CSA Week #3

Happy Summer Solstice everyone!

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The bok choi is back!

Here at the farms, things are ramping up for fall and winter plantings. We’ll be busily soil-blocking and seeding at the farms to get baby veggies ready for August transplanting. Last Tuesday at LUSH, Arzeena, Russell and I took some time to leaf through the seed catalogues and pick out some tasty fall treats for you, like broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi and cool weather greens.

We’ve also been involved in some cool community projects this month, including the Food Connections Event at LUSH Valley last Friday where local farmers, nutritionists and food security activists meet to discuss how we can bring the Comox Valley into a future of abundant, accessible, healthful food for all!

 

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A prototype for a bok choi costume that we are going to make for Russell the Ripple Farm apprentice.

Meanwhile, weeding season is upon us! We’re spending a lot of time with our hoes, digging forks, mowers and weedwackers, trying to get ahead of those amazingly vigorous wild plants! If you feel the call to do some weeding, we’d love to have you out for a visit. Lots of folks have been dropping by with their kids and friends to see the farm and lend a hand.

Summer Solstice BBQ & Potluck at Amara this Friday!

You’re all invited to visit us at Amara this Friday, June 21 from 6-8 for a BBQ potluck. Enjoy a farm tour and meet your fellow CSA members. There are some awesome people in our CSA community, and a special part of being a CSA member is creating new friendships and connections with other local foodies. So we hope to see you this Friday around 6:00! Kids are most welcome. We request that you please leave your dogs at home, as there are already dogs and chickens on the farm :)

Amara Farm is located at 2164 Kirby Rd, off of HWY 19A just north of the Courtenay Country Market. Look for the first driveway on your left. Here’s a map!

What’s in the box this week?

Half Shares

  • 1 Bok choi
  • 1 Walla Walla Onion
  • Baby carrots
  • Garlic scapes

Full Shares

  • 1 Bok choi
  • 1 Walla Walla Onion
  • Baby carrots
  • Garlic scapes
  • Salad mix
  • Braising greens
  • Fresh herb mix

What to do with bok choi?

 Bok Choi, Carrot and Apple Slaw

Bok choi can be a salad! Try this delicious and enjoy several meals. We got this recipe from a blog called umommy.

INGREDIENTS:

1 pound bok choi
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 peeled apple, cut into matchsticks
2 shredded carrots
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon finely grated peeled fresh ginger
Coarse salt and ground pepper

DIRECTIONS:

1. Cut the baby bok choy in half lengthwise; rinse under cold water to remove grit. Cut crosswise into thin strips; place in a large colander, and sprinkle with coarse salt. Toss to coat. Top with a plate that fits inside colander; weight with a heavy object (such as a skillet or canned goods). Set aside in sink to drain.

2. In a large bowl, mix apple, carrots, lemon juice, sesame oil, and peeled fresh ginger. Add bok choy; season with coarse salt and ground pepper. Toss.