Week 22, Final Distribution 2009

Individual Shares, Select 6

Radishes

Arugula

Hon Tsai Tai

Pears

Mixed Leaf Lettuce

Pak Choi

Baby Leaf Lettuce

Mizspoona

Stir-fry mix (baby Kale, Yokata-Na)

Pumpkins

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.

Your Brain On Kale

kaleWe 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.

Week 20 Shares

Individual shares, choose 4

Kale

Swiss Chard

Radishes

Baby Greens (lettuces & arugula)

Apples

EXTRAS: Parsley, Chestnuts or Hickory nuts, Collards, Squash, Lettuce, Flowers

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George Washington’s Kale

George Washington KaleAfter 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.

George Washington SquashMount 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.

Week 19 Share

Individuals, choose 6

Apples

Pears

Radishes

Basil

Parsley

Kale/Collards

Dandelion/Chicory

Pumpkins

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.

Week 18 Share

Individual shares, choose 5

Apples

Pumpkin

Kale

Dandelion Greens

Basil

Lettuce

Pears

Nettles

Extra: Flowers

WE HAVE FRESH WHOLE CHICKENS AVAILABLE. PLEASE PLACE YOUR ORDER HERE

Week 17 Share

Individual shares select 5

Kale
Parsley
Swiss Chard
Lemon Basil
Acorn Squash
Apples
Flowers
Garlic Chives

Extras: Cucumbers, Pears