Welcome to all of our shareholders. We appreciate the opportunity to work with you and for you through out the growing season. We work hard to earn your trust and respect in the food that we grow for your families and ours!
While our boxes weren’t quite as full as we had hoped, the great news is that delivery has started, and as the season progresses, you will continue to see your culinary options grow. The garden planting schedule and growth have been challenging and slow due to the cold spring, and the plants are not getting the necessary growing degree days to reach maturity. On the upside our drought has subsided, and this is a blessing. Check out this interactive drought monitor map to see how the drought has changed over the last few months.
We are excited to see the daily changes and growth in the garden. Look for weekly blog posts for guidance through the season.
Pick-up and Delivery
Remember that pick-up and deliveries will be on the schedule you have arranged with Harner Brothers CSA with harvest on Wednesday evenings. It is your responsibility to know that the pick-up or drop-off time will occur at the agreed upon time, and it is your responsibility as a shareholder to know this and be responsible for the produce at that time.
If you are unable to utilize your share that week, it is still your responsibility: find someone else to pick it up or donate it to the food shelf. Each box is labeled for each family. The same boxes will be used for your family throughout the season. Boxes and containers should be returned the following week. Bags will only be used once.
Your Boxes of Produce
This list is prepared before we harvest your share. Some guesswork is involved! We do our best to predict which crops will be ready to harvest, but sometimes crops are on the list that are not in the share, and sometimes crops will be in the share even though they’re not on the list.
Remember food safety in your kitchen when preparing, always wash your before eating.
Rhubarb – one pound equals about 3 cups. Wash, cut the ends off, cut off any bad parts damaged by wind or hail, chop into 1/4 – 1/2 inch pieces. You can freeze it in a Ziploc bag (no blanching) and use for months to come. Our family loves it in muffins, breads, jam, pie, crisp, sauce and torte. Check out earlier posts on rhubarb for recipe ideas.
Asparagus – wash and run a knife gently over the darker arrow pieces on the stem. Cut into 1 inch pieces and place in microwave for a few minutes. Follow your microwave directions. Sprinkle with some parmesan cheese – the boys absolutely love it this way!
Radishes – wash, cut off the tops and also the bottoms, slice and enjoy in salads. Some enjoy dipping in salt.
Herbs – chives, lemon thyme, golden oregano and thyme (bags are labeled with the first initial) wash then chop up chives into small pieces.
Fresh cut arrangement – Hosta leaves…these last forever in a vase of water. After a week, give them a fresh cut, and they will last longer. The greenery in the house is a day brightener.
Recipe of the Week
Our family loves this recipe – this is the jam in our refrigerator. I make a variety (blueberry, cherry, strawberry, raspberry) and place in the freezer. When we need another jar of jam, I simply thaw it out in the refrigerator. If we are running low on our supply of jam, I go to the freezer and take out some rhubarb that I have already chopped up and frozen in a Ziploc bag, premeasured with the bag labeled 6 cups rhubarb and stock up on our supply.
Mix together and set aside until a juice forms
6 cups rhubarb sliced into 1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces
3 cups sugar
Add one can of pie filling (cherry, raspberry, blueberry, strawberry)
Cook these ingredients for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and add 1 package of 3 ounce Jello (use Jello that is of the same flavor as the pie filling). Mix well. Pour into containers. Refrigerate or freeze.
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