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Posted 6/20/2018 2:53pm by Amy Philson.

First of all, let me apologize for the small amount in Full Shares and Small Shares today.  Please know that you can expect more than that in your Shares each week, and we will make up the lack in the future.  As I have said several times, all of your farmers are experiencing delays in our crops this year.  First, we had a colder than usual April, which delayed our plant starts.  Then we had a wetter than usual May, which prevented us from planting and waterlogged others.  We are still busy transplanting and weeding, impatiently waiting for our plants to mature for harvest.  Several of us attend farmer's markets, and almost no one in the area has much produce yet...except the vendors that buy from wholesalers to fill out their display.  Some of our farmers haven't even started at the markets they usually attend because of lack of product.  We have a few different greens on tap for next week, including lettuce!

Now on to farm news...

Grateful Life Farm

Two Saturdays ago we harvested our first batch of broiler chickens for 2018.  This was our first time hiring help and processing twice as many birds as we did on a single day in past years.  Thanks to our wonderful helpers Wendy, Aaron, and Chad, the day went very smoothly and we accomplished much more than we could have alone. 

Once the pasture pens were empty, it was time to cut grass, move the fences, and transport the next batch of chicks, three weeks old, to the pasture.  But it was not to be that simple.  When we fired the BCS to cut the grass, neither of us noticed that the oil plug had vibrated loose and come out and a few minutes after starting it, the engine seized.

Can you see the opening in the bottom right of the photo, behind the two black lines where the oil plug should be?  We resorted to cutting the grass with the weed eater, while the wonderful people at Earth Tools BCS in Kentucky overnight shipped us a new Honda engine.  The birds were moved out to pasture a few days later.

Trunnel Brook Farm shared some photos from the past week:

A friendly bug-eater...

Garlic Scapes...

Peppers...

Did you know that black swallowtail caterpillars love dill?  I found this in my dill patch when I was harvesting yesterday.

CSA Shares

Full Share

  • Garlic scapes from Trunnel Brook Farm
  • Broccoli microgreens from Harmony Grove Farm
  • Barese from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 qt. strawberries from Detweiler Farm
  • 3 Choice from Harmony Grove Farm, Detweiler Farm, Springfield Acres, Red Dog Farm, Bushel and a Peck Farm, Mickley Farm, and Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 Herb choice from Springfield Acres and Bushel and a Peck Farm

Small Share

  • Garlic scapes from Red Dog Farm
  • Broccoli microgreens from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 qt. strawberries from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 Choice from Harmony Grove Farm, Detweiler Farm, Springfield Acres, Red Dog Farm, Bushel and a Peck Farm, Mickley Farm, and Glacial Till Farm
  • 1 Herb choice from Springfield Acres and Bushel and a Peck Farm

Mini Share

  • Garlic scapes from Trunnel Brook Farm
  • Broccoli microgreens from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 pt. strawberries from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 Choice from Harmony Grove Farm, Detweiler Farm, Springfield Acres, Red Dog Farm, Bushel and a Peck Farm, Mickley Farm, and Glacial Till Farm

To help you identify some things in the Choice boxes today, there were pea shoots, Red Russian kale, rainbow Swiss chard, and Barese.  I think the rest of the Choice boxes are relatively self-explanatory.

CSA Recipes

Barese is a Swiss chard that looks and tastes similar to bok choi; you can use it as either chard or bok choi in recipes.  This blog has a good description, as well as a couple of recipes.

Strawberries & Cream Overnight Oats

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad

Chia Seed Strawberry Jam

Swiss Chard with Fava Beans

10+ Ways to Use Garlic Scapes

For more ideas from past seasons, visit our Pinterest page or Website.

Again, we apologize for the apparent lack of produce so far this season.  Most of you understand that a CSA membership is a season-long commitment with ups and downs, but you still need to eat, and you depend on our produce.  I assure you that we are doing all that we can to beef up your CSA Shares as quickly as possible.  You have an amazing group of farmers here that are working hard to feed your families.

Amy


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