Yes, it does look as if the Easter bunny stopped by the CSA to unload carrots, but, in reality, it’s just part of the changing seasons. Last week, as you probably remember, we received beets, which are a cool weather crop. We were surprised that we had beets in our share so late in the season, and, when we cooked them, we found out that they were the last of the season. How could we tell? They had just begun to bolt, or set seed. When that happens, the stems and the beets start to toughen up and send up a central stalk that will hold the flowers and seed pods. All these changes made the beets less tasty, and some of them could only be used to make soup broth.
So, what does all that have to do with the carrots? Well, the bolting is caused by the heat, meaning that most of the cool weather crops are past their prime, but the hot weather crops still haven’t come in. So, during this transition, we sometimes get double shares of vegetables that are still doing well. Hence, double carrots.
So, this week, we picked up:
- Carrots (double share)
- I’itoi onions (1 bunch)
- Kale (1 bunch)
- Valencia oranges (5)
- Sweet potatoes (4)
- Fennel (1 bunch)
- Tomatillos (traded for more I’itoi onions)
Let’s see what happens to all that.