CSA Week 2, 2021

CSA Week 2, clockwise from top left: Miz America Salad Mustard, Chervil, Green Shallots, Spinach, Radishes, Cauliflower.

CSA Menu:
Green Shallots (use like a Spring Onion or Green Onion)
Salad Mustard (use raw or lightly cooked)
Chervil (delicate, licorice-flavored herb. Use fresh.)

Spring means that days are long, like the to-do lists. We are busy planting, cultivating, and even irrigating already. The early greenhouse crops of Arugula, Spinach, and Radishes are nearly finished and we’ll be cleaning them out to prepare for the Tomatoes and Cucumbers going in the ground next week. The early Peas are blooming heavily now, and setting pods. Sadly, the rabbits managed to sneak around all the security measures and took out a lot of the Sugarsnaps, but the Shelling Peas are loaded.

Outside, the Favas and Peas are looking good and strong, and they’re in a highly-visible location for rabbit control. Luigi has been a star bunny hunter, sniffing out and digging up nests, and Emily and I both prowl the farm early and late in the day with our air rifles. We’re doing our best to back up the Red-Tailed Hawks and Barn Owls in their efforts to control our non-native Eastern Cottontails.

The first outdoor plantings of greens, including Spinach, Lettuces, Pea Shoots (and a lot more!) are coming along and should be ready in another two weeks. This week we are busy getting the first Summer Squash, Kale, Chard, and Cabbages planted. Corn will go in the ground this week (don’t worry, those of you who are corn-sensitive, it’s far away from other crops), as well as another round of u-pick items. I’m hopeful and fairly confident that the u-pick garden will be ready mid-June to welcome you.

Week 3 will be a little odd, as we are in that uncomfortable bridge between early and late spring. There will be lots of Cauliflower. Prepare yourselves. Radishes, Green Garlic, Green Shallots, and hopefully something leafy. Week 4 will usher in more variety, so hang in there.

Other exciting news at the farm:

Peas are setting, and soon we’ll be picking for you!

I opened the FarmStand last Saturday, quietly. I don’t have much to offer just yet from the farm, and other farms don’t have much different than what I have. I was able to procure a few varieties of apples from Collins Orchards. The FarmStand will be much more exciting once we get to June, and the strawberries and peas, and other delicacies of summer start to arrive.

AND I need a favor:

I am in desperate need of a cargo van. My old market van is dead, and my Toyota Highlander isn’t able to do all of the farm jobs that I need done. I’ve been renting a van for picking up fertilizer and equipment, but I can’t keep renting now that I’m doing CSA deliveries as well. But I’m in a pickle! I need to sell my Toyota (my only car) to cover the downpayment, but I need to drive the Toyota until I get the van. I need a very short-term loan, or multiple small loans, just until I can get my car sold. The blue-book value is $10,000, and I’m looking for $8,000. If anyone can spare $1,000 for just a couple months, I will happily repay ASAP (as soon as my car sells) with the addition of 15# of my grass-fed ground beef from this winter’s harvest. You will also receive my undying gratitude. Please email me if you can help!

Piles of Cauliflowers, planted last August.

3 responses to “CSA Week 2, 2021

  1. HI Shelley,

    If someone hasn’t already reached out, I am happy to loan you $1000 or a little more if you need it for a couple months. This is my second CSA season with you, and I’ve really enjoyed your produce, your stories on instagram, and everything else that you’re doing at the farm. Let me know if you want to take up my offer!

    Su Hoon

    On Wed, May 12, 2021 at 9:13 AM Whistling Train Farm wrote:

    > Shelley Pasco posted: ” CSA Week 2, clockwise from top left: Miz America > Salad Mustard, Chervil, Green Shallots, Spinach, Radishes, Cauliflower. CSA > Menu:CauliflowerGreen Shallots (use like a Spring Onion or Green > Onion)RadishesSalad Mustard (use raw or lightly cooked)Spinac” >

  2. lkssecondcomcastnet

    Shelly, this is your old friend Lois. CSA member last year and friend of Steven & Linda. And one of your biggest fans

    I would be happy to lend you the car money that you need. I’m a vegetarian so I don’t need any beef. I would take a bag of peas now and then though, LOL.

    Please let me know if you’ve already made other arrangements. Otherwise let’s schedule a time to talk. I would not need to be paid any interest and I would not except any. I would want a promissory note which I think you can print on-line. But that’s it. Once it’s all worked out I can Venmo you the money. I happen to have a lot of extra cash hanging around right now because I thought we were going to need to support my mother-in-law beginning several months ago. Instead we were able to sell her condo and she’s moved into a rental. So that cash won’t be needed by our family for at least another nine or 10 months. It’s not a long enough time frame so that I can invest it. It’s just making money for the bank. I would rather it be put to use helping one of my favorite farmers.

    Hugs, Lois

    Picture is just a reminder of who’s behind this email Sent from my iPhone


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