SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: Articles, Videos, Updates & Announcements, The Weekly Harvest, Gardening Tips and more!
Hello FaRmily! I can't believe how FAST this year absolutely flew by! Here we are, week 13 of Summer 2022 - the last and final week of the season. And what a season it's been! From abundance to variety, this season has been the most incredible season we have had to date! Every week was loaded with an abundant variety of choices, our on-farm farmers market was a greater success than we ever could have imagined and all of our classes and events offered a great deal to our community, while our donations were the highest they have ever been. In short, we are super-proud of how this season ended which leaves us very excited for the upcoming fall season! We hope you are excited too, because it's going to be an awesome season!
For now though, we need to finish out the Summer, and this week won't disappoint. We will continue to have a beautiful share for our members, and our market booth will also have a great amount of abundance. However, it may be a "tad" smaller than usual, particularly due to the cold snap that occurred over the last week. Thankfully it wasn't a freeze, but it sure did hamper the harvest this week! it should still be a beautiful share this week though, so see the harvest list below and enjoy!
ps. There are some important announcements, all new articles and more below. Enjoy and share!
Have a Blessed Week!,
👉MOVING TO MONTHLY. 👈
REMINDER:👉 Every month we will be sending out this informative newsletter to all of our members and non-members and every Thursday we post to the blog and to the Ahavah Community Facebook Group all the details of our members' bag contents, the extras available for purchase and what to expect to be available for Market-Style members along with any important announcements for the week. 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.
📢See below for event updates, new articles and announcements!📢 ⭐Enjoy your shares this week and don't forget to join the fun and share your recipes and pictures in the Facebook Community Group!⭐
Ahavah Farm & Ahavah Community Initiative
👉September 19th @ 6pm: CSA - Fall preseason VIRTUAL meeting.
👉September 22nd @ All Day: CSA! Fall Season Begins in Monument and Denver!
👉September 23rd @ All Day: CSA! Fall Season Begins in Colorado Springs and in Peyton!
👉September 23rd @ 9am to 10:30am: SEE THE FARM! Farm Tour w/ Yosef!
👉September 26th @ ALL DAY: FARM CLOSED - Farm closed for Rosh Hashanna Day 1
👉September 27th @ ALL DAY: FARM CLOSED - Farm closed for Rosh Hashanna Day 2
👉September 30th @ 10am: KIDS CLASS!! Grow With Me Storytime w/Ms. Tracy!
👉October 5th @ ALL DAY: FARM CLOSED - Farm closed for Yom Kippur.
👉October 10th @ ALL DAY: FARM CLOSED - Farm closed for Sukkot.
👉October 11th @ ALL DAY: FARM CLOSED - Farm closed for Sukkot.
👉October 17th @ ALL DAY: FARM CLOSED - Farm closed for Shmini Atzeret.
👉October 18th @ ALL DAY: FARM CLOSED - Farm closed for Simchat Torah.
👉October 23rd @ 4pm to 7pm: 🍂🔥7th Annual Harvest Fest!🔥🍂 - Bonfire, Food trucks, Vendors, Games, Music and more! Help raise money for families in need!
Go to www.ahavahfarm.com/classes to learn more, to register and to see the rest of our schedule of events and classes!
👩🌾Around the Farm This Week👩🌾
👈Well, it's actually that time of year! We are harvesting the pumpkins and the winter squash! it's so exciting that we have a full harvest this year! All Fall members should receive some of both (not always the case with the hail!)
👉This week's Farmer's Market was awesome! It was very 💨 WINDY, so we were forced to move it indoors - this was great, because it was a test of what's coming in the Fall - an indoor farmer's market, all year long!
👈Oh me oh my, Elisheva is so cute! This is BEFORE and AFTER she realized she mistakenly pulled out one of the new fennel plants as she was so cutely smelling them! LOL, don't worry, no fennels were hurt in the process, it got nicely re-transplanted back .
