Week #14 – 2019 CSA Season

What’s in the Box: 

heirloom tomato, garlic, sweet yellow onion, red torpedo onion, sweet pepper, eggplant,  kale, summer squash or zucchini, sunflower shoots.

What’s going on at the farm:   

Usually we would have melons and the first squash coming soon this time of year.   Unfortunately I do have some bad news that our melons and winter squash did not fair well this year. Too much rain during key periods made for excess weed pressure followed by disease so we are forced to take a loss on these.   It really sucks especially since we had to plant them all twice and buy seed twice this spring because chipmunks ate hundreds of dollars worth of melon and squash seed earlier this spring on the first go around.   Fortunately we have plenty of tomatoes, and peppers, and onions and things to go around as these have done excellent this season.   Lots of rain this week but we have plenty to do.   The plan this week is cleaning up for fall.   We will be saying by to two summer employees this week who return to school so I will try to get as much cleaned up and put away before we get short on help around here for the last month of shares.   Planting some new open field area I tilled last friday into greens and radishes and turnips for fall is also in the plans.

Sweet peppers  Our sweet peppers include red and yellow italian types as well as red, orange, and yellow bells so you may receive a mix of these different types.   Just like our tomatoes we like to keep it interesting by randomly mixing it up for shares as much as possible.

Tomatoes, are still going strong in the greenhouses and a nice blend of slicers are coming to you this week.   Our cherry tomatoes were finished with all the rain this week last year but this year they are going strong thanks to the new greenhouse.   We will be forced to take the vines out by next week though to make room for fall crops.  Enjoy all the tomatoes while we have them as we will certainly be loading folks up on these prized fruits this week.

Kale is going strong and you will receive lacinato kale this week most likely but possibly also red or green curly kale.

Eggplant is also back and these fruits are also getting smaller and slowing down a bit this week, These are great cooked just about any way you can think of but my favorite is frying slices breaded and putting caramelized tomato and onion over them.

Garlic, sweet onions, and torpedo onions are all in the share again this week and will help make your cooking flavorful and savory in so many ways.   I’ve been making kabobs a lot lately and grilling the onions, peppers, squash, eggplant, tomatoes, marinated with a  little oil and sweet sauce.

Sunflower shoots are back again to add some green for salads or sandwiches to your box.

That’s it for this week folks.

Thank you for being great CSA members!  -Kyle

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