From the Farmer
It was a glorious week to be working outside with perfect temperatures and low humidity. That doesn’t mean that it was all wine and roses though. Steve, our farm manager, is a list maker and task master and he gets the best out of his crew and they respect him for it. The list was long but it’s Friday and they only have a few more things to accomplish before next weeks list is made on Sunday night sometime.
Our CSA has 4 pick-ups a week here at the farm, twice a week pickups at Mathworks in Natick and once in Natick at the Natick Farmers Market. It makes for very busy morning of harvesting, washing and packing. When that’s all done they start whittling away at the “List”. Some of the crew starts as early as 5:00a.m. and others at 6:00a.m. since everything for the CSA must be picked, bunched, washed and packed away in the cooler by 11:00a.m.. Early morning harvesting makes for beautiful, crisp produce.
Despite the lack of rain our fields look fantastic thank to Steve and Charlie. Our irrigation has been running from about 5:00a.m. each morning until late in the evening. Having underground irrigation throughout the farm has really made a difference in the quality of our produce and in the amount of time we spend praying.
This week the checklist will reflect all the changes that have been made in the last two weeks. Please make sure you checkoff every week when picking up. If you are going away on vacation and are having someone pickup for you, please forward them the newsletter so they feel comfortable when coming to the farm. Hopefully you have selected someone who is interested in becoming a CSA member some day. If you would like to donate your share, we can do that too.
Here’s to another wonderful week filled with yumminess.
See you at the farm,
Nourish with Coco
Coco, owner of Nourish With Coco (and one of our CSA members!), is offering free “food tours” on certain CSA pick-up dates (see below). She’ll walk through the vegetables in the pick-up that week – sharing tips and tricks while answering any questions you have. Make sure you find her and say hello on:
- June 28th – 5:00pm
- July 12th – 2:00pm
- July 26th – 11:30am
Probably six years ago now, we planted juneberries in what once was a raspberry field.They grow painfully slow for the first 4 or 5 years. So it is just in the last year that we have started to get any kind of crop.
What are Juneberries?
Juneberries are also known as service berries, saskatoon, and shadbush. They are native to the northern United States and Canada. Often confused with blueberries due to their mild and sweet flavor, the berries have also been compared to black cherries and blackberries. Wonderfully healthy, they provide an excellent source of iron, as well as high levels of protein, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and antioxidants. The fruits make for wonderful fresh-eating, and lend themselves to any recipe in which you would typically use blueberries. Muffins, salads, pies, and jams – you name it! They are also easily frozen, dried, or canned. When they are ripe they are almost black in color. They are available for pick this for $6.00/pint.