Here's what the CSA is snacking on this week: heirloom tomatoes, red bell peppers, poblanos, green cabbage, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, beets, and radishes.Read More
This week, our CSA friends are enjoying a diverse and bountiful share: tons of tomatoes, jalapeno, sweet onions, garlic, french breakfast radishes, cantaloupe, yukon gem potatoes, cucumber, zucchini, and heritage cherry tomatoes.Read More
This week our CSA is enjoying our heaviest share yet: HUGE savoy cabbage, cantaloupe, sweet onions, carrots, heritage tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, and a serrano pepper.Read More
This is week #12 and we are more than halfway through the season! Wild!
Sorry I've been missing the blog but we went on VACATION! During the summer! I went two weeks ago and Adam went last week!
Farming full time makes taking the occasional family vacation a big challenge, but when Adam and I partnered up one of our first goals for our new business was to improve our on AND off-farm lives and have more fun! So these little summer vacays are a big win for team #worklifebalance!
Our CSA peeps this week got a super summery share full of heirloom tomatoes, rainbow carrots, summer squash, cantaloupe, sweet onions, cucumber, jalapeño, curly kale, and basil.
We wanted to take some time this week to celebrate tomatoes and dig into some of the unique characteristics of the funky varieties we grow.
We like to grow heirloom and heritage varieties of tomatoes 'cause they're tastier, funkier, cooler, prettier, and way more fun! An heirloom variety is one that was developed more than 50 years ago, while heritage varieties are usually developed using older heirloom and then breeding for additional vigor and disease resistance. Despite all the amazing characteristics of heritage and heirloom tomatoes, they are very sensitive to moisture and, therefore, susceptible to cracking. As the weather gets a cooler, they should crack a little less, but, for now, we all get to embrace the cracks and imperfections! (I know I feel pretty cracky and imperfect after a long season)!
This lovely, sunny tomato is a member of a French Heirloom variety series. Marigolds have a peachiness to them; think super sweet flavor and juice dripping down your chin.
A child of Cherokee Purple, one of the most well-known, and well-loved heirlooms, this funky green guy takes its complex flavor from its famous parent while bringing its own brand of sweetness.
Another French Heritage, Marbonne is not your everyday red tomato. With fruits averaging 1 lb, these monsters provide a classic red tomato flavor: acidic, slightly salty, slightly sweet; but there is a depth of flavor and meaty, juicy texture that sets Marbonne apart than its less Parisian relatives.
This French Heirloom is the t-bone steak of tomato varieties. Marnero's texture is dense, juicy, and beefy. Purple tomatoes are lower in acid than other tomatoes and Marnero's is savory, sometimes even smoky.
August is here and with is the crazy summer heat we've all been waiting for (and/or dreading). Adam and I are definitely baking out there on the farm, but these hot days and especially the warm nights, are doing wonders for our ripening fruits. The cucumbers are producing like it's going out of style, the melons are super green but swelling, the peppers are thinking about changing color, and the TOMATOES are just starting to ripen!!!!! Don't get your salsa recipes out just yet, we only got a couple this week and hope to have enough for CSA by next or the following week...but we are well on our way to a bumper crop of tomatoes!
Despite their hatred of the heat and general aversion to the sun, the chickies are still laying strong and we'll have lots of eggs available for sale at both the Moscow and LC Valley CSA distributions. Eggs are available first come, first serve and are, for the time being, $5/dozen. The girls snack on grass, bugs, produce, kitchen scraps, and a local, GMO-free grain mixture grown by our friend Eric Zakarison in Pullman.
We also have garlic braids for sale at CSA pickup. The idea behind the garlic braid is to hang it on your kitchen wall and, starting from the top and working down the braid, clip a bulb off as needed throughout the fall and winter. Garlic stores really well when braided so these bulbs should last into next year! They also make really sweet gifts for food-minded friends.
This week's share is our heaviest to date: new potatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, basil, kale, rainbow carrots, HUGE napa cabbage, and an eggplant or a pepper. Most every of the veg this week should be pretty familiar but I bet napa cabbage is a new one for some of you. Napa cabbage is probably my favorite type of cabbage. It has a crisp texture and mild, sweet flavor that's perfect raw, stir fried, or in kimchi. Read on for some ideas...
Since we've got so much new stuff, our CSA members got an exciting share this week: new potatoes, rainbow carrots, kale, sage, garlic, cucumbers, zucchini, and peppers OR eggplant.Read More
Fennel, kohlrabi, frisee, italian dandelion greens, broccoli, red butter lettuce, garlic scapes, and zucchini.Read More
escarole, haukeri turnips, broccoli, lettuce, kohlrabi, garlic scapes, and zucchini.Read More
Victory Farm 2017 CSA Share #3: Radishes, haukeri turnips, kale, lettuce, cauliflower, italian parsley, pea shoots, and garlic scapesRead More
Victory Farm 2017 CSA Share #2: lettuce, arugula, haukeri turnips, white icicle radishes, green garlic, cauliflower, and radish microgreens.Read More
Here's a May update of Victory Farm happenings. Think chicken party, giant water tanks, and windstorms...Read More
Market CSA members still purchase a share in advance of the growing season, but, instead of picking up their box of veggies each week at the farm, market members shop our stand at the Moscow Farmers' Market using their purchased credit. A market share is basically like a produce account; members just grab whatever they want at the market and we'll deduct it from their account.Read More
Adam and I like to joke that we're contractors instead of farmers since we've spent all of this incredibly wet winter building a barn and a new greenhouse. It's easy to forget that we actually grow plants for a living! Needless to say, we are SO excited that spring is here!
Here's a springtime update of all the happenings at Victory Farm!
Last week we officially started our 2017 season with a batch of 80 adorable layer chicks and 70 seedling trays of onion, tomato, brassicas, flowers and more. (We named our new greenhouse "the nursery" since it's full of babies)! This week we're seeding early spring greens and roots into our hoophouse and starting another bunch of seeds in the nursery.
Last Chance for CSA
Our 2017 CSA is almost full but we're still looking for about ten more members. If you or anyone you know is interested in a share this year, contact us or visit the website ASAP. Thank you so much to the more than 50 families who have already signed up for a share! We're so excited to have you!