Is it just me, or has this spring flown by? I was chatting with my bank teller today about it, and we agreed that time must go faster when we are young, so this is a sign that we are both getting younger. At least that's my story! To tell the truth, I was at the bank with my now-adult daughter to sign off on her bank account because I no longer need to be a cosigner on it. I guess I have to admit that time keeps speeding up, whether I'm looking at a day, a week, a season, or a year.
So this is our final week of Spring Shares. Summer/Fall shares begin in two weeks, on June 6. The warm weather we have had this month has helped our plants grow, but the abundance of rain has prevented us from planting some crops. We have to wait for our fields to dry out or our plants will get waterlogged and rot. Ah, the joys of farming. Nothing is ever predictable.
At my farm, we found our beloved momma cat dead in the barn one morning from unknown causes, leaving her five 3-week-old kittens behind. Bottle-feeding ensued, and they are now eating cat food soaked in milk and growing well. Here is a photo of the utter cuteness that we endure:
Grateful Life Farm received their second batch of chickens today. Their first batch is already on pasture, enjoying the sunshine and fresh grass. When chicks are young, we protect them in an enclosed area with heat lamps, food, and water to give them a safe start. As soon as they have their adult feathers, they can be placed outside in a movable pen to give them fresh grass daily. They grow quickly and are ready for butchering in 8-10 weeks.
- 1/2 lb. spinach from Detweiler Farm
- 1/2 pt. maple syrup from Bushel and a Peck Farm
- 1 head lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
- 5 oz. pea shoots from Harmony Grove Farm
- 1/2 lb. watercress from Miller Farm Products
- 1 bunch green garlic from Red Dog Farm
- 1 lb. rhubarb from NuWay Farm
- 1 herb from Bushel and a Peck Farm and The Way Nature Intended (spearmint, chocolate mint, oregano, or fennel leaf)
Apple Pecan Feta Spinach Salad with maple cider dressing
Artichoke Spinach Dip (leave out the jalapenos if you want it more mild)
Watercress and Wild Rice Salad (sub black rice, pink rice, or even quinoa)
Rhubarb Bars (like a lemon bar...I would leave out the red food coloring or use a natural color like beets)
Rhubarb Vanilla Bean Scones (you can sub vanilla extract if you don't have vanilla beans)
Thank you for supporting our small local farms through your CSA membership. If you have suggestions about how we can improve your CSA, please share them with us.
Enjoy your holiday weekend, but be sure to take time to remember those who have died in service of our country.