Sunday, July 27, 2008

Week 8 News

Sounds like many of you are hitting the road! It is probably a good vacation week if you aren't into the Coast Guard thing. Thanks for making alternate pick-ups easy for us!

FYI - Our "What's in the box" list is the best estimate we can give on the weekend before harvesting for deliveries. It is difficult to know each item that will be ready and looking healthy to harvest until the day we are in the field picking each day. I keep track of what is given each delivery day so I can try and balance things out throughout the season (i.e. Our Monday group didn't get bok choy the last harvest so they will get it for sure this week...)

Blueberries- Special on extra quarts of blueberries this week for$5.00 with 3 quarts max per person for delivery. Thought we could fit in some some extra blueberry picking before our peaches are ripe if you're interested. We have Briggitas this week which is our favorite variety! Email me if interested even if you pick-up at the market so we can plan ahead.

What's in the Box:
Raspberries - Likely - they are already slowing down and we have many bushes filled with crumbly berries that were hit by the late frost we have decided aren't worth picking... Some of our raspberries are the everbearing variety that start up again in September.
Baby Bok Choy - Monday group for sure!
Lettuce Mix
Onions - If you have too many chop and freeze and use this winter in soups and stir fries, etc.
Zucchini and yellow squash - small ones need to be used quickly; great sauted up with our sweet onions, some seasoning salt, and a little chicken broth and or olive oil. Don't overcook!!! If you get a monster zucchini that is best to use in a recipe such as zucchini cake, bread, or cookies.
Basil or Cilantro with hot peppers (Hungarian hot peppers which have medium hotness)
If you get basil this week you will get hot peppers and cilantro next week and vise versa.
Adirondack Blue Potatoes - Good for baked or fried potatoes vs. steamed as they will lose some of their color.
Swiss Chard, Arugula or Mesclun Mix? - we are rotating the Mesclun and Swiss Chard
Green Beans - Likely
Carrots or beets?

Coming Soon!
More beets - including a yummy heirloom next week
Peaches - next week
Tomatoes - 1-2 weeks:)
Kale - some next week

EASY Recipes Ideas:
Spicy Bean Dip with Cilantro and Hot Peppers - excellent with pita or tortilla chips, and works great as a base for a veggie quesedilla (just add cheese and any other ingredients that sound good)

1/2 cup salsa
1 Can black beans (pinto would probably work also) drained and rinsed
1-3 hot peppers - cut off stems, chop into chunks, remove most of seeds and less you like HOT
bunch cilantro (tough stems removed)
1-2 cloves garlic

Chop garlic and cilantro in the food processor until fine then add hot peppers. Next add in beans and cilantro and puree until it reaches your desired consistency.

Optional: Could stir in a little sour cream

Broiled Zucchini
1) Cut zucchini into rounds about 1 cm width (keep them around the same thickness..)
2) Place on baking sheet and sprinkle with seasoning salt (we used M Salt we got at GH market)
3) Sprinkle with lots of parmesan cheese
4) With broiler on high place on center rack and cook for 5-7 minutes max.

2 DVD's in our collection to pass on-

"The World According to Monsanto" - the documentary Americans will never see: This movie helped put together so many things I have been reading about in the last couple years including dangers of GMO's and major issues surrounding the security of the world's food supply. This is a real eye opener and an absolute must see!!! This documentary came out in March 2008 and has been shown on national television in many European Countries but likely won't make it here anytime soon.

Good summary of the movie: at :

The Real Dirt on Farmer John - Documentary made by an ecentric farmer who started what is now"Angelic Organics, a huge CSA program feeding many families near Chicago. We ordered this one thinking it would focus more on his CSA but it focused more on his life on his family's farm leading up to the start of his CSA. I will just say has a different personality than your average farmer with a very artistic side....

*We would love to let you borrow one of these for a week. I can bring it with your box and will need it back when I pick up your box the following week.

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