FARM BLOG

CSA 2012 - Week #5

What's in the Share

The week of June 25th, 2012

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Zucchini - several pieces
Cipollini Onions - 1 bunch
Fennel -OR- Kohlrabi - 1 bunch
Baby Spinach - 1 bag
Radicchio - 1 head
Swiss Chard - 1 bunch
Toscano Kale - 1 bunch
Red Boston Lettuce - 1 head

Notes on the Share

Zucchini in the share means just one thing....it's been hot, and summer is in full swing!  Zucchini is an amazingly versatile veg.  Try making a zucchini soup (with your leftover cilantro from last week- recipe below) or slice them lengthwise and put them on the grill.  Cipollini Onions, aka "Little Onion" in Italian, are a beautiful variety that are best eaten caramelized in a dish or simply roasted in the oven.  Here is a simple recipe for roasting them: http://whiteonricecouple.com/recipes/roasted-cipolini-onions/  Kohlrabi -OR- Fennel -- Read my comments from last week's newsletter.  Baby Spinach is incredibly tender, so I would recommend eating it raw in a refreshing salad for dinner one night this week.  Radicchio is a bitter chicory green that is quite popular in Italian cooking where it is usually eaten grilled in olive oil.  Its bitter flavor mellows when cooked, but some people (like me!) actually love it raw in a salad, especially when it's tempered with a shaved hard cheese like Locatelli.  If you're not sure what to do with it, try this week's recipe below for Penne with Caramelized Onions & Radicchio-- you can use your Cipollini Onions for the recipe too!  I have a similar recipe for Pasta with Caramelized Onion, Swiss Chard and Garlicky Bread Crumbs...try either (or both) pasta dishes this week for easy weeknight meals.  Toscano Kale - Make some Kale Chips this week if you haven't tried them yet....they're addictive!  Red Boston Lettuce will make a delicious tender salad to accompany your meals.  What an exciting week of produce-- I wish you all good times in the kitchen.  Bon Appetit! 

News From the Farm

News of late blight on local potato and tomato crops have put us on the offensive.  We're carefully monitoring and taking preventive action to ensure that our fields are not affected.

New strawberry plants (for next year) were planted last week.  Here are some photos of the process!  (Note the assistant tractor driver checking out the progress in the first pic!)

Connect with your Farm

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 BLOG with pictures and videos of our farming practices!  Or find RECIPES and join the community on our FACEBOOK page! 

If you have questions or concerns about your share, please do not hesitate to contact us.  That is one of the benefits of knowing where your food comes from!  Your farmers are happy to hear from you at info@goldenearthworm.com at any time, for any reason. 

Farm and Community Events

The Golden Earthworm Organic Farm is hosting a fundraiser "SHARE: A Field to Plate" dinner on August 12th from 4-7pm.  There will be a farm tour, live music and an auction.  Tickets are $175 and will benefit North Fork Education Initiative, an amazing new organization that creates educational programs with a focus on arts and the environment on the East End.  They will be launching a K-3 school, Peconic Community School, in downtown Riverhead this fall.  Please join us for an enchanting evening featuring our delicious organic produce prepared by top local chefs, Shinn Vineyard wines and artisanal products from local producers.  It's going to be an evening to remember!  TICKETS now available for online purchase here. This is an intimate gathering, so seating is limited! 

THIS WEEK'S RECIPES

Penne with Caramelized Onions and Radicchio
Zucchini and Cilantro Soup with Mint
Penne with Caramelized Onion, Swiss Chard and Garlicky Bread Crumbs