It all feels a little out of control this time of year. Besides the CSA and my full-time dayjob, we just keep running to keep up with thre farm stands (one at Essentia in Detroit Lakes and Falls Baking Co in Fergus Falls plus the 24/7 one at then end our our driveway) and supplying the farmers market on Saturdays. It’s kind of constant harvesting.
From the outside it might seem kind of simple. After all, many have experience gardening and that’s pretty chill. But once a person gets to packing 55 boxes a week with a whole mix of produce, it takes an investment of time and effort. For the 47 boxes we packed this Friday, for example, this is how it happened:
- Thursday evening: Maree, Ryan, and Kelsey picked yellow beans, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and pulled red onions (3 hours)
- Friday Morning: Maree and Ryan pick corn, tomatoes, eggplant, carrots (4.5 hours).
- Friday Afternoon: Mix cherry tomatoes, wash produce and pack boxes (3 hours). Ryan and Maree deliver boxes to members (2.5 hours each).
- After getting home, we start on farmers market (6 pm – 11:30)….wake up and go again.
In the box:
Silver King (white) and Trinity (bi-color) Corn
Mix of Tomatoes (some heirloom, some slicers)
Yellow Wax Beans
Carrots: Wow, this has not been my year on carrots….Maree and I scrounged around the bed for a few hours to get these.
Eggplant: Certainly this time of year ratatouille is great. It uses eggplant and pretty much anything else you feel like adding in. This recipe gives you the idea, but feel free to change with the produce you have on hand: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/ratatouille