Community Supported Agriculture
Farm Notes

Welcome to Farmer Dave's         

Many members and friends came out to the farm last Friday and Saturday to pick strawberries. This Friday and Saturday will be another opportunity to come and spend some time in the fields enjoying the first fruit of the season right off the plants. Few experiences are more important to a child (young and old) than picking food right off the plant and enjoying the sweet flavors as they are meant to be eaten. Our multiple plantings of strawberries offer several shades and sizes of berries. Most varieties produce ripe fruit for about two weeks. With several varieties of staggered maturities, we hope to have strawberries for several weeks.

This week marks the summer solstice. With more than 15 hours of daylight, these longest days of the year allows a farmer to get a lot accomplished in the course of a day. The seedings of various crops will continue for weeks ahead. The bulk of all the transplants are now in the field and the transplant greenhouses are now almost empty having done their job of giving thousands of plants a head start on the season. Now we must cultivate out the weeds and ensure the plants have enough water.

The long days are also a trigger to the garlic plant to send up the stem that will hold its flower. This stem is called the garlic scape. By removing the garlic scape we encourage the garlic plant to put more energy into making bigger garlic cloves for us to enjoy instead of putting all that energy into its flower. These garlic scapes are a gourmet delicacy favored by fine chefs and those who know good food. The garlic scapes are only found at this time of year so enjoy them while they last.

Enjoy the early season flavors.
Farmer Dave
What's In My Share

This week features early summer treats of garlic scapes and sorrel. Sorrel is a delicious, lemony herb. One bite and you know instantly that it is a cousin of rhubarb and a member of the knotweed family. With its intense tart flavor, sorrel is best used as an herb to help "brighten" dishes like grilled vegetables, potatoes, eggs and fish. A leaf or two finely chopped makes a great addition to a light grain dish like a rice pilaf or quinoa salad.

Vegetable Shares
  • Garlic Scapes!
  • Sorrel
  • Kousa Squash
  • Red leaf, Boston or Green leaf Lettuce (as is typical at this point in the season, there will be a lot of lettuce in the share this week. Get those vinaigrettes ready!
  • Broccoli Rabe or Ethiopian Kale
  • Tatsoi or Spinach
  • Swiss Chard or Kale
  • Herbs
Fruit Share
  • Strawberries
  • Apples
This is what we are planning and hoping to harvest this week.  Ultimately Mother Nature has the last word so the actual contents of your share will vary.
Unpacking your CSA Share 
Vegisode of the Week!  

Stacey receives a surprise veggie share, and walk us through the process of deciding how to use and store their veggies. If you are new to the CSA and are not sure how to manage your produce, this video is a great starting point. This video is shot in real time, so grab yourself a glass of cucumber water and a tray of crudites, and get comfortable! 

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These videos are designed to help you make the most of your CSA share with tips on storing, preparing and preserving your veggies.  

CSA Member PYO Strawberries at the Farm This Weekend

June 22-23


Each CSA membership will receive a complimentary pint of berries. Additional pints will be available for purchase.


More details here! 


Have you tried Farmer Dave's pantry line?

Made with our own produce.

Delicious new products:  Applesauce, Strawberry and Strawberry Raspberry Jam

A new batch of hot sauces: Call of the Mild and Dave's Third Degree.
Groundwork Share-a-Share
Thanks to generous donations by you (our CSA Members) to the Groundwork Share-a-Share fund, we were able to subsidize the cost of shares in 2017 for over 30 individuals and families, as well as shares for local food pantries.  
Please consider helping us in our efforts to make the CSA accessible to more families by donating to Groundwork Share-a-Share.