[ 2015 CSA Week 11 ]
We've begun digging potatoes. This week you'll have a yellow fleshed variety "Satina"... named not just for its satiny, creamy texture but also its smooth flavor. They have an earthy sweetness that, when boiled and topped with butter, make them practically a dessert. Don't even think of peeling them. For one thing, it's far too much work to peel baby tubers, and for another it's completely unnecessary, the skins are so tender. And for another, the skin contains much of the potato's nutrients (which are plentiful).
Can you tell that the potato is Dan's favorite vegetable? It's also the favorite of Madeline, our much-appreciated summer farmhand. Digging potatoes is like a treasure hunt, and it always makes Dan think of Seamus Heaney's poem "Digging." You can read the poem at the link. Better yet, you can hear the late poet read it aloud, which is the best way to enjoy a poem.
It's a work song, of sorts, the way Heaney inspires our senses with descriptions of his laboring father and grandfather, and unearths his own treasure of memory.
The flowers are starting to bloom, and Abby will be putting together small bouquets for sale in the barn and at the market. They are $6 apiece. There is also Maple Syrup for sale. Made by our neighbor with a touch of Farmer Dan's help.
Yay to some nice gentle rain!
This week's share...
Beans? Eggplant? Peppers?
Herbs (Basil, Parsley, Rosemary, Dill)