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In your share this week

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

In the pickup for our SE Portland and Lake Oswego/Luscher Farm shareholders this week:

We have a special surprise in the share this week — a bonus box of Umi Organic Noodles with Miso Sesame Sauce. Yum!! Make sure and get them into your fridge and plan to cook them in the next two weeks. We are very excited to partner with Umi because we sincerely believe they are a wonderful foundation for a heap of delicious seasonal vegetables. Combine the noodles with sautéed kale tops & leeks, add thin strips of peeled purple daikon and you have an easy delicious ramen dinner! If you want to get fancy, add crispy fried shallots and radish microgreens on top.

UMI NOODLES!!
RED SHALLOTS
PURPLE DAIKON
RAINBOW KALE TOPS
YELLOW NICOLA POTATOES
RADISH MICROGREENS
YELLOW ONIONS
KOHLRABI
LEEKS
YUM!

Not a shareholder? We can help! Join us for the rest of the season at one of our two pickup locations (SE Portland or Lake Oswego) and take home fresh, local, sustainably-farmed produce like this every two weeks!

In your share this week

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

In the pickup for our SE Portland and Lake Oswego/Luscher Farm shareholders this week:

This week in your box we’re giving you what I think may be one of the most under appreciated root veggies – the Watermelon Radish! It is boring greenish white on the outside, but shocking pink on the inside. It is so beautiful and adds a splash of color wherever you use it, and it is also full of many delicious phytochemicals and antioxidants. I like to use it on salad because that is the best way to show off that fabulous color. Shave or grate it onto any salad to add a little pizzazz.

You’ll also find a bunch of Tuscan Kale Tops in the share. I know that technically we’re still deep in winter, but when my favorite kale starts to elongate, head up and form little baby buds, it gives me hope that springtime can’t be far away! And this sunny weather makes it easy to think we’re almost through the winter too! Use these Tuscan Kale Tops just as you would use the kale leaves – they make an amazing raw kale salad or they can be sautéed and added to many different dishes. I’ve recently been using kale (and collards) in pasta, to make quiche, and over polenta.

LEEKS
COLLARDS
BRUSSEL SPROUTS
WATERMELON RADISH
AMISH BUTTER POPCORN
DRIED CAYENNE HOT PEPPERS
TUSCAN KALE TOPS
WINTER SQUASH
RED ONIONS
YUM!

Not a shareholder? We can help! Join us for the rest of the season at one of our two pickup locations (SE Portland or Lake Oswego) and take home fresh, local, sustainably-farmed produce like this every two weeks!

In your share this week

Tuesday, January 5th, 2021

In the pickup for our SE Portland and Lake Oswego/Luscher Farm shareholders this week:

We’ve been drying our delicious Amish Butter popcorn since the fall and finally – it is ready to POP! You’ll get whole ears in your share today which you can easily take off the cob and then use your favorite popcorn method & recipe (here’s mine!). If you have a grinder, it also makes amazing polenta.

You’ll be getting several items that we’ve spent quite awhile drying and curing this fall. We put them in a paper bag – trying to use less plastic – and hopefully that will keep them from getting wet. This includes: yellow onions, red shallots, the popcorn and dried peppers. The dried peppers are a new variety for us – the Aji family of peppers is native to Bolivia. This variety is called Criollo Sella, and it has beautiful golden fruit. The flavor is rich and citrusy with middling heat. They make a nice hot sauce or can be ground for a flavorful seasoning.

KALE
RED SHALLOTS
BRUSSEL SPROUTS
AMISH BUTTER POPCORN
AJI DRIED HOT PEPPERS
YELLOW ONIONS
RADICCHIO
KOHLRABI

Not a shareholder? We can help! Join us for the rest of the season at one of our two pickup locations (SE Portland or Lake Oswego) and take home fresh, local, sustainably-farmed produce like this every two weeks!

In your share this week

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

Our SE Portland and Lake Oswego/Luscher Farm shareholders pick up this week:

LEEKS
RADICCHIO
BRUSSEL SPROUTS
NICOLA YELLOW POTATOES
DRAGONS TONGUE MUSTARD
SWEET WINTER CARROTS
WINTER SQUASH MIX
COLLARD GREENS
CELERIAC

Not a shareholder? We can help! Join us for the rest of the season at one of our two pickup locations (SE Portland or Lake Oswego) and take home fresh, local, sustainably-farmed produce like this every two weeks!

In your share this week

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020

Our SE Portland and Lake Oswego/Luscher Farm shareholders pick up this week:

BEETS
RADICCHIO
GARLIC HEADS
COLLARD GREENS OR 
BRUSSEL SPROUT TOPS
RED OR PURPLE POTATOES
WINTER KOHLRABI
DAIKON RADISH
FENNEL BULBS
LEEKS

Not a shareholder? We can help! Join us for the rest of the season at one of our two pickup locations (SE Portland or Lake Oswego) and take home fresh, local, sustainably-farmed produce like this every two weeks!

Vote Laura Masterson for EMSWCD, Zone 2

Friday, October 9th, 2020

If you share my desire to improve EQUITY, mitigate CLIMATE CHANGE, and advocate for SUSTAINABLE AG please vote for me!!

Laura Masterson for EMSWCD Zone 2 position for 2021-2024

I’m also endorsing…

Rick Till for EMSWCD At Large Position 1

Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky for EMSWCD At Large Position 2

I’m excited to be running again for the Board of Directors at East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District (EMSWCD). This is a unit of local government serving Northwest Oregon’s Multnomah County east of the Willamette River. We work entirely on a voluntary, non-regulatory basis. All of our work is geared toward keeping water clean, conserving water and keeping soil healthy.

