2016: CSA Box Week 6

This week we’d like to introduce you to The Grainbow!

Grains have always been an important part of the farm’s mission, and this season we’ve decided to trial the 14 different grain varieties represented in the “grainbow,” both as an educational and visual tool for farm visitors and as an actual experiment to test their viability on the East End as future crops for the Amber Waves Farm Grain Program.

Grains are staple foods for billions of people around the world, and we wanted to bring that rainbow of the world’s food supply to our fields. The Grainbow consists of cereal grains, pseudo-cereals and an oilseed grain. Cereal grains are members of the grass family, like wheat and barley. Pseudo-cereals are grains from broadleaf plant families, like buckwheat and quinoa. Oilseed grains are grown primarily for the extraction of their edible oil, like flax. Lastly, legumes such as beans, soybeans and chickpeas can also be considered commercial grain crops, as they are harvested for their seed. We planted our chickpeas alongside the Grainbow to represent this category of grain legumes.

All plants in the Grainbow were started from seed in our greenhouses in mid-April and transplanted into the field during the second week of May. Now, more than a month later, most of the grains are thriving and we are excited to watch them continue to mature (and change color!) until harvest time. Be sure to visit The Grainbow on the left side of the field, across from the peas!

Cereal Grains

  • Winter Wheat
  • Spring Wheat
  • Sorghum
  • Rye
  • Rice
  • Popcorn
  • Millet
  • Oats
  • Barley

Pseudo-cereal Grains

  • Quinoa
  • Buckwheat
  • Amaranth

Oilseed Grain

  • Flax

Grain Legume

  • Chickpeas

This week’s box:

  • Arugula
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Ovation Mix
  • Radishes
  • Zucchini (the first of a lot!)
  • Parsley
  • Leeks

In the fields to pick:

  • Peas (for another week or two)
  • More flowers!
  • Herb Garden
  • The raspberries are just starting… you might be able to go pluck a few, and they’ll be here in force within the next week.

This week’s rotating bread share:

  • Black Cocoa Bread: Carissa's one and one-half pound black rye loaves are made with bread flour, local rye flour, cocoa, coffee, molasses, yeast, and salt

This week’s rotating cheese share:

  • Catapano Dairy Chevre Sampler

This week’s fruit share:

  • Raspberries and Rhubarb from Briermere Farms

This week's recipes: