Hello CSA members,
Yes the weekly e newsletter is a bit different this week. Denise who does the newsletter is taking a week off from it to spend time with her family! So its me devin putting this one all together! Anyway, here we are in August, and I must say it is an absolute pleasure to be in August, the nights are cool and smell so good, the mornings are cool and moist, it actually rains, and the afternoons allow me to be outside working! How great. So I am pleased with how the farm is. All in all, with July being so horribly hot and dry, and really folks it was bad. Many other farmers had a really really tough time of it and lost crops! But, we did really well.Really, and you know what? It has to do with how we grow food and our practices and methods. The varieties of plants that we select are picked because they can handle drought, or extreme heat, or onslaught of insect pests. We space our plants know that it is going to be dry and they will need ample space so they can all get enough water. And, we dont over water our plants, so by the time it gets dry, they are hip to living in the draughty times. Oh what a joy to grow using the ancient methods of organic agriculture! I am feeling that we are going to have a pretty nice fall season, but who knows mabye we will get a frost in September? (I really hope not)
Anyway, tomatoes are a bit slower this week, as they haven’t done to much ripening over the weekend with all the rain and no sun. But we still have plenty for the share, just noting the subtleties or farming, our late crops of beans are coming in, and we should have green beans again, which will be very pleasant, later summer beans are very tasty and sweeter, because of those great cool nights. We will also be having more zucchini in the next few weeks as out later plantings are coming on strong. The heat and drought of July really did take a toll on our zucchini production as zucchini production is really tied to the amout of water we get. Hey we hope you enjoyed the melons that we gave out last week or so. It was nice for us to be able to grow organic cantaloupes and put them in the shares. I get the feeling next year we can do more of that! Eggplants are going great, and so is the basil. This year is really a great year for our basil. Any really this is a great thing. We will keep harvesting a bunch so you all can keep making pesto. I really promise you, make pesto and in January, you will be oh so pleased to have that taste of summer on a nice savory pasta dish, or oh better yet and egg sandwich. I will include a really good egg sandwich recipe that I make pretty much every morning while tomatoes and basil are in season.
OKRA OKRA OKRA OKRA OKRA OKRA
Our okra is doing really really great this year. This is a good thing. Laura a CSA member sent me link to a site with the best okra recipies of the season. And they do look really great. Please enjoy the okra, it is really a treat!
The okra wont be in your boxes, we have so much of it, it will be on the table, you help your self to what you want. It is truly a privilege to have this much okra, and I recommend you take advantage of it! One way to take advantage of it is to freeze it so you can have it in the winter. You will really impress your friends when you cook them a spicy gumbo in January with okra from your favorite local farm. Here is a great simple article on freezing okra.
Farmer Tomato Garlic Egg-sandwich Blaster
Toast a slice of bread. Slice up 2 cloves of garlic, place on hot fry pan with butter, crack the eggs on top of the garlic. Fry up two (Side by Side farm) eggs (or other organic or free range fresh eggs from a local egg producer) Once the toast has popped out, butter it or put a slice of Swiss or extra sharp Cheddar cheese on the toast. Once the eggs are fried (flip them over and cook them until l the yolk is no longer runny, otherwise you will have egg yolk all over your body. Slice a tomato, pineapple tomatoes is what i use typically, and then the sandwich stack is something like this,
bread then cheese or butter, then tomato then egg serve with coffee or tea. Man, this a really good breakfast. Should keep you going for a few hours
This week will feature some really great potatoes. You might see some blue ones, some red ones and some fingerlings. Most of these potatoes are “small”, well they are supposed to be! Don’t peal them, dont cut them, roast or steam them whole! You can cut them if you want, but really they are great because you dont need to cut them or peal them. Enjoy these fresh potatoes with butter or oil or just plain!
You should see this green house we are building, if you get a chance, take a walk up into the fields and look at that great new green house. We are going to be able to grow tons of food in there in the late and early seasons, helping us to reach our goals of year round growing.
We have been happy to put our donkeys to work, now they are really getting good at mowing. This is actually a really big help. We have irrigation lines running over the fields, so using the lawn mower can be a bit of a pain, every couple of feet you have to stop and move the lines, and get back on the tractor and keep mowing. So now we have the donkeys mowing the grass and eating around the various obstacles that are in the fields.