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Ahavah Farm Community News

Newsletter for Week 3 of Spring CSA 2022


Hello FaRmily!


I hope this newsletter finds you well! So much has been happening on the farm lately, as Spring is the busiest time of the year and it won't stop for at least another 6 weeks. Our project list keeps growing and deadlines are approaching. Potatoes went in this week, just finishing about 30 minutes prior to me writing this. We also have our large nursery (the new store) being completely reconfigured today with flooring, tables and a big move-in scheduled for the rest of this week (REMEMBER: the nursery is opening on May 2nd at 9am and will be open M-F 9am to 3pm). Next week we are planting onions, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage for another big week and then the following week after will be the tomato planting! Be sure to come out for that event on May 1st from 10am on - we will need all the hands we can get!


There's more to talk about below, so enjoy the newsletter!


👇🔔ATTENTION🔔👇


REMINDER:👉 Every week we will be sending out this newsletter on Monday/Tuesday and every Thursday we post to the blog and to the Ahavah Community Facebook Group all the details of your bag contents, the extras available for purchase and what to expect to be available for Market-Style members. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO BE AWARE OF CHANGES AND UPDATES DUE TO WEATHER AND CHANGES DUE TO HOLIDAYS OR OTHER UNPREDICTABLE SITUATIONS THAT MAY ARISE (we are a farm, not a grocery store, after all😄 )


👉Please see the weekly updates below including a word from Farmer Yosef, some educational articles, announcements, changes, interviews, highlights and more.


📢See below for event updates, new articles and announcements!📢

Enjoy your shares this month and don't forget to join the fun and share your recipes and pictures in the Facebook Community Group!

 

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🌷Passover Schedule Change - Coming Up!


The week of April 17th there will be a schedule change:


ALL DELIVERIES AND PICKUPS WILL OCCUR ON THURSDAY, APRIL 21ST AT THE SAME PLACES AND THE SAME TIMES.


THE FRIDAY PICKUPS AND DELIVERIES WILL ALL BE RESCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, 4/21/2022.


HERE IS THE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 17TH:


FARM:

THURSDAY, APRIL 21ST @ 10AM - 11AM


MONUMENT (COLORADO MOUNTAIN BREWERY):

THURSDAY, APRIL 21ST @ 11:30 TO 12:30


COLORADO SPRINGS MARKET-STYLE (RANCH FOODS DIRECT):

THURSDAY, APRIL 21ST @ 1:30 - 2:30


COLORADO SPRINGS TRADITIONAL (RANCH FOODS DIRECT):

THURSDAY, APRIL 21ST @ 2:30-6:00


DELIVERIES (ALL DELIVERIES):

THURSDAY, ALL DAY


 

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LAST CHANCE TO ORDER ONLINE: APRIL 15th!

ARE YOU PLANNING A GARDEN IN 2022!? Pre-order your seedlings and have them when YOU are ready (you can even have them delivered!)!!

Place your Ahavah Farm Nursery orders (up to April 15th of 2022) and CURRENT MEMBERS get 10% OFF when you order using code: NURSERY10 (All caps no spaces)


Browse our incredible selection of Organic, Heirloom varieties now at ahavahfarm.com/nursery

Questions? Email us directly at Nursery@ahavahfarm.com We can't wait to help you plan your 2022 Garden!!!!

We've added 13 brand new items to our catalog this year! We now have two types of beans, sugar peas, different types of mint, calendula, echinacea, and we will even have some specific things available at the drops and at our Nursery store (when it opens) that aren't available on the website like Aloe, Golden toothed Aloe, Jade, Mother of Thousands, and Spider plants!

Yes, you read that correctly... we're working on opening a Nursery Garden Center store - OPEN IN MAY! More announcements to come!


✨AHAVAH FARM NURSERY & GARDEN CENTER GRAND OPENING IS MAY 2ND!✨


We are getting so excited about our opening of the Ahavah Farm Nusery & Garden Center! Inventory is starting to move in as we start to build out our space and prepare for May 2nd, our Grand Opening! We will have the purest, locally grown plant starts (the majority are heirloom crops and they are all successful to our area, started from seed - all Organic with no fertilizers or chemicals of any kind!). We will also have planter boxes, pots, soil and other items available. Come check us out and support us as we start small and aim for a bright future of supporting our Calhan, Peyton, Falcon communities!


Our May 2nd Grand Opening will be from 9am to 3pm and all items will be a whopping 20% off for the day only! Don't miss it!


Come to 7545 Log Rd, in Peyton CO 80831 and get your garden started and save 20%!




 

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WORD FROM YOUR FARMER:

Hello my dear friends and FaRmily ❤! Wow! The first two weeks of Spring have been fantastic and we are only excited to have more consistency over the course of the season - great job team! We also have a volunteer day coming up on May 1st - TOMATO PLANTING! Finally, don't forget about the Passover change happening next week!


Weekly update with announcements.

0:01 - Intro

0:23 - Volunteer Day (Tomato planting!)

0:50 - CSA so Far

1:40 - This Week's CSA

2:30 - Passover Change and Farm Closed.

3:05 - Outro



 

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VOLUNTEERING


📢VOLUNTEER DAY - May 1st @ 10am!📢

Please let Jessie know you would like to come out and help plant the tomatoes, it's going to be a lot of fun!


Our volunteers are the backbone of our organization and we couldn't do it without them... but we need more help! We need help with so many things, things like:

  • Construction Projects

  • Landscaping Projects

  • Composting Projects

  • Harvesting, washing and prep.

  • Weeding

  • Bag Packing

  • Teaching Classes

  • General farm cleanup

  • and more...got a skill you want to share? Let us know!

Volunteering is Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4PM.


Please let Jessie know you are interested, she will send more information and necessary paperwork, and we will welcome you with open arms!



 

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NEW - Farmer's Market


Mark your calendars for Friday May 6th from 9am to 12pm and every Friday after that until the Fall! We will be hosting the Ahavah Farm Farmer's Market during our current CSA drop with lot's of local vendors, classes, tours and activities. Our current lineup of vendors include vegetables, eggs, meat, baked goods, cosmetics, wood working, crafts, children's activities and so much more!


We are so excited about our current line-up of vendors, but we are still seeking more!

If you are a local vendor and are interested in attending our FREE farmer's market, please reach out directly at contact@ahavahfarm.com and we will send you information and the vendor agreement.


 

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CLASSES & EVENTS

Brought to you by ACI (Ahavah Community Initiative)

Our classes have been amazing so far!


So far we have had our first tour of the year, a storytime with Ms. Tracy and two gardening classes...and there is so much more to come! We have 31 events scheduled this year for adults AND kids, be sure to sign up!


Register at www.ahavahfarm.com/classes and be sure to checkout the rest of the classes - there's a ton going on!



 

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Ahavah Farm & Ahavah Community Initiative UPCOMING Schedule


👉April 29th @ 10am: KIDS CLASS! STORYTIME & Activity

👉May 1st @ 10am: VOLUNTEER DAY - Tomato 🍅🍅 Planting and more!

👉May 2nd @ 10am: Ahavah Farm Nursery & Garden Center Grand Opening! (please note the correction in dates)

👉May 6th @ 10am: Class #3 of 4 - Full Season Garden Class.

👉May 6th @ 9am: Farmer's Market Begins (Through September)

 

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🥕🍅🥒🧅🌳🌵EXTRA VEGGIES and PLANTS FOR SALE - Every Week!

Please be sure to check out the extras table, available for all members and even NON-MEMBERS!

Simply come to any of the CSA locations on Thursday and Friday and pick up some of our beyond-organic veggies for sale!


Winter and Early Spring selection is limited.


And as always, remember: SNAP PARTICIPANTS ALWAYS RECEIVE 50% OFF!! & all prices are

"Pay-What-You-Can-Afford."


For Payment:  Cash or Check at the drops or the balance can be sent via PayPal to contact@ahavahfarm.com or Venmo to 719-233-7828


FOOD PRODUCING GARDEN PLANTS ALSO QUALIFY FOR SNAP AND DOUBLE-UP BENEFITS!!!

