Great Song Farm Newsletter

Volume 1, Issue 2
Week of June 12, First CSA Distribution
Tuesday Pickup June 14th 4 - 7pm
Saturday Pickup June 18th 1:30 – 4:30 pm

This Weeks Selection
Bok Choi, Kale, Swiss Chard, Lettuce Heads, Arugula, Spicy Braising Mix, 'Hakurei' Salad Turnips, Cilantro, and Garlic Scapes.

From the Farmers
Welcome Friends and Neighbors! This is the week of our first CSA Distribution at Great Song Farm, a momentous occasion around these parts, a milestone of sorts that we have the pleasure of sharing with you. This is what the past 9 months have been leading up to, from those first visits and meetings with Larry and Betti, all of the wondering and doubts, the what ifs, the hows, will anyone be interested, what is the soil like under all that grass, how will the land produce, what will we grow, can we manage and accomplish the work, where will we live, where will our capital come from, how will we be received in this new community? Right here, right now, with these people, in this community, in these circumstances, is this what we should be doing with our lives, what we should be bringing to the world? Taking those first steps, putting our trust in our fellow human beings, finding a little confidence in ourselves, beginning to forge these intimate relationships out of a one liner in a land conservancy directory have lead to a welcome home after a long journey.
We are still taking those first steps, each and every day, and we thank you for taking them with us in this venture. We want this to be the same welcome home for you as it is for us. For many this will be your first experience in Community Supported Agriculture, while others may have participated with farms in the area and will have a little more grounding in what to do with the abundance of bok choi we'll be hoisting upon you this week! No matter your previous experience, this is all somewhat new to us as well. We're going out on a limb a bit, trying things a little different to help accommodate folks where they are, so let us know how it is for you. This venture, this experience, is as much yours as it is ours, and as such we must move it forward together We don't just welcome, we need you to be a part of this conversation regarding how this farm fits into your lives, how it provides for you needs, your visions for what it can become, how it is a part of the larger community, how it can support other ventures, how other ventures can support us, how we can all work together to truly enrich our lives. Ideas off the top of my head include a community sharing board (events, workshops, recipes, etc), a free exchange box of goods, a listing of skills and services folks have to share and of those that are in need of service and /or goods, bringing children onto the farm, all the way through educational and artistic opportunities that might be held here, from plant and wildlife walks to workshops on food preservation, cooking, baking, sewing, knitting, painting, whatever you have to bring forward, let's make something together! Don't be afraid to plant a few seeds! Enjoy the Harvest!
Reaping and sowing, sowing and reaping,
-Anthony and Jen

Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.
- Henry David Thoreau

Preparatory reminders for CSA Distribution at Great Song Farm

- Please remember bags to carry your produce home, small bags for small loose greens (arugula and mustard mix), your remaining payment/checkbook and signing up for share add-ons.
- Please enter and exit the driveway slowly as it is only wide enough for one car. Watch for folks walking and the undulations of the parking area.
- When parking, be aware of the large rocks at the entrance of the driveway and please do not drive where the grass is not short as there are outcroppings and rocks lurking.
- If you will not be coming on your scheduled pick up day, please let us know, even if you will not be switching days so we know how much to harvest and whether or not to expect you.
- There are also some folks who have not signed up for a pickup day. Please let us know which day this week (and for the coming season) you'll be picking up you share of vegetables.

Bok Choi? Hakurei? What are you saddling us with?(cooking advice!)
These days I cook everything with the same, simple method which involves gentle steaming. Put 1/4” of water in the bottom of a pot. Cut the vegetables into bite size pieces and place them in the pot. Heat on high until the water is boiling, and then turn down the heat so that it is simmering. Cook to desired tenderness. If using more that one vegetable, note their cooking time and add them accordingly.  A little butter and salt, you have yourself a meal.  Not too exciting, but lets the vegetables really shine and is absolutely delicious.
We've also been having great salads with lettuce, arugula, spicy mustards, and salad turnips. A favorite dressing includes just about everything in the fridge, but I'd say what sets it apart is the addition of toasted sesame oil and chickpea miso. Give it a try!
The white stems of Bok Choi are the main feature. Crunchy like celery lightly cooked or give 'em a little more time and they'll become a little more tender and starchy.
Garlic Scapes are the flower stalks of garlic. Chop them up and use them as you would garlic, they're fairly mild especially cooked. Some make a pesto of sorts out of them. They also freeze well, so take some extra!

A Little Something Else

Listen to the song of life.
Store in your memory the melody you hear.
Learn from it the lesson of harmony.
(from Mabel Collins Light on the Path)