FARM BLOG

CSA 2013 - Week #8

The contents of the share may fluctuate through the week.  Please check the newsletter here for an updated list.

In the Box

Swiss Chard - 1 bunch
Red Batavian Lettuce - 1 head
Green Batavian Lettuce - 1 head
Green Cabbage - 1 head
Cucumbers - 3 pieces
Baby Red Potatoes - 1 quart
Garlic - 1 small head
Basil - 1 bunch
Onion - 1 piece

FRUIT SHARE

For Fruit Share members ONLY.  Please be sure to store your berries in the fridge! 

Peaches - 1 bag
Ripen peaches in a paper bag on the counter, then refrigerate. 
Blueberries - 1 pint
Store in the refrigerator.

Notes from the Farmhouse Kitchen

Everyone seemed to find last week's storage tips helpful, so I'll try to include them in each newsletter from now on.  All greens - swiss chard, lettuce and the green cabbage should be stored in a plastic bag in the fridge.  The basil can be stored this way for a day, but if you want it to last longer its stems should be put in a glass (bouquet style) standing up in the fridge.  The cucumbers should be stored in the fridge, as should the onion and the potatoes, which are freshly harvested and will not store well in this heat.  The garlic is fresh, so its skin has not fully dried out.  This is a special hard-neck variety not found in stores.  It is worth its weight in gold!  We don't grow much since the organic seed is very hard to come by in quantity, so savor it!  It can sit on your counter for a week or so, but I would highly recommend using it with the basil for a delicious pesto!  (Recipe below.) I use pesto on pasta or as a spread on crostini or crackers as an appetizer.  Bon appetit! -Maggie

This week's Recipes

Fresh Pesto (for pasta)
New Potatoes with Pesto and Parmesan
Coleslaw with Yoghurt Dressing

A note from your farmer

After a couple of lackluster weeks of harvests for the CSA boxes we have a lovely assortment of new crops to harvest and send out this week.  At these times we get the feeling that some of our members think were playing a trick or game and hiding all our extra special delicious crops somewhere.  It may be hard to believe, but even with our 70+ acres in production for CSA, it is possible to have very, very little to harvest at a particular point during the year. Almost always this is due to lengthy periods of excessively wet field conditions.  Climatic conditions from June 7 through June 19th prevented us from working in the fields doing any kind of tillage, planting, weeding, fertilizing, etc.  Most vegetable production is fairly complex, but growing for CSA is extra complex and demanding because of the need to continuously harvest and deliver a well balanced, diverse assortment of produce.  With great weather this is already a significant challenge.  With extended disruptions to planting and general field work it is not possible to come through with the intended crops at the desired time, thus leading to potential dissatisfaction when you pick up your shares.  We always plan to plant a certain quantity of crops  which relates to the number of members we anticipate signing up.  What we actually harvest is a result of various things, but the largest deciding factor of what ends up in your CSA box is the WEATHER!  For people whose daily lives are relatively unaffected by weather, this may seem mind boggling that the darn weather affects their CSA share.  Farmers and field workers are intrinsically linked to the daily weather and how it affects them.  In April and part of May we long for the awful Long Island wind to stop blowing from the East or the North, so we and the plants can thaw out.  In the summer it's such a rare treat to have a nice cool moist Easterly breeze, or a crisp North wind like we had this past Sunday. This past week we were lucky enough to enjoy high humidity and temperatures in the mid 90's and the searing sun for more than 10 hours a day!!!  But luckily there was a nice breeze for part of it.  Talk about things that slow down production!  Yes, the farm keeps on rolling, just a little slower.

Which brings me to the main theme of last week... irrigation.  That is about all I did last week - the whole week- plus a little tractor work. I think it's been 3-4 weeks with no rain and the unirrigated parts of the farm are either dust or completely dried out vegetation.  With heat like last week all of our crops need loads of water, so that's what we must provide.  Luckily we can, and we managed to do it.  We irrigate with aluminum pipes with sprinklers that are hand moved from section to section, and also with a fair amount of drip hoses on crops like tomatoes and cucumbers.   As you will see in your shares this week the cucumbers are very happy with the heat and the water they get from their drip lines. Now that we have watered the crops we need to start watering the other sections of the farm so we can prepare for our late summer and fall plantings.  

We appreciate your patience as we deal with the various weather issues that have affected the farm.  We would also like everyone to share in the excitement of looking forward to the best months of the CSA season...coming soon!  As always, everyone at the farm works diligently to uphold our end of the CSA relationship by growing as much high quality, nutritious, organic produce as we can.  We also hope to bring some joy to your lives as we share this unique experience. 

Happy Eating from our family to yours... -Farmer Matt 

Upcoming Events!

SHARE: A Celebration of Education
August 11th from 5-8pm

Join us at the farm for field-to-plate fare prepared by top local chefs, fabulous live music, spectacular auction and lots of fun!  All to benefit Peconic Community School and alternative education on the East End.  $75/ticket.  Enjoy the sun setting over the farm fields - bring your friends - it's going to be a fabulous evening!  GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

SAVE THE DATE

Our CSA Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday, October 20th!  (Please note the date change).  More info to come! 

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