 

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Try traditional. Try market. Try them both!!


Did you know that you can choose either Traditional OR Market-style for your CSA membership? That's right, and it's one of the things that makes the Ahavah Farm CSA program unique. Not sure which one to try? Try them both - feel free to change your share selection any week. Simply e-mail Jessie and let her know that you would like to change from a Market to Traditional or vice-versa any time you choose. PS. You can do the same with your locations!


 

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SNAP / EBT



Did you know Ahavah Farm accepts EBT / SNAP and DOUBLES your value with the help of #doubleupcolorado !?


Not only do we accept EBT / SNAP for our CSA memberships and extras, but did you know that SNAP members also get DOUBLE the value when using their benefits!? That's a 50% savings on the freshest, purest, most nutrient-dense veggies you can find!


To sign up, simply go to www.ahavahfarm.com/csa and when checking out, select "Pay Offline". Then send us a quick email letting us know that you will be using your EBT and we will add it to your membership!

 

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⚠ ⚠ ⚠ BAGS! We need your bags (PLEASE🙏) !!⚠ ⚠ ⚠

Thank you everyone for recycling your LARGE bags with us! When we receive your bags we immediately quarantine them for 2 weeks before reusing them to ensure they are safe of any yuckies. Thank you for bringing them and any others you may have (we need any large PAPER-ONLY grocery bags you may have) THANK YOU!

 

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REFERAL PROGRAM!

Refer a friend to Ahavah Farm's CSA and you BOTH will receive $35 in credit to use ANYTIME you want! Use to buy extra vegetables, or take $35 off your next CSA purchase - your credit will never expire!


New members simply send an e-mail to contact@ahavahfarm.com to let us know who referred you and you BOTH receive your $35 certificate! It's that easy!😁

 

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📢DID YOU KNOW? 📢


This week was potato planting week, and as you can see from the pictures, WE DON'T USE A TRACTOR! Why not? Well, there are many reasons to be sure, and here is an article that I wrote regarding just a few of those reasons:

"Just Say 'NO!' to Tractors!?" - By Yosef Camire

Yes, that's right. Say "NO" to tractors around your food! Why? How else will we feed ourselves without those big shiny (or in many cases not-so-shiny) tractors? The answer is simple and so is the explanation.


I get asked all the time why we do not use tractors, and what is our "beef" with them. There are multiple issues that I have with the tractor, the least of the reasons may shock you, and it is probably what you are all thinking: The greenhouse gas emissions.


Although tractors do emit enormous amounts of greenhouse gases, that is not the reason I am so adamantly against them - though it is definitely a good reason, it is the smallest of them all. Here are the 7 main reasons we do not use tractors on our crops or our fields (references for all these statements can be found at the end of the article for your own research):

1. Tractors compact the soil.

2. Tractors emit particulates all over your food and soil.

3. Tractors release heavy metals.

4. Tractors leak fuel and oils.

5. Tractors encourage a lack of land-use efficiency.

6. Tractors encourage the use of herbicides.

7. Tractors emit greenhouse gases - lots of them.


1. Tractors compact the soil.


If you have been following me or our farm for a while now, you should be well aware of the problem with tilling our soil and the damage it has created to our environment and soil web. You are also probably aware that one of the most detrimental things to soil is compaction and the lack of oxygen - not allowing the microbes and bacteria to breathe or room for roots to grow. Whenever we use a tractor we are compacting the soil, causing major amounts of compaction and therefore destroying the microflora in that area. We are also encouraging the need for tilling as a cyclical part of our ecosystem, which is clearly not a good thing.


2. Tractors emit particulates all over your food and soil.

This one is so obvious, yet no one thinks about it. Everyone thinks that tractor emissions simply turn into a gas and go up into the atmosphere. Some gases that come from the tractor do, but not all. There are over 40 toxic air particulates that come from the exhaust of these engines. Many (most) of these particulates are heavier than air and when they get released from the tailpipe of the tractor - where do you think they go? That's right, on your food! Not only is it going right onto your food, it is going in a way that acts like a foliar spray, right onto the leaves so it can't even be filtered out by the soil, it just gets absorbed right away into the plant...isn't that lovely? So yea, next time you pick up that "Organic" lettuce at the store, you can think about all the toxins you might be ingesting.


