Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Week 1 Delivery

Weeks late, by my initial goal, but still fresh, the first delivery comes this Sunday, June 28.
I hope all (5) ofour members are still with us.
Deliveries will be made to our mpls dropsite, the Seward Coop Produce dept, by 11 AM. There are a few policies that I need to inform you of, so here goes:
You must pick up your box by closing time on the drop day 10pm. If you cannot get it by that time, you may call the produce dept (6123382465, ask for produce) and ask them to hold it until the following day. If you need to do this, do NOT delay, do it before 9:30 pm on the delivery day. This cannot become a normal activity. You must be prepared to pick it up on delivery day. If you cannot get it on a given week, be imaginative. Ask a friend to get it for you, give it to a friend or think of someway to keep it from going to waste. There is no ID check, so anyone can come and get a box as long as they know the day and name for your share.
The produce dept and the seward coop are not responsible for your box, save to store it until your pick-up. Any problems or concerns are between you and us (not them).
You must take it all with you, at that time; if you wish to inspect or snack on the contents of you box take it to your vehicle or the seating area of the store.
This week's delivery is happening on Sunday, THIS IS ONLY FOR THE FIRST WEEK! We are out of town until saturday night.

The first week's delivery will contain the following:

Strawberries (we hope)

Salad Mix or Baby Lettuce
Baby Chard
Baby Collards and

Spring Onions

Of course this may change slightly before actual delivery. Everything is garanteed to be uber-fresh this week; it will all be picked and pack the same morning it is delivered.
Mulberries are a tree fruit resembling blackberries and grow on trees (not bushes). They are rarely seen in stores or markets because of their enormous water content. due to the fact that they contain water, sugar and little else thay begin to decay almost instantly. Eat your Mulberries the very first day. They may already be losing their structure by the time you see them. But they make excellent topping for yogurt or ice cream or smear them as jam on toast tomorrow morning.
Rapini is a leafy brassica, related to broccoli. Steam or saute lightly. Do not overcook, it is already a tender vegetable.
Both Collards and Chard are better know in their adult form, but as younger tender greens, they do not require cooking to be enjoyed. You can use they as a heartier addition to a salad. Yet they are still excellent steamed or sauted as you normally would use the full-grown versions. Watch-out they will cook very quickly.
Eating this weeks selections is going to give you a very nutirent rich diet. Food this fresh is rarely available unless you growing it yourself; and these selections are nutritional powerhouses.
HEY, if there is anything that were are sending you that love, hate or simply cannot have, drop us a line. I will try to accommodate dietary needs if you have them, and help you with recipe ideas if you need.

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