Hi CSA members
As I write this update, it is the first really hot, sweltering day here in Minnesota. So I thought it might be refreshing to remind us of the snow and cold just a few short months ago. This is a picture of our bunkhouse, the little cabin where our WWOOFers stay. Wouldn’t it feel great to roll in all of that beautiful, fluffy snow right now??! You have to love living in Minnesota… such a crazy, diverse climate where we hearty residents can endure it all!
Ok… now, down to business. Here is what you’ll find in your box this week.
Peas - Normally peas are all gone by now. Usually due to my mother-in-law who will set up a lawn chair in the garden and munch the peas right off the vine. But that’s beside the point. It was a long, cold spring, and even the peas took a long time to germinate, but they are finally here. Personally, I like to eat them the same way my mother-in-law does…. as a fresh snack, husk and all.
Vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes - The tomatoes have been torchering me this year. The plants are big, healthy, and full of tomatoes, but they have been very, very, very, VERY, slow to ripen. They’ve been teasing me for the past few weeks, and finally, a very small amount have ripened enough to eat. In the spirit of the CSA…. where the members share in the risk and the bounty with the farmer…. I am sharing the bounty of the very small amount of ripe tomatoes I have right now. It’s just a handful for each of you. I am hopeful that the rest of the tomatoes will be ready soon as well.
Parsley - This herb is more than just a pretty garnish. It is also aids in digestion, has anti-inflammatory properties, and is a breath freshener to boot. Chop it up and add it to cream cheese for an easy and tasty dip, or add it to a salad.
Broccoli - I have lots of this ready now, so you’ll be seeing this again in the future.
Cucumbers - You’ll be seeing more of these too.
Zucchini - yellow, green, striped, or ribbed.
Lettuce - it won’t be long until the lettuce is done for the season. I have more that is being seeded for the fall, but lettuce doesn’t grow very well in hot conditions.
As always, here is the pick-up and delivery schedule for this week.
St. Cloud offices - Tuesday morning
Good Earth Co-op - Tuesday morning
Plymouth Community - Tuesday afternoon, probably between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.
Made of Mora - Thursday by noon
Sapsucker Farms - Thursday after noon
City Center Market Co-op in Cambridge - Friday morning by 10:00 a.m.