Another special thank you to Sam and Roger for lending us both their team member and their tractor to till our new herb garden! This space was formerly the family's kitchen garden and it will always be my favorite little field. New this year - Members will be invited to pick their own herbs.
We are a couple weeks away from our first pick-up and hope to have radishes, green onions and lettuce to distribute. As we near our goal of 60 members, we are amazed at the response from the community! Almost all of our new members have come to us via recommendations from existing members, mentions in the local newspapers or word of mouth. Now it's time to start preparing for the share distributions that will begin next month. New this year - instead of boxed shares, we are going to invite members to select their own items. A list of available items will be posted along with quantities for both full and half shares. There will be plastic bags available for your produce, however, you will want to bring something larger to carry your bounty home.
One of our new members recently asked about recipe sharing. All members are encouraged to share their favorite recipes and methods for preparing farm produce. This sharing is a wonderful component of a CSA! Please forward recipes to our farm email and I will post on our blog. Moving forward, I'll work to organize by item and season in an easy index. Speaking of recipes, here's our favorite recipe for broccoli salad in time for Memorial Day Weekend!
Broccoli Salad for a crowd
Dressing (Mix well and refrigerate a couple of hours before it will be served so the flavor of the dressing mixes well with the vegetables.)
1 cup sugar
1 large jar of mayonnaise - about 4 cups (Not Light)
4 tablespoons cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste (optional)
6 heads broccoli (cleaned and cut up in bite size pieces with harder part of stem removed)
2 large onions, chopped
2 cups golden raisins
2 cups bacon crumbles
Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate. Pour over the salad and mix thoroughly before serving.
[Just a side note: If you like the flavor and texture of nuts in your salad, (and if no one is allergic to nuts), you can add either peanuts, sunflower nuts or even cashews to taste. The nuts do tend to soften and get mushy if you have leftovers to save.]
Have a Great Weekend!