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CSA Week #4-A

Posted on June 9th, 2021 by Bonnie and Rudy Geber

Whew! They said today was going to be cooler, but it sure doesn't feel like it! The hot temps and sunny days have really sped up growth around the farm and made it feel like the week itself sped by. It's already week #4 and time to customize away for your upcoming boxes.  The pic above is a teaser for the sugar snap peas that are soon to come. We 'should' be able to start harvesting them this coming week, but only a few of you will see them in your boxes this week as we just don't know how many we'll get until they really start to come to maturity. These peas are an amazing 7+ feet tall and we're not really sure what to do with them, lol. We have a great trellis up to 5' high, but don't have a way to go any taller, so I'm afraid this year again will likely turn into a pea jungle, but it's not for lack of trying this time! So far we've featured several of our available add-ons: eggs from the Miller Farm, breads and bagels from the Gracious Table, and see below for a bit about McLaury Apiaries. Add-ons from Dragon's Breath Farm are on a brief hold while Farmer Megan waits for her summer flowers to bloom. All of these options are delicious (or beautiful) in their own right, but why not combine them with your Hoot Owl veggies too? Consider a breakfast of Farm Fresh eggs with microgreens, or a pea shoot quiche, if you haven't already tried the GT grilled cheeses available at the market, make one at home with GT bread and either arugula, microgreens or spinach, and you really don't need to look any further than a great honey balsamic salad dressing for ways to couple McLaury products with ours! McLaury Apiaries was founded in 1983 by Angie and Bob McLaury right here in Libby, MT. In fact, Bonnie can remember the early days of their business from her childhood when the 'Bee People' would come by to put some of their earliest hives on her parents property. The same spot still holds many McLaury hives and is right above the Bend Plot, so later in the summer when we start having pollenated vegetables, much of that work was most certainly done by McLaury bees. Nowadays, McLaury bees travel the country as their business has grown tremendously since those early days. Bob and Angie sell their products at several local stores, markets and events, and we're very happy to be able to offer them as an add-on for you guys. We would be absolutely lying if we said we didn't go through AT LEAST a few gallons of the golden goodness each year. We use our honey primarily to sweeten our teas (Bonnie) and coffees (Rudy), but we also use it for making granola, baking, and salad dressings.  Have a great weekend! Bonnie & Rudy