CSA Week #9

We hope you enjoy the bounty of this week. We have some monster bok choi that really needed a home, so thanks for accepting it with an open heart! Please let us know what you do with bok choi because we love hearing about your recipes.

Arzeena noticed this week that the bok choi was getting little round holes in it. Oh no! A new pest for Amara Farm :(

The culprit is flea beetle.

Altica.lythriWhat are flea beetles? They’re small, jumping beetles of the leaf beetle family. They especially like the brassica family (arugula, mustard, bok choi, cabbage, radish, turnip, etc.) They are tiny, about the size of a head of a pin. They provide a lovely, lacy texture to the leaves of the veggies they eat.

Unfortunately, there’s very little the organic farmer can do to control flea beetle. There’s no organic spray, so instead, we have to use spun polyester cloth row cover, which makes our farms look like toilet paper farms. Sometimes farming’s not very glamourous.

If our produce was being sold through conventional markets, such as supermarket chains or distributors, this week’s gloriously delicious bok choi would’ve been rejected because of the tiny flea beetle holes. This is why the CSA model is revolutionizing the way people eat. Produce that has cosmetic damage but is still a great source of nutrition (and enjoyment!) can still be a part of the food system. We know that all of you would prefer lacy local bok choi to imported, cosmetically perfect choi any day – so the CSA model meets all of our needs. As farmers, we have a community of farm-positive folks. And you get access to the freshest local food. It’s a win-win situation!

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What’s in the share this week?

All shares

  • Head lettuce (yes, it’s meant to have freckles!)
  • Bok choi (some shares may receive substitutions of other veggies of similar value)
  • French filet beans
  • Summer squash
  • Scallions

Full shares add

  • Basil
  • Peas
  • Beets
  • Extra beans

Recipes

Simple Sesame Bean Toss

IMG_2699Remove the tops from:

  • 1/2lb beans

In a bamboo or metal steamer, steam the beans gently, just until they turn bright green. No more than 2 minutes of active steaming! Toss beans into a bowl and toss with:

  • 1/8 cup toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 TBS toasted sesame oil
  • salt to taste

That’s it, enjoy!

What to do with all that bok choi

May we remind you of the bok choi apple slaw recipe we posted in Week #3? It’s a great raw summer recipe, guaranteed to cool you off on a hot day. Check it out!

Have a great week everyone!

Arzeena, Amina, Inara, Russell and Moss