, basil

While your produce is super fresh, it has not been washed! Please take care to always wash your vegetables well before enjoying.

Just a friendly reminder of pickup times and locations for your shares:

The Seed House, Chestertown, MD, Wednesdays, 3-6pm (The Seed House closes at 6pm, so be sure to get there before!)
The Humphrey Residence, Newark, DE, Wednesdays, 6-8:30pm
The Priapi Residence, Elkton, MD, Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm
Kent Island Farmers Market, Stevensville, MD, Thursdays, 3:30-6:30
Easton Maryland Farmers Market, Saturdays, 8am-1pm
Newark Co-op Farmers Market, Sundays, 9:30am-2pm

Boxes not picked up during the given time window will be forfeit (we donate them to a local shelter in Earleville). You are most welcome to send a friend or family member to pick up your share if you cannot make it yourself, but be sure to let them know when and where to pick up (and that they have to be there within the given time)!

It seems we just move from one extreme to the next weather-wise, these days. Prolonged periods of hot and dry weather have shifted into what looks like a very rainy next couple of weeks. 2018 has undoubtedly been one of the most challenging growing seasons in recent memory; and it is not just us! Talk to growers in DE, PA, NY, etc, and you will find the sentiment is shared. We thank you for your continued support of our farm, and you can help us out by hoping for just the right amount of sunshine in between rain storms to ripen our tomatoes!

Speaking of tomatoes, you will notice cherry tomatoes have made their way into your share this week. And by into, we mean, next to! We strongly believe refrigerating tomatoes decreases flavor, so each time you see tomatoes listed as a CSA item, they will be separate from your share. If you pick up at the farm, look for a note on our checklist clipboard for where your tomatoes are (usually in the farm stand). We have likewise decided to include potted basil (USDA organic and grown from seed by us) with your share this week. It can be hard to keep cut basil looking fresh, so if you nurture your new plant friend it will enhance many family meals this summer! Replanting into a larger pot, or a sunny spot in your garden will make for easier watering. You can also grow basil indoors on a sunny windowsill.

Thanks, veggie lovers! We hope you enjoy your CSA shares this week. As ever, we welcome all of your feedback, so do not hesitate to get in touch.

CSA Summer 2018 Week 13


In the box this week (from upper left hand corner, clockwise): Sage, French fillet string beans, kohl rabi, nasturtium blossoms, black radish, summer savory, green summer crisp lettuce, joi choi, red summer crisp lettuce (large share pictured).
Use first (will keep about a week): nasturtium blossoms, beans (they will keep longer but taste and texture are best when fresh)
Store a little longer (about 2 weeks): lettuce, joi choi
Keep a month or more: herbs (easy to dry or use them fresh), kohl rabi, radish

While your produce is super fresh, it has not been washed! Please take care to always wash your vegetables well before enjoying.

Summer heat continues! We know many of you are taking vacations this time of year, and would like to remind you of a few things. If you pick your share up anywhere but the garden center, boxes are only available at the given time window. Those are:

The Seed House, Chestertown, MD, Wednesdays, 3-6pm
The Humphrey Residence, Newark, DE, Wednesdays, 6-8:30pm
The Priapi Residence, Elkton, MD, Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm
Kent Island Farmers Market, Stevensville, MD, Thursdays, 3:30-6:30
Easton Maryland Farmers Market, Saturdays, 8am-1pm
Newark Co-op Farmers Market, Sundays, 9:30am-2pm

Boxes not picked up during the given time window will be forfeit (we donate them to a local shelter in Earleville). You are most welcome to send a friend or family member to pick up your share if you cannot make it yourself, but be sure to let them know when and where to pick up (and that they have to be there within the given time)! And if you haven’t quite mastered flattening your CSA box for easy storage yet, here is a video tutorial!. Keeping the boxes in good condition and returning them to the garden center (or wherever you pick up your share) helps us keep the cost of shares low.

Our flowers and tomatoes are loving these hot and dry conditions (with some help from us to provide the right amount of water at the right time!) Some delectable flowers have made their way into your box this week — nasturtium! Entirely edible, these beautiful blooms and their leaves have a peppery kick comparable to arugula, with a much more delicate texture. They are perfect for garnishing dishes or spicing up your summer salads.

Fresh herbs can be used in just about anything! You can also dry them to store with your spices for later use. Summer savory has long been considered an aphrodisiac(!), in addition to a seasoning. You can learn more about it’s rich culinary and medicinal traditions here.. If you can’t figure out how to work sage and savory into your menu plan, try enjoying them as an air freshener! A bouquet of herbs in water adds charm and a bit of aromatherapy to any room of the house.

Enjoy your share!

CSA Summer 2018 Week 12

In the box this week (from upper left hand corner, clockwise): Rainbow chard, frisee (in large shares only), romaine, mint, escarole, joi choi, garlic, black radishes, kohl rabi, scallions (large share pictured).
Use first (will keep about a week): lettuce, mint
Store a little longer (about 2 weeks): chard, scallions, escarole, joi choi
Keep a month or more: garlic, kohl rabi, black radish

While your produce is super fresh, it has not been washed! Please take care to always wash your vegetables well before enjoying.

Last week marked the halfway point of the Summer CSA season. A common question we get this time of year is “What’s next?” which can generally be interpreted as “Where are the summer veggies?” We have the hard job of informing people tomatoes just don’t care that school is out for the summer! They are taking their sweet time, but are growing every day. String beans, sweet corn, hot and sweet peppers, onions, fennel, eggplant, ground cherries, basil, cucumbers, okra, golden beets, scallion, summer crisp lettuce, and more, are all sown and being nurtured with lots of love and water! Gardening requires a mighty form of patience, but reaping the rewards will be such delicious fun! So please enjoy the last of the spring lettuces, and those summer veggies will be here before we know it!

Escarole Salad
Take a Deep Dive On Some Ancient Black Radish Wisdom
Swiss Chard Pancakes