CSA Newsletter: Week 3 (June 4th, 2012)

Hello CSA members! We are excited to bring you several new items this week including sugar snap peas, radishes and a choice of some of our favorite culinary herbs. (Remember to check out the “In Your Share” section on the right side of the page for a full listing.)

In This Week’s Newsletter:

Blog Updates

As you know, we at the farm are fairly new to the blogging thing (and maybe some of you are too) but we hope you find it as fun to read as it is for us to write! We will continue to post your weekly newsletter every Monday with farm updates and cooking suggestions throughout the CSA season. Mo and I will also try to post once or twice each week as we try new things in our own kitchens and get our hands dirty on the farm.

I want to point out that we have added a couple of new pages to the blog that we hope will be helpful to everyone. Make sure to check out our new “Storage and Cooking Guide” and “Resources” (COMING SOON) pages. These will both be found on the main menu bar at the top of the blog.

In the Storage and Cooking Guide, Mo will provide tips on keeping your veggies fresh as well as basic cooking instructions for each crop. This week, we will be adding tutorials on broccoli raab and sugar snap peas.

On our Resources page, folks from the farm will be sharing some of our go-to cookbooks, websites and blogs. Have a favorite cooking blog or cookbook that goes great with your CSA veggies? If you’d like to share you can email your ideas to me at csa@redwagonorganicfarm.com.

Both of these pages will be updated periodically, so make sure to check back as we add to them!

Familiar Faces

Now that it is the third week of CSA and my eighth week on the farm, I’m really enjoying seeing all of the familiar faces both at CSA pick-ups and out in the fields. At CSA, I’m just starting to get a handle on some names (only 320 to go!) and I hope to be able to match a name to every face eventually. In the meantime, bear with me everyone.

On the farm, it is really fun and satisfying to look back on crops I planted in April and weeded throughout May. Our baby onions and shallots, which we planted in the fields every day for my first few weeks, are looking strong and healthy at last. The rows of beets where we have spent hours weeding and thinning are almost big enough to harvest. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for beets!

Have a great week.


Peas, Glorious Peas

Happy Week #3 CSA’ers. There are a few crops I really look forward and snap peas are one of them! I took a few pictures this morning of the Teller Farm Crew harvesting for you today.

Here is Anna picking peas for Monday CSA


 Pretty peas


Here are Eva, the new Madi, Javier and Mario harvesting Easter Egg radishes (aka huevo Pascua).


More on Garlic Scape Pesto

Did you make the garlic scape pesto that was posted here last week?

I did.


I made some deviled eggs using a basic recipe like this (http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/deviled_eggs/) then I added a few tablespoons of the garlic scape pesto and topped the stuffed egg with a little more pesto.


I wanted to make pasta for dinner but I didn’t want it hot. I made a cold pasta salad with my pesto.

I find pesto often times to be too heavy. I took 3 tablespoons of pesto and added the juice of 2 limes and 2 tablespoons of olive oil together and made a dressing.


I added that to 1/2 a box of cooked orzo pasta and some pea shoots and lettuce leftover from last weeks CSA share and the mint from this week’s CSA share.

I mixed the dressing with the salad components and added a little goat cheese and pepper. I liked the lime juice with the pesto.

Have a great week. Let us know what you are cooking with your shares and if you try any of our ideas.

Until next time.

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3 Responses to CSA Newsletter: Week 3 (June 4th, 2012)

  1. Cindy says:

    I made this tonight – delish! I blanched the scapes first this time and the spice was MUCH better for our family (we have little kids). Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jaime says:

    Hi! Do you think you could leave up a list of what we received each week? The greens get mixed up in my head and I forget exactly what we got. Thanks! :)

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