Our greenhouse is currently FULL to the brim with things we need to get planted ASAP! We need about 5 days of no rain in order to get into the field with our tractors so here's to hoping... Our hoop house tomatoes have come up, our kale is ready to go, our beet transplants are just waiting...this is such a hard moment in farming, we are all just itching to get out there!!
2017 CSA on sale! I wanted to write a whole bit for you guysnabout our new CSA last week but well in farming things don't always go as planned. So a week late but no less–we've decided to change up our CSA a bit so below are a couple notes! We hope you join us for this awesome, and hopefully the best-yet season at Our Table!
+ WE ARE MOVING TO FABRIC BAGS!!! Yes, that means no more of those sterile, white, cut your hands-up crop boxes. Maybe it is just us that don't like them but we are super happy to move to organic cotton bags–they'll keep your produce nice and cool and you can just grab the bag and go!
+ WE'LL HAVE MORE FRUIT THAN EVER!! This year we will have more strawberries and add-in cherries, apples and more!
+ WE ARE DOING ONE FULL SEASON!!! Instead of doing our four mini seasons we have decided to make it easier on the administrative/sales end as well as customer end so that once you are signed up you are good to go for the whole season. We still have the option to break up the payments (you can even do monthly) but this just simplifies it. After this winter we've decided to take a break from CSA during Jan-Mar so that we don't have to do any share canceling! We will still farm year-round and you can get our delicious produce from many fantastic groceries, restaurants and our very own farm store during those bleak winter months.
+ WE STILL HAVE MOST OF OUR DROP SITES!!! In Portland: NE, SE, SW and NW! We also have drops on the farm, in Wilsonville, Newberg and Tigard/Tualatin.
+ WE ARE ELIMINATING THE MINI SHARE!! We know that a lot of ya'll like the mini share but we've come to the conclusion that it is just not sustainable for us. We hope you will understand and we want to emphasize that our share is still on the small side at $25/week. This will allow us to keep the crop diversity up and deliver beautiful shares weekly. If the share size is too big for you maybe there is a friend or neighbor who would be willing to share? I'm also entertaining the idea of bi-weekly shares which would cut the cost and amount of food in half–if anyone is interested in that please email me! j e n @ o u r t a b l e . u s
+ WE STILL HAVE OUR ADD-ON STORE! Available for customization weekly! The kitchen will be adding more value-added and prepared foods as the season matures!
YUKON GOLD POTATOES: Tried and true. We are almost through our potatoes stores, but it is so nice to have a steady potato supply from your local farm!
DRIED MARIA NAGY CAYENNE PEPPERS: These are from last summer's abundant harvest! We are slowly trying to get better at saving and preserving when there is too much to be able to provide when there isn't much! There is definitely ab bit of kick from this pepper variety (as cayenne would suggest) but they are great ground up for a chili flake or I like to crunch them up and add them to any sauté, soup or chili.
SUNFLOWER MICROGREENS: The first of the microgreens and we couldn't be more excited! These extremely tender, young greens are full of nutrients and flavor! Sunflower micros in particular are deliciously nutty with the flavor of raw sunflower seeds but with the texture of spinach. They are super versatile also – use them in sandwiches and wraps, to garnish and add a pop of flavor to a meal, in a salad, just out of the box and so much more.
LEEKS (Large Only): The last of the leeks! We had a beautiful run with these guys and are sad to see them go. Our most resilient allium!
ARUGULA RAAB (Large Only): One of my favorite crops! This arugula was cut back late fall, chilled out (literally) through the winter under row cover and now is giving us a beautiful stand of raab! Raab is the flowering bud of the plan but it is packed with arugula-like flavor and is quite a looker on that. I really like to saute raab in butter and eat it alone or topped on something like...PIZZA! (My menu tonight will be pizza with some yummy cow cheese, raab and leeks). The arugula raab does pack a punch so if you don't like spice definitely cook it in some way!
PARSLEY (Large Only): Big beautiful parsley! We planted these little guys way back before the snow even started. We have patiently watched them grow in one of our hoop houses and we finally have a full stand. Parsley is fantastic in so many ways – use it with meat, as a garnish, in a salad or even make a pesto. I love parsley with soups, pasta and eggs.