This Weeks CSA Share 5/2/2019


Good Morning!

 


One member commented that the bags this week looked like there was soil at the bottom and fresh veggies were just growing out of the top. Spring greens certainly are about as fresh as it gets!

The cauliflower and the red Romain is a new addition to the shares this week. We have for you an Asian cauliflower lettuce wrap recipe that you might find helpful. You also might like the coconut curry lettuce wrap. We harvested more Brussels sprouts leaves for you this week. I just want to remind you that they can be used for anything collard greens are used for. They are a bit more tender than collards. They will not need as long of a cooking time. There are a handful of recipes out there for Brussels sprouts leaves specifically. We suggest using your favorite Brussels sprouts recipe. Our last bowl of Brussels greens consisted of firing up a cast iron skillet, adding coconut oil, whole mustard seed, sun-dried tomato bits and finely chopped Brussels leaves. Stirred that for a few minutes, splashed about an ounce of good beer over the greens, turn off the pot, put on the lid and let everything steam for 5 minutes. Served over a bowl of rice and eaten with chopsticks was very satisfying! I probably ate half of mine that night. Warmed the rest of the rice and greens in a bowl the next morning, fried an egg and plopped it on top of the greens for a quick breakfast.

Swiss chard pesto pasta

Here is the list

Carrots bunch
Eureka lemons
Cauliflower
Celery
Red Chard
Brussels sprouts greens
A healthy amount of both red and green Romain lettuce

*Make sure to take extra care cleaning the red Romain and the Brussels sprouts leaves.

I wanted to say a few things about the farm stand. Its been going absolutely great. Whether you are a CSA member in North County Coastal or an avid Alpine based farm stand shopper, the success and the benefits that the stand brings to the energy and vitality of the farm should make you happy to know that you are a part of what is happening with local food in the Alpine community. The best way I can describe the dynamics as they are is that we cannot do the farm without the support of the CSA customers. But the extra energy and the valuable interaction with the Alpine Community through the stand is making the farm better so that we can offer a better CSA.

Some of you have been with us long enough that you know our farm used to attend the local markets. For a small farm, doing markets is a huge endeavor that requires fees licences, permits inspections. To attend a single market requires one long day of harvesting and packing. The next day, you load everything into a car and you drive to the market to sell your wares. All the while hoping that the plants back at the farm are doing ok. After the market, you pay your fees and your percentage to the market manager, itemize everything you sold and head back to the farm to unload equipment and the vegetables that didn’t sell. We don’t do farmers markets anymore. Mainly, because for a small farm, doing a market takes up so much time and energy for so little pay, that it just isn’t kind to the farmer or the garden. All those markets closed down a long time ago anyway. Kensington, Lakeside, Julian….all closed for one reason or another.

After 2013, we have done nothing but restaurants and CSA. One thing I always missed about the markets was the face to face interaction with the loyal and enthusiastic locovores of the community. That interaction is one thing the farm stand is bringing back. Having neighbors visit the farm two days a week has been one of the best things that could have happened here. Seeing neighbors walking up the street toward the farm stand on the old Alpine Ranch, pushing their strollers with their dogs in tow has been a sight for sore eyes. It just makes sense to do things this way. The feedback has been extraordinary. When we started the stand a few months ago, I was really surprised to see that the vegetables I thought everyone liked were not nearly as popular as I would have expected at the stand. And things I thought weren’t as sought after would fly off the table. The instant feedback has been so valuable.

Another huge benefit to having the market at the farm is that we don’t have to over harvest. We pick a small amount. And we pick more as the produce sells. Some days the farm stand is slow. Instead of twiddling my thumbs in a parking lot in the city, I can play with Tocayo,  plant tomatoes, feed the chickens, work on irrigation or whatever is needed. It’s truly been a blessing.

Alpine internet consists of a sign on a fence or a tree. Its effective. People show up. They call. Eventually, we had to take down the signs. Too many folks were telling their neighbors and friends. We couldn’t keep up. We’re reverted back to to the thing we were in the beginning. A little food speak easy between neighbors and friends.

 


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