Community Supported Agriculture
Farm Notes
       

It was wonderful to see so many members out in the strawberry patch the last two weekends. Red fingers from strawberry picking is one of the first joys of the season. The peak strawberry season is about to end and this has been our best strawberry crop ever. The elongated winter seemed to have delayed the start of the season, but once it began, it began in earnest. And we have all enjoyed the sweetness they have brought. There will still be some strawberries, but after this week they will peter down to a trickle. On the up side, the raspberries growing under the cover of our high tunnel are now ripening. This high tunnel is proving very fruitful as the same varieties of raspberries growing outside are more than two weeks away from maturity. Those who came to pick strawberries saw how nicely the blueberries are growing. The first varieties will be getting blue in two or three weeks. In the orchard, the apricots that have not provided fruit for the last two years because of cold weather are showing a small crop of growing fruit that will be ready soon.

While we have already enjoyed a few greenhouse grown cucumbers, the greenhouse tomatoes are now ripening nicely and a few might make it in the shares this week or next. While we might not notice it, these high tunnels and greenhouses are really adding a lot more variety to our shares. Normally the cucumbers are not ready in the fields until early July and the field tomatoes not until late July. This adds an extra four weeks to a typical eight week season. Adding an extra 30% more weeks to a harvest season is huge!

To tasty and long harvests!
Farmer Dave
The 4th of July is almost here!  The CSA pick-up schedules on that day are rescheduled as below:
  • North Andover - Merrimack College is moved to Monday, July 2nd. 
  • Somerville is moved to Monday, July 2nd. 
  • Tewksbury, Wednesday - choice is moved to Thursday, July 5th.
  • Metro Pedal Power is continuing to deliver on Wednesday, July 4th as usual.
If you need to move your pick-up to another day that week, please email farm@farmerdaves.net and give us the name the share is under and what pick-up you would like.  A confirmation email will be sent when the change is complete.

This is a friendly reminder to return your plastic CSA bins. Thank you! 
What's In My Share

This week features lots of great cucurbits. Cucumber, kousa, zucchini, and summer squash are all looking great. Try the squashes grilled and topped with a pesto made from arugula and garlic scapes.

Vegetable Shares
  • Garlic Scapes!
  • Pearl Onions
  • Cucumber
  • Kousa, Zucchini, or Summer Squash
  • Boston or Green leaf Lettuce
  • Broccoli Rabe or Arugula
  • Swiss Chard or Kale
  • Herbs
Fruit Share
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • 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.
 
Vegisode of the Week!  

Veggies Getting Twisted 


In this Vegisode, Stacey and Denise will show you:


  • How to use 2 different spiralizers: a hand held and one with a hand crank.
  • How to spiralize different vegetables with the different blades including summer squash, zucchini, celeriac, sweet potato and beets
  • Recipe rundown of 2 dishes: a roasted, spiralized sweet potato, celeriac and potato salad, and a cold toasted sesame cucumber salad with carrots and peppers.

Try These Recipes From Our Blog
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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.  

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.