While the weather is no indication that summer is right around the corner, we are doing our best to dive into the season head first. At least we will land safe and sound in a mud puddle if anything goes terribly askew! Our first Community Farmers' Market of the year is next Tuesday, so if you find yourself in Lewis County, stop by and see us. The CFM runs from June 15th to October 26, every Tuesday from noon to five. I am personally heading up the music tent, so come to shop and stay for some tunes! There are many great farmers' markets in the Pacific Northwest, and there is surely one right in your neighborhood or local business district. You may have encountered my partner and fellow Coffee Creeker, Francis Brennan, at the Proctor Market last Saturday playing his "contraparatus," a hand crafted one-man band...um, thingy. Watch for us, we are everywhere! The Proctor Farmers' Market is well known for having great musicians, activities for children and prepared food as well as a great selection of local and eastern Washington produce. The market is open every Saturday from 9am to 2pm on N. 27th and Proctor Ave.
    Your box this week includes arugula, a spicy, nutty green that is great for fresh eating in salads and wraps; collard greens, a hearty brassica green that may be eaten fresh or steamed, sauted, stir fried or simmered in soup; orange mint may be used dried or fresh for iced or hot tea, or makes a great addition to green or bulgur wheat salad; and oregano, a favorite herb for culinary and medicinal purposes. In the cooler you will also find a bag of frozen, precooked winter squash. Store squash in your freezer, and thaw in refrigerator when you are ready to use it. It may be heated and served with butter and salt for a savory side, brown sugar and maple syrup for a sweet treat, or try my recipe for Coconut Squash Soup and make a meal of it!
    Coconut Squash Soup
1 qt bag of precooked winter squash, thawed
2 cans coconut milk
1-2 tbs fresh ginger, chopped
salt to taste
Heat all ingredients in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Puree in blender for a super smooth soup, and serve with crusty bread. Enjoy!
     For your fermented pleasure, this batch of Kombucha is mixed with organic grape juice. It also contains organic black tea, organic cane juice and raw agave nectar.
    Volunteer and open farm day will take place on Saturday the 19th of June from 9am to 3pm. There will be a potluck at 1pm, so please bring a dish to share. Coffee and tea will be available all day. Directions to Coffee Creek from Tacoma: take I5 south to exit #82. Right off exit, Harrison Ave. Right at second traffic signal, Johnson. Right at stop sign, Reynolds. Follow to traffic signal, about 2 miles, left onto North Pearl Street. Travel about 3/4 of a mile until you see the Pearl Street Market on your right, the next road is Carson. Left onto Carson Street, travel about a quarter mile on the dirt road, and over the bridge. Coffee Creek Community & Gardens begins as soon as you go right at the fork in the road. Park in front of the Longhouse (our metal barn), slide into your mud boots, and grab a shovel! We look forward to spending the day with your families in our gardens. Call if you have any questions 360.241.4855
    Chickens will be delivered with the next boxes on the 23rd. Now is the time to special order extras for $17 per bird. Extra eggs are always available as well, for $2.50 half dozen, $4 a dozen, and with a week's notice, no order is too large. June marks the end of the truffle deliveries, but these, too may be special ordered for $3 a piece and delivered with any regularly scheduled CSA delivery. I hope you have enjoyed the chocolaty decadence!
    The sun is supposed to return on Friday and stay with us for the next week, with temperatures reaching the high 70's. Of course the garden bounty will reflect the weather's grace, so look forward to more goods with each delivery. Thank you for your patience during this most soggy of spring seasons!
    Take care and be well,
    and the Coffee Creek Community