Week 16 ~ Sept.10-Sept.16, 2012 CSA Newsletter

This Weeks Share: Potatoes, Onions, Tomatoes, Peppers Sweet’s and Spicy’s, Cucumber, Summer Squash, A Brassica (Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower), and a Farmer’s Choice item.

Potatoes: We are so happy and proud to finally offer all our share’s a nice bag of potatoes for the week. Less than 3 lbs. each, but we all get some. They are dry-farmed (very little H2O) so the flavor is more intense, as well as the nutrient levels. Hope you enjoy them.

Onion: We have relieved all of the storing onions from their confines of hard earth and will be giving them a send off to your table this week. Really nice for stews and stir-fries or sauces.

Tomatoes: More orbs of delicious flavor continue to ripen in our fields. We must pick them every day to keep up, and continue to entrust them from our fields into your happy hands.

Peppers: We aim to have some beauties for you this week, the brighter orange, yellow, and red bells and Italian bells (the big, pointy ones) are very sweet in flavor and perfect in salads or for snacking.

Love Farm Salsa Fresca or Pico-de-Gallo

  • 3-4 bell peppers on the sweeter side, chopped
  • 1 Jalepeno or banana pepper
  • 5-8 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 small red or yellow onion, chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • half a bunch cilantro (more or less depending on your tastes), stems removed
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime or lemon juice
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix well. Dip corn chips into it all day long!

Cucumber: Good thing our girls love cucumber ‘wheels’ in their lunches. I hope your children do too.

Summer Squash: Another zucchini to take home this week….actually might be time for some zucchini bread!

A Brassica: Everyone will take home a head of cabbage, or broccoli ,or cauliflower. We have some interesting bullet-type cabbage for harvest this week, which taste sweet and delightful.

Farmer’s Choice Item:  Again we reserve the right to thrill and excite you with a mystery item in your vegetable bag. Will it be beans? Will it be celery? Will it be berries? Will it be a bag of mixed lettuce? Or will it be some delightful eggplant for that eggplant Parmesan you have been dreaming of? May whatever we harvest to bring to you, be greeted with welcomed arms and a smile.

FARM NEWS: The weather has been great! The sun is shining bright, and the partly cloudy skies have been perfect to cloud watch at today. Doesn’t the color of the golden streaming sunlight appear more…..well, golden? I swear the light has changed, especially in the late afternoon. It’s sort of like a reflection of the soon to be bright changing colors of the leaves. I love this time of year. The anticipated rain turned into three sprinkles at best, but let down we definitely are not.  However, we will need to keeping watering the field in this light drought we are experiencing. The Fall rains which usually tend to perk up all the greens seem to still be a week or two out. We know it’s coming, just when is the question, but there’s really no rush. It feels like ‘meat & potatoes’ time, or to say it another way – time to start to prepare for the winter. Hard to believe that there’s just eight more weeks to this CSA season.

The pumpkins in the field along with the other winter squash are looking good, turning orange. Also we are probably going to get to share a late corn planting with you too. At least one more week of sweet corn. We have some interesting varieties growing for pop-corn too. We are thinking ahead to the annual Fall Harvest Party. We like the idea of having it the weekend of October 26th-28th. We haven’t decided on Saturday or Sunday yet. I will put together more details and probably a flyer of sorts in the weeks to come. We have decided we probably won’t do a huge amount of work this year, and instead get to do more socializing, fun stuff for the kiddos, and tours or walks through the woods. In any event we will hope for some sun to be shining. I know, it could be too much to ask.

Well have a wonderful week! Our daughters both started pre-school today. So much fun! We hope you and all yours happy, healthy eating and some nice family down time. If that’s too much to ask, at least we hope for you a great family meal. Or two. 🙂

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