Historically, the Soil & Water Conservation Districts were formed after the dust bowl in the 1930’s with the mission of protecting and improving soil and water resources across the country. I got involved with EMSWCD in 2007. At the time, they were one of the few organizations working at the intersection of the two things I am most passionate about – farming and conservation.

I started my organic farm business, the 47th Ave Farm, in 1996 & have always been a strong advocate to improve soil & water quality. Over the past 24 yrs I’ve served on the State Board of Ag, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board & other government, business & non-profit boards to help shape a healthier future for the region. 

Clean water & quality soil are key to organic farming. Here at the 47th Ave Farm, we use cover crops, hedgerows, crop rotation & draft horses enhance habitat, improve soil health & protect water quality. On the ODA board, I chaired the Land Use Committee & worked on farmland conservation issues around the state.

Some key accomplishments during my tenure at EMSWCD – planting over 400,000 natives with StreamCare & starting Headwaters Incubator Farm to train the next generation of sustainable farmers. I’ve spent my most recent term focused on equity & diversity to improve the District’s ability to serve historically disadvantaged communities. This term at the District, I plan to continue to continue our work on sustainable farming & watershed restoration. This historical work is extremely important, and changes may be needed to address two critical issues: Racial Equity & Climate Change.

If re-elected, I have two main goals for my upcoming term…

  • Review all the programs at EMSWCD through an equity lens. Oregon’s history of legislating black exclusion laws and supporting white supremacist groups has significantly impacted the ability of BIPOC groups to access farmland. I also believe strongly that all the programs can be improved to better serve historically disadvantaged groups in the District.
  • Review all programs at EMSWCD to improve our ability to mitigate Climate Change. The riparian restoration work done during my tenure has been incredible, and shading streams to reduce erosion & lower water temperature will continue to be critical work. In addition, I think we have the opportunity to be even more strategic and focus resources on other important aspects of climate change including carbon sequestration & fire prevention.

 

Thank you for your support!!

 

Summer 2020 CSA shares now on sale!

Monday, February 10th, 2020

Summer pickup at 47th Avenue Farm (photo by Matt Giraud)
You know how farming works – good food takes time to grow, so you plant well before you harvest.

That’s why we’re already hard at work on (and excited about) the 24th edition of our pioneering Summer CSA, even though our magnificent winter/spring CSA is still going strong. Multi-tasking is easy when the results taste so good!

This Special Early Bird CSA Sign Up is available for one week only!! In the spirit of CSA & as a thank you for supporting our Farm, we’re offering Summer CSA shares at last year’s prices until Feb 21st, 2020 – when they’ll scooch up a bit. Save 10% if you purchase now!

Come May 19th – our first pickup – we’ll harvest delicious treats like fresh herbs, fava beans, green garlic, and all the elements of a crisp salad. Sweet corn, heirloom tomatoes and other traditional summer crops will reach their peak (and your table!) in August and September. In the fall, hardy winter staples like Japanese tetsu squash, toscano kale, and fingerling potatoes will fill out the end-of-the-season shares. One word: yum!

So if you have the leeway to think like a farmer – acting now to reap the rewards in a couple of months – sign up today and save yourself some money on Portland’s most delicious CSA. It’s going to be amazing!

In Your Share (Feb 3rd edition)

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

We’ve had a relatively mild winter so it should not be too surprising that the raab has arrived ahead of schedule. This week you’ll see beautiful and tender little kale tips in your share. Likely the next pickup will include collard raab. As many of you know, these delicious treats are part of the brassica family. They are both biennials which we plant in the fall & we harvest leaves through the winter. When some combination of warmth and day length convince the plant it is time to start it’s reproductive cycle, then we are blessed with tiny flower buds aka raab. Yum!

Amazing recipes for everything in your share are available to members at our website and at  Cook With What You Have. If you joined our Winter CSA you will find your access key in the member email. Enjoy 24/7 access to recipe inspiration!

This week your share may include…

  • Black Spanish Radish: These make great roasted coins or chips. You can also roast them with other root veggies like carrots & potatoes. And you’ll find almost  2 dozen tasty recipes at the Cook With What You Have website.
  • Carrots: Yum!!!
  • Tuscan Kale Raab: This is one of my favorite spring treats! The kale plants have been producing leaves all winter and then some combination of increasing day length & warmer temperatures convinces it to start make little flower buds aka raab. The small ones are tasty roasted or sautéed whole. Or chop them all up for use in raw salads.
  • Kohlrabi: These have delicious sweet crunchy flavor. I eat most of mine raw with dips like humus – or ranch dressing : ) They also roast well with other root veggies like carrot & potatoes. There are almost 30 excellent recipes for kohlrabi at Cook With What You Have
  • Onions: I used to take the yellow onions for granted. A basic, ubiquitous, staple crop that is relatively easy to grow and nothing to get excited about. Well, maybe not! Though many varieties look similar on the outside, agronomic qualities like disease resistance, productivity, flavor, and long storageability can vary widely. Since my favorite yellow onion, Copra, disappeared from the market a few years ago it has been very challenging to find a replacement that has all those good qualities. In 2019 we grew two different onions, hoping that one of them would successfully replace Copra. The variety recommended by most seed companies is Patterson and a locally developed open pollinated variety is called Newberg. We’re growing both again for the 2020 season then we’ll hopefully have a winner. Continually testing new crops and varieties is an important part of bringing you the best veggies possible : )
  • Potatoes: This Red Desiree variety is very versatile and can be roasted, pan fried or mashed.
  • Winter Squash: Marina di Chioggia is a delicious Italian heirloom squash grown by the Venetians since the 1600’s. It has sweet, dry, flakey, flesh that is easy to use in many ways from mashed to muffins. Learn more about the history & culinary uses of this strangely beautiful squash here.

Coming soon… Purple Sprouting Broccoli!!