Rita’s Roots and Thackeray Farms are back in the swing of things- we made it through the heat waves of the Summer and mustard ourselves up for a planting repeat of the Spring. The growing season in our area is truly one of a kind (correct me if I’m wrong and hopefully I can learn from that area!) in which we are capable of having two complete seasons with a hot break in the middle. We can actually grow right through the Winter, which is why we run the CSA until the end of January. How amazing to have local, fresh food throughout a time when most are hunkered down in their frosty homes with only store bought produce from California to get them through (or whatever they put up from their CSAs :).
The boxes each week will contain a decent amount of greens. Get creative and don’t be afraid to eat them all raw, use them as wraps, in wraps, as salad greens, braised, quiched, omletted, chopped finely in a sautee, stir-fried, steamed, on pizza, or even fed to the pet rabbit! If you can’t get them down fresh, I strongly encourage you to take the 30 minutes out of the week to pop them into freezer bags. It is the best way to make the most out of your farm share. We strive for diversity in the boxes, but sometimes the weather and Mother Nature- with her entourage of insects- happen, and what we planned does not work out.
Making a living from small-scale organic agriculture is no easy feat. The farmers I know are some of the most brilliant, hard-headed, determined folks I have ever come in contact with. They persevere through rain storms, crop failures, hail, floods, blights, worker shortages, broken machinery and so on, somehow making it to the next season, seeing it as a challenge to do better next time. If you question the challenges of spending “days in the sun picking veggies at the farm,” join us on a rainy one like today! We don’t get volunteers when there are clouds.
Most importantly, thank you all for placing your faith in us to provide you and your families with sustenance. We are working to do our best, and would like any and all feedback from you about our program. Happy and healthy eating to all, and fill us in on your cooking suggestions for the vegetables too.
Best and Bless!