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Summer Share Box 2 Crop List
- Broccoli – All shares
- Bok Choy – All shares
- Green Kale – All shares
- Romaine Lettuce – All shares
- Napa Cabbage – All shares
- Savory bunch- All shares
- Apple Mint bunch – All shares
- Asparagus/Rhubarb – Half shares
- Kohlrabi – Full/Single shares
- Spinach – Full shares
- Strawberries – Full/Single Twin Cities shares
- WEEK #3 DELIVERY WILL BE ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 3RD
- Strawberries are a very perishable crop, especially with the frequency of rain we have been experiencing – please eat them as soon as you can.
- Some of the spotted lettuce and purple Choy is from Josh and Vanessa’s garden.
- Apple mint infuses beautifully in your home water pitcher.
- If greens are ever beginning to wilt in your box, rehydrate to freshen them in a very cold ice bath
- Savory pairs well with meats, potatoes, eggs, pasta, or rice dishes – or dry it to use later on.
- Our ‘vegetable of the week’ is actually the family group Cruciferous or Brassica since we are giving 5 crops of this family this week.
- Kohlrabi can be sliced and eaten cold like a radish, made like French fries, or used in a salad or a soup.
- We have had plenty of rain so far this year – we look forward to some hot, humid weather this weekend for our heat loving crops to take off.
- Please return the ice packs and boxes each week.
- Always wash all of the produce before you eat it.
We are having a busy but fun year so far at Earth Dance Farm. I truly anticipate that it will continue as such for the duration! We have 6 interns who live, eat and work here together with us. Most folks I talk to about this set-up think that I am half nuts, and maybe I am, but it suits Diane and I just fine. I love to share our place with others, hear their laughter resonate, share the evening meal together, and provide a safe and meaningful space for them for a short time in their young lives. They can regularly be seen playing guitar, roaming the fields at dusk, or walking to the creek for an after work swim. They take turns gathering, preparing and serving our main evening meal that is, almost without exception, well thought out and executed, and delicious. Some interns are here only for the 3 summer months while a few are here for the full 9-month season. These are the folks whose vibrancy and hard work brings you these beautiful boxes each week: Vanessa, Josh, Emma, Madeline, Jonathon, and Kari. You will hear their voice throughout our newsletters, possible see them on a utube ‘family meal video’, and they will each take a turn to write this farm article. You can sense their care, their spirit, as you open the box each week – as you prepare and eat the produce!
We also invite you to visit us here at the farm at your convenience, join us for our Fall Harvest Gathering, or come down for our camping weekend July 26-28.
I hope you enjoy box #2!
Crop of the week – Brassicas
The crop (family) of the week this time here at Earth Dance Farm are the Brassicas. Also known as “cole crops,” these plants have been cultivated for centuries by people all over Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Now commonly found all over the world as a crop or as an invasive weed. The plants usually have lobed or entire leaves, in an alternating pattern, and are often waxy and bluish green in color. The color of these crops can dramatically change depending on temperature and light exposure, crossing between light green to dark purple. There are over 30 species that are commercially cultivated today. A few of these that we grow on the farm include broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi, cauliflower, rutabaga and turnips. These veggies tend to do better in cooler, northern climates and tend to get sweeter the cooler the weather. Mustard and rapeseed are also apart of the Brassica family and can be used for oil production and as seasoning.