SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: Articles, Videos, Updates & Announcements, The Weekly Harvest, Gardening Tips and more!
Hello FaRmily! Yikes, we have made it to the HOOOOT days of summer! It has been hot as you-know-what this week and it's been really tough! Tough on the employees AND on the crops! But, that won't stop us this week. We have another great veggie-share for our members this week, and as the summer season continues on, those delicious summertime crops are starting to really take off! The cucumbers are fully in, followed closely by the squash and then the tomatoes. We also have broccoli this week for Denver and Monument and we have cabbages coming soon too! Peppers are coming in a few weeks and the shares will continue to flourish with beets, carrots, lettuce, kale and all the rest of our summer favorites.
We have a bunch of updates in this week's newsletter, a few changes, some new articles and videos and more. Have a blessed week and enjoy the newsletter!💓
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 small family 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 week and don't forget to join the fun and share your recipes and pictures in the Facebook Community Group!⭐
🚨FALL Registration is OPEN!!
👉Less than 100 SHARES ARE STILL AVAILABLE.👈
Don't Miss the Best Season of them All!
Sign up today to our Fall Veggie-Share CSA program and secure the purest, most nutrient-dense veggies available for 14 weeks (September through December)!
As other farms are shutting down until next year, we will be starting yet another season - a season full of beautiful produce! In the fall we will continue to have all the favorite greens like kale and lettuce. We will also have most of the summer crops like tomatoes, peppers, carrots and beets for a while, but most importantly, we will also have all the pumpkins, squash, potatoes and onions coming in then too! Fall is a great season - it's the only season of the year where almost everything we grow is available! We hope you will join us! But beware - there are only 100 memberships now available. July 1st is the day to sign up, don't miss it!
85 SHARE MEMBERSHIPS STILL AVAILABLE!
✔The highest quality, 100% local, produce you can find, harvested and delivered fresh every week! ✔Pure, chemical-free, regeneratively grown produce. ✔Flexible payment options. ✔Many discounts are available - see website for more! ✔4 Locations for CSA pickup (Peyton, COS, DEN and Monument. ✔Door to Door delivery options available! ✔Got SNAP!? Get 50% off your CSA share automatically! ✔Every share supports families in need through donations. ✔Flexible CSA options, holds, credits and more! ✔Classes, events, tours and community opportunities.
⭐100% of everything we sell is grown and harvested and delivered by Ahavah Farm and Ahavah Farm ONLY - All produce is grown 100% on our farm in Peyton Colorado, near Colorado Springs without a single chemical, in rich, composted soil. We use biodynamic principles to grow the purest, most nutrient-dense vegetables available and deliver them to you fresh, every week!
Go to www.ahavahfarm.com/csa to learn more and to sign up today!
Ahavah Farm & Ahavah Community Initiative
👉July 22nd @ 9am to 12pm: Community Event! Farmer's Market with vendors of all kinds!
👉July 22nd @ 9am to 10:30am: SEE THE FARM! Farm Tour!
👉July 22nd @ 9am to 12p,: Blacksmithing Demo!! Blacksmithing demonstration from 9a to 12p during the market! -*No need to register. ONGOING DURING THE MARKET*
👉July 29th @ 9am to 12pm: Community Event! Farmer's Market with vendors of all kinds!
👉July 29th @ 10am: KIDS CLASS! Storytime w/ Ms. Tracy!
👉August 5th @ 9am, 10am and 11am: Blacksmith Class! - Forge a Garden Tool w/ Asher!
👉August 12nd @ 9am to 10:30am: KIDS CLASS!! Painting with Tess! -*No need to register. ONGOING DURING THE MARKET*
👉August 19nd @ 3pm to 4:30pm: SEE THE FARM! Farm Tour!
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👩🌾
👈Some one is excited for squash! Elisheva is happy for me!😂
👉Our beautiful strawberry / sunflower patch is looking gorgeous! Havah worked her butt off on this and it's looking great!
👈Cucumbers! One of the best memories I will die with will be of harvesting the tomatoes, squash and cucumbers with my children. For 8 years now we have made a game of it, guessing at the totals and working together ever 2 days throughout the summer months. It's probably been about 400 times now that we have performed this ritual.
👉Broccoli came to Colorado Springs this week, but barely anyone grabbed it - why!? I don't know, but it's coming to Monument and Denver this week - DON'T MISS IT! Remember to look in EVERY cooler!😁
👈This week's "Grow Your Own Microgreens" class was an absolute blast - and it was PACKED! Taught by the one and only, MASTER microgreen grower - Ms. Lorin, our Nursery Manager!
