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IT'S OUR FIRST JCSA DAY!!!!!!!!!!! SHEHECHEYANU
 
I'm so excited to see you all today (6+ ft away from behind a mask) at pick-up at Beth El, from 4-7 pm. Here's the full scoop on what's in the box, and some reminders on what to expect at pick-up!

A note on these weekly emails - these are definitely a choose-your-own-adventure style newsletter. I imagine some of you will just read the first sentence and use it as a reminder to pick-up your box! No further reading required. But for those of you who want ALL the details on the veggies, the farm, and my feelings, READ ON to your heart's content.

See you all soon,
Meredith
PICK-UP DETAILS AND REMINDERS
Pick-up is TODAY from 4 - 7 pm at Beth El, 1004 Watts St in Durham. All boxes left after 7 pm will be donated.
  • please wear a mask when picking up your box
  • if someone else is there picking up at the same time as you, please give them space!
  • sign for your box
  • grab any box, they're all the same!
  • either unpack your box and leave the empty box, or take it home and bring box back next week
  • if you'd like to take or leave an item in the swap box, go for it!
WHAT'S IN THIS WEEK'S BOX?
In this week's box, you'll find:
  • Rainbow Swiss Chard
  • Tuscan Kale
  • 3 heads of Little Gem Lettuce
  • Parsley
  • Scallions
NOTES ON STORAGE
A note on packaging: Molly and I are very passionate about reducing our packaging, and it is our plan to work towards having a waste-free JCSA, or as close as we can come. For now, we've made the calculated decision to use plastic bags in our JCSA boxes, for a few reasons:
- because the boxes may be sitting for a few hours (in the shade) before they're picked up, the plastic bags make a HUGE difference in keeping them fresh til they make it to your fridge
- the bags will also keep them fresher IN your fridge! (see below for notes on storage)
- while we hope to offer a "market style" JCSA in future years, when it is safer, right now we are happy to be able to offer this contactless pick-up system - our goal is to be as safe as possible and keep your veggies as fresh as possible!
- hot tip - you can save your plastic bags and reuse them at home! maybe it will reduce the number of plastic bags you need to buy?

OKAY, now for notes on washing and storage: I think you'll be pleasantly surprised how long our veggies last in your fridge! All of these veggies should last at least a week in their plastic bags. This is because: it was all just harvested yesterday, and we are able to cool things off quickly after harvest and get them directly into the cooler. Yay for fresh, long-lasting veggies!

No other specific directions this week! You can throw them all in the fridge in their bags!
RECIPE IDEAS
Here's a quick round up of a few recipes featuring parsley and scallions. Look forward to some member-suggested recipes in the future!
A few simple, herby salad dressing ideas (to add to your perfect Little Gem salads) -
If you're feeling fancy/love baking - 
NEXT WEEK'S PREVIEW . . .
Our spring field is officially EXPLODING with green goodness right now! Next week we expect to send you home with some combo of:

- collard greens
- russian kale
- baby lettuce mix
- butterhead lettuce
- bok choy?
- salad radishes?

Spring leafy greens are my FAVORITE. This is the time of year to eat all the salads and fresh greens! Yay!
NOTES FROM THE FIELD (AND MEREDITH'S HEART)
Well, the main news is: IT'S APRIL. THINGS ARE WILD OVER HERE, PEOPLE.

April is the month that I always forget is TOTALLY BONKERS until it's happening - it's the month that EVERY SINGLE THING is happening at once on the farm: we're still seeding in the greenhouse, there's a TON of summer plants ready to go out in the field (which means lots of bed prep for planting and lots of planting to do), the weeds are growing as fast as the plants, AND our first spring harvests are happening!!! Plus this is NC, so the weather can swing from below freezing to 80 degrees in a matter of days, which sometimes means whole days spend covering and uncovering plans. See what I mean about April on the farm?? Totally exciting and overwhelming all at once. I'm so grateful and so exhausted all the time right now.

Plus, this year, we're also trying to keep things moving on our new land, so we'll be able to start growing there next year - right now we're waiting for our permit from the county to dig a well! A very big, scary and exciting step that is really the lynch pin to everything that comes after . . . cross your fingers for us on hitting water . . .

And that's been the news from the field and Meredith's heart. More next week.

xo M
Meredith Cohen
Founder and Farmer
pronouns: she/her

One Soil Farm
Jewish Community Supported Agriculture in Durham, NC

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