Today was the 8th pick up for the Fresh Fork CSA. There was a line at the truck today. Usually, it just takes a couple of minutes to pick up our goods. It was so hot, but the kids were troopers. We missed Robert at the truck today. Usually, we check in with him. Apparently, he got hurt as they were getting ready to come to the stop. We sure hope he’s ok and hopefully, we’ll see him next week. It’s always much smoother with the regular crew in their spots.
Usually, we get a list of what to expect at our pick up on Tuesday. This week it came on Wednesday. This was due to changes that had to occur due to the storms. I live in Mayfield Heights and we didn’t really have much in the way of rain Monday, but south of here was hit really hard. It is devastating to farmers to have too much or too little rain.
Here’s what we were expecting today.
- 1 bunch multi-color Swiss chard
- 1 pint maple syrup
- 1 package boneless pork chops, approximately 1 lb. each package
- 1 quarter peck Lodi apples (5-6 apples)
- Approx. 1.5 lbs. cling peaches
- 1 candy onion
- 1 bunch mustard greens
- 1 pound beans, either green, purple, dragon tongue, or yellow
- 2 slicing cucumbers
Here’s what we received:
The Lodi apples look great. They are the first apples of the season in our area. The maple syrup leaked and created a sticky mess.
These are the mustard greens. I don’t think I ever had them before.
Dragon beans – another new item for us!
So, our list was dead on this week and our only surprise was that we didn’t get to see Mr. Robert (that’s what Nick calls the guy at the truck). We also didn’t pay for the cream cheese yet, but I’ll get a price this week. This is our first week without squash or tomatoes. It’s fine by us as we enjoy the variety.
Most of these items will be easy for us to use. I’ll probably start with the Swiss chard since we got it in both of our CSAs this week, so it’s taking up room in our fridge! Friday and Saturday are about using up the perishables and bulk so we can be more organized the rest of the week.
What a great haul! We ended up with a lot of fruit this week (which is fine by us!)
We end up getting a ton of fruit through all of my U-pick adventures with the kids. We have 9 pounds of strawberries, some raspberries, 15 pounds of blueberries and 20 pounds of cherries in the freezer so far. I can’t wait to make applesauce and can peaches. My kids pick fruit over many other junk choices and I want to keep it that way. I’m thinking a Swiss chard smoothie might be on the menu for tomorrow.