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The Weekly Weeder

July 17, 2014

Box Contents and Tips

Box #6:  This is a Orange EOW Group

  • Broccoli: Another week of scrumptious broccoli heads.  Store in plastic bag until used, or it will become rubbery. 
  • Parsley, Flat Leaf: A versatile herb that makes wonderful additions to almost anything.  Store in plastic bag of your refrigerator until used.  Can be preserved by drying or freezing (chop and put into ice cube trays and top with water; place frozen cubes into freezer bags for soups this fall/winter!)
  • Garlic Scapes: One last giving.  Store in plastic bag in you refrigerator. 
  • Sugar Snap Peas: The start of our second planting...many for next week!  Wonderfully sweet.
  • Eggplant, Oriental (Doubles only): A much loved eggplant.   Store in warmer part of your refrigerator as they prefer about 50-degrees.
  • Peppers, Hot Wax (Double only):
  • Kohlrabi:  While the leaves don't look so nice, it's the bulb root end that you're eating.  Peel away the thick outer layer, and beneath it is tender and juicy!  Use raw or cooked.  Store in plastic bag in refrigerator, but discard leaves.  
  • Swiss Chard: Well, we had planned to give kale this week, but last weekends brief hail shredded the leaves.  Our family loves a nice cooking green so chard it is this week!  If you haven't tried it steamed yet, it's a wonderful and easy way to use the entire bunch - just chop leaves coarsely, boil until tender, and season with butter, salt and pepper.
  • Sweet Alisa Craig Onions: The first of many, and one of our favorites!  These are mild onions that are excellent raw or cooked lightly.  Store in plastic bag in refrigerator. 
  • Zucchini - Gold and Green:  the first of many givings!  Store in warmer part of refrigerator or on counter top.  Prefers about 50-55-degrees. 
  • Patty Pan Summer Squash (Standard only) - these are the round scalloped shaped summer squash.  Many love to stuff them or they're excellent on the grill. Store the same as zucchini.
  • Beets, Red:  Store in plastic bag in the refrigerator.  Will keep for weeks this way until you're ready to use.  We removed the tops as they were very ugly and would not store well.  We usually love to eat the tops.  We have several other plantings on the way so you will have your chance to try beet greens in the future.

Coming Soon (in the next box or so): 
More Onions and Peas, Napa Cabbage, Basil, Cucumbers, Eggplant and Beans!

Important Reminders

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2. Take ONLY the box with your name on it (the primary contact person for your share).
3.  Respect the guidelines of your pick-up site, as described in your Member Handbook.
4.  Carefully dismantle your farm box, and leave at your pick up site.  Any ripped tabs of your box, generally ruins the box and makes it unable to be reused.  Please use care and see the diagram in the Member Handbook on flattening your box. 
5. Archived Newsletters are available here
What you see from left to right:  Flowering Dill, Oriental Eggplant, Swiss Chard and onions to the farthest right.  Our fields have a little wild look to them as the rows between vegetables are planted to vetch.  Our living walk ways prevent soil loss,  and are home to snakes, toads, frogs and many beneficial insects like bees and lacewings. - also the vetch provides nitrogen for next years crops.

News From the Farm

This week we began our summer work schedule with our crew arriving at 7 am and leaving at 6 pm.  But it sure didn't feel like summer!  The Polar Vortex that swept through on Monday meant your farmers and crew were bundled up in sweatshirts and windbreakers.  The sky and those below it looked as though it was mid-September - boy we aren't ready for that yet!  Old timers talk about the memorable years without summers, when a frost came during mid-season and killed everything.  It makes one quite solemn to think of how much could be lost.  We count our blessings for each day of good weather!   

The cool week has certainly slowed the growth of summer crops like our cucumbers, eggplants, beans, tomatoes and peppers.  We had a few of these crops appear in the double shares this week, and we look forward to harvesting more of them! 

Happy Eating!

Enjoy the box!
Cate & Mat
A recent seeding of Scarlet Turnips is protected by the white row cover.  And a thirds planting of green beans is to the right followed by more cilantro, dill and some bloody butcher corn for fall decorations.
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