Summer 2014 – Week 4

What’s in the Box:

Petite Share:
Lettuce, Chard, Fennel, Red Radishes,
Garlic Scapes & 1 Lily Stem.
Small shares:
Lettuce, Arugula, Chard,Fennel,
Red Radishes, Garlic Scapes, Mint,
Cilantro, & 1 Lily Stem.
Family shares:
Lettuce, Arugula, Chard, Fennel,
Red Radishes, Garlic Scapes, Parsley,
Cilantro, Kohlrabi, Mint & 1 Lily Stem.

 

 

Please remember to take: 1 Stem of Lilies

Dear Friends,

Now that we are entering the balmy days of summer, new varieties of vegetables and herbs seem to be ripening on a daily basis.  Many of these are quite unique and worth mentioning for those who are new to them….Garlic Scapes, Arugula and Fennel, to name a few.  And to solve this problem of “What is THIS in my box?” I am beginning a weekly Facebook post entitled, ‘Weekly Veggie Catalog.’  This identifies each item in your box and provides a bit of history, nutrition information and preparation tips about it.  (Also, if you have not yet ‘liked’ us on Facebook, please do so!)  www.facebook.com/boistfortvalleyfarm

Along these lines, here is the link to our “Recipes” page on the Boistfort Valley Farm website.  This also includes recipes and information for each vegetable.  www.boistfortvalleyfarm.com/recipes

One of these distinctive vegetables I mentioned earlier is Fennel.  Fennel is a graceful-looking plant originating in the Mediterranean.  It has a long and rich history.  The Ancient Greek Athletes used Fennel to stave off hunger during their fasting and training periods.  It is recorded that the Battle of Marathon during the Persian Wars (490 B.C.) was fought on a field of Fennel.  Later, Fennel seed was included as one of the key ingredients in Absinthe and enjoyed by the 18th Century Europeans.  Today, we use the Fennel bulb for cooking and in salads.  Both the bulb and the feathery leaves impart a sweet, refreshing flavor to salads and stir fries.  The roasted Fennel dish below looks amazing!

As always, we hope you enjoy your produce this week.  In next week’s box, we anticipate including the first carrots of the season.

For interested friends and family, please remember that it is not too late to sign up for a farm share.  We consider ourselves fortunate to provide your family with the bounty of our farm.

–Emily

One note 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.  Thank you!

Summer 2014 – Week 3

What’s in the Box:

Petite Share:
Romaine Lettuce,  Spinach, Baby Bok Choy, Cilantro,
Cherries & a Desktop Bouquet.
Small shares:
Romaine Lettuce, Spinach, Baby Bok Choy, Garlic Scapes,
Mint, Cilantro, Cherries & a Desktop Bouquet.
Family shares:
Romaine Lettuce, Leaf Lettuce, Spinach, Baby Bok Choy,
Garlic Scapes, Broccoli, Cilantro, Cherries &
a Desktop Bouquet.

 

Please remember to take: 1 Bouquet of Flowers

Dear Friends,

The other morning I found myself with my camera, in one of our fields nestled against the hills, in the heart of the Boistfort Valley.  The air was warm and steamy, the sun having not yet emerged from the clouds after a rain.  As I walked along the rows of beans and kraut cabbage, swallows and gold finches swooped ahead.  Except for the carefully planted field, no other evidence of human touch existed in my view—not a car, not a building, nothing but the hills and trees and the freshness of the air.

As a teenager growing up in the valley, I remember taking hikes in search of places such as this; hidden places, untouched by human necessity or exploitation.  Now, I am reassured that in a world where corporate agriculture and environmental decline have become commonplace, there remain these “hidden” places, in which vegetables quietly grow.

In speaking of this produce, you will find this week’s box full of luscious spring lettuce and baby bok choy, along with some very summery offerings—Spinach, cherries, and young broccoli!  Our Romaine lettuce is so big & beautiful this week, that we’ve provided 2 recipes to inspire you, although they both add an unusual heat factor to the lettuce; very worth experimenting with, in my opinion!

And CHERRIES!  I must mention the cherries once again!!  We are so excited about the arrival of summer fruit, that we’ve added sweet Bing Cherries to the share this week as a special treat!  If you love fruit as much as we do, please check out our new Fruit Share, coming in July!

Have a wonderful week and enjoy your produce!

-Emily

Summer 2014 – Week 2

What’s in the Box:

Petite Share:
Red Lettuce, Green Lettuce, Red Swiss Chard or Kale
Baby Bok Choy, Garlic Scapes, Cilantro, & Fresh Lavender.
Small share:
Red Lettuce, Green Lettuce, Red Swiss Chard or Kale
Baby Bok Choy, Garlic Scapes, Cilantro,
Spring Onions & Fresh Lavender.
Family share:
Red Lettuce, Green Lettuce, Red Swiss Chard or Kale
Baby Bok Choy, Garlic Scapes, Cilantro,  Spring Onions
Spinach,  Strawberries & Fresh Lavender.

 

 

Please remember to take: 1 Bunch of Lavender

Dear Friends,

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to everyone who attended the Strawberry Fling on Sunday. What a splendid day! It was so well attended by such interested and engaged customers and community members. These events and things like it, even the notes I’m writing now, are some of the things I love most about the way BVF conducts business. Though I love the ‘farming’ part of farming; the tractors and the outdoor work and the communing with the powers that be, and though I often envy the simplicity and efficiency of my commodity growing neighbors, I am not certain that I could ever let go of that direct contact with the people we serve. It is so invigorating to engage directly with our customers and share the farm; actually have our customers visit and see what it is we do and how we do it and meet the people doing it. Speaking of the people doing it, wow, did the folks here ever do a great job.

Dear sweet Emily, BVF’s advertising and outreach coordinator was spectacular. Emily handles all our social media and attends events and coordinates with other like minded organizations and individuals. She, on top of an already demanding schedule of motherhood and partnership, pulled off an awesome feast, did all the advertising and printing and purchasing and cooking and serving and clean-up. She enlisted the help of her friends and family and in a humble and graceful manner created an atmosphere that was delightful for all who attended, and allowed me to focus on my role as proud owner and verbose tour guide. Thanks Em.

I have not left much room to go on about this week’s delivery, but… Welcome! And Enjoy! The fields look excellent. We are excited about the CSA this year and looking forward to a great season. These early boxes will showcase greens and other early crops, and will soon include carrots and peas, fennel, broccoli, and so much more. Remember too that we accept customers any time throughout the year and prorate for the deliveries that have been missed. If you enjoy the program let your friends and coworkers know! There is no better way for us to reach more people.

Mike