2015_april_week1

Winter 2015 – April, Week 1

At a Glance:

*Italian Parsley, *Red Russian Kale, Fennel, *Beets
Cauliflower, *Leeks, Crimini Mushrooms, Turnips
*Yellow Potatoes, Onions, Braeburn Apples,
Black Sheep Creamery Fresh sheep’s cheese
*from our farm

 

 

Greetings Dear Friends,

We often hear from customers, “my (husband, wife, kids) claimed to hate (broccoli, beets, cauliflower) until they tried yours, but now they love them.” People form opinions based on experience. Unfortunately the experience of eating vegetables grown for shelf life rather than flavor is quite common. This can lead one to believe that they do not like something only because they have never tried it as it was intended. This may be understandable when it comes to the “general population”, but for me? Well, evidently I love collards. For years I considered them bitter and tough and largely useless, considering the performance and quality of kale and chard, but I get the CSA too. Every week there is a box delivered to my back door, and last week I sautéed the collard greens in bacon fat. It was marvelous. My seven year old daughter enjoyed them every bit as much as I, so much so that Heidi and I planned a kind of ‘Southern’ menu around collards and Teggia beans for Sunday Dinner.

This from Galilee in the pack shed: Parsley stems are gooood!!! “The parsley stems (extras I took home) are so incredibly delicious – sweet, succulent, aromatic, refreshing, even substantive!  They are my favorite snack right now.  To think….most people will throw them away….what a pity.  They reminded me of one of my favorite farm families in the valley where I grew up. They would often overwinter (no one else did this) a long row of parsley along the road to their house.  As we would walk to visit in the spring (no car in those days), I remember grazing and thinking the stems were really the best part…sometime scattering the tops Hansel and Gretel style as I walked.  Thanks!!”

Comments like these are common from our customers and I thought it remarkable to have this experience here too, among people whose lives rotate around produce. And ours do, our lives… they do rotate around the farm.

We are farmers, the real deal, and we are delighted to share our experience with you through the CSA. We have been offering this program since 1993, and have always recognized the value of directly connecting with our customers. Your interest and comments, your encouragement and praise, are the foundation of the CSA program. This connection with you has always been at the center of our conversations about the CSA, and about the farm.

It is important to us that you, our best customers, sign up for this season’s summer share. We will not be doing the same broad advertising we have in the past. We have opted to direct our energy toward strengthening the relationships we have instead of forming new ones with new customers. We are at a challenging stage of our evolution and your early commitment to our farm has never been more important. Your support will help ensure the continued success of Boistfort Valley Farm. Your participation will allow us to continue to do what we love most.

If you can commit now to the summer share please do (http://boistfortvalleyfarm.csaware.com/store/ ), if you already have, thank you, really and truly.

Mike

Winter 2015 - February week 2

Winter 2015 – February, Week 2

What’s in the Box:

Yellow potatoes*, Pinova or Salish Rose apples, Purple Carrots*,
Parsnips*, Sunchokes, Leeks*, Kale*, Thyme*,
Crimini Mushrooms, Honey!*

 

 

Dear Members,

All items with an * are from Boistfort Valley Farm.  Additional items are certified organic.

It has been lovely (but cold!) this week.  The sun inspires me to get my hands into the dirt (or the soil mix) to peruse the local nursery for bare root trees and fun seeds, and to begin whatever sort of seeding I can get away with.  The frosty mornings are quick to remind me, however, that seeds have quite a while before they’ll make it outside on their own.  That doesn’t stop us from filling a few trays with soil and planting Natty’s choice of flowers, though.  They are slowly sprouting in the greenhouse, a tiny miracle to observe each day.

This time of Winter for me (and maybe for you, too!) can be a little tough to bear.  I long for warm and sun at the same time.  I begin to chant little mantras under my breath (rain, rain, go away or warm UP, warm UP are common this year) and I’m really beginning to miss the Spring greens.  The good news is that the days are getting noticeably longer, the bulbs and those hardy primroses that Winter didn’t damage have begun to bloom, and we have Hope once again for the warm season.  And so I turn my thoughts around from what I don’t have to what I do: even though I’m out of onions, I can only be mopey for so long, because there’s a field of leeks out my window!  This week I’m making room in my days for a celebration of what I DO have, even if it’s just for a moment: sunshine out my window, variety from the fields…  I can wait a little bit longer for Spring greens.

A few notes on this delivery: The Salish Rose apples, part of this week’s apple combo, have kaolin clay on them, and should be washed before eating.  Kaolin clay is an accepted material for organic apples, and is used as a physical barrier to keep pests from damaging fruit.  More information at: http://www.planetnatural.com/wp-content/uploads/kaolin-clay.pdf

We have sunchokes (also known as Jerusalem Artichokes) from Wobbly Cart Farm in today’s boxes.  These odd little guys are related to sunflowers, and they resemble ginger in appearance (although not in flavor).  Check out an easy roasting recipe here: http://www.thekitchn.com/try-this-roasted-sunchokes-105348 (I included the link because I do love a food blog, and they had some yummy sounding stuff on there!)  I have also included a recipe below.

