CSA Share – Weeks 14, 15 and 16

Week 14 – A selection from: Carrots, Shallots, Zucchini, Summer Squash, Cucumbers, Potatoes, Bok Choy, Tatsoi, Kale, Corn, Varieties of Eggplant, Lettuce, Peppers, Tomatoes. PYO: Perennial herbs and flowers, Parsley, Varieties of basil, Hot peppers, String Beans, Husk cherries, Tomatillos, Raspberries.

Week 15 – A selection from: Carrots, Cucumbers, Potatoes, Bok Choy, Kale, Lettuce, Peppers, Radishes. PYO: Perennial herbs and flowers, Parsley, Varieties of basil, Hot peppers, String Beans, Husk cherries, Tomatillos, Raspberries.

Week 16 – We got to chose 9 out of the following: Carrots, Leeks, Potatoes, Bok Choy, Kale, Lettuce, Peppers, Radishes, Arugula, Salad greens, Collards, Varieties of eggplant, Salad turnips, Swiss Chard, Fennel, Kohlrabi, Broccoli raab. PYO: Perennial herbs and flowers, Parsley, Hot peppers, Husk cherries, Tomatillos, Raspberries.

It was my turn to pick up the 2 shares yesterday and …wow…did we get a lot this week. We got to chose 9 items and many were very voluminous, like the swiss chard, lettuce and salad greens. I actually had to opt to get something more compact for our last item as my 2 bags were overflowing, and I already had two extra plastic bags full of salad greens and arugula that wouldn’t fit in.

All in all, it may have been the most perfect day to be there. It wasn’t too hot or crowded. It was abundantly clear that everyone there was happy and really wanted to be there. I spent a few minutes talking to one of the farmer’s about the fish CSA and how to deal with/avoid filleting fish. There were kids playing with each other in various spots but not going too crazy. In fact, I left Sofie with 2 little girls playing in the grass while I brought our veggies to the car, she was enthralled with them. We even had a very lovely serenade of classical music as we picked raspberries – one of the farmer’s sons was there with his cello. Sofie even took a break from demanding husk cherries and raspberries to pick some flowers to put in her pint container. The whole experience yesterday was actually kind of magical.

I just popped a pot of Guinness beef stew in the oven. It is full of farm fresh goodness – carrots, parsnips, onion, potatos, parsley, thyme. I only needed the beef, some celery, mushrooms from the store…well, and the Guinness. I’m excited to taste it later tonight. Hopefully I will pause long enough to remember to take a photo to post here. I also plan to have some with the Irish Brown Bread I baked yesterday. Yum.

Our farm: Waltham Fields Community Farm in Waltham, MA

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