FARM BLOG

CSA 2011 - Week #6

What's in the Box - July 5, 6 & 7

VEGETABLE SHARE

The contents of the box may change this week.  Please check back daily for an updated list. You can click on a crop below for recipes and storage information. 

Green Romaine Lettuce - 1 head
Green Batavian Lettuce - 1 head
Swiss Chard - 1 bunch
Scallions - 1 bunch
Broccoli - 1 bunch
Zucchini - several pieces
Onions - several pieces
Raddichio - 1 head
Beets -OR- Carrots - 1 bunch

FRUIT SHARE - Starts this week for Long Island!!!!

The listing for the fruit share is for our Long Island sites ONLY.  Please contact your core group if you belong to a Queens pick-up site for your updated weekly share. 

Blueberries - 1 container
Gooseberries - 1 container

notes on the share

Wow, what a terrific box this week!  It's great, because I never know what's coming up in the share until I get the picking list from Matthew on Monday, so I can be surprised along with you!  If you haven't had radicchio before, this is the week to try it!  It's delicious both raw in a salad (best paired with a shaving of hard cheese like parmesan to balance out the bitterness), or grilled or sauteed.  Try the recipes below!  We've been grilling up our zucchini this past week, and then slicing and tossing in pasta salads. The recipe I've linked to below is one of our new favorites. I hope everyone had a great long holiday weekend!

Briermere Farms Fruit Share begins this week!  There are blueberries and gooseberries in the share.  Gooseberries are a special treat and can rarely be found in stores, so be sure to make something special with them!  Find some recipe ideas for Gooseberries here.  If you don't have time to cook them up now,  just toss them in the freezer in a ziplock bag until you find time to do so later in the season. 

News from the Farm

Sun and dry weather means that we have to get ready to start irrigating (watering) the crops very soon!  Even though irrigation takes a lot of time and energy, it's controllable, and it's a welcome change after all the wet weather we experienced last month. 

Late blight-- again?  Late blight is hitting some farms out here on the East End already - spotted on both tomato and potato crops, so James started the first round of spraying on our tomatoes last week.  We use an organically certified spray (copper based) as a preventative to protect the plants from "catching" the blight.  If you remember back to 2009, most farms on the east coast lost all of their tomato plants to the blight.  We'll keep you updated...

Explore our Website
We welcome you to explore our website to learn more about our farm and the wonderful things you can do with your weekly share. Check out our CROP GUIDE to find tips on maximizing the life of your veggies, and our RECIPE section to search for ways to cook up your box!

THIS WEEK'S RECIPE SUGGESTIONS

Spicy Garlicky Broccoli Salad
Lemon, Almond & Zucchini Pasta Salad (from Smitten Kitchen)
Penne with Caramelized Onions & Raddichio

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