Week 3; July 18, 2013

What’s in the box?


Full Share

Rainbow Chard

Green Onions

Collard Greens

Sugar Snap Peas


Zuchinni/ Summer Squash


Single Share


Green Onions



Zuchinni/ Summer Squash

Notes on the box…

Do not put BASIL in the fridge.  Try to keep it dry and warm.  Your counter is a good spot for it. 

Rainbow Chard is best stored in an open plastic bag in your crisper.  It is out outside, so it may look wilty out of the box, but a nice soak in cold water will perk it back up. You can use it in any recipe as you would spinach. 

Everything else is safe stored in the crisper, no bag needed. 

We just want to come out and say right away that this box is disappointing for us.  We don’t like to put out boxes that don’t contain a good value.  We don’t like skimpy boxes.  It was painful for us putting this one together.  We mentioned last week that we lost just about all of our head lettuce to deer.  We are still working on getting the fence up, but there’s a lot that needs doing at the same time.  We have no garlic scapes this season because we left our garlic in the ground when we moved (this was a real bummer as we had been saving seed for 8 years!)  One of our farming mentors refers to this point in the season as “the heart of darkness.”  Everything needs doing yesterday, things don’t seem to go smoothly, it’s hot, things break down, and we are in between the Spring crops and the Summer crops.  This year, it is particularly bad since so many of our direct seeded crops were planted late and then didn’t germinate, and many of our Spring crops either got too hot and bolted (not good to eat) or they are still sitting there, not producing enough yet (I’m lookin’ at you broccoli and cauliflower!).  Seriously we have about 3/4 of an acre of just Broccoli and that is about 10,000 plants and we only harvested about 150 lbs this week and a little less than that last week.   We’ve never seen anything like this!  But optimistically, the Summer crops are looking good…  corn is tasseling, tomatoes are reaching for the sky, peppers have little baby peppers, eggplants have baby eggplants, and melon plants are stretching their vines all over the place.  And the potatoes are looking so amazing!  We are doing a “crop swap” with a fellow CSA farmer and he said salad mix and carrots will be ready in a few weeks. 

Our apologies again for the less than stellar box.  We want you to know that these are not our standards and we strive for much better…  We feel confident that we will get there and things will get better as the season moves along.  The weather has really thrown us and the plants for a loop, compounded by the move and things discussed in previous blogs.  It’s part of the risk involved in CSA.  No one ever wants to have the risk become a reality, but here it is.  Hopefully we will be able to make it up to you as the season progresses.  Being a member pays off over the long haul (many seasons).  Farming is a marathon race, and a lifetime of investment.


A link to collard greens with butter beans.  YUM!

Quinoa Burger with Zucchini or Summer Squash

Collard Greens Miniera

 Recipe Card

Raw Greens Salad (for your Collards this week, or kale other weeks)
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one bunch of collards or kale
2 carrots or some radishes or turnips, shredded or cut into matchsticks
2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
1 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
red pepper flakes, diced fresh hot pepper, Sriracha, or hot sesame oil to taste
salt or soy sauce to taste
a pinch of sugar to taste
sesame seeds for garnish
The best way to cut up collards is to fold them in half and slice out the rib, then pile them together and roll them up like a cigar then slice across. For this raw salad, nice thin ribbons work the best. Mix the sliced greens with the dressing ingredients and allow to sit for at least a half hour before eating. It gets better in the fridge. Sprinkle with sesame seeds before serving as a garnish.
Turnip Rock CSA http://turniprock.com/blog/

the deer fencing just needs the fence part up to keep the deer out!


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  • Leona Werner on July 18, 2013 at 5:22 pm said:

    I am happy with the box and the produce in it! However, I feel your pain. Our 30′ x 30′ garden has produced very little thus far. Our peas rotted and the zucchini are turning yellow at the ends. A couple kohlrabi came to pass and we picked 2 tomatoes today so all is not lost.

    Thank you for what you are able to send. It is much appreciated at our table.

    • turnipro on July 19, 2013 at 4:40 pm said:

      Thanks so much, Leona! Future zukes may start to get better, it could just be a pollination issue (sometimes the bees don’t find the first flowers). We have a truly beautiful field of melon plants and cucumbers are really starting to plump up… Things may turn around, yet!

  • Mandi on July 19, 2013 at 3:57 pm said:

    Thank you for the continued excellence in farming. While you weren’t proud of this week’s box – it was still mighty delicious. My fella is not a fan of collard greens but the recipe with butter beans is the first time he’s enjoyed them. Thanks again!

  • Nicolle on July 22, 2013 at 9:44 am said:

    We treasure every bite of our Turnip Rock produce and know that you have put your hearts into every box. Keep up the good work, we appreciate you!

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