A few new fruits from the orchard are coming this week: gala apples, bartlet pears, and our late variety of plums. We picked a bushel of plums on Friday night, some might have been pick a touch early, but we were trying to save them from splitting with all of the rain. Don't worry though, they will ripen up just fine.
Possibly blueberries by the end of the week. We think enough might ripen up once more this season of the late variety called Elliot's. They aren't as sweet but are good firm berries to use for cooking.
This Week's Produce Forecast:
Pears - bartlet
Apples - honey crisp and Gala
Potatoes - Yukon Gold
Lettuce mix or arugula
Cooking Greens: Swiss Chard, Kale, or Savoy (rotating)
Sweet corn - Last week
Sweet onions or green onions - sweet onions if they are dried out enough
Beets or eggplant - whichever you didn't get last week
Cherry or grape tomatoes
Green and/or Red pepper - they are starting to turn red
Dill or basil - likely
A few 1/2 bushels of honey crisp available - $25
Tomatoes in quantity - $14/half bushel (22-26lbs) $25 /bushel (~50-52lbs)
Farm Report from Russ:
Everything is turning green again! With all of the warm rain in the last week all of the plants that were lacking water are now looking lush and healthy. I am also hoping that the warm rain has pushed the lettuce, spinach, and other greens that were planted 2.5 weeks ago forward a bit, the hot dry weather stunted these greens, but they should grow out of it. The orchard is looking good. We will be watching the apples and bosc pears this week along with the concord grapes. We plan on checking on our sweet potatoes and parsnips next week.
Tomato, Basil, and Feta Salad from allrecipes.com
6 roma (plum) tomatoes, diced
1 small cucumber - peeled, quartered lengthwise, and chopped
3 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
In a large bowl, toss together the tomatoes, cucumber, green onions, basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and feta cheese. Season with salt and pepper.