What’s In The Bag, Sat/Sun July 7/8

On the days we harvest for our CSA members’ bags, we spend an unmentionable amount of time agonizing. We want our CSA members to receive the first fruits that ripen on our plants. and a lot of them. and the prettiest. definitely the tastiest.

Today was a reminder of why few people choose to “make a living” as a farmer. We are at the mercy of many external forces so we must be the wittiest and strongest of soldiers for food or else we will watch our food dry out, be eaten by pests, and return to the earth. We continually dance with the climate and weather (heat waves, droughts, thunderstorms) always trying to predict and prepare, protect and shelter, or mitigate damage and loss. We want to honor all living things on the farm, but we also do not want to share our food with the beetles and worms.

We could use another 12 hours in our day, if we had the stamina ourselves for it. The best laid plans and the best intentions still fall behind, meaning we don’t always have the bounty we hoped for at the time we wanted it.

This is the reality of farming. It is difficult for me to think of another profession that has challenges parallel to these. AND most farmers cannot imagine doing anything else but grow food.

And we grow yours, dear CSA peeps. We want you to have the freshest, tastiest, brightest food in your bags and on your tables because you so warmly support us and you are our friends.

This is one of those weeks in which we had a little of a lot of things, but not enough for everyone. So there will be a little juggle in the next week or so ensuring everyone receives a bit of our first summer harvests. I hope you can follow our lists below!

What’s In The Bag–
Everyone will receive:
* French filet green beans
* Squash & Zucchini medley
* Kennebec potatoes
* Leeks
* Garlic

If you pick up your bag on Saturday, you will also receive:
* Tomatoes
* Basil

If you pick up a regular share on Sunday, you will also receive:
* Eggplant
* Pac Choy

If you pick up an individual share on Sunday, you will also receive:
* Sweet Peppers
* Pac Choy

The pac choy is one of our first harvests from the hoop house. It was an experiment to see if it would grow in the heat of the summer and resist pests in the hoop house. The answers to our experiment are, respectively, yes and no. It’s growing!…and a bit holey. Nonetheless it will be crunchy and delicious in a stir-fry.

Within the Granite Springs Farm kitchen, we have been craving Indian-inspired dishes. Here is one that will spice up your July evening:

Green Beans and Potatoes:
2 tbsp oil (or, traditionally, ghee)
2 cloves garlic, mashed
½ lb green beans, cut into 1/4 or 1/2 inch pieces
2 medium potatoes, quartered or chopped into small pieces
1 green chili (optional)
½ tsp cumin seeds
½ tsp coriander
¼ tsp chili powder
¼ tsp salt

1. In a large frying pan, heat oil on medium, add cumin seeds.
2. As soon as seeds start to pop, add garlic and lightly brown.
3. Immediately mix in coriander and chili powder.
4. Add green beans, potatoes, salt and chilies.
5. Cover and cook over a moderate heat for about 20 minutes, stirring every 5-7 minutes to ensure even cooking.
6. Serve and enjoy!
* adapted from theeasyindian.com