Week 3 (April 18-April 24) TapRoot CSA
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Sunchokes, also called Jerusalem artichoke, are related to the sunflower, and grow a starchy tuber that is good raw or cooked. It has a taste similar to sunflower seeds. Here are two easy and delicious recipes to try with your sunchoke: Sunchoke salad and Sunchoke and mushroom saute.
Lots of field preparation going on. Tractors are coming and going through the barn yard all day. We are spreading manure, plowing, disc and spring tooth harrowing.
We have planted in the fields organic barley, peas (sugar snap, snow, and regular), and sweet corn under plastic. The corn we plant by seed, then put row cover over for extra heat. We should be picking sweet corn the 1st of august!
The strawberries, that had straw over them for the winter, have been uncovered, then covered with row cover. They are day neutral, meaning they bloom all the time, and so will bear fruit all season long.
We have to start spraying the orchards with copper to prevent scab.
Josh hopes to plant early potatoes tomorrow.
Just a note that I am in the office answering CSA e-mails Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. If you have an immediate issue feel free to call our office at 902 542 3277. Our office hours are Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm. A lot more work goes on after that and on weekends, but no one is in the office :)
In an effort to make sure you get the add on's that you order, we are going to be attaching the invoice to the back of your delivery sheet. There may be a few add on invoices there, please look through them for yours. When you pick up add on's please initial that you got it but leave the invoice attached. That paper will come back to the office where we will know you have received the add on and we can invoice you for it in our accounting program.
Recap of the new add on procedure:
Step 1: order add on's online
Step 2: Arrive at pick up and receive those add on's
Step 3: Sign the add on invoice
Step 4: Enjoy your farm fresh products!!
Delicious, and oh so good for you, Dandelion Greens!
All parts of the dandelion are edible and have medicinal and culinary uses.
It has long been used as a liver tonic and diuretic. It contains the bitter taraxacin, which stimulates digestion.
Dandelion roots can be harvested during any frost-free period of the year and eaten raw, steamed, or even dried, roasted and ground into a coffee substitute. If you harvest your own dandelions, make sure they are from an area well away from roadsides, and in a place that isn't sprayed with chemicals.
The leaves are rich in potassium, antioxidants, and vitamins A and C. Dandelion greens can be eaten raw, steamed, boiled, sautéed or braised.
For use in salads, greens should be harvested from new plants while still small and tender, before the first flower emerges. Larger greens tend to be tougher and more bitter, and better suited for cooking.
The dandelions in your shares will need to be washed prior to use.
Have a great week!
Justine on behalf of the TapRoot team