Scroll down to see the list of what we’ll have available this week

 

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Leafy greens like this weather, even if no one else does.

So, I have to confess, every time I got an availability list from a farmer or co-op this week, I thought, “That’s it?!?!” These are not my favorite thoughts to start the week, and I wasn’t really expecting them now that we are safely past the last frost dates. As it turned out, we were able to get more than it initially looked like, and we will be well-stocked for this week (though there is a little bit of an asparagus shortage — should be just a lull, and not yet the end of the season).

But it does seem that the reality is that this is just too much rain. Early spring was dry, yes, and when it first started raining — even for days on end — it was easy to say, “Well, the farmers need it.” But at this point, I think the farmers are ready for some sun.

We hear anecdotal reports from farmers about conditions affecting them, and of course we experience the weather ourselves, but I’m not very tuned in to larger agricultural weather picture. Out of curiosity today, and because I’d been hearing conflicting reports about whether or not we actually need all the rain we’ve been getting, I starting googling things like, “agricultural weather forecast” and “current east coast crop forecast”.  According to the USDA, while overall conditions here are still “Abnormally Dry,” the topsoil is also “Excessively Wet”. Sounds like conflicting reports to me! The problem, as I understand it, is that when the topsoil is “Excessively Wet”, it makes planting hard, because the fields are too muddy to drive a tractor through, or even do much walking in, without damaging the soil.

Difficulty planting is an issue that might haunt us later in the season if it continues, but the more immediate issue is that, with below average temperatures — and without sunlight and warmth — the plants already in the ground are growing more slowly than expected. And so, the lull in asparagus. On the other hand, the leafy greens — both braising and salad — love the cool, wet weather, so at least they remain abundant while we wait for the rest of spring’s bounty to kick in.

And on the other other hand, whether you snagged a baguette last weekend or not, you’ll probably be happy to know that we’ll have them again this Saturday!

Julia

P.S. I should also mention that this Friday is the first week of the Village Acres CSA. Next Thursday begins the season for Jade Family Farm’s CSA. I don’t know that there’s time to get in on this week’s Village Acres delivery, but I think they do offer pro-rated shares for late signups!

Produce

 

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Spring Treats

  • Asparagus (limited quantities)
  • French Breakfast Radishes
  • Rhubarb

Braising Greens

  • Bok Choy
  • Curly Kale
  • Lacinato Kale
  • Mixed Braising Greens
  • Red Ribbed Kale
  • Spinach

Salad Greens

  • Lettuce Mix
  • Mesclun Mix
  • Red Leaf Lettuce
  • Romaine Lettuce

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Onions & Garlic

  • Green Garlic
  • White Scallions

Apples

  • Cameo
  • Granny Smith

Root Veggies

  • Carrots
  • Celeriac
  • Red Beets

Potatoes

  • French Fingerling Potatoes
  • Russet Potatoes
  • Ugly Sweet Potatoes

Mushrooms

  • Cremini Mushrooms
  • White Mushrooms

Squash

  • Butternut Squash

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Cheese

 

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Keswick Creamery

  • Blue Suede Moo
  • Brie
  • Morbier
  • Quark
  • Ricotta
  • Vermeer
  • Wallaby
  • Wine-Washed Tomme

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Lykens Valley Creamery

  • Baby Swiss
  • Clothbound Cheddar
  • Colby
  • Goat Gouda
  • Cheddar
  • Sharp Cheddar
  • Smoked Cheddar

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Valley Shepherd Creamery

  • Oldwick Shepherd
  • Red Goat
  • Somerset
  • Smokey Shepherd
  • Melter Skelter

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Other

  • Apple Tree Feta
  • Camelot Valley Chevre (arriving Thursday afternoon)
  • Camelot Valley Feta
  • Camelot Valley Moonlight Fog
  • Camelot Valley Starlight Crotin
  • Hope Springs Mild Cheddar
  • Hope Springs Monterey Jack

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Bread

 

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McGrath’s Brick Oven Bakehouse
(fresh Friday & Saturday)

  • Baguettes (Saturday only)
  • McGrath’s Original
  • Sesame Original
  • Irish Oatmeal Pan Bread
  • Three Seed
  • Cranberry Pecan
  • Reuben’s Rye

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Talking Breads
(fresh Thursday)

  • Batard
  • Ciabatta
  • Miche
  • Seeded
  • Semolina (frozen only, and probably in the backstock freezer — ask!)

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