CSA Autumn Share 2014 - Week #2 (9 April/11-12 April)


SECOND WEEK OF THE AUTUMN SHARE We are very happy to have had steady rain since Tuesday afternoon.  We have had minimal rain this Autumn.  Despite irrigation, there is nothing like rain!  Even though the fields have not been constantly moist, the Chinese Cabbage were filled with big snails.  We extensively washed all the heads and recommend you do the same.  We have started lifting...or in the case of these parsnips, digging them out with a shovel... the parsnips.  These are huge, tender roots delicious in stews and roasted. We love the cross over between seasons...still harvesting tomatoes and cucumbers and yet with the weather moving into the soup and stew vegetables.

NOTES ON STORING THE HARVEST Please check out our Vegetable & Fruit page on the website to find tips on maximizing the life of your veggies.  We envisage that many of the vegetables you are receiving this week will last for two weeks with careful attention to storing upon arrival. Although we do wash all the greens after harvest, we are washing to take the heat out of the plants and wash away some surface dirt, not to prepare them for consumption.  We also spray a seaweed/herb brew about every ten days.  While this will not harm you, it does have a taste. We do suggest washing your produce prior to eating.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX The following are the items harvested this week.  Items and quantities in your box may vary depending on your harvest day and the total harvest of each crop.  The boxes are completely governed by what is ripe and ready for harvest and how much of it there is.  We endeavor to divide the harvest fairly. 1/4 share: 5-7 items   1/2 share: 8-10 items   Full Share: 10-12 items

French Beans Broccoli Carrots Chinese Cabbage Cucumbers Garlic Kale Lettuce Brown Onions Potatoes Tomatoes Japanese Turnips Watermelon Zucchini

Extras Eggplant Pimiento de Padrons

RECIPE SUGGESTIONS Kimchi - Based on Sandor Katz's recipe this is a delicious Korean spicy pickle. Jamie Oliver's Beef Stew Ministrone Soup - 15-20 minute prep/2 hour cooking time Pasta with Broccoli and Lemon Basil Sauce - 20 minute meal Roasted Japanese Turnips and Their Balsamic Greens - This recipe is an internet find- 10 minute prep and 20 minute cooking time.


In a few weeks, we will finish direct seeding for this year  - Almost all of the crops left to harvest for the Autumn are in the ground!  In the next few weeks we will also be working out our crop rotation which will dictate which cover crops are sown where.  We try and get the cover crops in while the soil is still warm so they are a great winter blanket, protecting the soil and the soil life.Some Spring crops have been sown and transplanted- hard to believe that some crops can take up to nine months to mature. We are also starting more flowers and herbs from seed to fill in the mandalas and also to make more corridors through the "market garden" for beneficial insects and critters.

Around the farm, we continue weeding and making compost, collecting the pumpkins from the field and trying to make sure the mice do not get them.

FARM PICK UP SCHEDULE To accommodate those picking up their Mountain View Farm milk, Farm Pick Up times are Friday afternoon from 2pm-5pm and Saturday mornings from 8am-11am. Please contact us if you need to arrange to pick your vegetables up outside of these times.

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Please note – Photo is of a full share box.