Weekly Box Contents
This is the first year to offer a Vegetable Share program / CSA (but not the first year growing vegetables!). I wish I had thought of the program last summer - I would have taken pictures of which vegetables were available each week. It would be nice to be able to show you pictures of what the contents of your box might look like on a weekly basis. Being that there are no "group photos" of vegetables from week to week (only random photos), I will write out a list instead. And, I will definitely be taking a lot more photos this year!
I am planning on packing the weekly shares in a Rubbermaid tub, the type that's almost knee-high. Lots of veggies will fit in there, and the sturdiness of the tubs will prevent them from getting bruised in transit.
The contents of your box will vary from week to week, although I will try to include common favourites and staples as often as possible. The "possible box contents" listed below are not what will definitely be in a box on a given week; this will depend on what is actually ready to be harvested that week.
I believe in giving a generous measure. So, a quart of green beans will not be a levelled-off scant quart, but a quart box overflowing with beans.
One more important note: I am growing multiple varieties of the common crops. For example, I have about a dozen kinds of lettuce seed, so you will not be getting the same kind of lettuce every week. There is romaine lettuce (both green and red), buttercrunch lettuce, and some other types. Might as well make eating even more fun! :)
There are multiple varieties of beans, peas, sweet peppers, hot peppers, and 24 kinds of heirloom tomatoes! And that's not all that I have lined up for variety! Let me know if you'd like to see another post on the varieties of each type of vegetable that you can expect to see this season.
Possible box contents for the first delivery (3rd week of June)
Salad greens: head lettuce or two (depending on the size); bag of salad mix
Cooking (or salad) greens: young kale; pac choi
Roots: bunch of baby carrots; full quart (or two) of new potatoes; bunch of radishes
Cruciferous vegetables: napa cabbage; rapini / sprouting broccoli
"Fruit-type" vegetables: cocktail cucumbers, heirloom cherry tomatoes (both grown in rich soil in a greenhouse so that they will be ready a few weeks ahead of the ones grown outdoors); shelling peas (2 quarts), snow peas (1 quart)
Onion family: bundle of young onions; bundle of green onions
There will be other vegetables available too, such as baby beets, swiss chard, spinach, mini cabbage (green, red and savoy), possibly broccoli, and maybe even some early heirloom slicing tomatoes and basil
Possible box contents at the end of July
Salad greens: head lettuce; bag of salad mix
Cooking (or salad) greens: big bunch of swiss chard
Roots: bunch of carrots; bunch of beets
Cruciferous vegetables: broccoli; cauliflower; mini cabbage
"Fruit-type" vegetables: 1 quart green (or yellow or purple) beans; 1/2 dozen sweet corn; slicing or cocktail cucumbers (grown outside); quart (or more) of heirloom slicing tomatoes; quart of heirloom cherry tomatoes; pint of "lunchbox" sweet peppers; a couple zucchini or summer squash
Onion family: onions (yellow or red)
Herbs: choice of basil, chives, cilantro, dill, parsley
Some of the other produce available: pickling cucumbers, dill, garlic, early jalapenos, early heirloom cantaloupe, gladioli (flowers), and more!
Possible box contents in September
Salad greens: head lettuce; salad mix
Cooking (or salad) greens: big bunch of kale
Roots: bunch of carrots; rutabaga; potatoes (white, red, yellow, or russet)
Cruciferous vegetables: broccoli; mini cabbage (red, green, or savoy)
"Fruit-type" vegetables: quart or two of sweet bell peppers or sweet "lunchbox" peppers (red, orange, yellow, or purple); basket of heirloom tomatoes; quart of eggplant; few delicata squash; zucchini or summer squash; slicing or cocktail cucumbers
Onion family: leeks; garlic
Herbs: choice of rosemary, thyme, summer savoury, oregano, parsley, chives
Some of the other produce available: sunflowers, zinnias, hot peppers, cantaloupe, heirloom watermelon, spinach, swiss chard, pac choi, radishes, beets, white turnips, kohlrabi, paste tomatoes, beans (green, yellow, purple, lima), ground cherries, acorn squash