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Signs of Fruit; Orders & Mkt 5/11

Spring produce is dominated by leaves and roots. Our patchwork quilt of spring currently looks like this:

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At market it looks like this: DSC_0010DSC_0011DSC_0015 

Up close it looks like this:

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But fruits are continuing to grow and will be ready soon-ish. Positive signs of summer squash:  DSC_0036

Great promise for cucumbers! DSC_0050

But some important points here: This picture is from this morning, and there are cukes ready to be picked. BUT this does not mean it’s cucumber season. These are a specific variety, grown with expensive specialty seed, growing in a greenhouse, managed in a particular way. We planted these as an experiment, and literally have about 15 fruits ready right now. We are thrilled with the results, and plan to grow more like this in the future, but part of our job is to educate you the customer about what’s going on here. If you see cucumbers at market this weekend of anytime soon, we encourage you to ask open ended questions about variety and process. A grower growing cucumbers right now should have a lot to say about how it’s made possible. (How is pollination managed in an enclosed greenhouse, for example? That is this week’s trivia quiz. Feel free to submit ideas in the comment section of the blog post. Answer here next week.) 

 And…Tomatoes are just starting in the greenhouse:DSC_0053 DSC_0055  

This week’s harvest includes:

Arugula, Chard, Heads of Chinese Cabbage (like Napa), Head Lettuce (Red and Green), Toscano Kale (bunched), Red Russian Kale (bunched), Curly Kale (bunched), Mint, Radishes (mixed bunch of cherry belles, French breakfast, and Easter Egg varieties), Turnips (Hakurei)…and Eggs and Multigrain Bread.

Recipe Suggestions: We are now posting a list of recipes each week on our Recipe Page of our website to coordinate with the week’s CSA Farm Share contents. Please check it out! We also have added more recipes to the “more info” section under items on our ordering page.

We will be at to the South of the James market  and Brandermill Green Market this weekend. Market Share CSA members may place an order for pick up at the SOJ or BGM market, or simply show up at our booth to spend your credit. If you wish to order, choose your selection through our Online Store.

Enjoy ~

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