Thursday, August 9, 2012

CSA for Thursday, August 9th.

Surprise! More babies!
A day with a few little distractions.  The ladies of 'From Dirt to Dinner', the documentary on CSA and Aagaard Farms, were here with photographer Shaun this morning, getting some footage of the preparations for CSA.  They will be at the pick up tonight, too, for coverage from start to finish!  Aside from a short meeting first thing for us to lay out what we'd be doing where...the group wasn't really much of a distraction at all!  They ghosted around, shooting here and there!  According to Twitter, Shaun did get to try a young banana pepper that gave him a bit of a start!

A much bigger distraction was....the discovery of baby chicks!  Meg came back into the house after lunch, asking when we acquired chicks.  We answered June, and she said she'd just seen some little fuzz ball types around the waterer!  Out we go and sure enough:  one of the hens has quietly and discreetly gone broody and hatched five eggs!  Don't know where, don't know how but we've got five brand-new  critters, a day old!  Three black and two yellow peeping, chirping babies!  While Farmer Man watched, Rocky the Rooster wandered over and pecked at one, so we got the baby play pen back out, scooped up Momma and chicks and got them safely ensconced in the barn!  There's a cute picture on our Facebook page - check it out!

As for food - we got at that today, too!  Growing partners Amanda and Ed provided nice cabbage for everyone today.  Check out Tuesday's blog post for some great recipe links for everything from salad to braised to stir fries!  Cabbage and summer squash go well together in a stir fry....and there is, of course, some summer squash in your boxes today.  On Sunday, I made these zucchini brownies;  just delicious!  Moist and full of chocolate flavor, used the easy icing recipe included - very good!  Got the first pick on cucumbers, not enough for everyone today but they're coming nicely!  Also got a few bell peppers from one of our renters...Sandra can't eat peppers but loves to grow them so we scored a few for the Full Shares today!

We've dug 'Yukon Gold' potatoes today: one of our favs with a buttery flavor, nice crispness that does make them excellent for homemade french fries.  They're starting to get up to a good size now!  We're interested in knowing if you're getting enough/not enough/too many potatoes - leave a comment at the end of the blog!  A few years back when everyone was on the 'Low Carb' diet - suddenly we seemed to be giving out way too many potatoes!

So, for the FULL SHARES:  We weighed them: 30 lbs of food!  In the box: 2 cabbage, a Romanesque summer squash, Patty Pan squash, a Kousa or Mediterranean squash, Crookneck squash,  zucchini, bell pepper, cucumber, 1/2 lb green beans, 1/2 lb. yellow beans, 1 lb. Dragon's Tongue beans, 3 lbs. 'Yukon Gold' potatoes.

PART SHARES: 2 cabbage, a Romanesque squash, Patty Pan, Kousa squash, Crookneck squash, zucchini, 1/2 lb. yellow beans, 1/2 lb. Dragon's Tongue beans, cucumber, 2 lbs. 'Yukon Gold' potatoes.

SINGLE SHARES:  A cabbage, Patty Pan squash, Kousa squash, Crookneck squash, zucchini, 1/2 lb. yellow beans, 1/2 lb Dragons Tongue beans, 2 lbs. 'Yukon Gold' potatoes.


  1. Thanks for being so kind as to have us around all day with our cameras! Such great visuals out at your farm. And thanks to all the CSA participants who were okay with being (briefly) in the documentary and giving us the odd soundbite! It's going to make for a very well-rounded and interesting film.

    1. You were no-sweat to have around! And yes, thanks to all our CSA families that took a moment to participate in the documentary!

  2. Zucchini brownies. Well, I do love zucchini, and who doesn't love brownies. I suppose combining them could be nothing but a good thing!

  3. They were awesome! You must try them! Or freeze some shredded zucchini now to make brownies this winter!