Farm Share Recipes
Greetings on this beautiful spring day! Today is the first day of the Spring Farm Shares. For those of you who are new to our CSA program, I send out an email on pickup day that lists what is included in your Farm Share along with some recipe ideas for you.
I want to give you a little glimpse into delivery day. During the summer and fall months, a couple of our farmers and some of my children usually volunteer some time to help pack the shares. But in the winter and spring, those farmers don't grow much, so I lose most of my helpers. This winter and spring, my 9-year-old son has been cheerfully climbing out of bed at 6 a.m. on packing day to accompany me. After we get everything set up, he packs the CSA shares while I sort Webstore orders and the add-on shares (meats and eggs). I usually finish before he does, so I help him finish up. He does all this for a reward of a little chocolate from the Amish store on our way home, or sometimes I give him a dollar or two. We homeschool our children, so he is free to come help me and then complete his schoolwork later in the day.
So if your box is missing anything, blame it on free child labor. Seriously, though, if you're missing something or if you receive damaged or inferior produce, let me know and we will make it right.
Here is what is in your Farm Share box today:
- 1 dozen eggs from Miller Farm Products
- 1 lb. onions from Chester Detweiler Farm
- 1 lb. carrots from NuWay Farm
- 1/3 lb. spinach from Chester Detweiler Farm
- 2 heads lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
- 2 lb. Japanese sweet potatoes from Tuscarora Organic Growers
- 1/2 lb. cremini mushrooms from Tuscarora Organic Growers
If you have never had them, Japanese sweet potatoes have a whitish flesh and are more firm than traditional sweet potatoes. They make great oven fries because they don't get mushy if you bake them a little too long.
At the beginning of the Winter season, we started using Pinterest for our recipes. If you have never used it, it is a free online filing system. I think you can view the recipes through the links I provide without having an account, but I'm not positive. We also have several years' worth of recipes on our Website that are searchable by ingredient.
Have a great week, and enjoy your farm-fresh produce! Again, thank you for your support of small family farms and local agriculture.
Until next thyme,