It’s here! It’s here! Our first bushel of the season. For those of you hanging around the cafe long enough, you know I’m a huge fan of Community Sustained Agriculture (CSA) and we are blessed to be part of Tecolote Farms. Our weekly baskets of fresh picked produce began today and for the next several months, each Monday, I will be giddy with the excitement of a child on Christmas morning.
Today’s basket included two big bags of fresh salad mix, savoy (crinkled) spinach, garlic, leeks, parsley, and mustard greens. And to kick off the season, Katie and David tucked a birdhouse gourd in the basket. Isn’t that cool? Harvested last fall on the farm, they dried all winter in the greenhouse and are a special gift from our friends. Littlest is currently outside trying to hang the birdhouse on the playscape.
I’m off to rescue the birdhouse gourd, but I can’t wait to share recipes with you inspired by the farm and the season.
Nancy - The Sensitive Pantry says
I just started with a CSA last season. It was a horrible growing season here in the NE but we still enjoyed a lot of very wonderful organic veggies. I picked up the first of this season’s harvest last week and, like you, feel giddy that it’s finally here! Looking forward to your wonderful recipes for ideas.
Mary @ Fit and Fed says
Hi! Cruised over here from your spinach salad post and just had to comment on the birdhouse (I’m a birder). Measure the entry hole to that birdhouse, make sure it’s 1 1/8″ round. If it’s bigger, house sparrows and starlings will be able to get into the birdhouse. They are invasive non-native birds, and they are known to enter the nests of other birds, kill the nestlings, and take over the box for themselves. So if you want to have native birds (like chickadees and titmice, for example) successfully nest in your birdhouse you need to make sure it has the right size of entry hole.