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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Bug in my box! ... Bee friendly, bug friendly, poison-free produce

Sometimes people are less than thrilled to find bugs in their CSA boxes.
And they let us know it!

This year we decided to go entirely spray-free, pesticide-free in our fields.
Being organic certified we have never used synthetic pesticides in our field.
Last year we did use neem oil, a natural pesticide.

However, we want to be completely free of all pesticides in an effort to grow more in harmony with the land and to protect the bees and the biological life of our soil.

Most farms, including organic, use some pesticides to control bugs.  If you read modern organic farming magazines they are filled with new pesticides that have been developed that meet "organic standards" while delivering chemical lethality.

Part of the joy of being a zero-pesticide farm is you will receive, from time to time, a bug in your box. Or even many bugs.  Don't worry, it is a sign you are receive toxic-free food for yourself and family. When food looks too good and clean then usually you might also be receiving residual pesticides.

Our produce will also have many "chew marks" showing where bugs have feasted  ...   they really think our produce is good and healthy!

 Pillbugs really had a banquet on our Daikon radishes.  It's the first time we grew them and we almost didn't put them in the boxes  ...  they were so unsightly.  However, in they went  ...  sticking to earth friendly ideals.  If you get such as daikon, just remember it means they were grown in biologically alive soil with no poisons!  Just make extra use of a knife and peeler to "sculpt" out the good parts.

We try to clean off any bugs from the produce before it goes into the boxes.  Some though
will slip through.  We feel confident though we'll catch any frogs like this one, 
who was trying to hitch a ride on a cabbage leaf.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Cooking Kohlrabi

This week half our boxes will get Kohlrabi Kossack, a large variety to your boxes.
It is the first time we have grown this.  Next week the other half of subscribers will get one.

There are many youtube videos on preparing it in various fashions.
Here's a simple way:

You need to peel off the tough skin to get to the tasty interior.

First "peel" with a large knife.

Then a regular potato peeler can get any remaining hard skin.

A nice white ball remains.

You can dice this or cut into whatever shape pleases you.
Some people do sticks that are then eaten raw.

This diced kohlrabi can be added raw to salads, eaten plain or cooked.

Sauteing taste very good.
Taste is similar to broccoli stems.

Friday, June 3, 2016

AVF newsblog June 3, 2016

  The interns were having fun packing your vegetables this week.

 Claudia especially enjoyed this funny looking carrot.

 Ringing the bell for our daily noon meditation, right after packing.

 We had to move the location of our Via Uno location rack up against the fence where there is shade.

Thanks to one of our subscribers for returning a bag of oranges
in their box for all the farm staff to enjoy.

 One zucchini always gets away.  Who will be the lucky subscriber to get the big one?

This Great Blue Heron is living on the farm and helping control our gophers.

Here's a couple photos of our boxes this week.  As noted each box will vary over the year.