CSA Week 10: Slight Schedule Change this Week.

Week 10

Hi CSA Members,

Please note that the delivery to Made of Mora will be on FRIDAY this week instead of Thursday. Jim and I will be out of town on Thursday, which is why we will be switching the delivery date to Friday. Everyone else… (St. Cloud, metro area, and Cambridge) it’ll be the usual schedule.

This week may be a bit of a deja vu from earlier boxes this week. So hopefully you’ve had some experience with these veggies from previous boxes, and get some extra practice in refining your favorite dish using these ingredients. Or you can always browse the list of recipes available on our website.

Mint – This is the new item this week. This herb is versatile herb that can be used to make mint tea, add to iced tea, or liven up a salad. Or you can just munch on it to freshen up your breath.

Vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes – A hefty tray of a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Remember DO NOT REFRIGERATE your tomatoes.

Beans – a random combination of either purple, yellow, dragons’ tongue, or green beans.

Kale – a fist full of dino/tuscan, and Russian frill, just like last week.

Scallions – Either/and/or purple or green scallions. Combine them with the tomatoes, peppers, and your favorite seasonings and you’ll have some pretty sassy fresh salsa.

Cucumbers – a couple of them for you to enjoy. My favorite way to enjoy them is sliced and dipped in Home Town Hummus.

Zucchini – They just keep on coming. And just like the cucumbers, I enjoy them sliced, and dipped in Home Town Hummus.

Broccoli florets – various sizes of florets, tender and tasty.

Peppers – A combination of sweet and/or hot.

ADD-ON ITEMS

If you are interested in any of these items this week, please let me know ASAP so I can include them with your delivery, and I can coordinate payment with you as well.

Home Town Hummus – $5 per tub.
Free-range eggs – $4 per dozen.
Minnesota Wildflower Honey – 1-lb jar $6, 2-lb jar $12
Organic Maple Syrup – $15 per 17 oz. bottle, $65 per gallon

Don’t forget to return your box, tomato trays, and cooler pack so I can refill them for next week, plus I could use egg cartons as well. Here is the delivery schedule this week:
St. Cloud Offices – Tuesday morning around 10:30 am
St. Cloud Good Earth Co-op – Tuesday mornings between 10:30 am and 11:00 aam
Spring Meadows – Tuesday, between noon and 12:30.
MB25 – Tuesday, around 1:00
Vital Images  Tuesday, between 1:00 and 1:30
Made of Mora – FRIDAY by 11:00 a.m.
Sapsucker Farms – Friday anytime after noon.
City Center Market Co-op in Cambridge – Friday mornings by 10:00 a.m.

You can find our Sapsucker Farms Yellow Belly hard cider at these retail locations.

YB bottles

Keep up with what’s happening on the farm with our Sapsucker Farms Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter @SapsuckerFarms. This email will also be posted on the website as well.

Enjoy,
Debbie

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CSA Week 9: What a Fun Week.

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Hi CSA members,

Most of the local CSA members already know this, but for those of you in St. Cloud, Cambridge, and the Twin Cities… We are happy to announce that we have been named the Kanabec County Farm Family of the Year. It is not only an honor for us to represent our county at Farmfest in Redwood Falls next month, but it has been so much fun here in Mora. We were presented with our certificate at the Kanabec County Fair, then we had our own float in the Mora parade – an antique hay wagon pulled by a beautiful 1955 John Deere 70LP. And here is a fun article that was published in the Kanabec County Times, in case you’re interested.

