The season is now, and the fruits of our labor are starting to roll in. In the past month we have had the pleasure of working with Frosty Acres. The field which is set to be the home of a 30'x 72' cold frame, and two adjacent fields has never been farmed before. Thanks to Brandon's expertise, ground has been broken, compost mixed in, and all but a few remaining beds have found themselves with either baby plants or seeds. What would have taken me days, took that tractor of his 1 hour!
We have also had several new additions to the farm. Yes, we have 14 new chicks and 7 new ducks here at Zumo. If you happen to have a few moments while out here feel free to check in on them, they are super cute and cuddly.
Housekeeping...TheCSA distribution season and the self service farm stand beginMay 24th 2016and will run thru the first week ofOctober. To smooth out the distribution process, we would like everyone who is participating in the CSA to lend two of their own reusable grocery bags. I will provide bags for the first delivery, and pick up your bags at that time for future distributions. To better serve all of you, I will be offering at least 12 different items each week. Your job is to decide which 8 you would like. This allows you to take only those things you want, and also allows you to double up on something you really like. That is correct, if you want two bags of salad mix instead of the sage just let me know. That reminds me, all of our clam shell packages are made from non GMO biodegradable plant material, and can also be reused. If you do not want them, please return them to me when you pick up the following weeks goods, or out at the farm stand.
If you are not part of the CSA and want to pick up a few things, pricing is easy. All items are packaged, bundled, and sold in $3 quantities.
So what's next?
If I do not hear from you, I will choose your harvest selection for you. Otherwise feel free to send me your choices via email, text, or phone. If you wish to pick your goodies up here at the farm they can be picked up anytime after 5 P.M. on Tuesday or Wednesday. We also have delivery set for Wednesday (before 5), but if that doesn't work for your schedule just let me know. I have some people gathering their goods at work, while others will be in the comfort of their own home. If you have any time preference for Wednesday delivery, or need delivery a different day please let me know ASAP.
Thanks in advance
Looking for ideas on what to do with this week's harvest? Check out this week's sweet and simple recipe.
1 bunch radishes
1 bunch chives finely chopped
1 cup of your favorite herb or herb combination finely chopped
The juice of 1/2 lemon or 1 whole lime
S & P to taste
Thinly slice or finely mince your collection of radishes. Add chopped chives, herbs, acid of choice, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve along side tacos, BBQ, or any spring time fare.
-This is one of those recipes that could go many ways. If you care for spice, add a few chili peppers or some red chili flakes.
-If you care for something softened and marinated as a great taco or BBQ sandwich topper, make it at least a day in advance.
-Feel free to eliminated the olive oil, add in some carrots or cabbage and make this more of a curtido ready for topping pupusas.
As always, enjoy the harvest and make these recipes your own.
Forks up, knives out!
That's a wrap this time around. I am looking forward to a great year of recipes, bountiful harvests, full tummies, and smiling faces. If you are still looking into local meat options, Ham Sweet Farm in Williamston is a share that I look forward to each month. If there is something that you would like to see in this newsletter, let me know. Until next time.