The Farm at Sunnyside for Tuesday May 26!
by Caitlin Roberts
May 26, 2020
Certified organic produce from The Farm at Sunnyside, which is just 75 miles from Washington DC. The large veggie bag for Tuesday 5/26 delivery will delight you with
- 1 bag salad greens : A salad a day keeps the doctor away? (1/3 to 1/2 lb)
- 1 head lettuce : Some varieties are frilly and delicate while others are crisp and hearty.
- 1 bag spinach -OR- pea shoots : Sweet and tender. Both of these can be eaten raw or can be given a quick saute.
- 1 kohlrabi -OR- pac choi : Kohlrabi is sweet and crunchy. While it may look a bit weird, it tastes a lot like a broccoli stem. Slice and eat as a snack or (you guessed it!) add to a stir fry. Pac choi cooks in 2 minutes and is great with miso and vinegar.
- 1 bag broccoli florets : First of the season. These are sweet florets from our gailan plants.
- 1 bunch radishes (french or red) -OR- Asian turnips : Fresh on salads is great but have you tried to lightly cook them? Saute lightly in oil or butter.
- 1 bunch spring onions : These sweet onions are some of our favorite things coming out of the field right now. You can use both the bulb and the greens.
- 1 bunch garlic chives : Add a garlicky kick to a quick stir fry.
Why no green leaves? The ramp has a life cycle. We are at the end of the growth cycle. At this point the leaves turn yellow and disintegrate. The bulb fattens up and gets ready to flower in July. These flowers spread dozens of seeds to generate new ramps and some of the bulbs divide. Beginning in April, the ramp shoots start to emerge above ground as the green leaf.
Tom forages his ramps at high elevation in southern WV. He digs ramps in a sustainable manner - only removing a small portion from any particular patch. When ramps flower later in the summer each patch is able to produce hundreds of seeds and continue to spread. The area he forages is so large that it takes years before he returns to any particular patch.
The Farm at Sunnyside is managed by Stacey and Casey. We first met them at the Arlington Farmers Market in 2013 when starting Number 1 Sons. Stacey and Casey are phenomenal farmers and managers tending to the health of their land, soil, staff and our community with their nutritious + delicious vegetables. You may have eaten their vegetables at the Dupont Circle Farmers Market, Falls Church Farmers Market, The Dabney or A Rake's Progress :)
The Farm at Sunnyside borders the Shenandoah National Park - read more about their conservation efforts on their website. We love visiting Sunnyside and learning about cover crops, compost, field rotation, food safety processes, and working with a seasonal farm staff - Stacey and Casey excel at all these things!
The farm may substitute veggies if they run out. This happens rarely, but does happen from time time. Produce is measured by weight, so quantity may vary slightly from pictures. Sorry, we can't offer substitutions right now.