Saturday, June 2, 2012

Sunday - Week # 1

Hi,

I am very excited to be writing our very first newsletter of the season! I will be sending one every week around this time to tell you what you can expect in your share and remind you to pick it up. The newsletters will include information about what's in your share, what's coming in/out of season on the farms, helpful cooking/prep tips, and any other special topics we'd like to share that week. I have just launched our CSA Blog, where I will also post all the newsletters (if you want to check out the ones from our Wed/Thurs delivery, you might get somewhat of an idea of what to look forward to next Sunday).

To aid easier/wider interaction and keep these newsletters from becoming too long, I will reference recipes, topics, and events on here with links to more complete information on the blog. We also encourage all of you to share your own recipes, special events, comments, questions, feedback and thoughts on the blog. If you have something you'd like to share, please email us and we will post it for you.

Each week, I will (try to) include a photo with everything in the full (top of the page) and small (bottom of the page) shares. As you can see, this week we have a bounty of green vegetables to offer you; including green butterhead and romaine lettuces, collard greens, kale, scallions, asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries, and corn flour. If you are not acqainted with the local food seasons, spring is the time for greens, and we have lots! We will not usually include our grains in the shares, but we thought it would be better to include a starch rather than an extra green this week.

We have also included the "Simply in Season" cookbook to all of the shares this week. This is something we did last year that a lot of our members really enjoyed, so we decided to do it again. It's a very easy to use cookbook that is ordered by the seasons. Please note that we put the cookbooks NEXT TO the shares to keep them from the moisture in the greens, so you have to pick it up seperately. If you received one last year, or are not interested in it, please leave yours in the box and we'll make sure it doesn't go to waste.

I just got the first share myself, but I already have a few recipes in mind, so check out the blog this week for recipes/ideas. Tomorrow I will post a recipe for collard greens and another one for corn flour. Now that the season has started and the blog is up, we will be continouosly posting recipes, and will include descriptions of them and links in our future newsletters.

Usually, the full shares will be in GREEN bags, the small shares in BLACK bags and the eggs and bread in BLUE bags. Due to a mix-up this week, the full shares and the eggs/bread are all in BLUE bags. Please make sure you remember your cookbook when you pick up your share, and check your name off the list. Next week, please remember to bring your bag back

A lot of you already like/follow us on Facebook/Twitter, but if you don't already, it's a pretty nice way to keep in touch. We will share all of our blog posts on there as well as other updates, and we always appreciate any input/feedback you provide there as well.

If you run into any trouble or have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me.

I hope you enjoy these first fruits of summer!

-Mark

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