3. Tractors release heavy metals.


Everyone knows about the numerous studies that have been done concerning the dangers of brake dust in our cities and in our air. Brakes, especially on older tractors and vehicles, contain major heavy metals - like asbestos. Every time the brake is pressed, dust is created and that dust...yes, goes right into your food! This is such a big issue that there are actual lawsuits over this because it causes diseases like mesotheleoma!


4. Tractors leak.


Have you EVER seen a tractor that doesn't leak? Especially the older ones? Ever worked on a tractor? What happens when you go underneath one of these tractors is that you will find that it is black and covered with oil, grease and other fluids. Well, my friends, the absolute truth is, that vehicles, tractors, and especially the older tractors, leak - a lot! There is no regulation for this, and all those "Organic" or "Beyond-Organic" farms that are going along with those older tractors (even new ones too!) are most likely spreading these chemicals on your food. Simply Google "Tractor Engine Leaking Oil" and you will get 530,000 results. Don't tell me "MY tractor doesn't leak!" Ya, right.


5. Tractors encourage a lack of land-use efficiency.


This is a broad topic and one that a whole book could be written about. However, the idea is an easy one to convey: Tractor agriculture requires a large amount of space - duh! On our farm we produce over 70,000 LBS per acre pf mixed vegetables without a tractor. We use almost every square inch that we can, outside of the pathways. For example: In a 30inch bed, we can grow 6 rows of carrots. With a tractor, we can typically grow 1 to 3 at most.


6. Tractors encourage the use of herbicides.


It's common sense, but it's also eye opening if you think about it. Think about how a tractor cultivates crops: It drags a tine down the middle of the row. What about the weeds that are directly competing and up against that onion? Well, the only way to get rid of these weeds is through the use of chemical herbicides for most farmers. Yes, there are organic herbicides that can be used - but a herbicide is a herbicide and it kills the soil-food-web, regardless of how you want to shape the argument.

You can also pull the weeds by hand, and many organic and small farms do this, so it is not the rule. However, the purpose of tractors is to minimize labor and to be able to grow on a larger space, as mentioned above. When this happens and it is time to cultivate the crops and remove weeds, if we do it by hand it is nearly impossible to do because the tractor encouraged such a large growing area that to walk it and weed by hand is an incredible task. However, if the farm is set up to utilize hand-labor and to make efficiency of every square foot, weeding all of a sudden become a much smaller task and much easier to manage.


7. Tractors emit greenhouse gases - lots of them.


Compared to other forms of greenhouse gases produced by agriculture, like methane from animals or GHG's from synthetic fertilizers etc. (65%), tractor use is small in comparison. However, with agricultural emissions anticipated to increase 15% or more by 2030, why is it ok to say "the tractor and transportation of our agricultural products are only 35% of the total GHG's that agriculture produces, so it's ok!" It's not ok. We need to take measures in every area to reduce our need for fossil fuels, and it can start with the tractor and our means of delivery - i.e. supporting local!


Now, you may have read all of this and thought to yourself: "That's great, Yosef, but how else are we going to feed the world?" The answer is simple in that the overwhelming number of farms in the world do not use tractors at all. There are currently about 2 million tractors in the world today, but there are 570 million farms in the world. That means that 3/10ths of one percent, or .0035 of the worlds farms have tractors - so you can simply answer that question for yourself. When the majority of our food comes from the "Major" farms, imagine what a world would look like if we returned to a local-standard, one that celebrates local, small, beyond-organic and regenerative farms? It is a many-year process, but we have to start somewhere, and I am glad that we have this amazing community around us who cherish these ideals.


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Taking Applications: ACI BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBER OPENING

ACI currently has a few board openings and we are taking applications until vacant positions are filled. If you are interested in being considered as a member of our board we would love to hear from you!


