Two helpers deserve particular mention this week, as we will no longer be enjoying their company out in the fields this season. Becky, who provided an enormous amount of help harvesting, washing, planting, seeding and weeding with us four days a week completed her planned move to Chicago last week to be close to family and begin her studies in Early Childhood Education. We are going to miss her, but we're hoping to lure her back next summer! Also, our friend Christine has steadfastly showed up all season, sometimes with a whole crew in tow, to help plant and weed a number of crops. She took farm volunteering to the next level two weeks ago when she showed up to weed carrots while in the early stages of labor! You may see her sometime in the store in the coming weeks with (hopefully) our newest farmhand: daughter Josie!
In the CSA:
- Watermelon - this week we're featuring Starlight, which is a variety of red watermelon. These are not the seedless watermelons you might be used to seeing in the grocery store. Time to plan some old-fashioned watermelon seed spitting contests!
- Red Ace Beets - germination on our fall plantings was much better than in the spring, so we should be enjoying beets more regularly in the coming weeks.
- Escarole - not to be confused with lettuce, this green should be cooked, as it is bitter when raw. This is particularly tasty in soup or cooked with white beans.
- Peppers- green, purple, flamingo
- Heirloom Tomatoes - these tomatoes are what tomatoes are all about! They are sweeter, more colorful and possess more intense flavor than red slicers. Make a colorful tomato salad out of Pruden's Purple (actually pink), Striped German (yellow with pink streaks), Valencia (orange), Cherokee Purple (brownish purple with green shoulders) and Cherokee Green (yellowish green).
- Slicing Tomatoes - the standard red tomatoes are still pretty tasty, but once heirloom tomato season begins I tend to use these for cooking and save the heirlooms for raw eating.
- Red Potatoes
- Nelson Carrots
- Red Russian Kale
- Mustard Greens
- Cucumbers- pickling and slicers
- Summer Squash
- Husk Cherries or Tomatillos
- Cherry Tomatoes - Jasper, Sungold, Black Cherry, Matt's Wild and Mountain Magic
- Hot Peppers - Jalapeno, Serrano and Capperino
- Dill and Cilantro - there's a newer planting that is looking pretty good this week!
- Lemon and Thai Basil
In the store this week we will have most of the items that are available in the CSA. In addition, we will continue to carry corn from Verrill Farm.