👉Oh boy, if there is a single newsletter without this girl, I'd be shocked! I just can't help but take picture after picture of this little munchkin's smile! 🥰
👇Check out this cool video short we made of one of our hoophouses! I was harvesting cucumbers and thoughts - "well, this is beautiful!"
The nursery is nearly cleared out of all the summer crops and is now transitioning to those amazing fall crops: Broccoli, cauliflower, kales, lettuces and more. Come by the nursery Monday - Friday from 9am to 3pm to get all of your fall garden varieties, to ask questions or simply to say "Hi!"
We will continue to offer the purest, locally grown plant starts (the majority are heirloom crops and they are all tested to be 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!
✨Open Monday - Friday 9am to 3pm✨
📢As always, current CSA members receive 10% off EVERY DAY!📢
Come to 7545 Log Rd, in Peyton CO 80831 and get your garden started and save 20%!
Soil - The Building Block of Life - Part 2 of 6
-By Yosef Camire
This week we continue our series on "Soil" by covering the aspect of "Nutrients." This article will be short and sweet, because the nutrients that we recommend are very few, and our farming / gardening methods are very simple. Remember, we are focused on the soil, not the plants. We want healthy and nutrient dense and carbon-rich soil so that the environment for plants is natural and will give them the opportunity to thrive WITHOUT our human intervention (except the occasional compost dressing or weeding).
Why We Do NOT Use Fertilizers - Even "Organic" Ones:
1. Most nutrients in a fertilizer bottle or bag do not bind to the roots of plants and are
wasted. In addition, if these fertilizers are not accompanied by organic matter in the soil,
than there won't be enough biological activity in the soil to properly utilize the
nutrients...thus most are wasted and not used by the plants.
2. There is a host of other nutrients that plants require like calcium, magnesium etc. that
often get left behind in the N-P-K fertilizer products. There are hundreds of nutrients and
"ingredients" to healthy soil, it's a shame that fertilizer marketing companies take
advantage of the public's lack of understanding, causing them to spend $$ on
unnecessary and actually negative-impacting products!
3. Chemical-based fertilizers strip and sterilize the soil of micro-organisms. Micro
organisms and bacteria are truly the most important aspect to the soil. Without them,
the entire SFW (soil-food-web) dies...and so do your plants (of course, this is the cycle of
why nutrients are needed in the first place - because they are the cause of the
destruction of much of the life in the soil). Even some "organic" fertilizers have this
negative affect on the SFW! Once we start adding fertilizer to our crops we become
dependant on them and it becomes a cycle. There is a much better way!
4. Most fertilizers, particularly synthetic fertilizers, will not bind to roots and the uptake
of the nutrients by the plants will be lacking. Therefore there will be a greater and
greater need to add fertilizers - causing a never-ending feedback loop. What we want is
an eco-system that can operate on it's own, or with minimal human intervention. When
left to thrive, instead of being forced to produce, plants will do just that, and the return
on your investment of providing a healthy environment for the plants will be a great
5. All fertilizers (Organic or otherwise) will enter the water supply and cause pollution due
to some of the factors mentioned above regarding the lack of nutrient uptake by the
plants (all fertilizers have too high of a ratio, in order to force the plants to receive the
nutrients causing an over-supply that get's wasted and is then "run-off"). The
largest dead zone in the world is in the Gulf of Mexico and is caused by fertilizer run-off.
You may think that we are hundreds of miles away from the oceans, or you may be tens
of miles away from a lake or river...but all of the watershed is connected, and if there is an
aquifer below your feet, those chemicals will find their way to the watershed and
contribute to pollution - period.
So, I guess you get it by now - STOP using fertilizers! I don't suggest any type of fertilizers, organic or otherwise! What we DO recommend will be in the next few articles, so stay tuned!
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
0:30 - CSA Update
1:49 - Farmer's Market Update
2:55 - Come Out for a Blacksmithing Demonstration!!
3:45 - Tour (Friday @9am)
4:30 - Fall CSA Update
5:30 - Summer Fest - Cancellation reminder.
6:08 - Fall Festival!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's Going to be AWESOME!
7:34 - Fall & Winter, Indoor, Heated Farmer's Market!?!?!? 😲
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
Well, the Farmer's Market continues to be awesome, week-in and week-out! This week will be no different and this week we have TWo special things happening! #1 is going to be the Farm Tour. Come along with me, Farmer Yosef, as I parade us around the farm where we will meet the team, see the facilities, talk about our history, see all the grow areas and answer ALL of your questions. the tour starts at 9 and will go
for about an hour+. #2 is the more important and exciting one: a BLACKSMITHING demo! Come out and see Asher, our amazing son and blacksmith, give a demo. There's something super-fun and exciting to watch a blacksmith at work - he will also have all of his wares for sale too! Come out from 9am to 12pm, during the market to watch this awesome time!