👉Painting with Tess is always such a good time! Here's Ovi showing off his strawberry painting!
Ever heard of a hummingbird moth? Now you have...check it out!👇
Fall Season Starts September 22 and 23rd!
Please join us for our Summer Preseason Meeting, LIVE on Facebook (in the Ahavah Community Group), Monday June 20th @ 6pm. 👉 Meet Jessie, Havah and Farmer Yosef as we walk through the season details, some important changes and updates for the Summer and we also will talk about what you can expect from your season.
If you can't make it, that's OK, we will record
the video and send it out via e-mail the next day. Also, it will stay posted on Facebook for when you are ready to watch it.
Finally, we will be sending out the Season Details later this week (or early next). Keep an eye out in your e-mail inbox!
CLICK HERE to join the Ahavah Farm Community Group on Facebook where the meeting will be held.
🔥🍁HARVEST FEST IS COMING!🔥🍁
Our 7th Annual Harvest Fest!
Sunday, October 23rd from 4pm to 7pm
Put it on your calendar and DON'T MISS IT!
You are invited to come out for a FREE night of FUN to help raise money for families in need! Come on out to the farm to meet the community, enjoy some music, a bonfire, eat some good food, play some fun games and do some shopping! It's our 7th Annual Harvest Fest and it's bound to be the best one yet!!
🔥We hope you come out to this FREE and incredibly fun and incredibly important fundraiser for Ahavah Community Initiative. 15% of all sales, from all of our vendors, are being donated to help raise money to provide FREE VEGETABLES to families in need!
DON'T MISS IT!
Soil - The Building Block of Life - Part 5
-By Yosef Camire
15 Reasons Why You Should Use Mulch In Your Garden
This week's gardening tip is all about MULCH. Mulch comes in different forms, but just make sure that the mulch you are using has not been treated with anything and comes from a clean source. Usually tree companies that do limb removal etc. will have mulch that they are begging to give away for free, or in some cases for just the delivery cost. This is how we get our mulch, and we are ensured that it comes from a clean, chemical-free source.
Using mulch can be one of the absolute best ways to provide a healthy and comfortable environment for your plants. From water retention to nutrient provision, mulch is one of the most important, and most beneficials tools you can use to increase your garden's productivity and health.
Here’s 15 reasons why you should use mulch in your garden:
1. Wood mulch adds organic matter to your soil, and as you know from previous articles, organic matter is #1! 2. Mulch provides valuable slow-release nutrients and helps to retain nutrients longer. 3. Mulch helps retain moisture in the soil - up to 70%! In Colorado, this is HUGE. 4. Mulch helps to create shade and temperature protection for your plants and for the plant roots. 5. Mulch is a fantastic insulator. Mulch helps to regulate soil temperature – keeping roots consistently cool in summer and warm in winter. 6. Mulching is amazing for weed control! 6 inches of mulch will prevent almost all weeds from coming up, and those that do are pulled much easier. 7. Mulching feeds the soil food web - the bacteria, protozoa, nematoads, fungi and all the small insects, arthropods and mammals. 8. Mulch helps to improve the condition of the soil - clay, sandy, loamy etc. 9. Mulch protects against soil erosion.
10. Mulch helps to stops nutrients from leaching out of the soil. 11. Wood much improves soil drainage and structure as it breaks down over time. 12. Mulch protects plants from heavy rain and flood damage.
13. Mulch protects the roots and stems of plants from hail (we've had this multiple times - allowing the plants to come back). 14. Mulch prevents erosion and soil compaction particularly from foot traffic. 15. Mulch just looks and smells nice - having a garden should be fun!
WORD FROM YOUR FARMER:
Weekly video update for Ahavah Farm CSA members and Non-members. There's always a ton happening on the farm, so we make a new video every week and talk about what to expect in the CSA, any special updates and events and sometimes a little ramble or two. Enjoy!
0:01 - Intro
0:24 - Last week of summer season!
2:11 - Fall preseason meeting.
