Good Morning and Hello!
In this week’s share you’ll find wheat berries! This weekend, farmers Isabel and Laura harvested our wheat with our combine before the rain and just in time to include them in your boxes!
July is always an intense month on the farm -- anything that happens here is happening now. We harvest for more than half the day and after that, try to stay on top of the weeds that flourish just as much as our crops this time of year. We are also busy transplanting and seeding, sometimes until the last hours of dusk.
One of the unique and incredibly fulfilling characteristics about this farm is the growth that we witness in our crew over the course of the season. As an educational farm first and foremost, we start every spring with a crew of unskilled farmers. This growth and learning takes patience, time, and of course affects efficiency, but is an integral part of training new farmers. Two of our returning crew members, Laura and Isabel who we mentioned before, were both apprentices last year and have returned to be coordinators of programs on the farm, tractor operators, and helpful instructors for our new apprentices.
We also welcome additional field hands (we’re still hiring now for those positions!) who sometimes do and sometimes don’t have farming experience. All the fresh hands and minds makes for a special experience on the farm every summer. For our crew, having the opportunity to experience the hustle of July and August is also a true and real way to understand the intensity of production farming -- sometimes baptism by fire is the best way to learn!
For your recipes this week...
A Kale Tabbouleh is a great way to use this tried and true green with some other items in your box.
Wheat berries you can prepare like rice and include in a savory dish (like a classic wheat berry salad) or have with some honey, milk, and fruit like oatmeal. Check out this tasty recipe, and substitute nuts, spices, and fruits for what you have around your kitchen.
This Week’s Box:
- Wheat Berries
- Head Lettuce
- Jumbo Summer Squash - optional
- Beets - optional
- Pickling Cucumbers - optional
- Hakurei Turnip - optional
This Week’s Fruit (2 of the 3):
- Carissa’s Salty Soured Pickled Rye
Rotating Cheese (a choice of):
- East Hill Creamery Underpass Raclette Style
- East Hill Creamery Silver Lake Alpine Style
- Lively Run Dairy Lake Effect Cheddar
- Lively Run Dairy Blue Yonder
In the Fields: