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Crop Talk: June 16, 2014
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Word From Your Farmer
Boxes this week will include broccoli, young kale, spring onions, asparagus, and thyme. Though the cool weather and copious rain have taken a toll on crops like strawberries, they've been a boon to our asparagus fields. This is the first year ever that we've been able to pack asparagus for three weeks straight!
Week three features broccoli and young kale.

Broccoli is delicious and nutritious. It helps detoxify the body, provides large doses of vitamin A and vitamin K, and helps eliminate bile acids from the system, which reduces levels of LDL cholesterol. According to the website The World's Healthiest Foods, lightly steaming broccoli enhances its cholesterol reducing properties.


"The unique combination of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and pro-detoxification components in broccoli make it a unique food in terms of cancer prevention," World's Healthiest Foods reports. "Connections between cancer development and oxidative stress, chronic inflammation, and inadequate detoxification are so well-documented in the research that any food improving all three of these metabolic problems would be highly likely to lower our risk of cancer. In the case of broccoli, the research is strongest in showing decreased risk of prostate cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, bladder cancer, and ovarian cancer. We expect that risk of other cancer types will also eventually be shown to undergo reduction from regular consumption of broccoli."


How to Store: Keep unwashed broccoli in the refrigerator in a well-sealed plastic bag with most of the air removed for up to ten days. 


Real Simple offers ten easy, family-friendly broccoli recipes here.


Tips for Delivery Members
A couple of delivery suggestions:
Fragile produce like lettuce starts to wilt quickly if it's left in the sun, so if you won't be home when your delivery arrives, be sure to leave out a cooler big enough to accommodate our boxes, which measure 10 by 12 by 19 inches. Information on an inexpensive cooler bag is available further down the page.
Remember that deliveries may not arrive until as late as 6:00 p.m.  We will be posting on
and Twitter  @thefarmersays when deliveries are completed each day. So be sure to follow us and feel free to contact the farm office if you have not received a delivery after those posts go out.  Our office hours are Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.
Please leave your empty box next to your cooler or by your delivery door so we can bring it back to the farm and refill it.
Tips for Pick up Members
If you're picking up your share at the farm, please remember to sign for your box and to mark the return column, indicating that you've brought your empty box back. Produce will be available in the store for you-pack members between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Remember that you-pack members may omit certain items if they wish, but not replace them with different items. 
If you are running late for pick up and need us to set out your prepacked box, just call the farm office before 5pm and we will set your box out for you to pick up after 6pm. 
Farm News
Upcoming Events
In The Farm Market June 17-22
Asparagus $2.99/lb (Last Week)
Tomatoes $1.99/lb

CSA Bonus
June 17-22
CSA Bonus this week will be two pints of tart cherries. They are ripening beautifully, so come on out and enjoy the weather and pick your bonus share. 
CSA Bonus Ticker
Guests have asked us over the years to help quantify the u-pick value in our CSA shares.  Last year we did a u-pick value ticker so members could track their bonus value.  Last year's ticker wrapped up just over $165.00 in market value.  We hope you are able to make it out at least once a month to enjoy a picnic at the farm, chat with your farmers, and do a little bonus picking to add value to your CSA share.

CSA Bonus Ticker: 

Week 6/17: $5.26
Year to Date: $7.26
Solar Power Comes to GCF

Technicians from ISS prepare the market roof.. 
This morning Independent Solar Solutions began installing 52 solar panels on the roof of the farm market. The panels will produce 70 percent of the electricity consumed by the store's lights, air conditioners, heaters, and walk-in coolers. Technicians will also install a video monitoring station inside the store, so visitors can see how much power the panels have generated in any given week or day.

More information on this project -- and the solar future -- is available on Barn Talk, our new farm blog.


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