Anyhoo…. back to CSA business…

Week 9

Here is what you’ll find in your CSA box this week:

Vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes – they made their debut with the full-share members last week. They are by far my absolute personal favorite thing I grow. A few things to know about heirloom tomatoes: 1.) the skins are fragile. Since they are ripened on the vine, the flavor is exceptional, but the skins are fragile. They easily split when harvesting, or while in transit. So if you see cracked skins, they are just fine. 2.) They’re gnarly – you’ll often see funny, bumpy, odd shapes. That’s one of the reasons it’s rare to find heirloom tomatoes in the grocery store. 3.) Do not refrigerate them. Never refrigerate your tomatoes, it will drastically impairs their flavor. 4.) Kids love them – You’ll find many different shapes, sizes, and colors, and kids especially like the cherry tomatoes. 5.) Trays are re-useable – the trays your tomatoes are delivered in can be reused throughout the season, so you can just put them inside your box when you return them.

Beans – You’ll find a random combination of either/or purple, yellow, green, or dragon’s tongue beans. But no matter what the color, they can all be used in any of your favorite bean dishes, or eaten raw as a snack. Here are a few recipes to try.

Kale – Two different varieties this week- you’ll find either both or a combination of tuscan/dino, which is the long, dark green leaves, and russian frill which is a purplish leaf with a frilly edge. Kale is especially popular among really cool people. So if you’re really cool, you’re going to love kale. And here are some recipes to try if you’re stumped.

Peppers – Some are sweet, some are hot.

Broccoli florets – the big full-sized heads have all been harvested, but the plants keep on giving. The secondary florets are now popping up, and even though they are smaller, they are still as tender and tasty.

Zucchini – a couple of them for you, any combination of green, yellow, striped or ridged. If you need some inspiration, here are some recipes to try.

Basil – A nice big bouquet of basil, including Italian, Lime, and Thai basil. Now that you have heirloom tomatoes, it’s caprese salad season. There is also plenty to make pestotoo.

Cucumbers – making an encore appearance.

ADD-ON ITEMS

If you are interested in any of these items this week, please let me know ASAP so I can include them with your delivery, and I can coordinate payment with you as well.

Home Town Hummus – $5 per tub.
Free-range eggs – $4 per dozen.
Minnesota Wildflower Honey – 1-lb jar $6, 2-lb jar $12
Organic Maple Syrup – $15 per 17 oz. bottle, $65 per gallon

Don’t forget to return your box, tomato trays, and cooler pack so I can refill them for next week, plus I could use egg cartons as well. Here is the delivery schedule this week:
St. Cloud Offices – Tuesday morning around 10:30 am
St. Cloud Good Earth Co-op – Tuesday mornings between 10:30 am and 11:00 aam
Spring Meadows – Tuesday, between noon and 12:30.
MB25 – Tuesday, around 1:00
Vital Images  Tuesday, between 1:00 and 1:30
Made of Mora – Thursday by 11:00 a.m.
Sapsucker Farms – Thursday or Friday anytime after noon.
City Center Market Co-op in Cambridge – Friday mornings by 10:00 a.m.

You can find our Sapsucker Farms Yellow Belly hard cider at these retail locations.

YB bottles

Keep up with what’s happening on the farm with our Sapsucker Farms Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter @SapsuckerFarms. This email will also be posted on the website as well.

Enjoy,
Debbie

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2015 Kanabec County Farm Family of the Year.

IMG_6346Awe shucks, that’s us. We are so honored to be the 2015 Kanabec County Farm Family of the year. When we moved up here to Mora in 2000, we never dreamed we would have started a farm from scratch and build it up to the farm it is today. It couldn’t have been done without the love and support we have received from this amazing community of Mora.

The highlight of all of the events was being in the Mora parade which is the grand finale for the Kanabec County fair.

IMG_6313This was our float – an antique hay wagon pulled by a 1955 John Deere 70LP

IMG_6318Queued up for the parade

IMG_6320Jim’s sister Meridith joined us on the float too!

IMG_6331Our delightful chauffeur, Lloyd Erickson, owner of the tractor and wagon.

IMG_6327And the parade begins.

IMG_6339IMG_6344IMG_6345And ends at the fair grounds, home of the famous Dala Horse.

A super fun day!

 

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CSA Week Eight: Lots of Color.

