I feel a little nerdy that I am so excited about today… but I am. Today is the first day of this year’s CSA boxes — and it’s especially highly-anticipated because Farmer Dave wrote everyone last week (which was supposed to be the first week) to let them know that he was delaying the start in order to provide better yield. (The season will also run one week longer in the fall to make it up.)
So stoked was I to go pick up our first share of the season that in spite of the heat (another blazing hot day — I can’t even express how grateful I am that my work (generally) does not involve me being outside during the hottest hours), I packed up The Smelly into the truck and headed over, arriving pretty much just as they were setting up for pick-ups.
I also brought my camera. (Did I mention I was excited?)
Despite the blazing temperatures, the sky was a gorgeous, almost cartoon-y. And I got to see (closer-up) the greenhouse frame that the farm raised the money for and bought last fall. I can’t tell what they’re growing in there, but I suspect that when I’ll really be appreciative of it is in the fall.
As always, there were many a critter about: the geese, with their fluffy goslings pecking near the laneway, some hens taking dust baths behind them, and a whole bunch of other chickens trying to keep cool in the shade of the barn.
One chicken (it was really hard for me not to write “one little red hen” there) was feeling quite brave as I walked out with my spoils. She clucked a bit but stood her ground.
I also saw the two farm dogs lolling about — as did The Smelly. I felt bad that he was in the truck, whining (only a little) out the window to play with Thuja and Bruno. Even if they hadn’t been inside the electrified paddock, however, I really couldn’t risk letting him run around with all that poultry also loose. Still, he did enjoy the ride.
Okay, have I talked enough about the farm yet? So I can move on to the vegetables? I think so. The veggie goods!
Our share included glorious spring onions, garlic scapes, a bag of mesclun greens, quite-big radishes, and little bundles of (flowering!) thyme and oregano. The last bucket was an option bucket: there were more of everything except the herbs*, and you could choose any one. I chose onions. Partly because we’re running low on them at the moment, a lot because I love spring onions, and their squeaky, non-papery heads, and mostly because of all the options in the bucket, I felt certain that the onions had the most universal flexibility: what meal doesn’t have room for onions in it?
* Also, the scapes. Not sure if the couple members ahead of me snagged the last of them, or if there just weren’t any extras, but scapes were not an option. Had they been, I might have had to think about my choice. And yes, alliums are pretty much always on high rotation around here. If that’s wrong, then frankly I don’t want to be right.
So that was our haul! I’m excited to bust out my new “mandoline” to shave up some of the radishes (and onions!) and some carrots or whatever into a salad, but I’m also surprisingly excited about the radish because — at last! — I have found a way of serving them that I enjoy, that isn’t just hiding them in a salad: quick pickles. Better still, I’m slowly getting over my “but pickles are cold, and dinners are hot” thing. I just plonk it all down on the table, and somehow, magically, deliciously!, it gets eaten. Done!
I said at the end of last year that I would likely not be documenting every week’s share this year. This is still true in case you were wondering. (Although I’ll probably still take a picture of it… I like the end of year collage too much to give that up.) I just couldn’t resist sharing the very first one!