3:18 - Fall season starts Sept 22nd
3:40 - Got a last minute change? Friendly reminder.
4:34 - ALL SEASON Farmer's Market - TIME CHANGE!
6:06 - Harvest Fest!!!
7:49 - Outro
We are now on Twitter!
Yes, Twitter has been in the news a lot lately, and no, that's not why we are jumping in. Actually, this has been in the "thought-shed" for quite awhile now. Well, it's here. Join us - we'll see how much we utilize it and go from there!
Come Follow Us
Click the bird to follow us!
Our volunteers are the backbone of our organization and we couldn't do it without you...but we need more help!
We need help with so many things:
Harvesting, washing and prep.
General farm cleanup
and more...got a skill you want to share? Let us know!
Volunteering is Monday through Friday 8AM 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!
Weekly Farmer's Market Update
Ahavah Farmer's Market is Every Friday from 9a - 12p
(PLEASE NOTE: TIME CHANGES TO 10-12 STARTING SEPTEMBER 23rd!)
👇Never been to our market!? Watch THIS to see what you are missing! We hope you come out! 👇
We are continuing to have successful Farmer's Market's every week, here at the farm. We keep scratching our heads and wondering why we have been so blessed to have so many amazing vendors! From pastured chicken and grass-fed beef to beyond-organic vegetables, local baked goods, crafts, cosmetics, cleaning products, coffee roasters and even a Palisade peach vendor - we have it all! So many wonderful vendors and so many awesome activities make our market very special and unique! We hope you join us this week as we welcome a new vendor: Sam's fruit! We will also have "Painting with Tess," which is always a good time. As always we will have the bounce-house, the playground, the splashpad and the free coffee!
We Love Our Community!❤️
📢FEATURED VENDOR OF THE WEEK!📢
Most likely the busiest vendor at the market, The Sourdough Boulangerie has a reputation that
precedes them and we are so grateful to have them as a part of our market! We absolutely LOVE Shawn and his amazing team. They make the best sourdough bread and so many other baked items - including many vegan and gluten-free items as well! Come by the market and get some of their bread and baked goodness - you'll be SO glad that you did!
🍂Fall Farmer's Market🍂
Friday's from 10a to 12p @ Ahavah Farm!
We are announcing that we will be continuing the Ahavah Farm Farmer's Market through the
Fall and Winter! We have room for 24 vendors and are looking for more, for our INDOOR / OUTDOOR (Heated and indoor in the cold - outdoors with nice weather) EXTENDED SEASON Market!
ATTENTION LOCAL ARTISANS!
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 email@example.com and we will send you information and the vendor agreement.
A Special Message from Yosef
As most of you know, I have been struggling with Cancer for almost 3 years now. I have
chosen to treat the cancer naturally and have had a lot of success. Unfortunately, I have lagged in my treatment for about a year now and as such, the cancer has not done so well and we just got news that it's actually doing fairly bad. We have already made the necessary changes and implemented new treatment. We are very confident in our treatment options and our care providers. I appreciate any prayers you are willing to offer. Thank you so much!
If you are Jewish and would like to offer prayers for me, my Hebrew name is:
"Yosef Yisrael Ben Sarah"
🥕🍅🥒🧅🌳🌵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!
And as always, remember: SNAP PARTICIPANTS ALWAYS RECEIVE 50% OFF!! & all prices are
For Payment: Cash or Check at the drops or the balance can be sent via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org or Venmo to 719-233-7828
FOOD PRODUCING GARDEN PLANTS ALSO QUALIFY FOR SNAP AND DOUBLE-UP BENEFITS!!!
Try traditional. Try market. Try them both!!
Change Any Time!
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!
Got SNAP (EBT)?
Save 50% off your veggies, garden plants, meat, treats and more!
👉Did you know that Ahavah Farm accepts EBT / SNAP? Did you also know that we are partnered with the State of Colorado to offer our members and non-members 50% off every purchase!?