Week 8

Greetings CSA members,

This week I’m pretty sure every color of the spectrum will be included in your box this week. Green, yellow, orange, red, purple, and every color in between.

Just a quick reminder, be sure to wash your veggies before you consume them. Since they are certified organic, you don’t need to worry about any nasty chemicals, but they have only been field washed to remove dirt and little critters. But I can’t guarantee that I cleaned off all of the grit and grime that is natural in the garden. So here is what you will find in this week’s box:

Vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes – You will find a variety of sizes, colors and flavors. This is by far my favorite produce of all.

Purple and yellow beans – Viking fans will like these colors. But no matter what color they are, they can be prepared just like regular green beans, and here are some recipes to try.

Artichokes – This is the first time I’ve ever grown them, and they’re pretty darn cute. They’re small, but the small ones are the most tender and tasty. I’m hoping there will be enough for all of the boxes this week. But if you end up not getting them this week, you will definitely be getting them in another box in the future. The only way I prepare them is to steam or boil them for about 45 minutes until they are tender, then enjoy.

Swiss chard – Beets and Swiss chard are from the same plant family. So if you’ve been successful in preparing beet greens, then you’ll be successful in preparing Swiss chard. If you’re not sure what to do, here are some recipes to try.

Broccoli – You can plan on seeing a lot more of this throughout the season.

Kohlrabi – One large or two small ones this week. And if you’re still not sure how to prepare them, here are some recipes to try.

Zucchini – Two zucchinis this week, a combination of either yellow, pale yellow, dark green, striped or rigged. As always, here are some recipes to try.

Cucumbers – You’ve had some practice with this already, so you’ll know what to do with them.

ADD-ON ITEMS

If you are interested in any of these items this week, please let me know ASAP so I can include them with your delivery, and I can coordinate payment with you as well.

Home Town Hummus – $5 per tub.
Free-range eggs – $4 per dozen.
Minnesota Wildflower Honey – 1-lb jar $6, 2-lb jar $12
Organic Maple Syrup – $15 per 17 oz. bottle, $65 per gallon

Don’t forget to return your box and cooler pack so I can refill them for next week, plus I could use egg cartons as well. Here is the delivery schedule this week:
St. Cloud Offices – Tuesday morning around 10:30 am
St. Cloud Good Earth Co-op – Tuesday mornings between 10:30 am and 11:00 aam
Spring Meadows – Tuesday, between noon and 12:30.
MB25 – Tuesday, around 1:00
Vital Images – Tuesday, between 1:00 and 1:30
Made of Mora – Thursday by 11:00 a.m.
Sapsucker Farms – Thursday or Friday anytime after noon.
City Center Market Co-op in Cambridge – Friday mornings by 10:00 a.m.

You can find our Sapsucker Farms Yellow Belly hard cider at these retail locations.

Keep up with what’s happening on the farm with our Sapsucker Farms Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter @SapsuckerFarms. This email will also be posted on the website as well.

Enjoy,
Debbie

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CSA Week Seven: Yay! Rah! Rah! Let’s give a cheer for Antioxidants!

Week 7

Meet Mara, our new WWOOFer. She’s giving us a cheer with pom-pom sized broccoli.

You’re probably wondering “what the heck is a WWOOFer?!” WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. It is an international organization that matches volunteers with organic farms. This is our third season as a WWOOF host farm and we have hosted so many wonderful young people. Mara will be here for the month of July and she is off to a roaring start!

This week the box is bursting with antioxidants. Something you probably didn’t know, is that when plants get a little munched on by bugs, they respond by creating more antioxidants to protect themselves. So even though you might see some tiny little bites in your plants, they have actually been naturally enhanced with antioxidants. So rather than being turned off by a vegetable just because it’s not perfect, you should be happy, knowing it’s even better than a perfect-looking veggie.

You will see that I don’t have a photo of the box right now. That’s because I forgot to take a photo after the harvest. And now I’m all cleaned up, in my jammies and too comfortable to go out to the pack house to set up the shot. So I’ll add a photo to the website later this week.

