FARM BLOG

CSA Week #8

THIS WEEK IN THE BOX

*NOTICE: The contents of the share will change depending on your pick-up day this week.  The following list is for TUESDAY only.  

VEGETABLE SHARE
Garlic - 2 heads
Collards - 1 bunch
Cucumber - 1 piece (First of the season! The plants are just starting to produce...)
Broccoli - 1 head
Arugula - 1/2 lb. bag
Carrots - 1 bunch 
Scallions - 1 bunch
Zucchini/Summer Squash - 5 pieces 

FRUIT SHARE
1 container Blueberries
1 container Blackberries

CROP NOTES
Beautiful, beautiful garlic!  This hard neck variety of garlic has a superior flavor to the soft neck variety you'll find in stores.  It has fewer cloves per head, but the cloves are larger and more pungent.  

BOX NOTES -- Please remember that it is normal for the quantity of produce in the share to fluctuate from week to week. This is due to weather, season, crop output, and other factors out of our control.  It is not unusual for some week's share to be twice as full as others.  For those of you who have been members in the past, you know that August, September and October are the fullest months for the CSA here in our climate. This is when the hot summer crops like tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers fill the box together with greens, vining vegetables, and more!  

ON THE FARM
The first harvest of potatoes will take place over the next few days, so look for them appearing in your box starting next week!  Many of you may have read in the NY Times about the late blight that is hitting farms hard this year, but luckily we've managed to have a pretty good potato crop despite a small number of infected plants.  We're keeping a vigilant eye on the tomatoes for infection, but so far they look really good.  

And believe it or not, we could actually use the rain we're getting this week!  It's amazing how quickly the fields can dry out after such a wet early summer, but we're happy to stop irrigating and let nature water the thirsty crops for the next few days...  

FRUIT SHARES are now in full swing!
Please remember that fruit shares are housed in separate RED crates.  Only members with FRUIT listed after their name may take the fruit share.  We only send enough for the members who have paid separately for the fruit, so please double check the list.  Thank you!

We welcome you to explore our website to learn more about our farm and the wonderful things you can do with your weekly share. You may find our PRODUCE STORAGE TIPS page useful in figuring out how to maximize the life of your veggies, and our RECIPE section to search for ways to cook up your box! And maybe you need help identifying a particular mystery vegetable? Try our CROP GUIDE.

THIS WEEK'S RECIPE SUGGESTIONS

Fettuccine with Zucchini, Arugula, Basil and Lemon
Collard Potato Salad with Mustard Dressing

More recipes for all the week's produce can be found here on our RECIPES page.