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FIRST SHARES!

Posted on June 7, 2011 at 5:05 PM
June 7, 2011

Hello Spring Creek Farm CSA members!

Welcome to the 2011 season! The last month has been a non-stop flurry of seeding, transplanting, and weeding, and today we finally got to harvest. Everyone here at the farm is excited to eat the vegetables that came out of the field today. Just as a reminder, this is the first share of the season and it is therefore small. The ground doesn't thaw until early May here in Palmer, and even though we had lettuce seed in the ground the very next day, it simply takes some time to grow. These first few shares will be full of fast growing greens, turnips and radishes. As the summer goes on your shares will get bigger and bigger, and will compensate for the small shares you're receiving now. Here's what's in your share:

Tuesday share (APU and Peters Creek pick-ups):

-Komatsuna/arugula mix (Purple and green mild mustard mix, oblong leaves)
-Mixed mustard greens (Purple, green, and yellow serated greens. Light mustard taste, but sharper than the komatsuna)
-Salad turnips (Bunch of small, white turnips. Like a radish without the bite)
-Pac choi (Purple or green head of greens. Baby bok choi, stems are extra juicy and tender.)
-Rhubarb (Red stalks)
-Chives (Smallest of the onion family. It's a perennial, which is why we can get it to you so early!)

Salad shares:

-Mixed mustard greens
-Spinach
-Salad turnips

Friday share (Palmer pick-up):

-Komatsuna mix (Purple and green mild mustard mix, oblong leaves)

-Mixed mustard greens (Purple, green, and yellow serated greens. Light mustard taste, but sharper than the komatsuna)

-Salad turnips (Bunch of small, white turnips. Like a radish without the bite)

-Pac choi (head of greens. Baby bok choi, stems are extra juicy and tender.)

-Rhubarb (Red stalks)

-Chives (Smallest of the onion family. It's a perennial, which is why we can get it to you so early!)


Here's how we suggest eating all of those delicious things: the komatsuna and mustard green mixes can be eaten as salad. They will both hold up in light soups or sauteed as well, but it's the first greens of the year, so I know they won't make it that far here on the farm. Try chopping the sweet, white, salad turnips over your salad as well. Turnip greens are also edible, so if you're adventurous try sauteing them in butter or oil, with some soy sauce or even a dab of maple syrup. The chives will be a good addition to a salad, over potatoes, or in eggs. Pac choi can be eaten cooked or raw, my personal favorite is to cook the greens and tender stalks with a few scrambled eggs. I would use the rhubarb for some kind of desert, a pie or a crisp. I'm imagining it now sprinkled with last year's frozen blueberries and a dollop of fresh whipped cream. 

The rhubarb is a fine addition to our fields this year, and we're glad to give our shareholders something besides mustard greens early in the season. All it took to acquire 25 rhubarb plants was a post on craigslist and a few hours driving around the valley digging out rhubarb plants. Apparently many people think they have too much rhubarb, because we received 10 or so replies to our post within the first 24 hours. A number of people said we could have their plants for free, and by dividing those and planting them in the back of the field, we now have a rhubarb patch! Afterwards we think that craigslisters suddenly became aware that people actually wanted rhubarb plants: our post was quickly followed by 3 different posts by people wanting to sell their rhubarb.

If you're a returning CSA member, you probably another addition this year: we are providing you with cloth bags! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE return them when you come next week to pick up your share, and then we'll have enough bags to pack the following week's produce into. Also, we'll be collecting the bags at the end of the season. Though we don't have it yet, we had a friend create a Spring Creek Farm Stencil, so we're going to paint all the bags with that logo. That way they'll be easy to identify when you need to return them.

I know I promised in a previous blog post that the interns would introduce themselves. It's been a very busy month and we appreciate all of their hard work. We'll get some words by them up here soon, along with some pictures of the field.

Finally, some recipes:

a nice recipe from my favorite food blog for rhubarb strawberry crumble:


an idea for the pac choi (pac choi is the same thing as baby bok choi):


Enjoy the first vegetables of the year!!!

Spring Creek Farm Crew

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