Clockwise, from upper left: Curly kale ‘Casper’, baby lettuce, rainbow carrots, sweet potatoes, lemongrass, ‘China Rose’ radish, Priapi Garden Tomato Sauce, crimini mushrooms (large share pictured).Use first (will keep about a week): lettuce
Store a little longer (about 2 weeks): kale, mushrooms*
Store very well (a month or more): radishes*, carrots, sweet potatoes*, lemongrass, sauce!
*certified organic items, purchased from other local farms (Mother Earth Mushrooms, Even’ Star Farm, Lands End Farm, Chestertown, MD)*
While your produce is super fresh, it has not been washed! Please take care to always wash your vegetables well before enjoying.
Welcome to Week 1 of the Spring CSA!
Whether you have been a year-round CSA member for years, or it is your very first time joining us, thank you for supporting our delicious work!
We have a CSA ‘first’ this week and it can be found in that beautiful jar of tomato sauce in your share! For the past 2 summers we have partnered with Amber Smucker of Mother Smucker Salsa in Rock Hall (https://www.mothersmuckersalsa.com/) to preserve some of summer’s bounty in sauce form. This marinara is made with our organic tomatoes, onions, garlic, herbs, and is sealed to last until your are ready for it (prior to opening, refrigeration is not necessary). Each jar takes about five pounds of tomatoes to make, and is a reminder of the pragmatic function that canning has traditionally served in our not-too-distant past…namely, giving us something to eat when winter crops are scarce! While the bulk of our leafy greens play catch up in the greenhouse (with longer days of sunshine they’ll be along shortly), we hope these hearty root crops, aromatic delights, and mushrooms help keep your senses (and stomachs) delighted.
In other news, the high tunnel has been sown and planted for spring, and we continue to replant beds as fast as they are vacated in the slightly warmer climate of House 1. The ‘baby lettuce’ in your share this week would technically reach full size if we had the time to let it, to give you an idea of the stressful waiting game that winter farming can entail! We will get as many greens to you as soon as possible, but yield, weather, and time are intrinsically related. Our spring onions sets are up and very adorable, along with a boat load of other leafy friends that will be planted in the garden before we know it.