Spring CSA News: Week Six

Harvest List—this week’s share will include some combination of the following seasonal produce:
  • cauliflower
  • carrots
  • swiss chard
  • chives
  • hakurei turnips
  • kale
  • Italian basil/Lemon basil
  • green garlic
  • beets
  • cucumber
  • spring onions
  • broccoli
  • sorrel
  • summer squash
  • water spinach
  • cabbage
  • mint
  • collard greens
Please visit our Vegetables We Grow page on our website for information and recipes on each item. It’s a work in progress, so please bear with us. 
What is a Spring Onion?
Much like it’s cousin, green garlic, it is simply an onion that we pick before it reaches full maturity. If a scallion is a baby and a dried onion is an adult, you could think of it as a teenaged onion! I love spring onions for their mild sweetness and juicy crunch. I also love that you can eat the whole plant—the green tops are full of flavor and make a great addition to any soup you make and some folks like to grill them whole til they’re cooked through and eat them with Romesco Sauce. It’s good to keep in mind that unlike dried onions you get at the grocery store, you should store spring onions in the fridge and eat them as fresh as possible. You can eat them raw or cooked or pickled. If you’re like me and you don’t usually like eating raw onions because of the ‘Dreaded Onion Mouth’ then give these a try—-they are the only kind of onion I like to eat raw. In fact, I’ve been known to simply slice up a spring onion, put it on bread with some mayo and parsley for an old-school onion sandwich.

Underneath this plant are lots of potatoes---their time is coming too.
Underneath this plant are lots of potatoes—their time is coming too.
Much Needed Rain
We were so grateful to finally get some rain at the farm last week. In the whole month of May we got less than one inch of rain! May is also one of the busiest planting months on the farm. Newly planted plants need the most water, before they have the chance to grow deep roots, so this past month hasn’t been the easiest for our farmers. On a normal farm, a farmer can irrigate his or her crops in an orderly fashion, watering part of one field in the morning and then switching to another field a few hours later, meeting all their water needs while never overburdening the pump or well. On a community farm with over 30 different farmers, watering gets complicated. If everyone turns on their drip irrigation at once, we lose water pressure and then no one can water. For this, we’ve created a watering schedule, so each farmer has an allocated time to irrigate. The other complication is that only half of the farm is connected to the well. The other half is connected to a cistern and a pump that pulls from a small pond. This small pond dries up quickly during a dry spell. Thankfully our farmers are extremely resourceful and willing to cooperate. Many farmers have put out barrels to catch the rain. I hope that we continue to have rain over the next few weeks and months and, in the meantime, we dream of large rain barrels and cisterns to get us through the dry spells.
Plenty of green tomatoes in the hoophouse----not long til the time of tomatoes!
Plenty of green tomatoes in the hoophouse—-not long til the time of tomatoes!