That's right, with #doubleupcolorado you can receive 2x your veggies, meat or bread (etc) purchases either as a CSA member or as a customer at the Ahavah Farm Nursery & Garden Center as well as the Ahavah Farmers Market on Fridays.
Want to Change Your Location!?
We Invite You - ANYTIME!!
Did you know that you can switch your CSA pickup location ANYTIME!? You can switch for just one week, or 2 or the whole season...or whatever you choose! When you switch your CSA pickup location
to the Farm you'll be able to experience the farmer's market happening at the time of pickup, you can join the classes and events, view the farm, visit the nursery and meet YOUR community!
Though we want as MANY people as possible to pickup at the Farm, switching your CSA can occur between any of the other locations as well.
Simply e-mail Jessie at email@example.com to let her know you'd like to switch for the season, the week or the month!
⚠ ⚠ ⚠ 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know who referred you and you BOTH receive your $35 certificate! It's that easy!😁
📢DID YOU KNOW? 📢
"Mr. Farmer, I have some questions..."
By Yosef Camire
Has this common situation happened to you or someone you know?
So, you want to support local, sustainable and pure produce. You want to cut out food miles, support local systems and you believe that local agriculture is vital for a healthy community and society - so, supporting local is your goal! You also want to be sure that the food you are feeding your family is not only the best for you nutritionally, but safe for you and your family without heavy metals, chemicals or biological contaminants. So, you attempt to source your food from the freshest places you know: the local farmers market. Surely, you believe, their produce is local, fresh and grown organically and safely, right!? Then, by one way or another you discover that the farm you have been purchasing your produce from isn't a farm at all, they are retailers and the food you are buying isn't local, and in fact, it isn't even pure! What a disappointment!
This happens all too often and is, unfortunately, very common - particularly here in Colorado. So how can you be sure that the produce you are purchasing is actually "pure?" Some states, like California, have inspectors to ensure that farms stand by their word. In Colorado, however, you have to ask, ask, ask! So what to ask? Let's dig in.
These are the top 10 questions you must ask the farmers at your local farmer's market (some of these questions may not matter to you, and that's OK! They matter to us, so we will include them here):
1. Do you grow all this produce yourself? Believe it or not, there are far too many re-sellers claiming to be local. Yes, this does happen. It happens a lot. Not all "farm-stands" are actually run by a farm and in Colorado, the majority are NOT local. Ps. Avocados, Pineapples, Magoes etc do not grow in Colorado - neither do tomatoes and watermelons in January😉 .
2. "Do you use chemicals on your crops" is a poor question to ask because it allows for interpretation from the seller. Instead, a question that should be asked is this: "What exactly do you use on your crops for fertilizer, pest, fungus and weed control?" This question is sure to weed out those that are pure vs. those that are not - but only if you hold their feet to the fire in answering the questions. KEEP THIS IN MIND - JUST BECAUSE SOMETHING IS CERTIFIED ORGANIC, DOES NOT MEAN IT IS PURE FOR YOU OR GOOD FOR THE EARTH!
3. "Do you use diatomaceous earth (DE) on your crops or near your crops?” Not only can even "Certified Organic" DE be loaded with arsenic but it is designed to kill bacteria and the rest of the soil food web (yes, DE kills the life in the soil)! There is no pesticide on earth that targets only a single organism. All pesticides kill beneficials also - all and always! By putting DE on crops the soil food web gets destroyed and certain toxins can entire the food supply.
4. “Do you use Fish Emulsion, fish, blood meal (or similar) at all in any way on your crops as fertilizer?” One of the reasons that conventional fertilizers can be harmful is because of the heavy metals in them. Fish byproducts have some of the highest amounts of toxic heavy metals of all. Also, buying these products is supporting an industry that is often times done in a way that ends up being one of the most environmentally destructive. Similar arguments can be made regarding nearly all animal-based fertilizers and amendments (even something as benign as manure).