So here is what you’ll find in your box this week. Although, I’m still trying to figure out exactly how I’m going to fit it all in the box, but I’ll make it happen some how:

Red cabbage – These are usually small heads. You can always use red cabbage in place of regular cabbage in your favorite dishes. Here are a few recipes you can try.

Scallions – a small bundle of green and purple onions.

Peppers – A combination of sweet and hot peppers.

Sugar snap peas – There aren’t a lot, but there are enough for a nice snack.

Kohlrabi – this is a unique veggie, one of my personal faves (although I admit, I have a lot of personal faves… in fact… everything I grow is my personal fave… but I digress…). If you’re not familiar with it, kohlrabi is like a combination of a big radish and a small cabbage. We had it for supper tonight, just peeled it and sautéed it in olive oil with a little salt… including the leaves. Or you can simply slice it thin, add some salt, and nosh on it raw. You can get a little practice this week since next week you’ll be seeing more. And here are a few recipes you can try.

Beets with greens – a bundle with a combination of red and golden beets. You will see that greens have some bug-munched holes in them – don’t throw them out! These holy greens have an extra dose of antioxidants because of the bug bites. Beet greens are delicious, and here are some recipes to try.

Broccoli – Some of the broccoli heads are so huge, they fill the entire box. So some of those gigantic heads will be cut in half, just to allow room for everything else in the box. So if you get a half-head, that is on purpose.

Cucumbers – One or two, depending on the size and variety.

Zucchini – I have several different varieties and colors – yellow, green, striped, even kind of curly.

ADD-ON ITEMS
If you are interested in any of these items this week, please let me know ASAP so I can include them with your delivery, and I can coordinate payment with you as well.

Home Town Hummus – $5 per tub.
Free-range eggs – $4 per dozen.
Minnesota Wildflower Honey – 1-lb jar $6, 2-lb jar $12
Organic Maple Syrup – $15 per 17 oz. bottle, $65 per gallon

Don’t forget to return your box and cooler pack so I can refill them for next week. Also, I could use egg cartons so if you have any laying around, I’ll be happy to take them off your hands. Here is the delivery schedule this week:
St. Cloud Offices – Tuesday morning around 10:30 am
St. Cloud Good Earth Co-op – Tuesday mornings between 10:30 am and 11:00 aam
Spring Meadows – Tuesday, between noon and 12:30.
MB25 – Tuesday, around 1:00
Vital Images – Tuesday, around 1:30
Made of Mora – Thursday by 11:00 a.m.
Sapsucker Farms – Thursday or Friday anytime after noon.
City Center Market Co-op in Cambridge – Friday mornings by 10:00 a.m.

You can find our Sapsucker Farms Yellow Belly hard cider at these retail locations.

Keep up with what’s happening on the farm with our Sapsucker Farms Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter @SapsuckerFarms. This email will also be posted on the website as well.

Enjoy,
Debbie

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CSA Week Six: Brassicas and Cucurbits.

Week 6

Hello CSA Members

This week, the box is full of brassicas and cucurbits. Brassicas are the cold season crops, which are all related to the cabbage family. Cucurbits are the warm season crops that are related to melons and squash. And this week prominently features both of these veggie families. Here is what you’ll find:

Broccoli – A brassica… you’ll find a GIANT head of broccoli. You saw this last week, and I promise you’ll be seeing a lot more of this throughout the rest of the season.

Kohlrabi – Also a brassica… this is a unique veggie, one of my personal faves (although I admit, I have a lot of personal faves… in fact… everything I grow is my personal fave… but I digress…). If you’re not familiar with it, kohlrabi is like a combination of a big radish and a small cabbage. We had it for supper tonight, just peeled it and sautéed it in olive oil with a little salt… including the leaves. Or you can simply slice it thin, add some salt, and nosh on it raw. You can get a little practice this week since next week you’ll be seeing more. And here are a few recipes you can try.

