Photo: The next batch of scallions is on the way.
On the farm
They say spring is here. A few outward signs are present, but mostly we’ve had one gloomy, damp, chilly day after the next. Kinda hard to get with the spirit of the thing when we’re just wet and cold all the time. The woodstove continues its wintry mission, unabated, to keep us warm. I spent two days splitting more wood last week to keep it fueled.
But we have hope. After the first two days of the local baseball season were rained out in Hagerstown, MD, we snuck out Sunday evening and caught a beautiful twilight game there, a bit over an hour from the farm. The Suns are a Single A affiliate of the Nationals. Last year we got to see Bryce Harper play for the first 3 weeks of the season. Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown is a low-key venue, part of the reason we like it so much. It’s had its moments, though. Until about 15 years ago the team was a Giant’s affilate, and in 1950 that’s where a gentleman named Willie Mays made his way into the majors. (I was a big Mays fan as a kid growing up near San Francisco.)
New online store
We’re still at it, Phil much more than me. It was ten years ago that we built the last store, and I’ve forgotten how much work went into adapting a conventional shopping cart system to our perverted online CSA demands. We want to do everything differently than they imagined, so we look at what they offer, figure out how to get around it in some devious manner, and then plunge on. I think we’re more than halfway there, but we’ve still got a ways to go. We are planning on being up and running by Memorial Day, about 6 weeks away. Fingers crossed.
Remaining spring CSA delivery dates
APR 12 & 26
MAY 10 & 24
(the outdoor market and weekly store openings both resume on the 24th)
You’ll notice quite a few items in the store marked “END,” and quite a few marked “NEW.” That’s about where we are right now: end of last years’ storage crops, start of the new season’s crops. The big attraction now is the sort of in-between offering of greens that slumbered through much of the winter but were ready to jump at the first hint of spring.
Special items this week: Sorrel soup and Easter Eggs!
Sorrel (meaning “sour” in Old French, and also known as Lemon Grass and Schav) is a traditional Passover dish, typically made into a delicious tart green soup, and we have lots of it. We make up a soup pack that includes everything you need and a recipe. The soup is delicious either hot or cold and — as a bonus — it’s easy! The Farmer’s Pick will include the fixins and the recipe also.
Photo: Our sorrel soup pack.
Also, you may not know it, but our chickens that lay the turquoise eggs are also know as Easter Eggers. We have lots of these colorful eggs stocked up, and have lowered the price to move them. Please try some!
Photo: Some of our natural Easter eggs.
And now, this week’s CSA produce…
- Fruit: apples (Fuji, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, JonaGold, Pink Lady & mixed).
- Greens: arugula, rainbow & green chard, cress, dandelions, green & mixed kale, microgreens, mustard, pea shoots, stir fry greens, spinach & 3 types of lettuce.
- Veggies: beets, carrots, garlic (old & new), horseradish, onions, parsnips, potatoes (Yukon gold & red), radishes (watermelon), rutabagas, scallions, shallots, sorrel soup pack, sweet potatoes & the last of the butternut squash for the season.
- Herbs: parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme & sampler mix.
- Mushrooms: crimini, Portabella & shiitake.
- Eggs, butter, cheese: eggs (brown & heritage); butter; many cheeses.
- Preserves: apple sauce & butter, maple syrup, honey, canned cherries, jams, jellies, ketchup, salsa, pickles & relish (including kosher dills & stuffed pickled peppers from Mrs. Hege).
Farmer’s Pick: Red oakleaf lettuce, a bag of young mixed kale, carrots, onions, Yukon gold potatoes (2#), a bunch of the year’s first scallions, a big bag of French sorrel and a recipe for a delicious soup, Italian parsley, Fuji apples (2#), and a pint of pickled beets!
Randy, Chris & Sam @ Star Hollow Farm