FARM BLOG

CSA 2012 - Week #14

What's in the Share

The week of August 27, 2012

The contents of the share fluctuate over the week. Please check back often for updates!

Click on a crop below to view more information, cooking tips and recipes...

Green Beans - .4 lbs *Harvested from a new planting-- delicious, tender size!
Sungold Cherry Tomatoes - 1/2 lb
Savoy Cabbage - 1 head
Red or Yellow Onions - 1 lb
Yellow Potatoes - 1 quart
Red Tomatoes - 4 lb bag
Cilantro - 1 bunch

FRUIT SHARE - LONG ISLAND SITES
PLEASE NOTE THAT PEACHES SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE PLASTIC BAGS AND ALLOWED TO RIPEN OPEN ON THE COUNTER.  AS SOON AS THEY ARE RIPE THEY SHOULD BE STORED IN THE REFRIGERATOR.
Tuesday - 1 bag mixed Apples (Gala & Gravenstein) and 1 bag Peaches
Wednesday - 1 bag mixed Apples (Gala & Gravenstein) and 1 bag Nectarines
Thursday/Friday - 1 bag mixed Apples (Gala & Gravenstein) and 1 bag Nectarines

Notes on the Share

The Tomatoes keep coming in!  I slow roasted a big batch in my oven yesterday (recipe below) and then tossed with some pasta for a delicious meal.  Roasting them concentrates their flavor and you can easily freeze them in ziplock bags to enjoy when tomato season is over.  With Onions and Cilantro in this week's share, you may also want to whip up a big batch of fresh salsa!  More Green Beans, but this time from a new planting, so they are smaller and more tender.  Try the recipe below for a Potato salad with green beans and salsa verde- yum!  Savoy Cabbage rounds out the share - perfect for a cool cabbage salad to enjoy this Labor Day weekend! 

News From the Farm

Overall, our crops continue to look great!  We had a few recent losses, which are worth mentioning in case you wonder why they won't make a future appearance in the shares...  Our pepper crop was wiped out last week by a soil-born disease known as Phytopthora.  It spread through the field in a matter of days, wilting the plants from the ground up. While we were happy with our green pepper harvest over the past month, we were waiting for many of the fruits to turn yellow and red, and to harvest for you as colored peppers in September.  This waiting period is always risky, as the plants age they are more susceptible to disease, and that is exactly what happened.  Our Eggplants faced a similar fate these past weeks and the plants were overcome by insect damage from leaf hoppers and potato beetles.  The crop was sprayed, but it was too late to save them.  We're glad we were able to harvest Asian eggplants for the shares a few times.

What to expect coming up in the next few weeks?  Hopefully more tomatoes, some new varieties of winter squash, cooler-weather greens and carrots! 

PLUM TOMATO SHARES are still available on a first-come, first-served basis, and can be picked up at our farmers' markets in Port Washington, Islip or Huntington on the weekends.  Delivery cannot be made to individual pick-up sites on Long Island.  Here are the details:

$35 for a 20lb box of Plum Tomatoes for canning and cooking.  To order, please e-mail info@goldenearthworm.com with your requested number of shares and where you will be picking them up.  Your choice for pick-up is: Port Washington Farmers' Market (Saturday), Islip Farmers' Market (Saturday), or Huntington Farmers' Market (Sunday).  We are now taking orders for pick-up on 9/1 and 9/2 ONLY.  If we have more shares available for pick-up the following weekend we will post a notice in next week's newsletter.

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

Save the Date!  CSA Harvest Festival - Sunday, October 14
Our annual Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday, October 14th from 11am-3pm.  FREE for all CSA members and their families and invited guests. 

Hayride Tours, Walking Tours, Cooking Demos, Live Music, Animal Shearing, Kids Events and lots more!  Stay tuned for more details...

THIS WEEK'S RECIPES

Potato Salad with Green Beans and Salsa Verde
David Lebovitz's Oven-Roasted Tomatoes