Week 12 - Halftime
Three months! As of this week, it's been three months since your 2018 CSA began. 12 weeks, each with a new set of challenges and delights in the garden, and a new box of deliciousness for your family's health. Summer has reached its zenith and is beginning a glorious descent into Autumn. As I write this, a northwest wind is blowing off the wildfire smoke, clearing the air, relieving our eyes and lungs.
At this halftime moment, although we don't have a break or a coach to give us all a motivational speech, we are looking ahead to the next half, and to next season.
Here's a short list of some exciting things happening, outside of the garden, here at the farm:
-We've hatched our plans to double our chicken flock next year, acquiring a used trailer on which we'll build another pasture-roaming "egg-mobile." The chickens are laying, laying, laying, not seeming to mind the hot heat, eating much of the produce (besides what we donate to Rainier Valley Food Bank or Upower) that we bring home from market. We're sure that all the veggie nutrition they're eating is ending up concentrated in their egg yolks, and thus in your bodies.
-Speaking of pastures, we have a "soft-launch" announcement for you: Spoon Full Grass-finished beef will be here in the second week of September! We're talking rich, flavorful, humane meat chock-full of brain-boosting, cancer-fighting omega-3 fats, like CLA. We are quite sure that it's going to be delicious, and we can't wait to try it.
-And as one cycle of life comes to an end, another begins: this weekend, Farmer Dooley Spoon is going to pick up a 100% British White Park (the rare, heritage breed of cattle we raise) bull on his way back from a wedding in Oregon. That means a whole new batch of white-furred, black-eared beautiful calves will be born next Spring!
-Next spring, we will also welcome a new member to the Spoon Full Farm community: we are hiring a new garden manager. If you know somebody who has lots of experience growing vegetables and who loves soil, please direct them our way.
Thank you for being you, and for enjoying all the produce, too!
Without further ado, here is the roster of this week's CSA box (bold items in whole earth boxes, only):
- Heirloom Tomatoes
- Summer Squash (still so abundant, still so grillable!)
- Red Onions
- Rainbow Chard
- Lemon Basil
And some relevant recipes:
"Zucchini Remix" a bevy of recipes from CSA member Emma's blog, "Hanging out in the Kitchen"!
Enjoy, and please let us know if you have any questions, comments, appreciations, or desires.
Spoon Full Farm