Farm Event: Potato Harvest !!
Have you registered yet?? See the link below. It is this Saturday – August 20th. All the help we can get is greatly appreciated. Chef Bradley Gillett has been looking forward to this all season. He will be here with his famous paella pan cooking up some Thai coconut curry and bringing beer. The dish will feature produce from the farm. After the harvest, we can all enjoy lunch together. This is a free event and another benefit of your CSA membership.
This week in your CSA Share:
- Delicata Squash
- Sweet Corn**
- Plum Tomato**
- Beans – mix – green & yellow
- Red Norland Potato
- Grape tomato
- Tomato – hoophouse & field**
- Summer Squash – zucchini & yellow
- Cucumber – mix – up to 3 varieties **
- Fresh Garlic**
- Fresh Onion -yellow**
- Bell Pepper
Each item in the list is a direct link to the Vegetable Directory that has more details about storage and recipes. On each page you will also find a link to a Pinterest Board for that vegetable. **Featured in this week’s custom recipes
- Delicata Squash – this year’s crop looks great! We have had trouble with this for the last few years. So-rejoice delicata lovers!! Excellent roasted- cut in 1/2 scoop seeds and roast in 1/2 rounds; photos on the delicata page in the vegetable directory.
- Red Norland Potato– freshly dug yesterday; you will need to wash them but no need to peel these thin skinned potato; great boiled, smashed, or roasted. We like to boil ours with cloves of garlic, slightly smash and add a bit of butter and thinly sliced scallions.
- Sweet Corn-this year was difficult for corn for us. The deer and woodchuck have been after it all season. We did lose quite a bit. When they eat the silks the kernel development is diminished as each one pollinates each kernel. See a photo below. We know why they do it!…..it is delicious. We cook ours on the grill in the husk for about 20 minutes total (preheated to medium and turning occasionally as the husk blackens.
- Rhubarb – We wanted to be sure all CSA members had some rhubarb this season. This is for you bi-weekly Week B members 😉 – get KP Holistic Chef’s recipe for Rhubarb Muffins from Week #1
- Tomato – will continue to ripen on your counter; ripe when tender to the touch; excellent eaten raw or cooked. If you must refrigerate allow to adjust to room temp before eating for best flavor. Over-ripe tomatoes are great for tossing in with diced squash and simmered until tender – let the seasonings guide your direction: Italian, Indian, or even straight up garlic and parsley.
- Summer Squash – yellow or zucchini – can be eaten raw in salads, pickled, stewed, grilled, soup, sauté, noodled, shredded, baked …..so many possibilities; bigger ones? – scoop out seeds and stuff (taco boats) cut into wedges and roast, great on the grill too; our Pinterest board has many options; simmer with garlic and tomato
- Cucumber – we grow 3 varieties: English type, typical slicer and a dual purpose slicer/pickler; peels can be eaten, quick pickle, typically eaten raw – QUICK PICKLE – only 3-4 cucumbers needed per pint; grab the recipe HERE – refrigerator pickles – no canning required – super easy – enjoy for months
- Onions: today’s onions are not cured for storage; please use promptly, they can be stored on the counter.
- Jalapeno: the heat is in the seeds and white pith; remove carefully for less heat and don’t touch your eyes; use gloves; can be cleaned diced and frozen (no blanching)
- There are so many great recipes showing up in my Facebook feed lately here are a few links: Ratatouille baked penne; Easy Pico de Gallo; Orzo Chickpea Salad; Summer Vegetable Tian You can find these on our Pinterest boards too!
Weekly Recipes: KP Holistic Chef – Katie Peterson has created 2 custom recipes to compliment your CSA share. You will receive printed copies of the weekly recipes. The recipes are always listed on her website too www.kpholistichef.com @KPholisticchef
Farm Update: Take a tour of the tomato house. This is where some your tomatoes are from this week. This is in our 20×70 hoophouse that we built last year. We harvested over 600# of tomatoes yesterday on the farm from a combination of field tomato, hoophouse, and plum. Enjoy them while they are here.
There are only 6 more opportunities this season!!
There are still dates available to earn your T-shirt!! Potato Harvest counts toward your t-shirt too.
Available Dates remaining: 8/20, 8/27, 9/3, 9/10, 10/1, 10/8
This past Saturday we weeded the cabbage and cleaned some garlic. Next weekend is our Annual Potato Harvest – Hope to see you there!
What happens at our Annual Potato Harvest?
We all head out to the field to dig potatoes! You can even take home some fresh potatoes. We will have Bradley Gillett here to cook up a tasty dish featuring potatoes and veggies from the farm to satisfy our bellies after our hard work. Take a look from last season.
Newsletter from August 31st 2021 – lots of photos!
- Potato Harvest: Saturday 8/20 – working event – qualifies for t-shirt
- Soup & Stew: Saturday 9/17 – cooking demo & tasting event
- End of Season Gratitude Gathering: Saturday 10/15 – Pot Luck
Social Media :
FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM tag us in your photos: @egfcsa @KPholisticchef
We have a new Facebook Page. We will continue to post on both pages for a while as we transition to using just one. Please like and follow our new page
We have also added a new private Facebook Group. We are up to 16 members!! We would like this to be a place where we can all share general cooking and preservation tips, CSA related ideas, recipes, and photos of our culinary creations made with our CSA veggies. It is set up so you can post anonymously if preferred. You can request to be added at the link below.
MEET THE FARM CREW:
This season’s produce is brought to you by this crew. We are a small family farm and grow 4-7 acres of over 40 varieties of vegetables. This bunch works hard to get your veggies to you every week.