Cucumbers – This is a cucurbit. I’m sure you are already familiar with this, and you will be seeing a lot of them this season. This week you’ll have at least two, maybe three in your box. I have several varieties that I’m growing, some long and skinny, some short and chubby, and everything in between. So if you see different sizes and shapes, fear not, that’s on purpose. My favorite way of enjoying cucumbers is to slice them up and dip them in Home Town Hummus.

Zucchini – Another cucurbit family member, and this is by far one of the most versatile veggies I’ve ever met. It can be eaten raw, grilled, served as a side dish, or even a dessert. Plan on seeing a lot of zucchini this season, in a variety of forms – green, striped, yellow, big or small. Here are some recipes for you to try.

Romaine – I know, I know, I know, I said last week that you’ll probably not see lettuce until fall. But I was able to manage to eek out a few more heads of romaine for this week.

Garlic scapes – You found these in your box last week, and I still have a few more that I was able to harvest this week. These are the flowers on the garlic plants, so you can really just pretend they are garlic. Just slice them up and add them to a dish that you would normally add garlic to, and enjoy.

ADD-ON ITEMS
If you are interested in any of these items this week, please let me know ASAP so I can include them with your delivery, and I can coordinate payment with you as well.
Home Town Hummus – $5 per tub.
It’s no surprise that this has received rave reviews. It is truly a one-of-a-kind delicious hummus, and we are so proud that it is made right here in Mora.
Free-range eggs – $4 per dozen.
Minnesota Wildflower Honey – 1-lb jar $6, 2-lb jar $12
Organic Maple Syrup – $15 per 17 oz. bottle, $65 per gallon

Don’t forget to return your box and cooler pack so I can refill them for next week. Also, I could use egg cartons so if you have any laying around, I’ll be happy to take them off your hands. Here is the delivery schedule this week:
St. Cloud Offices – Tuesday morning around 10:30 am
St. Cloud Good Earth Co-op – Tuesday mornings between 10:30 am and 11:00 aam
Spring Meadows – Tuesday, between noon and 12:30.
MB25 – Tuesday, around 1:00
Vital Images – Tuesday, around 1:30
Made of Mora – Thursday by 11:00 a.m.
Sapsucker Farms – Thursday or Friday anytime after noon.
City Center Market Co-op in Cambridge – Friday mornings by 10:00 a.m.

You can find our Sapsucker Farms Yellow Belly hard cider at these retail locations.

Keep up with what’s happening on the farm with our Sapsucker Farms Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter @SapsuckerFarms. This email will also be posted on the website as well.

Enjoy,
Debbie

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CSA Week Five: A Fragrant Combination.

Week 5

I really enjoy the harvest this week. The sweet and savory fragrances of the produce was pure delight. My fingers smell sweet and even the walk-in cooler has the aroma of fresh herbs and garlic. Now I’m craving some Italian cuisine for supper tonight.

So here is what you’ll find in your box this week:

Garlic scapes – These are the long, curly flowers that the garlic plants sprout as they are close to being ripe. The scapes can be just sliced up and used in dishes in place of garlic, and it has just a slightly sweeter, milder flavor than a garlic cloves.
Radishes with greens –  The most popular way to eat radishes is to slice and eat. But don’t toss out the greens. They are equally tasty, can be used as a substitute for arugula, can be added to salads, used as a pizza topping, or sautéed as a side dish. You can try out some of these recipes on our website.
Romaine This is definitely the last of the lettuce until late summer, August or September.
Basil – You will find a combination of four different kinds of basil: Genovese or Italian basil; Thai basil which has an anise fragrance; lime basil, and purple basil which has the same flavor profile as Italian basil only it’s purple. The best way to serve basil is to makepesto, and here are a few recipes on our website. Or you can always just put it in a vase and enjoy the aroma.
Broccoli – The full-size heads of broccoli are now ripe. Once I cut their heads off (uffda, that sounds harsh…) the broccoli plants will still produce an abundance of florets throughout the rest of the season, so you’ll be seeing more of this as well.
Cucumbers and/or Zucchini (some boxes) The cucumbers and zucchini are just starting to emerge. It won’t be long until every box each week includes both of these cucurbits. However, for the first harvest of the season there are not enough for all boxes, But there are more than I can eat myself so I opted to just dole them out randomly and have a little surprise for whoever gets those boxes. One thing I can guarantee is that you will be seeing a lot of both of these cucurbits throughout the summer, so you might want to start studying the zucchini recipes and the cucumber recipes on our website because these veggies are by far the most productive plants in the garden.

