CSA Week 7 and July Update

We’ll get to this week’s share, but first a few exciting things.  First of all, some friends and family came together for a group art project and made a sign for the farm!  It looks so good I might just keep it for the eventual market stand…  It’s painted on a piece of tarp from the sandbox my brothers and I used to play in as kids.

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This past weekend was my Block Party.  I gave a little tour to some neighbors who all seemed pretty excited about all the food we’re growing right here in our backyard.

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And one of those tour takers was Greg Berlowitz from The Chicago Market who brought along his amazing family.

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Summer is rolling along and we’re making the most of it here at Sandbox Organics.  This week’s share has some new exciting items in it.  For week 7 we’ve got:

Sungold Cherry tomatoes, red slicing tomatoes (first of the season), cucumbers, eggplant, squash, collard greens, sweet corn (and they said it couldn’t be done in the city), baby carrots, fresh garlic, and thyme.

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A big thanks to all the people who have come to volunteer!

 

 

CSA Week 6

 

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CSA Week 6:
Rosemary, sun gold cherry tomatoes, silver slicer cucumber, hakurei turnips, swiss chard, jalapeños, Hungarian hot wax peppers, golden squash, green beans, napa cabbage, and spicy salad mix.

Out With The Old, In With The New

It’s time to start planting our fall crops, i.e. broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower.  Here at Sandbox Organics finding more space for things to grow can be a bit of a challenge.  Luckily, a lot of those same crops from the spring are done producing for us, so we can rip them out of the ground and make way for the new stuff.  When you harvest things like cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower, you cut the “head” from the center of the plant and leave behind lots of perfectly edible leaves.  We don’t see these greens in the grocery store because they don’t quite stand out like chard or collards do.  Still, I thought I’d try to do something with them this year.  Turns out cauliflower greens make a pretty incredible Kimchi!

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Tasty lookin’ cauliflower greens.

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Kimchi made by Liat from the cauliflower greens.

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Bok choi where the cauliflower used to be.

Vermicomposting

This weekend my brother Gilad came by and helped me set up our very own worm bin.   A worm bin uses vermicomposting, which is a process in which worms turn vegetable waste from the kitchen and garden into rich beautiful compost.  First we drilled holes into our bin for ventilation.

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Next we added shredded newspaper as a source of carbon and dampened it with water. Like soil, newspaper strips provide air, water, and food for the worms.

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Then we threw in our vegetables scraps under the newspaper before putting the worms in the their new home.

 

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And there we go!  I hope they’re happy.  In a month or so we should be harvesting compost for the garden.  This is a great way to make sure that the nutrients the plants pulled from the soil make it back to the garden for the next growing season.

CSA Week 1!!!

This week marks the start of our 16 week CSA.  It’s so exciting to see all the hard work paying off in the form of yummy produce.  And of course, there’s lots more on the way!  This weeks share has delicious radishes, lettuce, bok choy, collard greens, arugula, spinach, green garlic, and parsley!

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Bon Appetit!