Please Note: Due to the Fourth of July, next week's shares will be delivered on Wednesday, July 5th.
What's in the Box?
Notes From the Field
Welcome to week two of the 2017 North Farm CSA! My name is Allison Stawara, and I'm the Assistant Production Manager here at The North Farm. I joined the team in February of this year, and I'm looking forward to meeting all of you, as well as sharing our wonderful veggies with you this season!
While my educational background is in vegetable production, I did not grow up on a family farm, but rather in Northern Oakland county, north of Detroit by about 45 minutes. Although my family only had a small garden and a moderate backyard, I spent many of my “growing-up” years playing outside, as well as cooking nightly meals with my parents and siblings. Food has always been a large part of my life, and when I went on to attend Michigan State University, I decided that food would continue to play an important role in my professional career. While I was at MSU, I worked both on the university's student vegetable farm, as well as a small passive solar hoophouse (like the hoophouses here at The North Farm) on campus next to the dormitory I lived in. Both of these experiences continued to fuel my love of local and responsibly grown produce, and after graduating in May 2016, I continued to pursue that role as a farmer in the Petoskey/Boyne City area at Spirit of Walloon Market Garden.
After two seasons of working at Spirit of Walloon, I decided that Petoskey wasn't far enough north, and came on to join the team at The North Farm! Since moving to Chatham, I've had the opportunity to enjoy cross country skiing, rock climbing, and plenty of hiking. When I'm not at work pulling turnips or peppers out of the ground, you may see me swatting mosquitoes along the North Country Trail, reading a new book out on my front lawn, biking along our lovely country roads, or in Marquette at a local concert.
Some of the crops you may see in your CSA box this year that I'm particularly excited about include hot peppers, hakurei turnips, ginger root, garlic, scallions, and carrots! We will have some unique and exciting recipes to accompany these awesome crops!
This week's CSA share brings you some classic spring crops, like strawberries, scallions, and head lettuce. Included are a few fresh and delicious recipes to bring some new ideas to the table (in case you didn't finish eating those strawberries before you got out of your car!). Let us know what you thought of the produce and the recipes with a quick, anonymous survey we have included in the newsletter at the bottom of the page.
I'm looking forward to meeting all of you and hearing about all the great ways you've used your North Farm produce! Enjoy this week's bounty, we are so grateful to be able to share it with you.
Assistant Production Manager
Recipes and Resources
Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing