Week 4

Dear CSAers,

There is something I just love about a hot spell.  The bees are flying, the barn swallows are flying, the farmers are practically flying too!  You can practically see the plants grow these days from morning to evening.  Each day brings a new shade of green to the pastures as the soil warms up and new varieties of grass emerge.  You will be happy to know that the early fruit has been pollinated and all looks set to go. The Hickories is among the only certified organic fruit operations in Connecticut, so we certainly have our work cut out for us from now to harvest, but the bees have done the hardest part - so now it's up to the wind and the sun to carry us through to the harvest basket.  Strawberries are in full bloom and so the summer share should be well stocked!

In this week's share:

  • Mustard greens: a personal favorite, you can sautéed with garlic for a hearty (and not spicy) side dish mixed with the pac choi - or if you are feeling, bold, some folks throw mustard greens in their juicers for a spicy kick. 
  • Asparagus/Spinach-salad mix: If you had one last week, you get the other this week. 
  • Pac choi: despite looking a bit tattered, this is a new variety of pac choi for us and it has a lovely nutty flavor.  It is great in a sautée but also works well in soups and other side dishes.
  • Scallions
  • Lovage: a new herb to many, this is a strongly flavored combination of parsley and celery taste. Use it in any recipe that calls for parsley or celery: but I find it works very well as a swivel stick in a Bloody Mary.
  • Bloody Mary Mix: enjoy over lots of ice tomorrow, as a spicy reminder of the summer sun and of more tomatoes to come!
  • Eggs - as a special treat, our friends at Millstone farm have offered spring pullet eggs as part of our share this week.  Pullets eggs have a short season - just the first few weeks of a spring chicken freshly out on pasture.  Enjoy!
  • Edible flowers - a nice garnish of the beauty of spring from our fields!


Also, as a quick note: we have a private event scheduled for this afternoon behind the barn, so you will likely find the place bustling.  Just park up by the Farm Store as usual.

All the best,

Dina

The Hickories 136 Lounsbury Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877 (203)-894-1851