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Posted 6/7/2017 11:12am by Amy Philson.

Welcome to our first week of Summer Farm Shares!  Each week you will receive this email with farm news, a list of your share contents, and recipe ideas.  If you are on vacation, you will still receive the email so you can drool over what you're missing that week.

News from Leah from Grateful Life Farm last week:

We weathered a pretty intense storm on Sunday night with thankfully no significant damage.  I had just finished planting spinach and tomato transplants, moved the laying hens’ fence and started mowing grass when the first burst of rain hit.  I was initially happy to have my transplants watered in and went in the house to get cleaned up for a trip to the store to buy materials for another chicken pen.  Soon Shawn came in to tell me to hurry up and get out of the shower because the thunder and lightning were getting really close.  We never left the property, but instead spent the rest of the afternoon and evening alternately staring helplessly out the window as heavy downpours, including hail, pelted our vegetables, and running outside during the breaks in the storms to check on the animals.

Hearing stories on the news, I could never picture in my mind how people and cars could be swept away by flash floods, how water could rise so fast, but I could imagine it that night.  The tiny trickle of a stream dividing our property and the neighbor’s, nearly dry in the summer, roared with racing water, overcame the drainage pipe at the bottom of our driveway and partially submerged the road, dumping into an angrily churning Shull Run.  The ground was already so wet and saturated that the additional water just ran across our yard and field, inches deep in places. We had moved the broiler chickens in their pasture pen to the highest ground we have earlier in the day, but by dark their area was getting really soggy and I was sick at heart, feeling like there was nothing more I could do for them.  After my final tour around 10:30 PM, I went to bed feeling depressed and helpless and slept poorly, dreaming of finding all the animals dead and all the lettuce and collards and kale flattened in the morning.

The morning dawned pleasantly sunny and I forced myself out the door for morning chores, dreading the carnage I expected to find.  Instead, I was reminded how resilient plants and animals can be.  There was no damage to our crops and only a handful of wet and cold broiler chickens who were transferred back to the brooder for a few hours of warming.  The hail had broken a hole in the plastic sheeting roof above the brooders, but the hole was on the eave and had not allowed rain on the baby chickens and turkeys.  We are so grateful that all of our season’s hard work was not destroyed that night, but also wistful for the time before we farmed when a bad storm was no more than a beautiful light show.

We also have a new installment from David Yoder of NuWay Farm.  If you have missed his previous journals this spring, you can read them at http://www.nwpagrowers.com/blog

Tonight I'm happy and proud of everyone who helps on our farm.  Today we were able to set out all the tomato and tomatillo plants.  We used a transplanter drawn by two horses.  There are two seats in the back part for the two special operators.  I am the owner and CEO of this 20-acre produce farm; thus, I get to drive the horses and direct the planting that goes on at the back of the unit.
Just in case you think me selfish for grabbing the easy job of driving the team, let me explain one thing:  Those two young Amish girls operating the planter may seem very polite or even bashful at times to you, an outsider.  But to me they are anything but bashful and sometimes not polite.  They must not understand that I'm the farm's CEO!
Because the transplanter dare not go too fast nor too slow, the driver (me, the CEO) is subject to all kinds of abuse.  Mostly verbal.  Sometimes even ducking dirt clods.
"Hey you!  Not so fast," sings out a youthful feminine voice.  So yes, of course, I obediently tighten up the lines a little and talk softly to myself and to my horses.  They slow down gratefully.  After creeping along a while I hear that voice again.  "Hey mister!  What are you doing?  Are you racing with a snail?  Speed up!"  I watch for flying dirt clods, talk to myself, and slack up the lines.  Now the team steps right along.
"Yeow!  Not so fast here, no sense in going fifty miles and hour!"  That voice sounds a bit agitated now.  I check for flying dirt clods and talk to myself.
Whew!  I'm not sure being a CEO is all it's cracked up to be.  I must say though that those girls do a great job of planting in spite of everything.  I wouldn't want to do without 'em really.  I think CEOs just need a thicker skin, that's all.

Farm Shares

Full Shares

  • 1 head lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 head lettuce from Grateful Life Farm
  • 1 bunch radishes from NuWay Farm
  • 1 pt. strawberries from Chester Detweiler Farm
  • 1 bunch green onions from NuWay Farm
  • 1 lb. rhubarb from NuWay Farm
  • 1 bunch garlic scapes from Novotny Farm
  • 1/2 lb. spinach from NuWay Farm
  • 1 herb from Silver Wheel Farm or Bushel and a Peck Farm
  • 2 choice

Small Share

  • 1 head lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1/4 lb. lettuce mix from NuWay Farm
  • 1 bunch radishes from NuWay Farm
  • 1 pt. strawberries from Chester Detweiler Farm
  • 1 bunch green onions from NuWay Farm
  • 1/2 lb. rhubarb from NuWay Farm
  • 1/4 lb. spinach from NuWay Farm
  • 1 Choice

Mini Share

  • 1 head lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 bunch radishes from NuWay Farm
  • 1 pt. strawberries from Chester Detweiler Farm
  • 1 bunch green onions from NuWay Farm

Recipes

If you are new or have been away from our CSA for the winter and spring, we are now using Pinterest to share recipes.  Follow us at https://www.pinterest.com/nwpagrowers/pins/.  Besides the recipes that I share each week, you can find additional recipes from previous weeks.  The old recipes are still available at http://www.nwpagrowers.com/recipe if you want to search for an old favorite or look for additional ideas.

For salads that call for red onion, you may substitute your green onions.  And if you want to make a larger spinach salad, mix in some lettuce.

Strawberry, Feta, and Spinach Salad

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Chicken

Creamy Garlic Scapes Salad Dressing

Pickled Garlic Scapes

Savory Radish and Goat Cheese Muffins

8 Ways to Eat Radishes and Radish Greens

Double Crumb Rhubarb Coffee Cake

It's the season of green with a splash of red from the fields.  My family is beginning to tire of salads (not me!  I love them), but that's what is fresh right now.  So they will have to deal with it.  More variety will come soon.

I always welcome your feedback about your Farm Share.  Please let me know what you like or don't like, what you wish for in your share, or how we can make the CSA better.

Amy