Welcome to week one of our seventh CSA season! I'm excited to be back in the regular swing of things and we have lots of beautiful green leafy things for you this week. I'm sure I don't need to tell you that it has been a wet, cool spring. This has made finding dry moments to work the beds and plant the crops a bit tricky, but overall we are on schedule. The only crop still waiting to be planted is the melons and that should be done by the end of the week.
The spinach looks and tastes stellar this week - everyone will be getting lots in their shares because it doesn't last long once the days warm up. We are also trying a new crop this year: Pak Choy. Perfect for stirfries and grilling, this Asian green is a great alternative to the kale and chard that we will see lots of in the coming weeks. For more ideas on how to prepare it, check out the recipes suggestions below.
A couple of important housekeeping notes:
1. Bring your bags! As you will know from previous posts and the welcome email, I am eliminating single use plastic from our farm. This means that in addition to bags/bins for the larger bunched items, you will also need some bag/bin/container for loose items such as spinach, arugula, etc. Our Mount Forest and workplace pre-packed shares will be using up the last of the plastic bags and then transitioning to biodegradable bags.
2. Vegetable and Flower Transplants for Sale! At the first two to three Guelph pickups I will be bringing some vegetable, herb, and flower transplants to sell to anyone who has an empty spot in their garden. For vegetables and herbs I will have: basil, holy basil, sage, thyme, tomatoes, peppers, and kale. For flowers I will have calendula, lupine, echinacea, marigolds, borage, anise hyssop, and more. Most transplants are in 3" pots and are $4 ea or 3 for $10. The tomatoes are in 1 gallon pots and are $8 ea. The marigolds are in 6-cell packs for $4. For our Mount Forest and workplace pre-packed shares, email me if you are interested and I will pack them with your first share.
Anyone who reserved their share by January 13 will receive a 500g honey at the first share pickup. I will have a list of names so that you can check to see if you qualify.
Dust off your delicious salad recipes in preparation for this week!
Pak Choy (sometimes called Bok Choy) is a thick ribbed green that is mild and sweet. Classically used in stirfries, it is also great grilled or finely chopped in a salad. Check out these recipes for more ideas.
Grilled Bok Choy with Lime Dressing
10 Minute Garlic Bok Choy
Ginger Bok Choy Soup with Ramen Noodles