Tuesday, September 8, 2015

2015 CSA Share 15

CSA Share 15


Fall is coming and we are starting to feel it on the farm. Our tomatoes in the field have been lost to light blight, cucumbers and squash in the field are now sadly goners too. In the greenhouse the cucumbers are speckled and brown flecked with downy mildew and the first brown spots of what could be late blight are showing up on the tomatoes. We still have a few weeks to the season though, still watermelon and apples, come the frost we will have parsnips, brusel sprouts, winter squash and pumpkins. We planted some quick growing cold season crops, so we will hopefully see a return of lettuce, radishes and greens toward the end as well. 


The sheep have been acclimating well to the farm, our livestock guardian dog Korra has been staying in their pasture with them and bonding. We hope to fence in an area around the barn for the ram, Henry, to get some fresh air and fresh grass. 

Also, earlier this week Farmer Figgins and Farmer Don got to have a practice run of castrating piglets. One of our friends had pot belly piglets unexpectedly, all boys, and they needed to be taken care of while still young. Next time will be in the spring hopefully for our own piglets! 

We will also have available:

Snacking tomatoes-$3.00/1.5 lb bag
Ground Cherries-$3.00/1 lb bag
Lemon Cucumbers-4/$1
Slicing cucumbers-2/$1
Okra-$1/bag
Tomatillos-$1.50/bag



Large Share pictured: 4 melons, 4 cucumbers, 4 lemon cucumbers, 2 summer squash, 2 eggplant, 2 lbs tomatillos, 2 hungarian peppers, 2 bell peppers, 2 bunches herbs, 2 lbs ground cherries, 2 lbs green beans, 3 lbs snacking tomatoes, 2 slicers and 2 roma tomatoes.



Eggplant

New this week for everyone are some eggplant! We like to grill these with some olive oil, salt, pepper, and cumin. 

Tomatillos


More tomatillos this week. We enjoy making a salsa verde out of these or for enchilada sauce with chicken or pork. They also go well in a pot of chili or soup! These are easy to preserve for another day, just take out of the paper-lantern like husk, wash and then freeze whole for later. 


Ground Cherries 

This strange golden berry is related to the tomato plant, and is indigenous to the new world. It has a similar texture to the tomato, but in flavor is more like strawberry or pineapple. The fruit are rich in cryptoxanthin, and contain pectin and can be used in pie filling. They can be eaten raw and used in salads, you can add them to dessert, use as flavoring, made into fruit preserves, or dried and used like raisins. 

Ground Cherry Jam
Ground Cherry Pie

Melons

More melons this week. They are small this year, small shares get two melons this week, large shares get 4. 

Tomatoes

We have a bag of snacking tomatoes for everyone this week, a large slicer, and a red tomato.

The Mothership Tomato Salad

Green Beans

Our green bean mix includes purple, yellow and green beans, which will all turn green, except strangely the yellow variety, when cooked. 

Peppers

This week we have a hungarian wax pepper and a bell pepper for everyone. 


Cucumber-Slicer and Lemon

The cucumbers in the greenhouse are beginning to succumb to downy mildew, so enjoy these now, we won't have them much longer! We like to eat the lemon cucumbers raw, like an apple, but they can be pickled or used in salad or cucumber salad just like any regular cucumber. 


Summer Squash


Probably the last of the summer squash for this year this week. Try these sautéed or steamed or grilled, but they also make a great addition to a quiche or frittata.  Sadly the squash beetles have been holding back our zucchini, so we haven't been able to get any good size zucchini for zucchini bread. 


Herbs

This week for herbs we have Italian basil and parsley. 

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