summer8

Summer 2014 – Week 8

What’s in the Box:

Petite Share:
Beans, Beets, Red Potatoes,
Red Cabbage, Savory & 2 Stems Lilies.
Small shares:
Beans, Beets, Red Potatoes,
Red Cabbage, Savory, Dill & 2 Stems Lilies.
Family shares:
Red Leaf Lettuce, Beans, Beets,
Red Potatoes, Red Cabbage, Savory,
Dill & 2 Stems Lilies.

 

Please remember to take: 2 Stem Lilies

Dear Friends,

Here we are, the first week of August already! These long, warm days bring an abundance of ripening vegetables, and our boxes are reflecting this with new varieties.

We are digging our first potatoes this week; Red Norlands. New potatoes are freshly harvested young potatoes; uncured and so sweet. They have paper-thin skins with lots of moisture inside.  Because they have such thin skins and high moisture levels, new potatoes don’t keep quite as well as more mature, cured, potatoes. Keep them in a paper bag or loosely wrapped plastic in the fridge and use them within a few days.  Don’t yield to the temptation to wash new potatoes before storing them. That bit of dirt clinging to their skins will actually help keep them fresh and any water on the outside will hasten bruising and softening.

We have also started harvesting our first crop of beets for the year, our varieties include: red, gold and the Italian heirloom: Chioggia. The bean harvest is also in full swing; these snap beans are tender enough to be eaten raw, right off the bush (or out of the CSA box).

This week, we have included both Dill and Savory.  Savory, also known as ‘Summer Savory’ is a traditional Mediterranean herb, used to season legumes, fish, eggs and vegetable dishes.  Both these herbs complement one another, and most of the vegetables in your boxes this week, as shown in the recipes below; just one more way we work to accommodate you, our CSA members in your kitchen ease and eating pleasure.

We hope you are enjoying your vegetables, herbs and flowers.  Thank you for your part in our farm—we so appreciate our lovely CSA members.  Have a great week!

Please also continue to talk us up to your friends and coworkers! Word of mouth is far and away our best advertising, and we still have plenty of room in the program for new members. Anyone interested in a Boistfort Valley Farm subscription can still sign up, their order is always pro-rated at the time they do.

Emily

A couple of notes on the included flowers:  When taking your lilies, please be gentle with the ones you are leaving for other members.  They are easily damaged from excessive handling.  Also, the falling pollen can stain a delicate tablecloth; when displaying your lilies, either put something underneath or pluck the little anthers out.  Thank you!

Winter 2014 – January, week 2

What’s in the Box:

Bulk beets*, Bulk carrots*,
Bulk purple carrots*, Leeks*,
Parsnips*, Yellow cipollini onions,
Purple fingerling potatoes,
d’Anjou pears, Gala apples
& St. Lucia Coffee
*From our farm

 

 

Dear Members,

Here’s hoping you have held on to some of that garlic, maybe even hung a bunch of our thyme in the kitchen where you can get it down for this week’s recipes. I love to cook, and I know I have said it before, but that is why I got into farming in the first place. Okay, right, first and foremost I love to eat therefore I have learned to love to cook. Nothing makes a great cook out of a fair one like the use of fresh local ingredients. I am thinking about cooking as I write because over the past few years there are two words which, for me, have become joined at the hip; baked and fruit. I probably did not bake an apple or pear until I was in my forties. My advice? Don’t wait that long, or if you have, don’t delay in trying it. I have included a very simple recipe for baked pears, but encourage anyone with a sense of adventure to try this: http://www.prouditaliancook.com/2013/10/ricotta-filled-baked-pears.html

We are still busy here at the farm. We are down to a skeleton crew with only two men in the field, and Rachel is often alone in the pack shed. We do try to cross train everyone and the field crew is generous with their time in helping Rachel when she needs it. Darren Johnson has taken the hot seat as our delivery driver, and has settled in well. I have traveled with Darren in an old mini-van full of children ranging in age from 14-5, he is a calm and capable driver and we are pleased to have his help. Say hi if you get a chance. Heidi and I have been working on the seed order and planning for next season. Then there are all the other year end responsibilities; taxes, compliance issues, and the like keeping Bj and me busy in the office; never a dull moment.

I so hope you are enjoying your deliveries. If so please talk us up and know that it is never too late to join for the remainder of the winter deliveries, nor too early to subscribe to our summer 2014 season. Our advertising will go out in early February. Current members will be able to join through the website by February 1.

Mike

 

A note about the Santa Lucia Coffee Roasters’ coffee included in your CSA box. St. Lucia is a local coffee roaster in Centralia, Washington, and we hope you love their coffee as much as we do. www.luciacoffee.com

Elegantly smooth and sweet, Finca Vista Hermosa embodies the essence of Guatemalan coffee. Exquisitely balanced you’ll find juicy orange citrus, bakers chocolate and hints of passion fruit in every cup. Family owned and operated the Martinez Family firmly believes: “if you can’t do it well, don’t do it at all.”  A 2007 Cup of Excellence winner, this exclusive testament to Guatemalan coffee is one worth experiencing.