Each Tuesday and Friday morning, (the days on which we harvest and distribute CSA shares) we get to work with a team of off-farm folks. They are the Work-Exchange CSA members who come just one morning a week to harvest vegetables with us. Picking strawberries, peas, beans, and takes a long time, and it is thanks to them that we bring in the harvest without too much stress.
Last week someone asked me how I got into farming, and though its a question I've fielded more than a few times, somehow being in the field, working over a spring-time bed reminded me of the first time I actually considered farming. That's because I had that first inkling during a work-exchange experience of my own. About 13 years ago, my mother and I rode our bikes to a small organic vegetable farm outside of Boston.
I am much more careful than that farmer was in revealing my story of how we got our start. After-all, Tuesday and Friday morning, we are there to work, not inspire! I might say, just to cut to the chase: "I don't come from a farming family." Sometime I just blame Stacy for having the longer ranging vision of starting a farm. I certainly try to tone it down if there is anyone too young and easily influenced as I was in the late 90s...
Two among others...
This week's share includes:
Zucchini, Summer Squash, or Patty Pan
Pac Choi or Chinese Cabbage
Spring Turnips on Tuesday, Radishes on Friday
Hon Tsai Tai
The last one there is an Asian green that we have grown in the past and which I really like. It is supposed to be like Broccoli Raab, but I like it cooked down more than the way Raab is usually prepared. It is still simple though: Remove any tough stems, and saute the chopped greens in some sesame oil. Add vinegar (cider is best, ume plum is good too, but balsamic is fine), salt, and keep cooking it for a few more minutes until it looks like how people cooked spinach back in the 80s. At this point you can add some cream, some cheese, and/or toasted nuts. Give it a try... Google Hon Tsai Tai Recipes, and you will come up with some links by other people out there in internet-land who also are CSA members! You won't find this one in the grocery store!
The turnips are Spring turnips. ("normal turnips" are fall turnips which keep for a long time and are way less tender.) Chop 'em up and eat these white roots RAW! Along with your Kohlrabi- chop them into strips!
Apologies for a late blog entry.
PS Anyone is welcome to volunteer with us on a Tuesday or Friday morning from 8 till noon! No need to call ahead.