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CSA Week #2

Our first CSA week was great! Thanks for your understanding as we worked out some of the administrative glitches. Both of us are so busy shoveling compost and brainstorming how we can take over the Comox Valley with local food, we’re bound to make mistakes in the paperwork department!

My favourite part about our new CSA pick-up station is getting to see you (well, most of you) once a week. Connecting with our food community is so important. Farming is a great way to live, but some days it’s grueling. In those moments, it helps to think of the people we’re feeding when we’re out in the fields and wishing we were in the hammock. So thanks for getting yourself to the pick-up stations, stopping to chat and being a part of this project that is a cornerstone of our farms and our lives

977426_10151510497135896_812068545_oWhat’s in the box this week?

Half Shares:

  • Salad mix
  • Walla Walla sweet onions
  • Kale and chard
  • Garlic scapes

Full Shares:

  • All of the above plus…
  • Radishes
  • Turnips

Scapes: the sneak preview to garlic season

Russell likes to wear garlic scapes!
Russell likes to wear garlic scapes!

Also known as dragon’s tails, these delectable garlic flower heads are like a tantalizing sneak preview to garlic season, which will be here in mid to late July. You can do so many things with scapes. Try roasting them like you would asparagus, with a little olive oil, salt and fresh cracked pepper. You can grill them on the BBQ, mix them in with other roasted veg or even mince them up as you would garlic. They’re milder than garlic cloves, but they have a lovely green flavour.

I’m making some for lunch right now. I googled scape recipes for fun, and found this great synopsis of ways to cook and preserve’em  from a self-proclaimed scape fanatic.

And for all you canners, here’s a cool recipe for Balasmic Scape Jam Arzeena found. We’re going to have a canning party and make some! We’ll have extra scapes at the market this weekend, and it’s likely you’ll see them in boxes next week, so if you have an urge to preserve, get out those canning jars!

Eat your turnip greens!

Turnip greens are edible! Though they are a little fuzzy, they’re tasty and tender and a great addition to any dish. If you struggle to get greens into your family, learn how to chiffonade! They won’t even know you’ve put greens in there!

CHICKEN AVAILABLE SOON!

A note from some new young farmers in the valley

Hello Merville Organics members,

We are The Birds and the Beans, a group of four young farmers, leasing a portion of Amara Farm.  We aim to grow the ingredients for a complete, healthy, and local diet– including greens, grains, and meat.

As CSA members, you value the importance of good food—good for you and your community.  We thought you would be interested in buying some chicken that is produced in an organic, ecologically-sound, and humane way.  Our chickens are fed organic feed and have access to pasture and shelter.

We expect birds to be 5 lbs. each, and are $5.75/lb.  They will be available for pick-up after July 3.

Please call or email to order or inquire: thebirdsandthebeansfarm@gmail.com or 250-871-4784

For more about us, visit thebirdsandthebeans.blogspot.com

Sincerely,

Jay, Kelsey, Natasha, and Foster at The Birds and the Beans.

CSA Box NUMBER ONE!

Lots of you are picking up your CSA shares by bicycle! Rock on!
Lots of you are picking up your CSA shares by bicycle! Rock on!

Tuesday, June 4 and Friday, June 7

Starting today, you can look forward to 20 weeks of fresh veggies from our farms. It’s a beautiful day for harvesting. Russell and I did the victory hummingbird yodel today as we picked juicy lettuce for salad mix. (If you want to hear it, you can ask us to demo for you.)

Amara Farm’s onions are astoundingly huge this week! They were planted last August, and overwintered with lots of TLC in one of the greenhouses. Arzeena is an onion superstar! You can eat the bulbs and the greens.

What’s in the box this week?

 

The full share in all it's glory!
The full share in all it’s glory!

All shares:

  • Braising bunch
  • Baby bok choi
  • Salad mix
  • Head lettuce
  • Walla Walla onions
  • Herb bundle

Full Share only:

  • Braising bunch
  • Baby bok choi
  • Salad mix
  • WallaWalla onions
  • Herb bundle
  • Peas
  • Kohlrabi
  • Baby turnips
Amara Farm's gargantuan onions are pictured here in the background - bring a BIG BAG!
Amara Farm’s gargantuan onions are pictured here in the background – bring a BIG BAG!

Slugs are thugs!

You may notice some nibbles on bok choi leaves from our not-friends, the slugs. Ripple Farm has got’em bad – Russell and I are out there every day with our scissors, but we’ve only made a small dent! We appreciate your understanding when your vegetables have been previously enjoyed by pesky mollusks!

Recipes

You’ll find a lot of salad greens in your shares this month, because June is a fantastic salad month! The greens are tender and sweet at this time of year, before we get hit with the heat wave of summer.

The other day, CSA member, Medwyn McConachy came over for dinner and made the most amazing salad dressing to go with our farm fresh greens. Here’s the recipe:

Savoury Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 TBS mustard
  • 1 TBS sesame oil
  • 1 tsp Bragg’s seasoning or tamari soy sauce
  • 3 TBS nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup olive, sunflower or grapeseed oil

Mix first 7 ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake well. Add oil and shake again. Alternatively, whiz all the ingredients in a blender on high until they are emulsified.

Purple Kohrabi!

Here’s a recipe from Inara at Amara Farm for your purple kohrabi!