Wednesday, May 13, 2015

May 13 first CSa of 2015!

First Box of the Year Contents:
small:  1 pound of broccoli, 1 bunch of dill, 1/2# of arugula, 1/2# of spinach, 1 bunch of kale, 1 pint of strawberries
regular:  1 pound of broccoli, 1 bunch of dill, 1# of arugula, 1# of spinach, 1 bunch of kale, 3 pints of strawberries, 1 purple kohlrabi, 1 bunch of mustard greens.

If you don't eat your arugula and spinach right away, they need to be spun or strained to remove excess water or they won't keep well.  We try to pick the berries at peak ripeness so please enjoy them today or freeze them.  You will notice little holes in the kale, arugula, and mustards.  These are caused by a little insect called a flea beetle.  They are tiny and love to eat members of the brassica family just as much as we do.  They will not harm you in any way.  We choose not to spray anything to kill them because it would require what is called a "broad spectrum" insecticide.  These would kill all insects present including lady bugs, honey bees, spiders.

We harvested broccoli from a few different varieties in order to have enough for all the boxes.  You may have broccoli with a few leaves attached or very small florets on long stems.  These two varieties are meant to be eaten stem and leaves and all either steamed or sauteed!
We have been enjoying arugula pesto as a pasta sauce, sandwich spread, pizza topping, dip for carrots and broccoli.   Arugula Pesto Recipe
I am going to post this so you can know what to expect in your boxes.  Look for another post today or tomorrow with important details about the CSA!
Catherine, Hayley, and Geff harvesting Kale

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