From the Farmer
It’s always good to get the first week of CSA behind us. And we did it with grace. There are a couple of snags related to pick-up days but, that’s normal. Your bounty looked great and I’m sure many of you are preparing some new veggies for the first time. The beginning of the season is alway heavy on the green stuff. But honestly, we know that’s what we should be eating anyway. So do your best to find some new recipes and embrace all that is green and leafy.
Many of you have requested a change in your pick-up day. Please see the checklist at pick-up, once everyone has picked up for the first time. If you need to make a change your options are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday. If you have any questions or concerns please email me here at the farm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just a reminder that there is only one week left for Strawberries at the farm. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for picking conditions – that is where we post pick-your-own information. Once the Strawberry season is over, the Juneberries will be ready.
We can’t wait to see all of you!
See you at the farm,
Nourish with Coco
We have a new member who has done other CSAs and is starting a new business called Nourish with Coco. She has offered to help people through the first few weeks of CSA. She will be at pick-0up on Thursday June 21st at 5:00p.m. and on Thursday June 28 at 2:00p.m. to answer and questions newbies might have and to give them encouragement, tips and tricks as well as promote her 16 week program.
From Coco: “Calling all home vegetable gardeners, CSA members and farmer’s market shoppers! Join me and others for a fun and informative, 16-week online experience where we will explore what’s being harvested during the 2018 growing season. When you sign up you’ll receive:
- Weekly tips and recipes on what’s being harvested
- Bi-weekly video of Coco in her garden, kitchen or on a farm where you will learn additional tips and meet some of the amazing people growing local food
- You’ll be added to a private Facebook group where you can ask questions, share your own tips and tricks and connect with others
This is a great chance to learn and share while creating a fun veggie loving community! Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned localvore, I invite you to join! For more info and to register, click here. Finally, if there are any classes you’re looking for instructors for, let me know. I’d be happy to contribute my areas of expertise.”
If You Missed Orientation
A few of you weren’t able to make the farm orientation day. We have summarized the information below and are happy to answer questions. Just let us know.
1. If you have an Every Other Week Share and your last name ends in A-L you will begin pick-up this week otherwise you will start picking up the week of June 18th.
2. Pick-up days and hours are shown in the green column along the left side of the newsletter. Each of you signed up for a pickup day when you purchased your share. If you don’t remember your day, or need to change it for the season, please email me. Our pickup days and time are always the same:
- Monday, 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
- Tuesday & Thursday, 11:30 AM to 7:00 PM
- Saturday- 10:00a.m.to4:00p.m.
3. The CSA Pick-up is located at the back of the farm stand. Please bring reusable bags to carry home all of your produce. We’ll provide plastic bags for the individual items. Everything in the share this week should be stored in the plastic bags, in the refrigerator.
4. When you arrive, please find your name on the check-off sheet and mark that you have been there. If you are sharing a share, only one of your names appears on the list, the name of the person who actually did the online application. Please check off that name. Do not add your name to the bottom of the check-off sheet.
5. All of the weekly share items are set up in bins around the distribution room. On the front of each bin/item is a card with the items name and how much you should take. If you need to weigh the item there are two scales available. Check the display boards for upcoming events and U-Pick opportunities. These are included in your share and you don’t want to miss them. Weekly U-Pick items, classes, events and family fun are all part of the farm experience.
There are always events and classes happening at the farm, and this year we have introduced Kids Classes. Held at the farm, they are a great way to introduce your child to the joys of seasonal eating. Contact the farm for more information.
Ages 13 – 16
June 22, Friday 5:30PM<
Does your teen want to learn how to use a hot water bath canner? If so, this class is for them! We will go over the proper equipment, tools, safety and technique in using a hot water bath canner. Then they will have a chance to use what they’ve learned to make and can some fresh jam! Cost $40.00
KIDS COOKING CLASS – Freezer Jam
Ages 8 -12
Jun23, Saturday 9AM
Summer is here and so are strawberries!! Through this class your child will learn the basics of making jam, the differences in pectin and how to make delicious jam at home in the freezer without using a hot water bath canner. $40/child
LET’S GET JAMMIN
Jun27, Wednesday 5:30PM
Summer couldn’t kick off any better than with a freshly made batch of strawberry jam. Together we will go over the basics of making jam: liquid pectin vs powdered pectin, freezer jam, low/no-sugar jam and hot water bath canning. You will leave this class ready to jam it up at home all summer long. The cost of the class is $30. Please call the farm at 508-376-5024 to signup. Instructor: Linda Chiarizio, Chef, Farmer’s Porch at Tangerini’s Farm.