Our third CSA from Harmony Valley Farms (blog) included:

  • Asparagus,
  • Ramps,
  • Parsnip,
  • Sunchoke,
  • Spinach,
  • Salad mix,
  • Green garlic,
  • Egyptian Walking onion,
  • Spring radish,
  • Rhubarb,
  • Saute mix, and
  • Garden herb packs

The herb pack contained plantable rosemary, thyme, savory, oregano, sage, Giant of Italy Parsley, Basil, and Krausa Parsley.

I did some digging (pdf) and found that their Saute Mix is described as:

Sauté mix is a wonderful blend of sturdy greens, like spinach, tat-soi, arugula, mizuna, etc, that hold up well when cooked. They are very versatile, and have a wonderful flavor. They can be cooked as simply as sautéed in butter or olive oil with salt and pepper, or with bacon and shallots, or wilted in a hot pan with a light vinaigrette. I have used them in stir-fries, soups, stuffings, and as a simple side dish. Sauté mix can even be enjoyed as a hearty salad, and is perfect for hot dressings that would destroy delicate salad mix.

In this week’s newsletter (pdf) we got a good reminder that our “fortune” is very much tied up with the farmers as the frost impacted the farm:

This past Sunday morning’s frost set back our asparagus crop by about 2-3 days, so we had to reduce the amount included in your box this week. Our neighbor Elmer Beechy, another certified organic grower, has been supplementing our asparagus supply, but his fields froze as well. (Thanks go out to another neighbor, David Troyer, for his organic rhubarb, also supplementing ours.) The asparagus should be back on track with this week’s forecasted warmer weather. Thank you for your understanding & enjoy the tastes of spring!
Despite the 30 mph winds, we kept the strawberry fi eld covered too, with only a few casualties from the frost. In the places where the cover was ripped, the fragile blossoms blackened and won’t produce fruit but it looks like only a loss of 4-5 pints of berries! Big thanks to the Saturday crew who came out & battled the wind to protect the crops.

We look forward to more adventurous food!

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