All board appointments are two year commitments with monthly board meetings, events and official activities requiring board presence. We anticipate that all board members provide a personal, anonymous, donation to ACI as well as be an active participant in serving our community.


 

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AHAVAH COMMUNITY INITIATIVE BRING-A-BUCK!

"Hi, nice to see you! Did you bring your buck today!?"


These are the words you should hear every week when you show up at the CSA locations to get your veggies.

That's because, supporting families in need through ACI, is the MOST IMPORTANT and BEST part of being a CSA member with Ahavah Farm! Don't say your $1 isn't important! IT IS!! The Bring-A-Buck program is how ACI has sustained its food donations, so we thank you members! - EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS!

 

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NEW - Meet YOUR Community!

This week's interview is with our absolutely AMAZING CSA Manager, Tess! Enjoy!


 

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Microgreen CSA Shares Are Available! Sign Up Today and SAVE 💲💲💲!

Microgreen CSA Share: 3 Servings of Microgreens EVERY WEEK! Save 17%!!!

Love our microgreens but haven't signed up for a Microgreen CSA?

You can sign up anytime after January 26, 2022 to receive your weekly Microgreen CSA starting the first week of February. You can cancel anytime in 2022 too!


All Packaging is Compostable and Green!👉👉


We pride ourselves on our microgreen quality as being not only absolutely pure - grown without chemicals, fertilizers or inefficient energy (we grow with 100% solar, renewable energy!), but they are absolutely beautiful, long-lasting and delicious! We really can't rave enough!


WHAT'S IN A SHARE? In your Microgreen CSA you will receive a combination of 3 microgreens every week with the option to purchase add-ons and extras when available.

Pickup locations and times are the same as Ahavah Farm Veggie Share CSA but you do not have to be a veggie-share member to be a microgreen CSA member - these are two independent programs combined into one.


Order yours today at https://www.ahavahfarm.com/microgreen-csa


 

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Be a part of our ZERO-WASTE mission here at Ahavah Farm and bring us your compost!  PLEASE REMEMBER - NO PLASTIC BAGS or Animal products (except egg shells). Want more information?  CLICK HERE to learn about the program. Thank you everyone who has been bringing their compost!  We are so excited that we can help on your personal mission to become Waste Free!

 

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CSA PICKUP LOCATIONS AND TIMES

Times are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

**Please be aware that it is your responsibility to check the newsletter at www.ahavahfarm.com/blog for updated information and changes.




North Colorado Springs @ Colorado Mountain Brewery


- THURSDAYS

- 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

- 1110 Interquest Parkway,

Colorado Springs, CO 80921





 

Denver @ Jewish Community Center

NOW INSIDE! Turn left, park then use main enterance. Bring ID. Thanks.


- THURSDAYS
- 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
- 350 S. Dahlia St, Denver CO 80246
 
Peyton @ Ahavah farm

NEW CSA LOCATION AT AHAVAH FARM!!

- FRIDAYS

- 1o:00 AM to 11:00 AM

- 7545 N. Log Rd., Peyton, CO 80831



ATTENTION FARM PICKUP MEMBERS! There is a new location. Please see the map above and the video to the right👉! We are so excited because this will make things easier and more streamlined for

weather interruptions and a much shorter walk! We even have introduced Handicapped Parking!

 
Central Colorado Springs @ Ranch Foods Direct

NOW INSIDE! Enter the bay right of the main enterance.

- FRIDAYS

- 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM (All)

- 2:31 PM to 6:00 PM (Traditional ONLY)

- 4635 Town Center Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80916

 

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This Week's Harvest

As always, nothing is guaranteed. These are the items that are "in season" and are anticipated to be ready this week (which may or may not be available at the CSA).


  • Small = 4-6 items per week

  • Medium = 7-9 items per week

  • Large = 10-12 items per week

  1. Red Russian Kale - Beautiful and delightful. A soft-kale taste and a delicate baby kale to use in a salad, a sauté or in a stew. Delicious and beautiful!

