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Winter CSA – Week 4

Winter CSA – Week 4

We lost another section of yet another high tunnel last week 🙁 John was out there building support stakes and almost had them all up before the winds took it down. He says if he had had only one more hour he would've been able to save the tunnel from destruction....

Winter CSA – Week 3

Winter CSA – Week 3

Well, we survived the storm minus some sections of a couple of our high tunnels. Repairs have begun but it means that our winter crops are getting trampled in areas by boots in order to disassemble the structure and rebuild. It also means the sections of the crops...

Winter CSA – Week 1

Winter CSA – Week 1

It's so good to be back!! Have ya missed us?! Well, we survived the rains thank goodness and we hope you did too! We find ourselves at the beginning of another storm here and I hope the CSA totes stay dry! We did unfortunately have to cancel going to markets the...

In The Field, Week 27

In The Field, Week 27

It's been such a pleasure being your CSA Coordinator this season! I've enjoyed planning your shares, creating beautiful boxes with a diversity of flavors, and writing this weekly newsletter. It's been fun for me to learn quirky facts about veggies, taking photos of...

In The Field, Week 26

In The Field, Week 26

Well folks, our season is wrapping up so what can I say... It's time to start prepping for next year. Darin and John are working to get strawberry beds made and ready for planting. Our strawberry starts are in the cooler waiting for plant out. They've had to wait...

In The Field, Week 24

In The Field, Week 24

Registration for our current CSA season is now officially closed so I can focus on setting up the website for our May-November 2017 registration. I'm hoping to have that up and running by mid-November for everyone. I know a few of you have bought shares as holiday...

In The Field, Week 23

In The Field, Week 23

We've reached 200+ CSA members for the first time in Fifth Crow history!! So I'm taking my break and all of a sudden this large brooder comes "floating" by me. If only I could've captured the smiles on the crews face as they were carrying it over for the new chicks....

In The Field, Week 22

In The Field, Week 22

We've reached 200 CSA members for the first time in Fifth Crow history!! Rains. Here we are again racing against time to get all the necessary crops in or covered before the rains came last week. We call this rain pressure.. The crew has been working hard trying to...

In The Field, Week 21

In The Field, Week 21

Our baby chicks arrived! We raise two separate flocks of about 350 hens at a time. All our hens are heritage breeds: Rhode Island Reds, Americaunas, Black Australorps, Welsummers, and California White Leghorns. Our hens are more than free-range, they are pasture...

CSA Hot Topic – Follow Up

CSA Hot Topic – Follow Up

I can't believe it has already been nine weeks since I brought up the issue of CSA memberships around the country struggling. (You can refer back to newsletter #11 if you need to remind yourself of the issue and some of the reasons why CSA membership has fallen across...

In The Field, Week 20

In The Field, Week 20

Our first rains were expected to arrive this last weekend so it's been a mad dash to get the dry beans threshed and into covered bins. Rain is not good for dry beans! We also needed to get the shallots inside under cover. They had been pulled from the field weeks ago...

In The Field, Week 19

In The Field, Week 19

Many of the dry bean varieties have been pulled up in the field. In the past we have planted 2 acres of dry beans and this year we planted 5! Once the plants are pulled they finish drying out on large pieces of landscape cloth. We then thresh, sort and clean mostly by...

In The Field, Week 17

In The Field, Week 17

Our storage onions spent approximately two weeks curing in the fields and then they made their way into a countless number of crates to be brought in from the fields for storage. They were initially brought to pack out mid-week last week and placed on pallets but the...

Exciting News!

Exciting News!

We are now at the Grand Lake Farmers Market in Oakland!!! We've made it across the Bay folks! We had our first debut there Saturday September 3rd and you can find us there any Saturday you wish now. The market is open from...

In The Field, Week 16

In The Field, Week 16

Eating seasonally is a lost practice by most of us who are so lucky to live in an area where a huge variety of foods/nutrition are at our finger tips year round but it makes us forget that food has seasons and cycles. Isn't it a great thing though when you find...

In The Field, Week 15

In The Field, Week 15

It may seem like you're getting a less "full" box and a lot of the same items in your shares lately but I want to give you as much of  the summer produce as I can while it's here; it will be gone before we know it! Soon enough we will be back to more greens, bunching...

Romaine Salad with Fresh Dressing

Romaine Salad with Fresh Dressing

Ingredients 2 Romaine hearts 1/2 clove peeled garlic, sliced 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt fresh ground pepper 4 tablespoons mayonnaise - I used Hellmann's olive oil mayo 1 tablespoon sour cream 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, stems...

Slow-cooked Zucchini with Tarragon

Slow-cooked Zucchini with Tarragon

Here is a recipe shared from CSA member Micah Saste who will use leeks instead of the garlic sometimes and basil instead of the tarragon. "It is simple to make, the kids love it and it is sophisticated enough to serve for an adult dinner party..." I love this method...