7.7.11

Garden Bag One~ Delivered!

1st bags ready
This past weekend was crazy busy.  We  hosted our annual chili cook-off for just over 70 people (adults and kids) and it was the Fourth of July here in the U.S. and in our little town that is a big event.  We also delivered of our first garden bags to the eight families that are participating in our little CSA experiment (at some point I'll feel more comfortable dropping the word experiment).

It has been an incredibly cool season, and as a result we are averaging 2-3 weeks behind last year's harvest.   So our plan was for the first bag to be small and a taste of what's to come.  It surprised both of us, that it ended up being a fairly decent sized bag even with the little tidbits.  The inaugural bag included:  Micro-greens, mustard greens, green onions, garlic scapes, rhubarb, sugar snap peas, a few baby squash & a jar of our rhubarb ginger jam.  I would say size wise, the everything except micro-greens, rhubarb, and jam could be used to make a good sized stir fry meal for a family with some onions and scapes left over. 
Farm Bag #1 Contents
We did have some excitement though.  Most of the farm bag families were at our cook-off, so we planned to hand out bags there.  There had been an apartment sized refrigerator left by the previous owners here and B moved it downstairs into the mudroom for the season for produce overflow.  When I reached in to pack up the first bag the top two shelves had frosted!! UGH!  Lesson learned, and now the fridge has some new settings.  The micro-greens had to be replaced, but an interesting note~ mustard greens survive a frost both outside when their in the ground and once harvested inadvertently in the fridge.

Overall, we are off and running and I think with the warm weather that we have finally had the last ten days or so, we may just have another bag headed home this weekend!

3 comments:

julochka said...

oh, very cool! husband and i were just discussing your CSA. can you tell us a little bit more about the mechanics of how it works? perhaps in another post (unless it's a trade secret, in which case, just email me. ;-) ).

we were out weeding this evening and talking about how we'd be in a panic if we were running such a thing. we've had such patchy success (post coming soon) with our planting that if others were depending on it, we'd be really worried! yet the idea lingers and i think we'd like to give it a whirl next year.

julochka said...

p.s. i love your little MOO card tags! :-)

Jude said...

Good for you! It must feel great to get those first bags delivered!