surrealestate: (Sentient Broccoli)

Week 7

  • 6 Cucumbers
  • 6 Yellow Summer Squash
  • 2 bunches Red Onions
  • 4 lbs Red Gold & Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • 2 heads Red Cabbage
  • 2 bunches Red Russian Kale
  • 2 bunches Red Beets (+greens)
  • 2 bunches Fennel
    = 41 lbs

Plus bonus veggies from Sun Moon:

  • Lots of pickling cukes (enough to fill a two-gallon jar that I filled with brine and other relevant items to make proper half-sour dill pickles)
  • 2 heads Baby Bok Choy
  • 1 bunch Kohlrabi

    And our bread share was Sesame Semolina.

    Week 8

    • 4 lbs Yukon Gold Potatoes
    • 2 bunches Carrots
    • 2 bunches White Sweet Spanish Onions
    • 2 bunches Rabe Greens
    • 2 bunches French Breakfast Radishes
    • 6 Cucumbers
    • 2 pts Cherry Tomatoes
    • 16 Peaches
      = 31 lbs

    In addition, one of our neighbors is out of town so let us pick up their on-site Sun Moon Farm share:

    • 1 head Green Cabbage
    • 1 bunch Sage
    • 1 bunch Parsley
    • Bit of Basil
    • Bag of Arugula
    • 1 head Green Leaf Lettuce
    • 1 bunch Baby Carrots
    • 2 Red Onions
    • 1 bunch Red Radishes
    • 1 Italian Eggplant
    • 4 JalapeƱos
    • 2 Cucumbers
    • A few small assorted Summer Squash
    • ~2 lbs Potatoes
      =15 or 17 lbs (I can't remember if I weighed with the potatoes or not)

    Our bread share was Potato Garlic and we got a second loaf because the absent neighbor has a bread share, too. Woo! The share also included a bunch of lovely flowers.

    I busted out the big jar mentioned above to see how the pickles were doing and they were amazing! So I shared them with farmer Craig as well as our neighbors when they came by and any shareholders who wanted some. Many pickles were consumed, and Craig let me refill the crock with a new batch of cucumbers, so next week will be more pickles, yay! They may be done faster, too, since the bacteria have a head start in the brine. I also filled a smaller jar with cukes to make more pickes than that.

    Believe it or not, this was my first big success with making proper Jewish-style pickles! Some years ago, my first attempt at fermenting whole cukes went badly enough that I was put off the process for a while. These were good enough that my Russian immigrant neighbor was blown away. :)

  • surrealestate: (Sentient Broccoli)
    • 2 bunches Basil
    • 6 Cucumbers (of unusual size)
    • 2 bunches Beets (+greens)
    • 2 bunches Red Spring Onions
    • 2 heads Cabbage
    • 2 bunches Mizuna
    • 2 lbs New Red Potatoes
    • 2 lbs Summer Squash
      =26#
    For the record, this is what my farmer calls a disappointing share. No, I don't know, either. But he says he'll make it up to us with peaches next week, so I'm not gonna argue. I think he feels guilty that tomatoes aren't in yet.

    Yesterday's mini flurry of prep included kale spa day (aka massaged kale salad *eyeroll*) which included last week's kale and some of this week's red onions, vindaloo curry, which included last week's cauliflower and this week's potatoes, and washed&froze beet greens for breakfast smoothies.

    An appealing (to me) preparation of mizuna continues to elude me, however, and rather than experiment with these lovely bunches, I would be happy to trade them for something else. Anyone interested? It's pretty and a delicacy, but apparently not to my tastes just yet.

    surrealestate: (Sentient Broccoli)
    So many veggies! The garden is coming along as well, though due to my late start, isn't quite fruiting yet. Which is fine -- there's still plenty of time. (Speaking of, who wants a hot pepper seedling?) Meanwhile, I've been cooking/prepping up a storm and have many meals in my fridge, including roasted roots, greens and peanut stew, cauliflower carrot puree, roasted string beans, shredded beets, carrots, and kohlrabi, marinated kale+, and non-harvest-related accessories such as rice and sauce.

    What does this mean? It means I need people to come over and eat! Ess, ess, you're wasting away! (Dominion is not even required. ;) Also, given sufficient notice, if you tell me you're coming over with fresh tomatoes, I will bake focaccia to go with the bruschetta we shall make.

    • 2 bunches Beets (w/ greens)
    • 2 bunches Carrots (orange)
    • 4 lbs Potatoes (by volume)
    • 2 bunches Basil
    • 2 bunches Red Russian Kale
    • 2 bunches Spring Onions
    • 3 lbs Summer Squash
    • 2 bunches Celery
    • 4 Cucumbers
    • 10 ears Corn
      Total weight: 34 lbs
      --
    • 1/3 lb Beet Greens
    • 2 Onions
    • 6 ears Corn
    • 3 Cucumbers (1 lb)
    • 2 Tomatoes
    • 1 head Garlic
    • 1 head Lettuce
    • 1 lb Summer Squash
    • 1.5 lb Potatoes
    • 1/4 lb Basil
    • 1 bunch Chard
      Total weight: 13 lbs


    Progress! Down to from a factor of just under four to a little under three. Still don't know what to do with all that darn squash, though. It's just not one of my favorite veggies.

    surrealestate: (Sentient Broccoli)
    One-third of the way into CSA season and I am still very happy with the share-split situation. I think Park and Red Fire both have a lot to offer and I love getting the best of both worlds. (Since people have asked, if I had to go back to only one or the other, it'd Parker.)

    Week 6 )

    Week 7 )

    I also still have garden lettuce heads up for trade.

    And I'll be walking a marathon to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Even a few dollars helps.

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