5. “Do you use tractors? If so, in what manner? Do you till your soil? Do you use the tractors on your crops, to cultivate your fields?” Tractors, in general, are terrible for our environment (though in many cases they are vital to our survival). They leak fluids, leave heavy metal residue from brakes, spew toxic emissions on your crops and compact the soil from their weight. Tractors, in agriculture and on our crops are a no-no and have been one of the biggest mistakes our modern agriculture has ever implemented. There is no way around it, heavy machinery mixed with organic/sustainable/regenerative agriculture doesn't make sense.
6. “What kind of irrigation methods do you use? Is it flood irrigation? If so, why?
Do you have any plans to switch over to a more sustainable / regenerative form of irrigation?” Water is a renewable resource, yes, but it moves. In Colorado, 90% of the water used in the state is for agriculture and we are sucking our aquifers dry – many have less than 20 years left! – While you are at it, ask for a water report to see if it is clean! I can't emphasize this enough - in Colorado, if you want to be responsible by your food choices, choose agriculture that is responsible with their water!
7. “Are your seeds certified Organic? Are they local? Where do you source your seeds from?” Did you know that unless a seed is certified Organic, it is required BY LAW that they be treated with a fungicide unless labeled? That’s a major problem! Look, seeds don't have to be certified, but the farmer should clearly know where they are from and how they are grown. Are they from the beyond-organic farm down the street? Great! Are they saved from the farm themselves and they aren't certified? Who cares? As long as they are sourced from a pure source, this is what we are after!
8. “Where is your farm located and can I visit your farm?” If a farmer EVER says “no” to that
question, then don’t buy from them. What are they hiding? This is a good rule of thumb.
9. “How exactly are your animals raised and cared for? Are they on pasture? Do you use hormones or antibiotics? What are they fed? Are they soy-free? How long do you keep your chickens? Do you heat your coops? What percentage of protein do you feed them? Do you de-beak them? Where do you source your animals from and why?” This is sort of a mixture of the same theme – do you treat your animals with love, care and give them a healthy long life? They should have answers to every single one of these questions.
10. Do you have any certifications? If not, why not?” Just because a farm is not certified is NOT a reason to not support them. However, their answer to this question can give you a lot of insight! Personally, I think that being certified Organic has it's place, particularly for a commercial grower selling to grocery stores etc., but the truth is that certifications don't go far enough, and they aren't the be-all-end-all. They are easy to manipulate and bend the rules or fudge the practices. Therefore, we believe that the ONLY fail-safe for feeding your family the purest food possible, is knowing your farmer and asking the hard questions. So come on, ask them already!
There are a lot more questions we can ask our local farmers, but these ten are a good starting point for sure. Our goal is not to be pessimistic and untrusting, rather we simply want to verify. It's unfortunate that we have to verify these questions, but due to many, many numerous incidents in Colorado (specifically), it's something we have to do to protect our own families - because if we don't ask the questions, are we really going to rely on someone else to do it for us?
Remember these rules: Just because something is certified Organic does not mean it is pure and does not mean it is even good for you and does not mean that the animals are truly cared for. Asking questions, knowing your farmer and learning about true, Regenerative Agriculture is vital for your health and the health of our planet and communities.
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.
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!
Meet YOUR Community!
Interview #1 with our Nursery Manager Lorin
(Due to certain health-related circumstances this week, I was unable to do an interview - though my goal is to do Asher in the next newsletter - so stay tuned!)
Microgreen CSA Shares Are Available! Sign Up Today and SAVE 💲💲💲!
Love our microgreens but haven't signed up for a Microgreen CSA?
Did you know you do NOT need to be a Veggie-Share member to enjoy them!?
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
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!
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
- 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.
- 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
- 350 S. Dahlia St, Denver CO 80246
Peyton @ Ahavah farm
NEW CSA LOCATION AT AHAVAH FARM!!
- 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (All)
- 7545 N. Log Rd., Peyton, CO 80831
Central Colorado Springs @ Ranch Foods Direct
NOW INSIDE! Enter the bay right of the main enterance.
