CSA Week 5, July 2-6


July 1, 2018

CSA Week 5 – July 2, 3 and 6 – note that the July 4 CSA will be moved to Tuesday the 3rd

Dear friends,

Remember that this week, the Wednesday folks will pick up on Tuesday, not Wednesday. Monday and Friday will run as normal.

Yes, it is hot, and I ponder how we will be able to protect ourselves this upcoming week in the heat. We have a resilient crew, however. But think of us around 1:30 each afternoon, when the sun is baking down. Hopefully the lettuce will take this weather in stride too, and not bolt prematurely. We are cognizant of keeping a nice puddle for the pigs, and a shady spot for the cows. The other concern is for the seedlings that are not yet planted, but sitting outside next to the hoop house – they get watered 4 or five times per day on a week like this.

 

Food this week

  • Chard
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi – I really enjoyed experimenting with this plant last week. We had it in soup, grated in salad, and steamed with butter and salt. This is the second and final week for this beautiful purple vegetable.
  • Oregano –
  • Dandelions – these plants are super packed with nutrition, and their bitter flavor is a perfect stimulant for good digestion. They are in the class of prebiotics that have anti-cancer attributes. They are packed with iron and other minerals. We eat them raw in salad and also lightly steamed
  • 6/3 lettuce – this week I will probably serve more salad with lots of lettuce, dandelions, oregano, kohlrabi, sprouts that we raise on our counter, and a touch of apples; topped off with cooked chicken or roasted pork. Trying to keep the wood cook stove off as much as possible.
  • Peas – check out the photos to distinguish between the shell peas and the snap peas. With shells, you have to pop them out to eat them – either cooked or raw. With snaps you can eat the whole thing – except the stem – also either raw or in a stir fry – nummy. This is the best looking and tallest pea crop we have ever seen. Hopefully they will go on for some time.

 

sugar snap peas!

 

Would you like a dozen eggs in your share each week? They cost $7/dozen – are certified organic, free range and the very best. Right now they are getting their organic grain soaked in whey. Let me know and we will set you up with weekly eggs. The price for getting eggs starting this week is $126

We can use your recycled plastic grocery size bags

Yes, just leave them in your share bag – don’t forget to return it this week, and we will use them for packing vegetables. We can reuse the rubber bands too!

 Still taking members

Every week the price will go down each week (by $30 for larges and $20 for mediums), and it will be updated on the website – http://mhof.net/2018-csa-share-options/.

Comments from you

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We are also on Instagram at Many Hands Organic Farm. Clare and Lisa post pictures there all of the time.

NOFA Summer Conference

Check out this wonderful weekend for those who love to eat, grow, or advocate around organic food and farming, and environmental health Check it out here – http://nofasummerconference.org/. Jack and I organized this conference for 24 years and raised our kids on it. You will meet like minded and truly positive spirited change-makers and practical people at this event.

Have a great 4th of July holiday!

Julie Rawson

For The Many Hands Organic Farm staff

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Many Hands Organic Farm has been in existence since 1982 and has been selling to the public since 1985. We were first certified organic by the Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association in 1987.

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