NEWS FROM THE FARM
More hot, dry weather on the farm this week! As we transition into September, you can look forward to some early winter squash making an appearance in the boxes very soon. First to be harvested is the acorn squash crop, quickly followed by sunshine squash. You can also expect to see more salad and cooking greens in the shares as the dry summer weather gives way to cooler nights and (hopefully) some rain. Some of you have asked about our second basil crop, which we are sorry to report has not come through. We've noticed over the past few years that only our first planting of basil is good enough to harvest. The second and third plantings have become susceptible to downy mildew which turns the leaves brown. This is a new phenomena, and we're not exactly sure what is causing it. We've been able to grow excellent basil in the past, so we're going to be doing some more research on this over the winter.
THIS WEEK IN THE SHARES
Tomatoes, anyone? The plums in this week's share are excellent for sauce! The Potatoes are Yukon Gold, which have a terrific texture for potato salads. Swiss Chard for a quick saute - I've been dying to get something green back on our plates! And Orange Long Peppers which are Little Farmer's favorite! You can roast them - see this week's recipe, or just eat them raw. And Eggplant or Zucchini to round out the box. The eggplant was harvested for Tuesday only this week - all other members will receive their eggplant over the next two weeks. (Not all the eggplants ripen at the same time, so we are harvesting and distributing them as they are ready.)
Bon appetit! - Maggie
SAVE THE DATE!
Bring your family and friends to our celebration of CSA at our annual CSA Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 18th. Good food, cooking demos, kids' activities, live music, hayride tours and more! Come meet your farmers and see where your food comes from. We hope to see you there!
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VISIT OUR FARMERS' MARKETS
Can't get enough of our veggies? Some of our best Farmers' Market customers are our CSA members! Stock up on more of the goodness you get in your shares at our markets in Port Washington (Saturdays), Islip (Saturdays) and Huntington (Sundays). Visit our website to learn more about our markets and find a map! Brian & Orlando look forward to seeing you there!
THIS WEEK IN THE SHARES
AUGUST 25, 26, 27 & 28
Swiss Chard - 2 pieces
Orange Long Peppers - 2 pieces
Cherry Tomatoes - 1 pint
Red Tomatoes - 3 lbs.
Plum (Sauce) Tomatoes - 2 lbs
Yukon Gold Potatoes - 1 quart
Eggplant - Tuesday only this week. All members will receive eggplant over the course of the next few weeks. The eggplants ripen at different rates, so you'll all receive it once in your share. Those who don't receive eggplant this week will receive Zucchini
*The contents of the share may change through the week as we monitor the fields and harvest what is at its peak.
Clockwise from top: Eggplant (Tuesday only), Orange Long Peppers, Yellow Cherry Tomatoes, Yukon Gold Potatoes, Plum Tomatoes, Swiss Chard and Red Beefsteak Tomatoes in the middle.
In the fridge...
Eggplant, Potatoes, Peppers
In a bag in the fridge...
On the counter...
Tomatoes - eat right away when fully red (or yellow for the cherries) and ripe!
BRIERMERE FARM FRUIT SHARE
THE FRUIT SHARE IS NOT ORGANIC! PLEASE BE SURE TO WASH THE FRUIT BEFORE YOU EAT IT.
Bartlett Pears - 1 bag
Peaches - 1 bag