ADD-ON ITEMS
If you are interested in any of these items this week, please let me know ASAP so I can include them with your delivery, and I can coordinate payment with you as well.
Hometown Hummus – $5 per tub.
It’s no surprise that this has received rave reviews. It is truly a one-of-a-kind delicious hummus, and we are so proud that it is made right here in Mora.
Free-range eggs – $4 per dozen. You will notice a price increase. Due to the many Minnesota farms that have been impacted by the avian flu, eggs are now less available and in high demand. Therefore the price for a dozen eggs has been increased to meet this demand. However, for those of you who have pre-paid, you are all set.
Minnesota Wildflower Honey – 1-lb jar $6, 2-lb jar $12
Organic Maple Syrup – $15 per 17 oz. bottle, $65 per gallon

Don’t forget to return your box and cooler pack so I can refill them for next week. Also, I could use egg cartons so if you have any laying around, I’ll be happy to take them off your hands. Here is the delivery schedule this week:
St. Cloud Offices – Tuesday morning around 10:30 am
St. Cloud Good Earth Co-op – Tuesday mornings between 10:30 am and 11:00 aam
Spring Meadows – Tuesday, between noon and 12:30.
MB25 – Tuesday, around 1:00
Vital Images – Tuesday, around 1:30
Made of Mora – Thursday by 11:00 a.m.
Sapsucker Farms – Thursday or Friday anytime after noon.
City Center Market Co-op in Cambridge – Friday mornings by 10:00 a.m.

You can find our Sapsucker Farms Yellow Belly hard cider at these retail locations.

Keep up with what’s happening on the farm with our Sapsucker Farms Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter @SapsuckerFarms. This email will also be posted on the website as well.

 

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CSA Week Four: A Week of Transitions.

hoop house shot

PLEASE NOTE THE SCHEDULE CHANGE THIS WEEK.

I’m sending the newsletter earlier than usual today, as this is an unusual week.

As I explained in my email sent on Friday, a very dear friend of ours was killed in an airplane accident in Alaska, and his memorial service is this week. Therefore, the delivery schedule needed to be changed this week to accommodate our travel time. If you haven’t yet seen the schedule-change email I sent on Friday, it is posted on our website. You will see that I also corrected the delivery schedule for September as well (sorry, I made a boo-boo on the original schedule)

REVISED SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
St. Cloud and Metro area deliveries – no significant change, I will still be delivering tomorrow (Tuesday) but I’ll be delivering just a little earlier than usual.
St. Cloud offices – between 9:30 and 10 am
Good Earth Coo-op – between 10-10:30 am
Spring Meadows – between 11:30 – noon
MB25 – between noon – 12:30
Vital Images – about 1:00

Made of Mora and on-farm pick-up – Your boxes will be ready on WEDNESDAY this week, instead of Thursday.

Cambridge Co-op – Your boxes will also be ready on WEDNESDAY instead of Friday this week.

Also, full-share members, please note that there is no CSA next week. This hiatus is as planned in the original schedule I posted in the beginning of the season. The CSA will resume again the week of June 29th.

CROP REPORT
I am happy to report that even though the crops are growing a little slower than I had hoped, due to the cool weather lately, the crops are indeed growing and looking really good. As much I try to plant the crops in a timely manner so they will be ready for the boxes based on my CSA schedule, the crops pretty much ignore my schedule and stick to their own schedule. Some of the things I planned for this week are just starting to ripen up, but at this moment in time, there are only small portions of them that are ready to harvest.

