2019: Week 1

Hello and welcome back to our eleventh season at Amber Waves Farm and our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program! You have made a great choice to join us at our farm where you have the unique experience of enjoying a freshly picked box of seasonal veggies  each week as well as access to our fields and member perks (including a discount at our market). We rely on you, our members, to commit to spending the season with us so we know how much to grow and so we can afford to buy seeds and equipment and start paying our farm crew early in the season, months before we have anything to harvest. There are many ways to get your hands on fresh, organic, high quality produce these days. The availability of home-delivery has exploded since we started the farm in 2009, and for people who otherwise don’t have time or access to getting themselves to a farm regularly, these services are such a great option. You (and we farmers!) are so fortunate to be able to walk right out to the field to see where our food is coming from and experience that process hands-on. We encourage you to walk around the farm and take note of how it changes as the season progresses. We feel incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to do what we love every day at the farm, and we are so excited to share our food and space with you, our members.

Each season as we approach opening day, which used to mean the first CSA pick up or our first annual trip to the Montauk Farmers Market with just Katie and me, and now also means re-opening our market and kitchen with a much larger team, it’s impossible not for us not to be awe-struck by how far the farm has come since 2009. Thanks to our CSA members, board members, donors, friends, customers, apprentices, fantastic, hard-working employees, and our drive for the farm to survive, we have arrived at a place where we believe the farm can be sustainable. The farm has land-security in property-ownership of our home-base field, and operating the market will eventually largely fund our educational programming in-house. We are grateful for the decade behind us and excited for the one ahead. Thank you for your interest in being a part of the farm, we couldn’t do this without you! We’ll share more about the farm, our history, and what we’re working towards as the season goes on, and please don’t hesitate to ask us questions!

Okay, now for the box! As you returning members know, spring is a time of lots of greens! These first few boxes before the “solid food” (cucumbers and zucchini to start, tomatoes and eggplant in July, etc.) is ready can be thought of as a detox-box after a winter of…maybe not such fresh food! This cool wet spring (are we even farmers if we don’t talk about the weather?) has not been the most ideal for growing in general, but the greens are looking good to start!

This week’s box:

  • Baby Greens (2 bags)

  • Radishes

  • Broccoli Raab

  • Baby Head Lettuce

  • Bok Choy (chop up and saute/stir fry!)

  • Green Goddess Herb Mix (sorrel, chives, mint, oregano)

  • Edible Flowers

  • 3 Seedlings of your Choice

Optional:

  • Pea Shoots

  • More radishes!

Bread: A selection from Carissa’s Bakery

Cheese: A selection from Catapano Dairy

Fruit Share: Starts in a few weeks!

Recipes:

How to Use Edible Flowers

“Green Goddess” Dressing: Our shorthand lingo for fresh dressing or aoili with whatever herbs we have on hand - you can’t go wrong! You can finely chop or food processor the herbs in your bunch and combine with olive oil, vinegar, and some salt and pepper to taste for a perky addition to this week’s baby greens, or use one of these recipes as a base: Buttermilk Green Goddess; The Kitchn