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Monday, June 6, 2011

The first week of our 5th season!

Hellllooooooo Happy Eaters!

Feeder here. Alright! Is everyone ready for the first week of the CSA? We are! Paul spent all yesterday mowing, mulching, and generally tidying up around the farm in preparation for tomorrow's distribution. In an hour or so Paul and I will walk around the farm and asses harvest. The employees are finishing up washing the 2 pallets of over wintered leeks that we picked in April. They held up great and taste fantastic. When the winter goop peels off of them and reveals a startlingly creamy white shank my mind goes to butter and white wine and Swiss cheese. So Good. The barrel washer will be running all day, washing all those over- wintered roots. They also held up great and are a welcome addition to greens.

Nuts and Bolts:

Vegetable Forecast (this is a forecast, and we all know how those can change):
potatoes, beets, carrots, turnips, rutabagas, celeriac, leeks, arugula, pac choi, spinach, komatsuna, radishes, broccoli raab, turnip greens, kale, basil, oregano, mint

bachelor buttons and lupine - unlimited

We have a mind blowingly awesome addition to our recipes page. Events coordinator Flannery has put together a page on the recipe page of the farm website (http://www.sweetlandfarm.org) that literally tells you what to pick up at the CSA distribution, what to buy at the farmers market, what to buy at the store, and then gives you a week of menus with links to the recipes. The page is fantastic - you should take a look before you come to distribution this week. I am inspired.

Here is what Flannery has to say:
"June is shaping up to be an exciting month for events at Sweet Land Farm! Updates to the recipe blog, a farm walk, a kids event about seeds, a strawberry jam making workshop. Stay turned for more details and come visit our events table at this week's Tuesday and Friday distributions. email:
fhysjulien@mac.com to get involved!"
Lots of people have said that they would like some opportunities to help out on the farm, so here are a couple:
1. We are hosting a weeding party this Saturday from 9-noon. Dress for the weather, bring snacks and water, and bring a bag lunch if you want to stick around after we're done and we can all eat lunch in the shade and chat. Children welcome.
2. There is an open invitation to help us with harvest on distribution days. We start at 7 and harvest until around 10, and then wash until about 11:30. You can just show up and come an look for us, or give us a heads up via email the day before.

Distribution is Tuesday and Friday 1-8pm, with make-up days on Wednesday and Saturday 8-noon. We do not stock on the make-up days, but there is usually a decent selection. You can switch between distribution days and there is no need to let us know which day you are coming. Please read your member handbook - on the website and hard copies available at distribution - for all details and answers to many questions.

Harvest Dinner:
Tickets are now available for the first Harvest Dinner of the 2011 season on Sunday, June 19th hosted at Remembrance Farm with Chef-Owner Scott Signori of Stonecat Café and the Damiani family of Damiani Wine Cellars.

Come join us for a special Midsummer's Eve celebration starting at 5:00pm with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception with live music from Evil City String Band and an optional farm tour.

At 6:00pm guests will dine on a delectable menu featuring food harvested from the adjacent fields and neighboring producers. Damiani wines will be perfectly paired with each bite while guests overlook the sun setting beyond the fields. Then we will light up the evening with a bonfire and decadent desserts.

In honor of Father's Day a box of handmade truffles will be given as a gift to all father's joining us for this special occasion!

Tickets start at $75 (all-inclusive) and can be purchased online at www.healthyfoodforall.org or by calling 607-342-8845. Seating is limited so don't delay!

This is the first in a series of six harvest dinners on the farm to benefit the Healthy Food For All program, a partnership of family-owned farms and Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County to make fresh produce accessible to households with limited income.

For the full schedule of 2011 harvest dinners with menus and more, please visit
www.healthyfoodforall.org or contact harvestdinners@gmail.com

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