The honey is from hives that the Woogie Bee folks, Tim and Sharette Geise, bring to our farm every Spring.  They help to pollinate our vegetable fields and the surrounding flowers, and provide us with enough honey to share with you.  Today’s jar is from the 2014 season.

Enjoy!

Heidi

Winter 2014 – May, week 2

What’s in the Box:

Thyme*, Mint*,
French breakfast radish,
Red potato, Red leaf  lettuce,
Fuji apples, Crimini mushrooms,
Shallots, Curly kale,
Italian  kale, Almond granola
& Peonies*
*From our farm


Please take 1 bunch of Peonies!

Dear Members,

This week brings us to our last box in the Winter CSA subscription.  We are ending on a green note with lush Curly kale, Italian kale and Red leaf lettuce.  Thank you for joining us through this past winter!!

If you haven’t yet signed up for your summer subscription, please remember to do so!  We anticipate our first summer box coming the 3rd or 4th week of June.  Be watching for our Season Opener email in the next couple of weeks, confirming the dates and drop points of this summer’s boxes.  We look forward to accompanying you through the summer season.

On the farm, we continue to transplant–eggplants today, and peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, beets and onions later this week.  Last week we planted rows of strawberries, next to the lush plants already there, full of blossoms and plump green berries.  Our strawberries should be available in mid-June, the specific dates dependent on the sunshine; we will keep you posted.

In this week’s box you will find thyme, mint, and crisp French breakfast radishes, as well as the aforementioned lettuce—bright heralds of spring harvest.  This week, we have also included Almond granola from Eat Local.  This hand-roasted granola features currents, almonds, and pumpkin seeds.

Make sure to sign up for our summer season.

http://boistfortvalleyfarm.csaware.com/store/

Enjoy your veggies and see you next month!

-Emily

Winter 2014 – April, week 1

What’s in the Box:

Bulk carrots*, Dry beans*,
Leeks*, Parsnips*,
Yellow onions, Shallots,
Russet potatoes, Collards,
Shiitake mushrooms,
Crimini mushrooms,
Baby bok choy
& Fuji apples
*From our farm

 

Dear Members,

One of the best things about our temperate climate, in my book, is how easy it is to use the outside grill all year long.  (Even when I haled from colder climes I used the grill in snowy weather but it did inspire a little head shaking from the neighbors.)  This is one of the most satisfying times to use the grill because it is often warm enough to stand outside and take in the changes to your yard and garden while being cool enough to inspire the need for a hearty warm meal.  What a coincidence that the end of winter vegetables grill and roast so beautifully!

The aroma of roasting shallots and onions may be one of the best appetizers on earth – or perhaps mixed into a skillet of collard greens to flesh out that verdant smell.  Of course, a pot of beans would go well with those greens…maybe a little cornbread?  Well, before I wander off behind my taste buds, remember, just as when you roast in the oven, the leftovers may have the best flavor, so don’t hesitate to make plenty so you have some for soups and stews and to dress up that cold weekend sandwich.

We have a little time left before all those showy above ground vegetables take center stage so fire up the grill (or the oven) and enjoy some ‘fruit of the earth’ for supper.

-Bj

Winter 2014 – March, week 1

What’s in the Box:

Carrots*, Parsnips*, Leeks*, Red Cabbage, Curly Kale, Crimini Mushrooms, Red Delicious Apples,
Sunchokes, Mixed Fingerlings, Yellow Onions, Daffodils, Black Sheep Creamery Cheese.
*From our farm

 
PLEASE TAKE 1 CHEESE & 1 DAFFODIL BUNCH!

Dear Members,

It is a foggy morning here at the farm.  With these longer days, the “spring forward” of Daylight Saving Time, and the realization that everything seemed to get greener last week, I’m pleased to remind you that spring will be here around the time you receive your next box!  Although we are still in winter right now, it is quite exciting to be able to provide our first splash of colorful flowers to your share this week with these cheerful yellow daffodils.

In light of the tough early winter weather which really impacted our greens, in particular, this week we have opted to extend outside of our normal Washington and Oregon region to bring you some red
cabbage and kale from California.  We have thought long and hard about reaching that far out of our region to supplement our CSA and we hope that you enjoy this bit of green.  We look forward to incorporating more locally available greens in upcoming boxes.

A few notes on what is included in this box: We have also included Sunchokes in this box.  The recipe I have added below is one that looks delicious and I, myself, am looking forward to trying!  The cheese included from Black Sheep Creamery is “a fresh, sheep-milk ‘cream’ cheese.”  Tart and tangy, it will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks.  Brad told me that on Friday, it was grass waiting to be eaten, by Saturday it was milk waiting to be given by the sheep, and by Sunday it was being made into cheese. Enjoy!

Kathryn