2024 CSA Season Week Four

July 2, 2024

Welcome to July! Can you believe we’re already in Week Four?! Where does the time go? We’re excited to give you a beautiful, bountiful box this week, and hope you’ll all be able to enjoy a wonderful Fourth of July with friends and family!

Let us know if you’re going on vacation!

We know the season is during the summer and we all like to go on vacation when it’s warm! We’re happy to accommodate you by either rescheduling your share, offering a double share the following week, issuing a credit for the 2024 season, or donating your share to Food for Lane County.  

(Please note: we are only able to make these changes with at least 7 days notice. If you pick up on Friday and want to change to Tuesday earlier that week, you’ll need to let me know 7 days before that TUESDAY, so we have time to make the changes.)  

Give your site host a call if you can’t pick up your share that day! 

If you’re unable to pick up your share the day of delivery, you will need to contact your site host to see if they are able to hold it for you. Your site hosts are under no obligation to hold your shares! The pickup deadline for residential deliveries is 7:00pm. After that delivery window passes, the leftover shares will become theirs to either eat or give away. They do not come back to the farm, and we are unable to replace missed boxes. 

Please make sure you contact your site host if you’re unable to pick up your share on delivery day. Our office is usually closed or we’re out on the farm during those pickup windows, so we will not be able to help with missed pickups the day of delivery. 

Let the farm know as soon as possible if you miss a market box! 

If you pick up at the markets, missed shares do come back to the farm. However, we only hold them until the next packing day (Tuesday or Friday), so we’ll need to know by 10am the day before (Monday or Thursday) in order to send them to another site or hold them until your next delivery. Any boxes left after those deadlines get donated to Food for Lane County. 

It’s going to be hot, hot, HOT this weekend!

Because of the pending heat wave this weekend, we’re going to be bringing the the boxes a couple hours earlier on Friday. We should have most or all deliveries in the Eugene area completed before 1pm in an effort to get them to you before they get too hot. We’ll let you know as it gets closer if that time changes, or if the coast will be earlier as well. Stay cool this weekend!

Happy Fourth of July!

” We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”-Declaration of Independence, United States 1776

Did you know that the Declaration of Independence wasn’t actually signed on July 4th? Written by three of our founding fathers (Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin), the Declaration was drafted in July and our freedom was adopted on the fourth, but the document itself wasn’t actually signed until August 2, 1776 by members of Congress. The first of the fifty-six delegates to sign was John Hancock, the president of the Congress. He signed his name in big, bold letters, and now, two-hundred and forty-seven years later, we say “Put your John Hancock there” when asking for a signature. Hancock was the first to sign, but not the last. The Declaration of Independence was finally made official after all delegates of the Continental Congress had signed on August 4, 1776.

July is a month of Independence Days the world over. Here in the States, the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776. Up north, Canada Day is July 1, celebrating the beginning of the Dominion of Canada in 1867. In France, Bastille Day is celebrated on July 14, commemorating the storming of the Bastille and the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789. These days, we celebrate with fireworks and barbecues, rodeos and yard games, good food and great friends. Stay safe this Fourth of July as we celebrate being in the Land of the Free because of the Brave.

Come check out our markets!

Didn’t get everything you were hoping for in your CSA share this week? Come check out our farmers’ markets! Let the vendor know you’re a CSA member, and you’ll get 10% off your purchase! You can find us in Eugene on Wednesdays at the Eugene Farm Stand at 18th and Polk, and on Saturdays at the Lane County Farmers’ Market. In Portland, you can find us at the King Farmers’ Market on Sundays. We would love to see you!

Meet your farmers: Meet Alden and Porter Overbaugh!

Chris and Shannon’s sons, Alden and Porter, are fixtures around the farm these days, especially now that it’s summer! Alden works full time after graduation as our equipment operator and mechanic, running the tractor, and helping out wherever he can. Now that school’s out for the summer, Porter is working irrigation and pitching in wherever he’s needed. Both boys work hard for their family farm!

Fun Facts about Alden:

  • Season on the farm: 6th!
  • Astrological sign: Gemini
  • Favorite vegetable: Carrots
  • Something he hopes to learn at the farm: How to fix things and how to run the equipment around the farm.