With that in mind, not all boxes will be exactly the same. So here is what you’ll find this week.

All boxes will include these items
Napa Cabbage – This is an Asian cabbage that can be served raw or cooked. It can also be used in place of regular cabbage as well. You will find recipes on the website if you’re not quite sure what to do with it.

Romaine – either green or red romaine. This will probably be the last box of lettuce until fall. Lettuce doesn’t like hot weather. Once the temperatures heat up, it bolts.

Maple syrup sampler – be careful when you open your box, you will find a small, 2-oz sample bottle of Sapsucker Farms maple syrup. If you’ve never had the real stuff, be prepared to delight your palate with this special treat. Did you know that it takes 40 gallons of maple sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup? True.

Bok Choy – I guess I went a little crazy planting bok choy this year as I have a HUGE crop of it. This will be the last you’ll see it for the season as well. And if you need some inspiration, you can try one of the recipes on the website.

Random appearance of other items
As we transition from spring to summer, these are some of the crops that are just starting to ripen up, but there is not enough for everyone this week. Fear not, everyone will definitely be getting all of these items in their box at some point in time, just not this week. Instead, you will find one or more of these items:
Radishes
Scallions
Broccoli
Arugula – the last of the crop
Hot peppers – only the hot ones are ripe right now
You have to admit, surprises are kinda fun, right? So now you’ll be surprised to find out what mystery ingredient will be in your box this week.

You will also notice that I don’t have a picture of the box ingredients yet. That’s because I haven’t done the harvest yet today, but I’ll be sure to take photo and add it to this post on the website so you can check back later in the day to see the photo if you like.

ADD-ON ITEMS
If you are interested in any of these items this week, please let me know ASAP so I can include them with your delivery, and I can coordinate payment with you as well.
Hometown Hummus – $5 per tub.
It’s no surprise that this has received rave reviews. It is truly a one-of-a-kind delicious hummus, and we are so proud that it is made right here in Mora.
Free-range eggs – $3 per dozen
Minnesota Wildflower Honey – 1-lb jar $6, 2-lb jar $12
Organic Maple Syrup – $15 per 17 oz. bottle, $65 per gallon

You can find our Sapsucker Farms Yellow Belly hard cider at these retail locations.

Keep up with what’s happening on the farm with our Sapsucker Farms Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter @SapsuckerFarms. This email will also be posted on the website as well.

Now… time for me to get out from behind my desk and out to harvest your fresh, certified organic veggies for this week.

Cheers,
Debbie

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Important CSA Delivery Schedule Change

Dala presentation

This goofy guy you see, is Jay Baldwin, the person who got us started making maple syrup about 15 years ago. He was the inspiration and catalyst for just about everything we now do here at Sapsucker Farms. Tragically, this brilliant, inspiring, and most lovable man was killed in an airplane accident last week. Our hearts are broken.

For you CSA members who have been with us for a few years, you are aware that one week during the summer we take a break and go fishing up in Alaska, with our dear friends Jay and Sandy Baldwin. This year the week we planned to go fishing was for 6/22-6/26. With Jay’s passing, we are still planning to go to Alaska, but not to fish, but rather to honor this remarkable man. He has touched so many lives that his memorial service will be held in a sports arena as they are expecting well over 1500 people there.

Therefore, the CSA delivery schedule has been changed to accommodate our sudden change of plans. Specifically there are two changes to the schedule:

NEXT WEEK-WEEK FOUR 6/16-6/17 
No change for Tuesday 6/16 delivery to St. Cloud and Metro area
Made of MORA and Sapsucker Farms – will be WEDNESDAY 6/17  instead of Thursday
City Center Market Co-op – will be WEDNESDAY 6/17 instead of Friday
I will remind you of this change again in the weekly newsletter that will go out on Monday. This revision will allow us to leave on Thursday 6/18 to travel to Alaska for Jay’s service.

