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CSA – Week #3

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It’s hard to believe that it took forever for the CSA to start and now we are heading into July by the end of the week!  Which reminds me –
THERE WILL BE NO CSA ON TUESDAY JULY 4th – EVERYONE NEEDS TO COME ON THURSDAY JULY 6th!!!!!!!!
I will remind all of the Tuesday people when they come this week that you need to come on Thursday next week!
Also, I am going to put the hours at the top of my email because some people cheat and only look at what is going to be available and don’t read my emails all the way to the end – sad story I know!!
CSA IS ON TUESDAY AND THURSDAY FROM 2-6 p.m. BECAUSE OF OUR FOOD SAFETY RULES I CAN NOT HAVE YOU COME ON ANY OTHER DAY EXCEPT FOR TUESDAY AND THURSDAY BETWEEN 2-6 P.M.
This week was probably not a favorite for many of our employee’s.  We have 99% of everything planted, but now we have to go back to previous crops and clean them up – which basically means weeding, weeding and more good weeding!  Wednesday we spent 4 hours straight, bent over, pulling weeds in the tomatoes – it’s done and they look great!  We introduced everyone to Mr. Ham Strings – they didn’t care for him at all!!  It seems like a lot of work, but if you can look ahead a few months when you are picking tomatoes and the weeds aren’t tickling your nose, you will appreciate it – they all think that the word WEED is a four letter word!
We got some rain, which was awesome!  We just pulled out the irrigation reel to give the lettuces a drink and it started to rain – you can irrigate 24 hours a day and one good shot of rain for 20 minutes is way better than irrigated water – why – who knows – but rain water gives the plants way more vitamins than pumping water on them!!  This year has been great, inasmuch as we are getting rain when we need it  – not every 3 months for 2 minutes like last year!!
This week half shares will receive 3 items and full shares will receive 6 items – available this week is…………….
New this week – Kohlrabi (I will have some suggestions on how to use it at the end of this email!)
Radishes
Lettuce (3 heads will equal 1 item this week again)
Spinach
Garlic Scapes
Red Potatoes
Rhubarb
Herbs – Peppermint, Lemon Verbena, Thai Basil and Lemon Basil
Also this week, if you signed up for the CSA Flower Share it will be starting on Thursday!!
Idea’s for using Kohlrabi…………..
They’re delicious and can be eaten raw in salad.
Kohlrabi needs little prep, but you should always peel off the tough outermost layer of the bulb with a vegetable peeler first.

Made into fritters.

This is a great way to get kids to eat their kohlrabi! Shred it and mix with an egg and a few tablespoons of flour or breadcrumbs. Heat oil or butter in a flat skillet, drop on small mounds, and flatten slightly with the back of your spatula. Turn after a few minutes, and serve when both sides are crispy.

There are a few ideas for you to try!

Have a great week and I will see you on either Tuesday or Thursday!

Gail

 

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