Week 14 ~ August 22-August 28, 2011 CSA Newsletter

This Weeks Share: Celery, Beans, Sweet Corn, Peppers, Cucumbers, Summer Squash, a Brassica, Garlic, Beets or Carrots, and Tomato.

Celery: The first of our celery is ready for your share’s. If you have had farm fresh celery before, then you know how good, and how special it is. It’s flavor is stronger and more floral than what you get in the store. It is a crisp and flavorful delight. The greens on top are great in salads, in sauces or dips and with fish. We just love munching on this celery! Hope you like it too.

Beans: The first pick of delightful, tender summer beans is happening and we are ready to be eating them. These young beans are so sweet and delicious we are eating one to every handful harvested! I’ll post a favorite recipe tonight.

Mediterranean Beans and Tomatoes from Recipes From America’s Small Farms

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil, oregano, or parsley
  • Salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • 1.5 lbs fresh green, wax or purple beans, trimmed
  • 1/2 lb feta cheese
  • 1/4 lb green or black olives, halved or sliced
  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and saute’ until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute more.
  2. Stir in the tomatoes, basil, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook until tomatoes are wilted, 4-5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the beans and cook until they are heated through and just crisp-tender, 3-5 minutes more.
  4. Top with feta cheese and olives; toss quickly. Serve immediately.

Sweet Corn: We are pleased to bring you another week of our heavenly, sweet corn. We are impressed with the stand we have and may even get another week out of it. The ears are riper and sweeter than last week with more finished tips. Don’t be suprised to find aphids as you shuck away the layers of husk, but we have yet to find any inside on the tender kernels. Corn tastes best eaten as soon as you can after picking it. Growing up, us kids would walk out to the garden and pick the ears, and shuck them about ten minutes before we sat down to supper! You can have it almost that fresh as we pick your corn the morning of the day you get it. Enjoy!

Peppers: A nice selection of peppers continues to ripen out in our fields. We bring you more bell’s this week and perhaps some other surprises.

Cucumbers: Still harvesting delicious, crisp, cool cucumbers for your share’s. This is the week for that first cucumber and tomato sandwich!

Summer Squash: The summer-time main-stay vegetable is still going strong. Hope you are enjoying all the different types, colors and shapes!

A Brassica: This, for some is a nice head of cabbage. For others of you it will be more broccoli or cauliflower.

Garlic: We have fresh, heavy heads of garlic for you all. Heavily full of great garlic-ness!

Beets or Carrots: Some of you will get one and other’s the other. We are harvesting some colorful bunches of carrots this week with yellow, purple and orange ones. The beets still can’t be beat.

Tomato: This will be our first official week of summer tomatoes! Hooray-We aren’t waiting until September this year! They are slowing turning out in the fields so the harvesting is starting out light this week. There are more where these come from though.

Berry-Share: This will be another double-up week and conclude the berry-share for this 2011 season. Berry-share member’s will receive four full-pints of our lovely Blue-crop blueberries. The final pick of berries on the farm will likely be this coming weekend….so berry season truly is completely winding down. Hope you enjoyed it like we always do!

FARM NEWS: Well the infamous “Sunday Supper at Love Farm” went over beautifully. We all had a great time, eating fabulous food, and drinking wonderful beers whilst gleefully engaged in delightful conversations with friendly, happy faces! Fun was had by all. We will definitely be doing that again, and Chef Neil and Farmer Kip already started on plans for next year. Very special thanks to you who made it out for this. We were pleasantly surprised by the interest and your support!

All things are growing well out here. Today’s overcast skies almost reminded me of Fall. We get one single hot day in and I’m already ready to look to the change of seasons! No. We are enjoying our slow and easy summer and have very little to gripe or complain about.

Please check back and thanks for your support of our farming journey!

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