August 31st-wk #12 2021

CSA Share this week

Link to main directory : Vegetable Directory or click on the listed veggies above

For more information about your weekly veggies, you can find storage and usage tips on the Vegetable Directory. This can be found from the menu on the website or the link above. We also have Pinterest boards for all veggies.

Quick Tips & Recipe ideas: Potato: – Red Norland this week. (Red skin with white flesh) Great for boiling or potato salad. Did you freeze any scallions? We leave our skins on, scrub them up, quarter, boil, slightly smash, add some butter, a handful or two of chopped scallions then season with salt & pepper. Celery: our celery is a bit denser that the varieties you find in the store and very flavorful. Sweet Corn – We like to put ours on the grill with the husks on. This way you are really steaming them in the husk. You can leave on longer if you want some charring. Ears can be blanched and kernels removed for freezing in baggies. Making fresh corn chowder? boil the cobs for your broth. Corn is a great addition to salsa, chili, soup, and salads. Delicata Squash – slice in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, can be roasted whole or cut into slices or chunks, eat the skin on these too, no need to peel. Can be added to stews, stuffed and roasted, or we like to slice ours in 1/4″ halfmoons and roast with garlic and chili powder or smoked paprika, please see the directory if you are unsure of my description Tomato: Mix of tomatoes, they are coming to an end. Your tomatoes will sometimes go home not fully ripe. They will continue to ripen on the counter. Tomatoes ripen from the inside out. Please do not refrigerate unless absolutely necessary. If you must, please allow to adjust to room temp before eating. Refrigeration will effect the flavor and is not recommended. Use your judgement on ripeness – will be tender to the touch. Over ripe tomatoes are tricky to slice but go great in the pan cooked with other veggies like squash, pepper, eggplant and basil. Tomatoes are great on sandwiches, in salads, roasted, and even chopped and tossed into a sauté or curry Cucumber: raw in salads, quick refrigerator pickles, tomato & cucumber salad -so refreshing on a hot day; individually wrapped in a paper towel and then placed in a bag will help with storage; even better – eat them in wedges with salt an pepper or quick pickle ’em Summer Squash: great on the grill; cubed or sliced or chunks in a quick sauté with some chopped up tomato, quick pickle, shredded, baked goods, cut in 1/2 and oven baked with variety of fillings (ex. taco boats) Garlic: has been drying to cure in the barn, add to salsa, everything you are cooking, roasted, added to quick pickles. Kale: raw or cooked, salads, pesto, stir-fry, curry, Greens and Beans is a staple here, we eat the stems too-just cook first until tender then add the chopped leaves. Onions: Use on sandwiches, in salads, or cooking Eggplant: very versatile vegetable; diced small or sliced on a mandolin; will absorb whatever flavors you would like to use; we like to add ours to stir-fry, curries, marinated and grilled, roasted; ratatouille, baba ghanoush, eggplant meatballs – see the directory for more ideas

Farm Update: Quite a few members have asked us about the rain and how the farm is doing. We have had some issues that have occurred due to the rain, hot, and humid temperatures. Along with these conditions we have the risk of mold and funguses. Some of the crops that have been affected are beans and delicata squash. The final picking of the 3rd planting of beans was not harvestable. We do have one more planting that should be ready soon. The delicata squash is also having some issues. We are doing out best to only send home delicata squash that is holding well. We are finding that they are not storing. If you have a squash that is emitting a “fruity” odor, it is not going to make it. Please use your delicata promptly. We have had to compost approximately half of the harvest. This occurred to us a few years back as well. Poor timing with the rain. The summer crops will begin to come to an end and we will transition to fall crops. It is September after all. We have 8 more weeks to go in the regular season. We do plan to offer an Extension CSA Share that will begin in November immediately after the regular season and continue to the 2nd week of December. Our early sign up for the 2022 season begins in October. Watch our weekly news for more details.

Potato Harvest – 2021

We had a great turnout with some very enthusiastic fellow members that helped us get the job done! The soil conditions were pretty good and we were all thankful for the clouds. We harvested approximately 1200 pounds of potatoes. The two varieties harvested were Red Norland and Yukon Gold. You will get some Yukon Gold next week. Thank you to Libby, Jenna, Beth, Dean, Bryan, Jennifer, Tom, Karen, Judy, Ross, Margaret, Lillian, Cathy, John, Manuela, Joe, Emma, Tomas, and Bradley from Seneca Lake Brewing for cooking us a fabulous vegetable curry.

Some of you have asked — and Yes! We do still have a few more shares available in the CSA. If you have a friend or co-worker that would like to join. Send them to our website and have them complete a membership form.

Thank you for supporting our small farm!

Angus, Joseph, Marcus, Pearl, Joely, & Joe

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Feel free to email or text.

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