Of course, we will have all the regular vendors, music and activities - so come out on Friday, it's going to be a blast!
We Love Our Community!❤️
📢More and More Vendors Every Week!📢
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you information and the vendor agreement.
NEW - JULY Monthly Give-Away!
Every month we will be having a monthly give-away for our members and non-members. Here is this week's MONTHLY GIVE-AWAY!
Give us a review on Google and get 1 FREE item!
It would mean the world to us if you would give us your feedback on Google Reviews! you wouldn't believe how important having positive reviews on Google helps our business reach others. For taking the time to do a review for our business, we will give you a coupon for 1 free item of your choice to be used at any of our CSA booth's, the Ahavah Farm Nursery or at the Ahavah Farmer's Market. Simply click on the link below to do a review, then send an e-mail to email@example.com to confirm it. That's it! Thank you so much, it means the world!🙏
*reward coupons will be e-mailed to you after the survey is completed in August.
🥕🍅🥒🧅🌳🌵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!
Switch your CSA pickup location to the Farm and visit the farmer's market happening at the time of pickup, join the classes and events, view the farm, visit the nursery and meet YOUR community!
⚠ ⚠ ⚠ 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 email@example.com to let us know who referred you and you BOTH receive your $35 certificate! It's that easy!😁
📢DID YOU KNOW? 📢
LOCAL - SUSTAINABLE - PURE
By Yosef Camire
You will see this statement, "Local - Sustainable - Pure," our trademark, on our t-shirts, our hats and anywhere you see our logo. it is essentially, a summarizing of our mission. But what does it mean, and why does it matter?
Many business' clout themselves as SRC's (Socially Responsible Corporations), but when it comes down to it, many times it can be a mere marketing campaign and a way to advertise. With Social Responsibility being as important as it is, many people are waking up to the missions that their money supports and therefore many companies are falling in line and becoming quote, "socially responsible," themselves, or at least acting like they are. Ideas and slogans such as "Environmentally Friendly," "Organic," "Sustainable" etc. get thrown around regularly and many times they are simply meaningless phrases that catch the eye's of the consumer, luring them into supporting their business.
The term "Organic" is one such term that really get's under our skin. It's also a word that we refuse to use to refer to ourselves and it is something that we refuse to get certified as. Let me explain why.
With "Organic" pushing the envelope and walking a fine line between pure food and your typical CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation, or Commercial Agriculture Farming Operation), the range of "Organic" farmers is very wide. From your small-town and family-owned, truly "organic" farmers, to your large and thousands-of-acres, corporate owned-and-operated giant multi-national corporations, the term "Organic" has lost much of it's meaning. In many cases, it has been corrupted by those very multi-national corporations and the government certifying agency that they, essentially, run.
For instance, did you know that "Organic" certification allows for 38 synthetic chemicals to be used on your food? Did you know that a percentage of GMO's (Genetically Modified Organism's) can still be considered "Organic?" http://gmo-awareness.com/2011/05/05/is-organic-always-gmo-free/. Did you know, that sewer sludge (aka, human waste) and irradiated food can still be considered "Organic?" (http://evergreenfarm.typepad.com/evergreenfarm/2007/06/why-we-choose-n.html). Did you also know that the Organic Certification could care less how the soil is treated (in terms of tillage, carbon and actual organic matter), how our environment is impacted, how much water is wasted, how much emissions and petroleum products are consumed and emitted and ultimately how the animals are treated? (http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/free-range-organic-meat-myth/)
Certainly, purchasing organic food is MUCH better for you than purchasing non-organic food and I am not saying that there aren't amazing Certified Organic growers. My "beef" is not with those that call themselves "Organic" because many are wonderful, but with the Certification itself. It's a sham. Does Organic mean that it is sustainable? Is it as fresh as local food or as economically responsible as local food? Is it really considered pure? Are the animals really that much healthier, happier and humanely treated? The answer, sadly may be a resounding "NO!" with a few exceptions, including us. We claim to be "Better Than Organic" and this is why...
Local. By being a "Local" farm, not only do you the consumer have the opportunity to "Meet the Farmer" and visit the farm and see first-hand what and how we are growing and producing our food, but you also get to support the local economy and support the "little guy." In addition, by being local, the food you get is usually picked either the same day, or pretty close to it. Ripe, fresh and not shipped in from Mexico, California or worse, China. You know where your food is coming from. You know that it is fresh. You know how it is produced. You know who you are supporting.