HIATUS – please note that the originally planned Hiatus for 6/22-6/26 is still in place. CSA deliveries resume as usual the week beginning 6/30.

CORRECTED SEPTEMBER SCHEDULE
Many of you noticed my boo boo for the month of September on the first schedule I sent out previously. I have now fixed that so you will see the corrected September schedule.
2015 CSA Schedule
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My wish for you is that you too have a Jay Baldwin in your life – that unstoppable person who always inspires, makes you think, laugh, unafraid of new adventures, and only brings abundant joy to your life.

Give your family members an extra big hug today, and never pass up an opportunity to say “I love you”

Debbie

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CSA Week 3: Seeing Green. And a Little Red.

Week 3

Hi CSA members

The garden is bulging with greens these days. So that is exactly what your box is bulging with this week too.

Please be sure to return your box and cooler pack so I can refill it for you. Also, I could use any empty egg cartons you have laying around too.

Here is what you’ll find in your box this week.

Napa Cabbage, a.k.a. Chinese Cabbage, a.k.a. Wombok – In this part of the country I think we call it Napa cabbage, but it is also referred to as Chinese cabbage, and last year, our WWOOFer from Australia informed me that down under, it is called “womboks.” If you’re not sure what to call it, you can pick your preference. If you’re not sure how to prepare it, here are a few recipes to try.

Beet Greens – I always feel guilty when I thin the beets. I know that in order for the beets to get big, some of them have to be removed to make room for the others to grow. But the good news is that the thinned-out beets can also be enjoyed in a different way. Some of the greens I pulled even have itty bitty teeny weeny little beets on them too. Beet greens can be prepared much like spinach. You can add it to a salad or sauté it as a side dish. Or if you want to try something different, I have a few recipes on our website.

Radish Greens – Just like the beets, it’s time to thin the radishes too. Radish greens add a spicy flair to salads and are great as a pizza topper. I have a handful of radish greens recipes on the website too.

Peashoots or Arugula – This week I’m pulling a little switcheroo. If you go peashoots last week, you’ll get arugula this week. Or if you got arugula last week, you’ll get peashoots this week. Arugula is a spicy, peppery green, popular in dishes at fancy restaurants. Here are a few recipes to try. Peashoots are sprouts from pea seeds. They are a tender and delicious addition to salads, or just munch on as a snack.

Bok Choy – You’ve already had some experience with this. And if you need some inspiration, here are some recipes to try.

Buttercrunch lettuce – You just can’t find this in the grocery store.

CSA ADD-ON ITEMS 
Here are the Sapsucker Farms CSA Add-on items that are available to you throughout the CSA season:
Maple syrup 17 oz bottle – $15
Maple syrup gallon jug – $65
Wildflower honey 1-lb jar – $6
Wildflower honey 2-lb jar – $12
Eggs – $3 per dozen
Hometown Hummus – $5
If you are interested in any of these items, just contact me, I’ll arrange payment and will be sure to get the item included in your box.

Here is the delivery schedule this week:

St. Cloud Offices – Tuesday morning around 10:30 am

St. Cloud Good Earth Co-op – Tuesday mornings between 10:30 am and 11:00 aam

Spring Meadows – Tuesday, between noon and 12:30.

MB25 – Tuesday, around 1:00

Vital Images – Tuesday, around 1:30

Made of Mora – Thursday by 11:00 a.m.

Sapsucker Farms – Thursday or Friday anytime after noon.

City Center Market Co-op in Cambridge – Friday mornings by 10:00 a.m.

If you’re a fan of hard cider, you can find our Sapsucker Farms Yellow Belly hard cider at these retail locations.

Meanwhile, you can keep up with what’s happening on the farm with our Sapsucker Farms Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter @SapsuckerFarms. This email will also be posted on the website as well.

Enjoy,

Debbie

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