PHCSA Newsletter: Week 4

Prospect Heights CSA Newsletter

Week 4 – July 3, 2014


In this issue:

  • Pickup #4 Information
  • Pickup Site Change for the Summer
  • Windflower Farm Trip – Save the Date
  • The Weekly Challenge — Using It All
  • Insect of the Week
  • News from Ted

Important Dates:

July 10
Pickup #5

July 8
A la carte dairy orders due

August 23-24
Windflower Farm Trip

This Week’s Pickup: Week B

Thursday July 3, 4:30p -7:30p
Alternate pickup
(see emailed newsletter)
We expect:
vegetables | fruit | eggs | dairy shares

REMEMBER:  If you are an A week share member who paid for a Lewis Waite bread order or a flower share, you will need to come and get your delivery this week, or else it will be donated at the end of the shift to the food pantry…

Heads Up!
Pickup site change starting now, continuing for the rest of the summer.

From now until after Labor Day, our pickups will be at an alternate site (see emailed newsletter for details). PS 9 is closed for the summer.

Windflower Farm Trip – Save the Date
August 23-24, 2014

Windflower Farm’s annual Harvest Party is August 23-24 up in Washington County.  Come up and meet Ted and his family, tour the farm, explore the area (see Ted’s news this week about kayaking on the Battenkill River), meet other shareholders from around the city, and just enjoy a glorious country weekend!  For some members, this is the highlight of the season.

Watch the newsletter for additional details and ride sharing information.

Weekly Challenge – How to Use it All…

One of our intrepid members shared the solution for last week’s pickup.  Anyone else willing to share?

Shaved salad

Slice (best with a mandoline) 1 zucchini, 3/4 cucumber and peeled kohlrabi. Add toasted and chopped almonds, shredded basil and dress with whole grain Mustard+lemon juice+1 finely diced garlic scape+ salt/pepper+ Honey+olive oil. Toss well and garnish with a little shaved grana padano.

Basic shredded kale salad

Pasta with greens and beans sauce

Sauté chopped spinach with garlic and garlic scapes until tender.  Add cooked cannelloni beans.  Toss cooked pasta with sauce (and maybe a hint of cheese?).

Strawberry Ricotta Tartlets

The piece de resistance:

Insect of the Week

Look what the spinach brought in last week!  Initial fears of virulent pests from upstate New York were promptly assuaged by a little research.  This pretty bug is a 12 spotted lady beetle and she eats the bad bugs.  As if we needed proof that our vegetables were organic!

News from Ted at Windflower Farm

This week’s share:
·       Hakurei Turnips
·       Swiss Chard
·       Kale (Red Russian or Dinosaur)
·       Herbs (last of our pots: thyme or Thai basil)
·       Kohlrabi
·       Lettuce
·       Cucumbers
·       Squashes
·       Scallions
·       Garlic Scapes

Fruit shareholders will be getting Yonder Farm’s strawberries. Their cherry crop was destroyed by our unusually cold winter, but their blueberries appear to be in good condition. And now that we have a refrigerated delivery truck, we are going to try sending their raspberries (which are highly perishable). Your flowers will be a mix, including Snapdragons, Dianthus, Calendula, Campanula and Godetia.

My oldest son, Nathaniel, and I have been spending our Sunday mornings in kayaks on the Battenkill River, which flows from near Mt Bromley in Vermont to its confluence with the Hudson River not far from our farm. Blooming yellow irises and cascading wild roses line the bank this time of year, and brown wood ducks hover near their fledglings as they dart in and out of the cover along the creek’s edge.

With so many projects calling out, it’s hard to leave the farm, but Nate and I were celebrating. The first sixty or seventy days of our farm season – from about April 20th to the first days of summer – set the tone for the year as a whole. If they go well, the chances are favorable for a good season.

In those first months we plant virtually the entire farm, leaving only late successions of salad crops to plant during the remainder of the season. It’s something of a race here in the Northeast, a race that begins with the planting of potatoes and onions shortly after the snow has melted, proceeds with the planting of salad crops and greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers, and concludes once sweet potatoes and winter squashes have been planted. Now that we’d arrived at this point in the season, we decided it was time to take a moment away from the farm to celebrate having established our crops and to regroup for the weeding challenges ahead.

Have a great week, Ted