Community Supported Agriculture
Snow peas in the field
Pea blossoms
Farm Notes: Early Season's Fixin's
        
This week we are enjoying fresh peas. Years ago peas were a common crop in backyard gardens and small farms. Peas are unlike most crops in that they will grow in the cool April weather and they will withstand light frosts in May. They are often one of the first harvests of the season and were always very traditional at Independence Day meals. But this year, due to the prolonged snow cover well into the spring and the very cold April, we were not able to plant the peas until early May. As a result, the peas were not ready in June and even missed the July 4th week. Finally, we will enjoy this delayed early sweetness before we really jump into summer.

The crop of peas not only offers us bits of sweetness, they also give the soils richness. Peas and beans are different than other crops in that they are legumes. Legumes are key to the rotation of the crops on the farm because they take nitrogen from the atmosphere and fix it into the soil. Nitrogen is one of the many nutrients in the soil needed for plant growth, but often also the most lacking. The peas and beans on the farm feed us and also feed the soil. And that healthy soil will keep providing sustainably for future harvests.

Enjoy,
Farmer Dave
Save the Date: PYO Blueberries starting July 20th

Pea Identification wtih Farmer Dave
Pea Identification with Farmer Dave
What's In My Share

This week features a bumper crop of zucchini and summer squashes. Other features are napa cabbage, the first peas, and sweet pearl onions.

Don't forget to use the swap box! It's not just for trading for your favorite vegetables. If you won't use something in the share, have a busy week and won't be able to cook everything, or just feel overwhelmed leave your extras in the swap box and they'll be donated to one of our many hunger relief partners.


Vegetable Shares
  • Garlic Scapes!
  • Peas
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Cucumber
  • Radishes
  • Cherry or slicing tomato
  • Kousa, Zucchini, or Summer Squash
  • Boston, Green or Red leaf Lettuce
  • Swiss Chard or Kale
  • Pearl Onions
  • Herbs
Fruit Share

We're in a season of transition for the fruit share. The early summer strawberry harvests are coming to an end, blueberries are just starting to trickle in, and the stone fruits have another week or two before the earliest varieties are ready to harvest. A bountiful fruit share is just around the corner!
  • Raspberries, Blueberries or Strawberries (harvest dependent)
  • 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!   
Making the slaw, making the slaw! 

In this VEGISODEā„¢, Stacey and Denise show you examples of different slaws featuring cabbage (use napa!), other share vegetables, and even raw butternut squash!.


Try These Recipes From Our Blog

Who wants to cook in the middle of a heat wave? Try some of these recipes from our blog and keep the stove turned off!

Check out all our Vegisodes and subscribe to be notified when timely new videos are added.
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.