Winter 2014 – May, week 1

What’s in the Box:

Bulk carrots*, Leeks*, Dry beans*,
Oregano*, Yellow onions, Purple kale,
Yellow finn potato, Gala apples & Honey
*From our farm

Dear Members,

Here we are, already into May, our second-to-last box of the winter subscription coming to you this week.  At the farm, we are moving headlong through spring.  Under last week’s sunny skies our second large transplanting of the season took place.  Lettuce, celery, and the brassica starts (broccoli, kohlrabi, and kraut cabbage) all went into the quickly warming ground.

You will find two special features in your box this week, along with a lovely assortment of vegetables and apples.  The first of these is a jar of The Woogie Bee Honey, made by our resident honey bees, and packaged by the folks at The Woogie Bee.  I find this honey to be delightfully flavorful.  (On a side note: Being a lifelong sufferer of hay fever and summer allergies, I eat a spoonful of The Woogie Bee honey every morning, from mid-February through the summer season.  I have been doing this for about 4 years, and barely notice the symptoms of my allergies anymore; just one more reason to love local honey!)

You will also find a bag of dry Teggia beans, which we are very excited to offer.  Teggia beans are a bush bean of the French shelling variety.  We produced a crop of them last summer, harvested them with their plants, and set them in the greenhouse to dry.  These beans have a delicate, creamy flavor. They pair well with this week’s oregano, cooked until tender and finished with a drizzle of olive oil.

As we are nearing the end of our winter season’s subscription, I’d like to remind you to sign up for your summer boxes.  They are delivered weekly and will begin mid- to late June.  Thanks so much!

-Emily

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.