Sustainable. Sustainable goes hand in hand with "pure." In order to be sustainable, you have to be "organic" but being "organic" doesn't make you automatically "sustainable." In fact, Organic farming can use many of the same farming methods as non-organic like having an enormous carbon footprint, the destruction of the soil by over-tilling and the extreme waste of other resources like water and fossil-fuels (most synthetic fertilizers are oil-based, even "Organic" ones). Sustainable agriculture takes care of the soil, uses compost, no-till methods and preserves water. There is minimal water waste, fossil fuel waste and other un-natural methods of farming are not used.
Pure. Pure ties this all together. As mentioned above, because we use sustainable farming practices, your food is pure. It's not "organic" it's better-than-organic. No synthetic chemicals, fertilizers, sprays or genetically engineered seeds etc. are used. In fact, every vegetable that we sell is heirloom. This means that it hasn't been altered in any way. In addition, we use row-covers, hand-tools and old-fashioned pure and natural farming methods to avoid pests and to control weeds. Your food is picked fresh and ripened on the plant and not on a truck. The same goes for our animals. Our chickens and ducks get to roam the land eating bugs and grasses as well as our kitchen scraps and our left-over produce. All supplemented feed is "organic" and soy and corn free and the animals are loved, well-cared for and simply the cleanest birds you have ever seen! In short, there is no possible way to get fresher, healthier and more pure produce than you can from our farm or from your own garden.
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!
*(Yosef is under-the-weather this week and will not be updating this section. Please look for new updates next week. Sorry for the inconvenience, and thank you for understanding.)
Interview #11 With Casey
"It was...in a very weird way, quite frankly a little scary yo work for such a friendly, happy, 'get-along-with-everybody' type of staff and boss."
That was a quote from this this week's interview, which was a blast to make, with a lot of laughs! Casey is one of our amazing team members, and it shows. Enjoy the interview! We love sharing our community with you! Our interviews introduce you to our employees, family, volunteers and friends. Enjoy them all by going to www.ahavahfarm.com/blog and sign up for all of our newsletters!
Microgreen CSA Shares Are Available! Sign Up Today and SAVE 💲💲💲!
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
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
Go to www.jccdenver.org to learn more about this location.
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!
Carrots - Oh sweet and amazing carrots, you are so beautiful this week!
Dill - not just good for cucumbers, check out these ideas!
Scallions - Who doesn't love scallions!? Did you know that if you leave the roots on and stick it in a glass of water the scallions will re-grow for a second cut!? It's true - try it!
Cilantro - Who doesn't love cilantro!? Well, it turns out, up to 14% of people have a unique gene that makes cilantro taste like soap! It's true, check it out here. If that's not you, check out this page for some ideas: CLICK HERE
Garlic - An heirloom hardneck variety, from our own stock, it is potent and amazing garlic! Ready to store if you aren't ready to eat it. The bulbs are small, but still delicious! 2 Small bulbs per serving.
Broccoli - OMG, I can't believe we have broccoli! This was a test-crop, as it's never been successful here! Well, our new method worked and we look forward to more broccoli in the fall and next year! For now, the members in Denver and Monument will be getting it (as Colorado Springs members got it last week!).
Baby Leeks - Yep, you heard right. They are similar to scallions but taste like leeks and they are super-tasty to eat by themselves, to add to a saute, stew or other dish.
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.
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!
Heirloom Tomatoes - Of course these are everyone's favorite, but they are just now coming in so they are limited in supply. First come, first serve!
Summer Squash - Similar to the tomatoes and cucumbers, they are just coming in so they are limited in supply, but they are so so so good!
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!
Arugula - Wonderful baby arugula is similar to mustard with a bite, but a change in flavor after cooking. Very versatile and a specialty green with a high demand. Here is an article with 30 ways to serve arugula.
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!
Red Russian Kale - Baby kale is always so tender! Sauté' it, eat it raw, add it to stews...there so much to do. Here are some ideas.
Garlic - Our garlic is harvested and ready! We are so excited for garlic season, but unfortunately, much of our garlic turned out smaller than we had hoped due to an "oopsie" while growing. BUT, it's still absolutely delicious garlic (the largest ones we will keep for seed come Fall)!
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
Beets - Absolutely stunning beets are coming this week! we have two kinds: Boldor (golden) and red baby beets. Both are delicious, but they have unique flavors. here are some recipes for GOLDEN BEETS. Here are some for RED BEETS.
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! ❤️