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Chatfield Farms CSA e-news for June 5 - June 11

Posted 6/2/2017 8:52pm by Josie Hart.

Dear Shareholders,

What a wonderful first week of CSA Distributions! We loved seeing so many familiar faces and meeting plenty of great new folks. It reminded us that although we don't see much of each other during the winter months, we all are part of a real special community that cares about local agriculture and good food.  

As we work to iron out the kinks between our half share and full share, please know we are doing our best to provide the best share for all sorts of eaters. Vegetable selections in the two shares may vary week to week.

Hopefully you tasted the fermented drinks at distribution, and may be considering signing to purchase a weekly share of biobeers and cultured veggies like curry kraut. Use this link to make signing up easy.

This week we've been getting a little rain, then a little heat, and a little rain again. . .which means the plants in the field are going crazy! We are so excited about what is growing out there and as these weeks are starting to ramp up, it's nice to think about what it is we begin with: the soil.


Every year we test our soil in each field to determine what it needs. We see if we need more organic matter, compost, nitrogen, or micro-nutrients like sulfur and boron. This is some of the soil in a new field that we're planting this year, right before some baby melon plants went in! We got in and tilled it at just the right moisture content, so this soil is extra fluffy and dreamy to work in. As stewards of the land (that means you too-we couldn't do this without you) it's a joy to build soil, knowing that we are increasing fertility and increasing good food to come.

It's spring, which means it's greens season! Leaves are the first things out of the ground, which is perfect because spring greens and salads  and herbs are a tonic for the digestion, promote cleansing after the winter and are potent antioxidants!

Harvest List for June 5- June 11

green garlic
salad mix
collard greens or kale
head lettuce
broccoli raab

*Please note the exact share may change due to weather or crop conditions and half/full share availability*


Featured Recipe: Simply Perfect Sautéed Greens


  • 1 bunch greens, such as kale, collards, mustard, chard, turnip tops
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • Fresh lemon juice


Rinse greens. Drain and cut leaves and stems into 1/4"-1/2" strips and pieces.

In a large skillet, heat extra-virgin olive oil over medium heat. Add stems, garlic, and onion and sauté until onion softens. Add the leaves and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and bright green, about 5 minutes. Finish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

Add-on Share Schedule:
- Eggs
- Mushrooms
- Bread
- Balanced Belly Share

Volunteer Opportunities: Seeking Tuesday Distribution Help!

If you would like to have a deeper understanding and involvement with the farm, and have some extra time on Tuesday afternoons, consider signing up for a volunteer share through our volunteer coordinator, Mollie Hayden, for more info please email mollie.hayden@botanicgardens.org You will receive $200 off your share price.