Another Successful Buyer’s Group

Yesterday proved exhausting but rewarding–we were able to deliver a diverse selection of organic produce to a ton of people–literally over a ton! Also passed out three new CSA agreements and signed up a returning member and a new member. That gives us some direction for this spring. 🙂

NOTES on some of the items yesterday:
The star of this week’s share was the Heirloom Oranges! I continue to get requests for boxes of Heirlooms–they are EXCEPTIONAL! Because they yield lower than the new hybrids, most of the California citrus growers have cut back or eliminated them. I don’t know how long we can get them–BUT if you are interested in a box let me know.

Do you recognize the Persian Cucumbers? They are our Sultan’s–thin-skinned, small seed cavity, and tasty! Eat these quickly–not a good keeper and especially as young as these are. If you’d like Persian cucumbers again, let me know–They are not available in split cases, so I would have to order 24 count and need numbers.

Green Onions–Any time you have a sealed package, open it up and use it quickly. Produce is a living thing and continues to respire. Green onions do not have a long shelf life. Can’t wait for the fresh onions from the garden!

Rainbow Carrots–The Silver and Gold had a 2-1/2 pound bag of colorful rainbow carrots…and extra’s were for sale. This summer in the CSA we will be raising the Cosmic carrots, along with our Mokums and Sugarsnax. Cosmic carrots are purple on the outside and orange on the inside–a Nantes-type like the sweet Mokums. “Sweet flavor with a slight hint of spice gives this variety tremendous gourmet appeal.”- according to one of the rare seed dealers on-line.

Portobello Mushrooms–if you didn’t pick up the recipe for the Portobello Burgers you can get one at  Recipes page–#52. Red Onions and avocado were in your shares and are also in this recipe. Don’t forget to marinate the mushroom caps for 20-30 minutes–that is key to your success!

TofuI promise to not include this again–sorry I was so ornery. Last night Elizabeth and I were trying to figure out what to do with the one left over: we are going to fry it to a crispy crunch!…Pat dry and fry in a small amount of oil. Tofu can be cut into small squares and stir-fried with vegetables–snow peas, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choi…

Take some time and prep the veggies for longer storage in the fridge, and quicker, easier use: wash lettuce in a sink of cold water, spin, and put into storage containers in the fridge. Unbroken leaves will keep longer than chopped or torn. Chop or tear them right before serving. I use gallon bags as they won’t dominate the fridge space and can be tucked into different places.

Enjoy!  Next Buyer’s Group is April 9th–because we are getting into the garden prep season I will order based on what we have used in the past. The Administrator’s Specials will be a pleasant surprise :)–no Tofu, I promise!  If you have some special needs for your menu planning, let me know and I’ll see what I can do.  Also, we have finished the first 8 Pick Up days (16 weeks).  As promised, if you would like to bow out for the next 6 Pick Ups (12 weeks), let me know.  It’s my plan to carry us up to the point where the CSA starts up again–God willing. 

Thanks, The Farmer’s Wife

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Dolleen Grobe on March 27, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Yesterday I was a first time buyer. I am so delighted that I found out about Lloyd Craft Farms. The oranges are delicious; oranges are my habit. I made kale chips this morning and they too are yummy. Eating healthy is a priority. I am pleased with everything that I purchased. Thank you so much.

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