Welcome to week 10! This week is the two thirds point in the season for the Labor Day share, the halfway point for Columbus Day, and only about the two fifths mark for our new extended Thanksgiving share. We wanted to take this week to congratulate and commend you on your membership and commitment to the farm. Some of you sent us this article that appeared in the Times last week about national and New York CSA trends, and it made us even more thankful for such a strong membership base. Your commitment to the farm for the growing season enables us to try new crops to share with you and to work to improve and streamline our growing methods. (Entirely new this year are celery and kohlrabi, and after a few years of trying, we got a lot better at Napa cabbage and onions). In the meantime, we’re working hard to train a new generation of farmers through our Apprenticeship Program – remember that all of the work done on the farm is carried out by our team of apprentices and “seniors,” or graduates of our Apprenticeship Program who’ve stayed with us for additional seasons.
You play a critical role in the farm and we want to keep you happy! At the end of the season you’ll have the opportunity to fill out a survey to share with us your favorite and least favorite parts of our CSA program, your preferred vegetables and u-pick crops, and how we can make membership better for you. Until then, please continue to enjoy the fields – we’ve never seen a year where more people are out there picking – it thrills us!
For you, CSA membership might be a way to get your family to eat more vegetables, or an opportunity to enjoy our open space, or maybe you join us for the u-pick flowers! For us though, your collective memberships (there are 150 of you) make up 2/3 of our sales, and are the driving inspiration for what we decide to plant when, how we arrange the fields, and the schedule of our week (when we’re having a particularly stressful time we remind ourselves that even though our lives revolve around the box, your lives don’t – and we have a little leeway ;)). So THANK YOU for joining us, for helping us become better farmers, and for helping us turn Amber Waves Farm into the community gathering place we had in mind when we dreamed it up in 2008. Onward!
This week’s box:
- Red Onion
- Potatoes! (from our friends at Balsam Farms!)
To pick in the fields:
- Shishito Peppers
- Green Beans
- Husk Cherries
- Herb Garden
This week's recipes:
- Blistered shishitos
- Mashed Celery Potatoes (this recipe calls for 8 cups of celery, which is likely more than what’s in your box, but it’s very pungent, so a little goes a long way!)
This week’s rotating bread share:
- Black Cocoa Bread: these 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 Goat Dairy Chevre
This week’s fruit share:
- Peaches and Rhubarb from Brieremere Farm