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Wk 9, July 22 CSA Harvest

This week’s box features:

Cherry Plums

Snap Beans – They’re on! Purple, yellow and green beans.  (Purple turn green when cooked).

Kohlrabi- It’s the alien looking bulb in the brassica family.  I use it as I would broccolli.  Peel the thick skin and eat raw or sauteed. Sweet and refreshing. You can eat the greens too.

Kale – More greens! More greens. Aphids are weakening the plants some.  I’m gonna try to spray them off tomorrow.

Carrots

Endive Curly – Last week.  Cook it down awhile as it’s toughened up in the heat.

Summer Squash

Cabbage – Stores for a month in fridge.

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Wk 8, July 15 CSA Harvest

Harvest day was fun and different folks kept showing up.  Sarah and Arti kept harvesting bellies happy with delicious farm fresh meals cooked in the outdoor kitchen.  In addition to the CSA and restaurant harvest, the entire 150 feet of garlic was harvested that morning! Today 7 students from a Sunnyside Elementary camp came and we sat in the shade along the creek cleaning, sorting and bunching the garlic to cure.  Not a bad activity for the hot weather.   It’s also tree climbing time.  The two plums in the share are from the cherry or wild plum trees.  These are the first of 7 varieties!  We’ve been trellising beans and cucumbers, weeding always weeding, seeding fall and winter crops like broccolli, cabbage, cauliflower, radicchio, beets, parsley, and bulbing fennel.

Lots of critters are around town here at the farm.  The moles are cultivating the soil a little too intensively in the field and it disturbs roots.  Last week I put sonic devices that radiate in the soil and hopefully will push them away.  Also, the nutria are coming through the blackberries and eating only the old lettuce crop.  I even watered it for them.  Perhaps this will be our arrangement.  I’m debating setting traps but am worried about cats getting in them.  Not crop related but farmer health related. . . I moved from sleeping out under the stars to a tent after rats were trying to cuddly up!! No No no I did not like that.

In the upcoming weeks farmer predictions are: tomatoes, new potatoes, cucumbers, green beans, basil and summer squash in the boxes:)

Harvest

Harvest

Okay, this box features:

Plums – Cherry blonde and red.  Eat like cherries!

Peas – Last round

Endive Curly – Chop up small and add lemon, olive oil, garlic and salt. **See recipe below from CSA member Gil.

Chard

Collards

Garlic – It will need to cure by being in shady, dry, well-ventilated area for a few weeks and then it will store well.  If you don’t eat it up this week then lay in basket on your counter  will do just fine.

Summer squash – Mostly zucchinis some boxes had patty pan or yellow crookneck.  Get ready for lots of these.

Basil – Lemon or sweet italian.

Gil’s Escarole Gouda Soup for canning (Escarole is what Italians call Endive)

3 lbs escarole
2 lbs diced tomatoes
8 oz. Gouda
6 cups of water

Clean escarole thoroughly, slice in half longways then cut into strips.
Dice Gouda into small pieces 1/2″ should be ok.
Layer the ingredients as follows: Layer of leaves, layer of tomatoes, layer of cheese, repeat until all ingredients are in the pot
Add water until the ingredients are covered. (This may require more or less water depending on the tomatoes.)
Cover and bring to a boil then simmer until the escarole is softened. This could take from 30-60 mins depending on the acidity of the tomatoes you use.
Serve or can when ready.

The crop that's sneaking off . . .

The crop that's sneaking off . . .

yummm. . .colors! flowers in front of crop rows

yummm. . .colors! flowers in front of crop rows

Evan and Big Chard

Evan and Big Chard

Sunnyside School Students Cleaning Garlic

Sunnyside School Students Cleaning Garlic

Harvest day breakie from chefcita Sarah

Harvest day breakie from chefcita Sarah

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Wk 7, July 8 CSA Harvest

Oh I my computer died and I lost the whole update I had written.  Maybe I’ll be inspired again soon.

Here’s the produce list for this week

Full share

Carrots

Plums – First of the 5 different varieties. Bite size tart and sweet.

Beets

Chard

Kale

Salad Mix – Last of the mix for a month or so, I just planted another succession.

Endive Curly

Half share

Salad Mix

Turnip – Starchier as they’ve changed with the heat and been the ground longer, great used as potatoes.

Chard

Endive

Plums

Harvest crew break, fresh raspberry and currant muffins

Harvest crew break, fresh raspberry and currant muffins

Kimberly bean trellising and weeding

Kimberly bean trellising and weeding

First CSA potluck

First CSA potluck

Just after I tilled my cell phone (it was found. . half alive)

Just after I tilled my cell phone (it was found. . half alive)

Baby beets preeettyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!

Baby beets preeettyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!

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Well CSA’ers -things are growing at incredible rates here and you can really see the shift in seasons as the cool spring crops start to seed and the roots and heat lovin’ veggies move into the spotlight.  Can you believe how big the beets have gotten after just 2 weeks?  We are working on getting a recipe page up and running so that you can search by veggie for new ideas in the kitchen. (CSA’er Sarah Farahat)

Beets-steam or grate raw into a salad

Curly Endive-

Collards-steam or saute with onions and garlic

White Currants-soothing on the stomach (they are delicate so eat soon or freeze) Sour- toss into a salad or simply mash with a little honey or sugar-add to yogurt or a topping on ice cream.  Currant jam is quite delicious

Salad with Nasturtium Flowers

Arugula Flowers- toss on as a garnish -sweet and spicy

Garlic

Broccoli

Bay Leaves- Harvested by Mel’s mom in SW.  Add to soups or sauces for flavour

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