CSA Box #10 – oops we missed a few posts…

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Well… we missed a few weeks of blog posts there…

Sorry for the missed communication these past two weeks! Things got really busy for us. Not only did a few of us take off for a week of adventure, (one more reason why collaborative farming is AWESOME) we’ve also been super busy getting old crops out and new crops in. You see, this time of year is called…

“Second Spring”

Second spring is a special time on the west coast, when the rains come back, and the cooler daytime temperatures create spring-like conditions. We can enjoy our favourite cool weather crops again, like spinach and arugula! Plus, we still get the benefit of the ripening and harvest of summer and fall crops like squashes, tomatoes and cucumbers.

As we say a tearful farewell to tomato and zucchini plants, (OK, maybe not SO tearful for the zucchini) we pop transplants for leafy greens, scallions and other treats into the ground. And beseech the skies for rain.

Rain is coming late this year, which is not surprising. It’s been so dry, and so hot. We won’t see another season like this for 5 or 6 years, if past climate trends remain consistent for us – which is kind of up in the air, isn’t it? So, enjoy every bite of tomato, every hot weather crop you can get your mitts on!

And if you could put in a good word for us with the clouds for rain, we’d appreciate it! We’re looking forward to those succulent greens soon.

Two more weeks to go after this week!

We thought you might need a reminder: our last CSA pick-ups and deliveries will be Tuesday, September 23 and Friday, September 26. After that, we hope you’ll visit us at the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market every Saturday. Our goal is to be there until December, and hopefully picking up again in February.

What’s in the share this week?

  • Tomatoes (Romas and cherry tomatoes)
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Summer squash
  • Purslane
  • Chard
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes from the Birds and the Beans in Comox *

* Because of troubles securing organic seed potatoes this year, and limited space, we weren’t able to grow potatoes for CSA, but we didn’t want you to go without! Enjoy these spuds from the Birds and the Beans!

Recipe: Sauerkraut

A great thing to do with a head of cabbage – make sauerkraut. And our mini cabbages this week are a great chance to do a little science experiment in your kitchen this week!

You probably know already, fermented foods are incredibly healthy for your digestive system! And lacto-fermenting veggies is a great way to enjoy the harvest of summer in the fall and winter. Lactobacilli are bacteria that can thrive in salty brine, and help to “sour” the vegetables.

Wanna try making your own kraut? Check out Punk Domestics list of kraut recipes!

Also found this cool recipe – how to make sauerkraut in a mason jar. No fancy ceramic crock needed!

Retake: Party at Ripple Farm!

I tried to get a farm tour party together for last week, but got swamped again by the busy-ness of the farm. I really want you all to have a chance to visit Ripple Farm, where half of your CSA veggies were grown!

So please join us on Saturday, September 20th from 2-4 for iced tea, a farm tour and lolling about in the waning sun. Bring a blanket to sit on – treats and tea will be provided. Maybe some musicians will show up with guitars and music will happen!