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IT'S JCSA WEEK #2! THIS WEEK'S BOX IS A REAL STUNNER! (will I say that every week? If so I'll mean it)
 
It was such a treat to see you all at pick-up last week. I'll miss you today, as I'll just drop the boxes and go, but I love knowing they are going home with you! Sending extra love with the veggies!

Meredith
PICK-UP DETAILS AND REMINDERS
Pick-up is TODAY from 4 - 7 pm at Beth El, 1004 Watts Street 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:
  • Tender Collard Greens - a gorgeous, young first harvest
  • White Russian Kale - true beauties, a joy to harvest this week
  • Alkindus Butterhead Lettuce - the real star of the show, IMHO . . . just wait til you see the vibrant green core
  • First spring radishes! SO delicious, flavorful and mild!
  • Baby Bok Choy - our first time growing it at One Soil and I'm SO excited. I already put it in my quick ramen dinner last night :)
NOTES ON STORAGE
Notes on washing and storage: Everything has been given a dunk in clean water before we package it and send it to you.

My practices for cleaning/prepping things at home:

- bunches - I usually just give them one more quick rinse under the tap right before I chop them, to get off any grit that may still be left. But they should be pretty clean!
- radishes - rinse if you want, but they should be ready to go, baby!
- bok choy - these will need an extra rinse as you open them up to chop them, since they have tight stems that are bunched together. I just ran mine under the tap, but you could also chop them and submerge them in a salad spinner/bowl. 
- head lettuce - all of our whole head lettuces will probably need a thorough cleaning if you don't want grit in your salad (although I don't mind a little, honestly) - they get a good dunk in our wash station, but the leaves can sometimes hold a little dirt in there. I highly recommend getting a salad spinner, if you don't already have one! I like to chop the lettuce, throw it in the salad spinner, fill it up with water, and then lift the basket out of the bowl to leave the grit behind. I usually do this a couple of times, or until the water is mostly clear. Then spin until dry! I like to do mine all at once, and then put the extra back in the bag, so it's prepped for a quick salad later! YUM

As always, everything should last the week in the fridge in their plastic bags!
RECIPE IDEAS
From Molly this week! Honestly she texted me about her dinner last night and I was jealous (we both take home our own CSA shares on Tuesday after work).
A picture of Molly's dinner last night, which she texted to me and made me very jealous.
NEXT WEEK'S PREVIEW . . .
Coming down the line . . .

- cilantro
- more little gem and butterhead lettuce
- broccoli raab/broccoli greens/broccolini
- arugula/baby greens
- more beautiful bunches of kale/chard/collards!
NOTES FROM THE FIELD (AND MEREDITH'S HEART)
(here's Molly and I getting HUGE tomato plants in the ground yesterday)

Same news as last week: IT'S STILL APRIL. THINGS ARE STILL WILD AT THE FARM!

This week we are spending long, (mostly) fun days at the farm planting our summer field! Our plants in the greenhouse got very big very fast, which is great, but also means it's a race to get them in the ground at the right moment. Summer crops take a bit more infrastructure - we're laying down landscape fabric so that we won't drown in weeds (any more than we already are in our spring field) and building a lot of trellising (which means pounding posts into the ground and putting up netting or string). So far this week, our first rows of cucumbers and tomatoes have gone in the ground, and gotten trellised! The rest of the week will be an exciting marathon of planting spring onions, peppers, eggplant, and more summer squash - with winter squash, melons, okra, and more eggplant right behind. WOWOWOWOWOWOW IT'S MID APRIL!!!!!!!!!!

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

xo M

PS - Just to keep it real, here's a picture of the air conditioner in our walk in cooler, which I discovered was totally frozen over and not functioning yesterday morning! So we had to spend sometime defrosting it to make sure we could store your JCSA veggies. Which we were luckily able to do. Selling perishable items is always an adventure!
Meredith Cohen
Founder and Farmer
pronouns: she/her

One Soil Farm
Jewish Community Supported Agriculture in Durham, NC

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