For fun, Alden likes to work on trucks, hunt, and hang out with friends. The coolest place he’s been is Western Colorado.

Fun Facts about Porter:

  • Season on the farm: 4th!
  • Astrological sign: Scorpio
  • Favorite vegetable: Carrots
  • Something he‘s learned at the farm: Irrigation is really easy to break.

For fun, Porter likes to hunt, fish, and play sports. The coolest place he’s ever been is Utah or Colorado.

What’s in your box this week:

  • Broccoli
  • Strawberries
  • Turnips
  • New Potatoes
  • Swiss Chard
  • Carrots
  • Lettuce

Handy Tips:

  • Broccoli: Wrap the broccoli loosely in a plastic bag and keep it in the veggie bin or your fridge. Don’t use an air-tight bag, as broccoli continues to respire after being harvested and needs room to breathe. It will keep for over a week, but is firmest and tastiest if used within a few days. To make sure your broccoli is fully cleaned and not carrying any tag-alongs from the farm, soak broccoli immediately before cooking, head down, in cold, salted water for 5 minutes. Broccoli can be steamed, stir-fried, or eaten raw. For salads or veggie platters, try blanching in boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes, then chill. You can add broccoli to soups and stews in the last 10 to 15 minutes of cooking time.
  • Strawberries: Rinse strawberries just before eating to clean off any grit that may still be on the berries from the field. To freeze them, spread them out on a cookie sheet and place them in the freezer. Once frozen, store them in a Ziploc bag or plastic container until ready to use.
  • Turnips: Cut turnip greens from their roots and store separately. Keep dry, unwashed greens in a sealed plastic bag in your fridge. Thicker greens will keep up to two weeks. Tender ones should be eaten within a week. To store turnips, place them in a plastic bag, unwashed, in the crisper bin of your fridge. Due to high water content, turnips may deteriorate quickly, but most should keep for a week.
  • New Potatoes: New potatoes have not been in the ground long enough for their skins to cure, so they are very fragile. We did wash your potatoes for you, so you will need to keep them in the fridge in a place bag, and be sure to eat them soon. No need to peel them, as many of the nutrients are close to the skin. New potatoes can be prepared in a number of ways. You can boil or steam them, roast them with other root veggies, or saute them with some onions for breakfast home fries.
  • Chard: Swiss Chard keeps best unwashed and wrapped in a damp towel or plastic bag. Store it in the drawer of your refrigerator, and wash before use to remove any unwanted soil or insects. Cut the celery-like stems away from the tender leaves (you can use the stems in soup stocks) or chop the whole thing up and use the entire leaves, including the stems. To cook chard, steam for 8 to 10 minutes or boil for about 3 to 5 minutes. The greens brighten in color when they’re nearly cooked and should not be over-cooked to preserve flavor and nutrients. Add them to soups or casseroles, or serve steamed, tossed with butter, garlic, and just a bit of lemon juice.
  • Carrots: Cut or twist carrot tops off before storing in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. They will keep for several weeks. Clean the carrots well before eating by scrubbing with a vegetable brush under running water. Do not peel unless the carrots are damaged, as much of the nutrients are very close to the skin. Eat carrots raw in sticks, rounds, julienned, or grated. You can also add slices or chunks to soups, stews, or casseroles. Carrots are also delicious lightly steamed or sautéed, and garnished with butter or olive oil and fresh herbs. Try them grated with oil, lemon juice, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper.

What we’re making:

  • When I think broccoli, I think a hot dish, but since we’re just starting summer and it’s the Fourth of July weekend, I thought this California Broccoli Salad was a tastier alternative!
  • This Strawberry Crisp is the perfect dessert for the holiday, and looks absolutely delicious!
  • This Carrot Salad will bring a touch of color to your table this week, and it tastes great, too!
  • These BLT Wraps are an oldie, but a goodie! They’re quick, easy, and oh, so tasty.

What are you making? Send us your pictures and we’ll share them on the blog! Have a recipe? Even better! Shoot me an email at [email protected] and show us what you’re making!

We hope you’re all having a wonderful summer so far, and that you’re able to stay cool in the heat this week!

Many blessings,

Chelsea and your Winter Green farmers