Hour Change, Pesto Arugula and My Thoughts on “why so many greens?”

Hello members and farm friends,

A quick update: We are changing our Thursday evening hours to Thursday mornings from 8-12, effective immediately. This means our only evening work hours will be Wednesdays from 3-7pm (CSA Pick up time starts at 5 so we can always use help prepping for that after 3!)

This week in our share, with the sometimes overwhelming bounty of summer we will have:

  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Peppers
  • Arugula
  • U Pick Husk Cherries! Prepare to pick!
  • New Zealand Spinach
  • Fresh picked herbs

Given how much arugula I see out in the field that needs to be picked, I thought I’d share with you a tasty arugula pesto recipe to quell your feeling of OMG not more greens!

Five Minute Lemon Arugula Pesto

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Okay: So here are my thoughts on why we grow greens. I have heard a lot from members over the years about wow, this is a lot of greens. It’s true-I whole heartedly acknowledge that that IS a lot of greens. I give you recipes that can use a lot of greens like saag, pesto and kim chi because they keep, or help you consume a ton of greens easily. I also happened to like all of those things-and sadly don’t always get a chance to make them as regularly as I’d like. Pesto is great for freezing-saag probably is too, since it is basically a cooked version of pesto.

Anyway-so here’s what I’ve got on why greens are awesome and why Nuestro Huerto grows so many of them-in list form.

  • Quick turn around (in comparison to potatoes, for example)
  • Compact growers, and therefore space saving (relevant in urban farm setting!)
  • Allow for repeat harvests of the same crop, which is more economical in terms of seed purchases
  • Packed with vitamins (in comparison to potatoes, once again)
  • Reduced pest pressure due to quicker growing season-in comparison to squash, for example, which requires constant pest attention on our site
  • High dollar value of crop to square foot ratio, meaning more bang for your buck
  • Requires less space per CSA member to satisfy a specific need (ask your self, how much space do you think you need to satisfy your weekly preference of edamame/soy beans, or carrots, or corn, or meat for that matter! versus new zealand spinach)
  • Greens can go in everything! And therefore are compatible with most cuisines and dishes, no matter what part of the world you are drawing from (ok, except Mongolia, but if you only eat mutton and potatoes, then clearly there is a place for greens in the meal!)

That’s all for now! See you at the farm

 

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