Week two CSA
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Abundance is here

This has been a fun week because we're finally in harvest mode! In the spring we work and work and work-but there's not much food to harvest for dinner. But just in the last few days we've crossed that threshold where food is now abundant. A mixture of sunlight, water, and nutrients from the soil come together to form a great diversity of tasty vegetables. It's amazing to think it all comes from the same medium: soil. Soil plus a seed with it's own plan.

Also of note: the summer equinox happened this week! The long summer days are slowly getting shorter. This helps us out quite a bit on the farm because annual weeds like pigweed and lambsquarter will stop growing as fast. This is because they are genetically programmed to grow and produce seed only in optimal conditions. Now that the days are getting shorter, there is less time for them to reach their biological destiny and reproduce successfully. The seed that has not yet germinated might decide to wait another year until conditions are PERFECT to start growing. Seeds from these weeds can stay in the soil for 10-60 years. Which is where the saying, "A year of (weed) seed is 10 years of weeds. The fact that these seeds can stay viable for so long, coupled with the fact that one single lambsquarter weed can produce hundreds of thousands of seeds, make it imperative that we stay on top of weeding.

And that is why we've spent our week focused on weeding. Weeding, weeding, weeding, weeding, and more weeding. And more weeding. It seems like that is what we do all the time! Weeding by hand on our knees, weeding with a hoe standing up, or weeding with a tractor. 

This week we bought a new (old) implement for our old tractor to help with weeding. It is working better than anticipated! This tractor does the work of MANY. We are thankful it's on team Seeds!
The pigs were moved to new pasture and seemed to enjoy it A LOT!
In your box you will find:

Summer squash (just one or two to begin, soon they'll be abundant)
An herb
Broccoli-we're swimming in it!
Lettuce head
Salad mix
Garlic Scapes
Our recipes this season are crafted by the wonderfully talented CSA member and owner of Jiva Bites, Rael Rodning. Thank you Rael for providing our members tasty and easy ways for us to use our produce this season!
Garlic-Scape Pesto Pasta with Chicken & Broccoli
10 large garlic scapes
1/3 cup pine nuts
1/3 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
Kosher salt and black pepper
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb. spaghetti
1 lb. fresh broccoli, cut into florets & pieces
1 lb. chicken breast, cut into 4 evenly sized pieces
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
1. Prepare Chicken 
In a medium fry pan over medium high heat put 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp butter until melted.  Place each piece of breast in pan making sure to leave room between pieces.  Allow to fry until the chicken has a golden crust, then flip and cook till done.  Remove from pan, set aside to rest.
2. As you start the chicken cooking, start one large pot of salted water and a second pot of water with a steamer over high heat.
Add broccoli to the pot with the steamer, cover and once steaming cook for 3 minutes or until the broccoli is bright green and crisp-tender.
Add the pasta to the large pot once the water boils and cook the spaghetti until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta-cooking water, then drain the pasta.
3. Prepare Pesto
Puree the garlic scapes, pistachios, Parmesan, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a food processor or blender until very finely chopped. With the motor running, slowly pour the oil through the opening. Season the pesto with salt and pepper to taste.
The pesto keeps in the fridge, covered, for 1 week or frozen for a month.
4. Whisk together 2/3 cup of the pesto, the reserved pasta water, broccoli and toss with the pasta. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Plate spaghetti, slice the chicken and fan on top of the pasta. Serve right away. 
Servings: 4
Last week's first harvest seemed to go smoothly. Thank you to those who remembered to bring their own container. If you accidentally brought our white box home, please make a note to return it this week. It's important we get them back so we have enough boxes to send your produce to you!

If you had any questions, concerns, or hiccups in the pickup process, please let us know so we can iron out the kinks for this season.
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