Posted on October 28, 2009 by Virginia Citrano
Individual Shares, Select 6
Hon Tsai Tai
Mixed Leaf Lettuce
Baby Leaf Lettuce
Stir-fry mix (baby Kale, Yokata-Na)
EXTRAS: Hickory nuts, Green Wave mustard
Thank you all for participating this year in our CSA!
Please stock up on animal protein. We will have available for purchase, seafood, chicken, and beef all on a first-come, first-served basis. Place your order by clicking on the appropriate link.
Filed under: This Week's Shares | Tagged: Arugula, Asian Greens, Bok Choi, Green Wave Mustard, Hickory Nuts, Hon Tsai Tai, Kale, Lettuce, Mizspoona, Mustard Greens, Pak Choi, Pears, Pumpkins, Radish, Yokata-Na | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 26, 2009 by Virginia Citrano
We were more than a little discombobulated unloading the truck yesterday in Verona. We couldn’t seem to remember which greens were which, or figure out what ordered they belonged in on the tables. Very odd. This was Week 21, after all, and we ought to have the CSA distribution down to a science.
And then someone figured out what the problem was: no kale. “We can’t function without it,” somebody quipped.
Yes, 2009 has been The Year of Kale. The software behind the “What we’re writing about” box to the left of this page renders the blog’s most frequent post tags in the largest type, and the largest of the large is … drumroll, please …. kale. For those of you keeping score, we have had kale–WhiteRussian, Red, Curly, Siberian or Lacinato–in weeks 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20.
And yes, there does seem to be a connection between kale and cognitive function. Take a look at this article (headline: “Brain Food”) from Rodale’s Men’s Health magazine.
The last distribution for Upper Meadows’ 2009 CSA is just days away. I’ve got some kale stockpiled in the freezer, but not nearly enough for the winter. So I guess the bottom line is this: Don’t ask me to do any serious thinking until next spring.
Filed under: In Good Health, Verona | Tagged: Kale | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 13, 2009 by Virginia Citrano
Individual shares, choose 4
Baby Greens (lettuces & arugula)
EXTRAS: Parsley, Chestnuts or Hickory nuts, Collards, Squash, Lettuce, Flowers
CHICKEN WILL BE AVAILABLE AS WELL AS OUR OWN ALL-BEEF HOT DOGS. PLEASE USE THE ON LINE ORDER FORM FOR CHICKEN
Distribution ends the last week of October including November 1st. Please plan accordingly. There are a number of members who have not yet fulfilled their volunteer time commitment. Please contact your distribution coordinator directly to coordinate your volunteer time. IF you are not in a position to meet your volunteer obligation there is a ‘Buy-out’ option. This option provides very necessary dollars directly to offset labor expenses. If you want to exercise this option please click here to make an on line payment. Find the PayPal in the left column in the ‘JOIN HERE TODAY’ section, or make a payment at your next distribution.
Filed under: This Week's Shares | Tagged: apples, Chestnuts, Collards, Greens, Hickory Nuts, Kale, Lettuce, parsley, Radishes, Squash, Swiss Chard | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 13, 2009 by Virginia Citrano
After months of waiting, I finally got White House tour tickets for my family. So last Thursday we headed to DC for a long weekend and, while the rest of the Verona CSA group was at pick-up, we were at Mount Vernon, looking at George Washington’s kale. We were also looking at the founding father’s walnuts but I thought that would push the bounds of good taste in a headline.
Mount Vernon could be held up as a model organic farm, except that, in the mid-1700s, that was really the only kind of farming around. No synthetic pesticides to run off into the picturesque Potomac below, no fungicides on the fruit trees. Of course, Washington’s success as a farmer–he had 8,000 acres and was highly successful–was due in no small part to the fact that he was also a major slave owner. He freed his slaves only upon his death.
Mount Vernon today is a fraction of its old size, but several colonial-era farming practices are still in evidence. There was a deep, straw-lined manure pit next to the stables, much to the dismay of a group of visiting teenagers. And yes, I did try to explain why that was a good idea until my older son rolled his eyes and moaned “Mommmmm”. There were also several beautifully maintained garden plots, with rows of lacinato kale, cardoons, and several kinds of winter squash and cabbage.
None of which, alas, was for sale in the gift shop. But I did pocket a walnut or two.
Filed under: Common Ground, Verona | Tagged: George Washington, Kale, Mount Vernon | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 9, 2009 by Virginia Citrano
Individuals, choose 6
Extras: Chestnuts, Hickory Nuts, Lettuce, Stinging Nettles
We’ll have fresh and frozen chicken each week. Please order here.
Please excuse the late announcement. Fall greens along with radishes are just coming in. There are also some surprise extras. See you at distribution.
Filed under: This Week's Shares | Tagged: apples, Basil, Chestnuts, Chicory, Collards, Dandelion, Hickory Nuts, Kale, Lettuce, parsley, Pears, Pumpkins, Radishes, Stinging Nettles | Leave a comment »
Posted on September 30, 2009 by Virginia Citrano
Individual shares, choose 5
WE HAVE FRESH WHOLE CHICKENS AVAILABLE. PLEASE PLACE YOUR ORDER HERE
Filed under: This Week's Shares | Tagged: apples, Basil, Dandelion, Kale, Lettuce, Pears, Pumpkin, Stinging Nettles | Leave a comment »
Posted on September 24, 2009 by Virginia Citrano
Individual shares select 5
Extras: Cucumbers, Pears
Filed under: This Week's Shares | Tagged: Acorn Squash, apples, Cucumbers, Garlic Chives, Kale, Lemon Basil, parsley, Pears, Swiss Chard | Leave a comment »