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Chatfield CSA E-news June 16-20

Posted 6/15/2014 9:58pm by Josie Hart-Genter.

Dear CSA Shareholders,

The plants are looking great with the recent rain! We have begun to sell mushrooms, goat cheese and to distribute our egg share. Please let us know about the quality of these items. We partner with small farms and want to make sure, just like our produce, they meet your expectations.

Chatfield is looking very beautiful with flowers in full bloom, coyote pups running and playing, cottonwood fluff drifting through the filterd sunlight and the crops growing bigger and more lush every day.

*We hope you all join us June 29th, at 3 p.m. for our Open House and Potluck event in the CSA washstand!

We are now finished with our new farm stand at Denver Human Services for the month of June. We will be on the 16th St. Mall next Friday, so look for us there from noon to 5:00 p.m. if you would like to stop by! We are directly across from the Verizon store near Champa St.

Produce List for June 16-20
* tentative and subject to change


Baby Bok Choy



Featured Recipe of the Week: Quick Beet Greens and White Bean Saute

Adapted From "All We Need Farm" Cookbook


  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic chives
  • Your share of beet tops
  • ½ cup of broth – vegetable or chicken
  • 2 cups of cooked white beans drained
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp of vinegar – malt or apple cider

Heat oil in a sauté pan over medium heat.  Add beet greens and garlic chives.  Stirring to coat the greens with the oil.  Cook for about 5 minutes and add your broth. 

Bring broth to a simmer and add beans, stirring, until the greens are wilted and the dish is hot.  Season with salt, pepper and vinegar. Garnish the top of your beans with minced arugula, chive blossoms or fresh parsley.

 Grower's perspective: Meet the CSA Staff!

We are so lucky at the CSA to have such a family vibe amongst our staff.
Josie Hart: CSA Program Manager. Josie handles the behind-the-scene details like sales, website, marketing, volunteers, and communication for the CSA as well York St. Distribution, the farm stand and outreach projects for the CSA.
Phil Cordelli: Produce Grower and Field Manager. Phil handles all aspects of growing the produce, managing field staff, handling day to day volunteers as well as Chatfield distribution and guides the overall vision and mission of the CSA with Josie.
Jamie Wickler: Produce Grower. In her second year Jamie is integral to the daily CSA operations of produce growing, irrigation management and harvest. Jamie's background is in engineering and brings a strong work ethic to the team as well as data and record keeping.
Chris Krabbenhoeft: Produce Grower.Chris is also in his second year and has a lot of experience as a produce grower/distributor. Chris has an excellent eye for produce at its peak ripeness and top quality. Chris has amazing pace and speed in the field and gets the job done with accuracy and efficiency.
Ashley Koehnke: Produce Grower. Ashley comes to us from Revision International as a grower, and has a lot of experience on farms (she also grew up one)! Ashley is a go-getter with an incredibly mellow and friendly attitude. She also is a massage therapist and a great new addition to the team.
Gerardo Patron-Cano: Produce Grower. Gerardo is very passionate about small farms having a positive affect on the local economy as well as increasing food access in Denver. Gerardo has wonderful enthusiasm out in the field. He is currently a graduate student at Denver University and hopes to run his own farm in the future. Gerardo is also a great new addition to our team.

If you see these people at distribution or on your volunteer day in the field, please tell them what a great job they are doing!    

Egg Shares:  Please bring in a egg carton but we have plenty to lend you too!
Bring Cash: Mushrooms and freshly made goat cheeses are on sale every week! Please note we are trying to increase the quantity of cheese we can purchase from Pine Mountain, however, her operation is still getting started and she is doing her best to provide more yummy cheese. This week she will also have a limited amount of goat's milk fudge to try!

*No meat shares this week. Salmon fillets may be available- bring your checkbook if interested!

Food Safety Note
Please note that although we wash our produce after harvesting, shareholders should wash before eating. Our farm produce should be treated the same way as grocery store produce: always wash before eating! The best way to wash produce is by running it under cool water. Cleaning products are not necessary. 

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