Farewell, Jada: CSA Summer ’15 ” Week #11 (EO-A)

 In CSA Newsletter

From left to right: Sophie, Abigail, Jada, and Amber

Last Friday marked Jada’s last day working at the farm. It was her fifth season.

When Jada started with us, she was only 17. Quiet, and super shy, she started working as a worker share. She brokered a deal with her parents, CSA members, that she would work for the family’s food and they would pay her cash for her work.

We loved Jada immediately. She is easy-going and super sweet. A high-school (and then college) cross-country runner, she has the stamina to make it through long days.

For two seasons, Jada was at the farm as a worker share. Her second season here, we began to ask her if she wanted to work additional hours in the field as an employee.  And she did.

The next season, Jada came on as one of our full-time crew members during the high summer months and began to manage the worker share crew from June through August.  This became her primary role here at the farm. She excelled at it. She is excellent at striding the fine line of encouraging a volunteer worker to move quickly, without pushing them so much they decide they hate working in the fields.

Jada has picked thousands, maybe millions of green beans in her five years here.  She always works hard, never complains.

At the age of 22, Jada is now off to Ohio to intern as an environmental educator at a children’s outdoor camp.

I feel so fortunate we got to witness her transition from a teenager to adult.  She’s really come into her own over the years. We said goodbye to a young woman with her whole life ahead of her. She’s super smart, kind and hard-working, so I have no doubt she will do well wherever she goes.

We want to thank her for all 5 summers of hard work she put in here at the farm and wish her all the best of luck as she moves forward in life! We will miss you! Cheers, Jada.


Cassie, Mike, kiddos and crew


In the Box:

  • Beans, Dragon Tongue
  • Broccoli
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant (either Globe or Japanese)
  • Garlic
  • Head Lettuce (either Multileaf or Summercrisp)
  • Muskmelon (to most sites)
  • Onion, White Sweet
  • Pepper, Red Sweet (either bell or carmen)
  • Sweet Corn
  • Tomatoes, Heirlooms
  • Tomatoes, Romas
  • Tomates, Slicers
  • Zucchini

REGs only

  • Parsley, Flat Italian

EOs only

  • Basil

Weekly Recipes:

  1. Stewed Tomatoes
  2. Nana’s Eggplant Parmesan
  3. Swedish Cucumber Salad
  4. Corn Pudding
  5. Baked Panzanella
  6. Laurie Colwin’s Tomato Pie
  7. Chopped Salad with Cucumber and Basil Vinaigrette
  8. Parmesan Breaded Eggplant Cutlets
  9. Grilled Parsley and Garlic Tofu
  10. Corn with Chile Powder and Lime
  11. Zucchini Bruschetta with Eggplant, Pepper and Basil Chevre
  12. Kung Pao Broccoli, Pepper, Eggplant and Chicken
  13. Chicken Breast and Zucchini with Herbs

Wednesday, August 19th” EO Group A