  2. Carrots - Nothing beats an Ahavah Farm, heirloom carrot! Nothing!

  3. Garlic Greens - So yummy and one of the mostest favoritest veggies we provide 😄! You thought our garlic was good!? HA HA HA, these greens will blow you away - and I bet you didn't even know they were edible!? Well, the members who have been with us know that we grow the garlic more for the greens than the bulbs! Expect them regularly and enjoy them raw or cooked in everything from salads to stews - you got to go to the Ahavah Community group on Facebook and ask for Brian's garlic butter recipe! 😋

  4. Spinach - The sweetest, tastiest and most nutritious spinach you have ever had. EVER. LAST WEEK FOR SPINACH!!!!!

  5. Tatsoi Flowers - probably the end of the tatsoi flowers for this year! They are delicious eaten raw or added to nearly any dish - beautiful too!

  6. Radishes - Nothing beats our radishes when they are the way they are this week! Last week they were a little burned from freeze, but this week...oh my goodness! Our radishes are crispy and crunchy! They are not bitter like store-bought radishes and due to their incredible taste and the huge demand we get for them, they are a staple crop for the fall, winter and spring seasons. The best way to enjoy them? ROASTED! Check out this recipe (and include the other roots too!): Garlic Roasted Radishes

  7. Salad Mix lettuce- A beautiful and soft/fluffy salad mix (with some arugula and flowers mixed in - YUM!). perfect for a salad base or even a bed of rice etc.

  8. Garlic - Hard-neck, stored and cured garlic from Fall. Only a limited supply, so get it while you can!

  9. Bravo Daikon Greens - Amazing greens with a bit of spice and a beautiful presentation. Here is a simple recipe you may enjoy.

  10. Swiss Chard - We love our swiss chard sautéed. Really, you just can't go wrong. Try these recipes for success!

  11. Plants - There will be plenty of plants to choose as an item this week, even some garden varieties. Enjoy!

  12. Rouge D'Hiver - A flat red romaine lettuce with is loaded with flavor, though not as "fluffy" of "firm" as other types. Perfect for a bed of rice or in a sandwich - also great in a salad.

  13. Redbor Kale - the best kale we've ever grown, also the most loved by our members. Delicious! How to prepare kale.

  14. Turnips - As you know, the turnips we grow are absolutely, positively NOTHING like what you will find in a store. Sweet, crunchy, versatile...our turnips need to be bit into raw to fully appreciate! The greens are also delicious and provide more calcium than any other plant! Enjoy the turnips and the greens raw or cooked. Roasted and sautéed are our favorite ways to eat them when we aren't eating them right out of the field!

  15. Living Herb - The majority of the plants this week will be parsley, but we have others to choose from as well including some amazing

  16. Carrots - the carrots this week are to die for - time to make that carrot top pesto again!

  17. Dried Herbs - Basil, dill, mint and fennel (our herb room smells like heaven!😇).

  18. Radish Microgreens - Next to the barley grass and the sunshoots, radish microgreens are some of the most nutritiously-dense items we grow on the farm and not only that, but during our annual survey last year, they ranked as the #1 most requested and love item we grow! They have a fantastic bite to them, last considerably long in the refrigerator and are beautiful in appearance.

  19. Pea Shoots - One of the most desired and sought after items we provide are these pea shoots! Quite literally the best you added to any dish or salad. Our favorite way is to add them to stews and soups. A perfect topper too! Here are four fun ways to use Pea Shoots: http://blog.bostonorganics.com/4-fun-ways-to-use-pea-shoots

  20. Broccoli Microgreens - Last week we told you that Radish Microgreens were the #1 most loved item we grow, well, these microgreens weren't on the list then! I have a sneaking suspicion that these microgreens are the real winners!

  21. Sunshoots - Our sunshoots are certainly some of the nicest, most high-quality sunshoots you will ever find (that actually goes for all our microgreens). They are one of the most beloved items we grow as well and a regular staple to our CSA. Here are some ideas to use your sunnies this week: https://www.martinsgardenacf.com/sunflower-shoots-recipes

That's it for this week! We love you to pieces, are incredibly grateful for each and every one of you and we are blessed to the core to be YOUR farmers!!




Yosef, Havah, Kids and Team The Camire Family






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