- 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM (All)
- 3:31 PM to 6:00 PM (Traditional ONLY)
- 4635 Town Center Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80916
- Go to www.ranchfoodsdirect.com to learn more about this location.
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
Redbor Kale and Darkibor Kale - Some of the most amazing kale you have ever seen or tasted! Taste is NOTHING like in the store - those that know, know! Try some this week, massage is real good, follow one of THESE recipes and let your tastebuds have a party!
Sweet Peppers - Green, red and yellow peppers are stunning in beauty and even more delicious! Sweet as can be, use the like you would a bell pepper.
Radishes - beautiful radishes. Stunning in color, crisp and juicy without too much spice. Harvested young and small in the summer.
Collard Greens - Amazing greens and popular in the south. Chop 'em up and saute them with your favorite spices and enjoy! Here are some more uses.
Beets - In the words of Dwight Schrute "Beets are best!" yes, we think so! One of our absolute staples in our family are beets. Beets are on nearly every Shabbat table in the form of a beet salad: Roasted beets, de-skinned, lemon juice, parsley and salt - served cold. Yum! Don't like that idea? Try these!
Celeriac Greens - Similar to celery, but more bitter. Celeriac is great in stews and in cooked dishes or other places where you would like to substitute celery.
Mint: Fresh mint is hard to beat in the summer! This is the last week of summer, but it won't be the last week of mint! Fall members cn expect some mint throughout the coming weeks.
Fennel - Fennel is one of our favorites! Don't forget to use those fronds - eat them now, or dry them and save them - but don't waste them! :) Here are some ideas.
Parsley - Parsley is one of my (Yosef) favorites! Who doesn't like parsley!? Ready to eat raw or hang and dry to save for later. Need some recipe ideas? GO HERE.
Chives: Similar to scallions, but thinner and without a head. Use the greens like you would scallions for a nice oniony/garlicky combination of flavors! we like to use these on potatoes, salads and really anything and everything!
Kohlrabi - Gorgeous bulbs with tasty leaves! We love kohlrabi raw with lemon and salt, but it's fairly versatile. Don't forget to eat those amazing greens and click here for some more ideas.
Hakurei Sweet Turnips - The absolute best turnips on the planet - they are SO sweet and delicious, kids eat them like apples and they are extraordinarily versatile. Definitely a CSA staple and favorite for so many!
Tomatoes - So many tomatoes! We have red ones, yellow ones, green ones, purple ones and orange ones! They are SOOOOOOOOOO good! Expect a lot of these throughout the summer!
Summer Squash - Fully in now, we have scalloped squash, zucchini squash, romanesco squash and so much more. Try them all, they are all unique and are all delicious! Our favorite and easiest way to eat it all summer long is by grilling it!
Swiss Chard - One of my absolute favorite greens to saute' and wilt deeply. I love garlic, oil and salt and taking this amazingness and adding it to a bed of rice or quinoa and adding in different vegetables, some tofu (or meat) and then we love an asian peanut-based dressing and it's to die for.
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.
Cucumbers - Two kinds of cucumbers: Pickling and tendergreen. Our favorite? The tendergreen, but they are all delicious!
Plants - There will be plenty of plants to choose as an item this week, even some garden varieties. Enjoy!
Living Herbs - We have basil, chamomile, mint and a lot more!
Dried Herbs - Basil, dill, mint and fennel (our herb room smells like heaven!😇).
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.
Kohlrabi Greens - Stalk and all, these amazing greens are delicious! I love to eat them similar to collards, or broccoli greens, sautéed in butter with some garlic and salt, but they have a unique flavor that is very nice! Absolutely delicious greens!
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
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!
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, Asher, Aiden, Israel, Eliana, Ovadya, Elisheva, Nedira and of course our amazing team: Josh, Tess, Lorin, Evan, Katie, Holly, Casey, Jessie, Joe and Charles! ❤️