I took this photo looking through the wildlife fence around the spring gardens. If I had not focused right in on it, you would not even know it was there! Can you tell how much the veggies have grown in the last two weeks? Go back and look at the first photo I posted and you will see!
We are going to start the CSA on Monday, May 20. Every CSA Member who is getting a box next week has been notified. If you did not get an email from me, that means your first box will come in week two. I WILL SEND YOU AN EMAIL. Most of our CSA Families get an every-other-week box. For this reason, it takes a full two weeks to get our CSA up and running. Robert tries to balance out the harvest and I attempt to have pickup locations in different areas of Buncombe County from week to week in order to make it as convenient as possible for everyone.
The first veggies will be the smallest in size. Don’t worry they will get larger as time passes and they have had more time to grow in the great out of doors. Everything mixed together makes for wonderful, fresh salads! If the Asian greens are bitter tasting to you, toss a few sweet Craisins into your salad for sweetness. Or add a drizzle of honey.
Robert will rinse the first layer of soil off most veggies before I pack them into your CSA Boxes. I usually wash my greens when they come up from the fields. Then I put them into these Jumbo Hefty bags and into the refrigerator. This makes salad prep for a meal a quick job of chopping before serving. You can find these bags at most grocery stores.
This was one day’s harvest of asparagus! You can see why it will not be included in the CSA Boxes–there simply are not enough to mess with. Robert and I have attempted to grow asparagus for 26 years and have been successful by most standards. Thousands of crowns have been planted and replanted at great cost in both money and physical labor.
After much contemplation, we have come to the conclusion the WNC winters do not get cold enough to make for the best asparagus growing environment. Additionally, the many drought years were devastating to the crowns. We have reached acceptance and relinquishment when it comes to growing asparagus. A farmer or a gardener must be comfortable with uncertainty in the garden. Sometimes proper planning and preparation simply is not enough when working in Nature with Nature.
Speaking of Nature, can you see the black “shadow” in this photo? We call him “Baby Bear” and he was looking through the strawberry fence and contemplating going in for a sweet bite when I snapped this photo from the front door!