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!

 

 

 

Organic conversations

Find us at the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market every Saturday from 9-12 at the Headquarters Fair Grounds. This week, we had delicious greens from Amara Farm¬†including gorgeous bok choi, spinach leaves the size of your face, mizuna & komatsuna (mild mustard greens), kale, cilantro and radishes.

We’re gearing up at the farms for a great summer of overflowing CSA bins and happy eaters! At Amara Farm, greens are growing wildly in the mild greenhouse climates. Arzeena has been working hard to keep planting new crops, and we are excited to say our June crops are looking good so far!

It’s been a dry spring, but we are getting our irrigation systems set up early and enjoying farming in tank tops in April.

Both Amara and Ripple Farm are raising many new layer hen chicks so we can offer eggs later this summer. We will be letting you know when we have eggs available.

Conversations about organics

This week at the Farmers’ Market, I had some interesting conversations with customers about organic farming practices, and genetically modified foods. I really appreciate customer questions about whether our practices involve genetically-modified seed and inputs. As transitional to certified organic farms, we can assure you that we do not use GMO seeds, inputs, or feed for our animals at Amara or Ripple Farm.

As we gear up for our organic inspections this week, we’re feeling great about being a part of this growing community of farmers who are committed to practicing small-scale, ecologically-conscious agriculture. We are excited to be a part of a growing movement of farmers who want to maintain seeds as a public resource, and healthful food production in our communities. We are happy to talk to you any time about your questions about our growing practices, and what organic really means!