Each day brings different growing conditions for the plants and continued unpredictability of the crop outcomes in the garden. We were blessed on Sunday with a gentle rain which amounted to about 25/100″. Tonight as I saw the clouds come over, I was hopeful and grateful for the incoming rain and then became sick to my stomach as I heard the pinging sound of hail on the window. We will see what the remainder of the evening will bring. But again, we know we have much to be grateful for. Pray for rain for those in need, as so many around this great nation are in dire need of it.
BOXES OF PRODUCE
This list is prepared before we harvest your share. Some guesswork is involved! We do our best to predict which crops will be ready to harvest, but sometimes crops are on the list that are not in the share, and sometimes crops will be in the share even though they’re not on the list.
Remember food safety when preparing, always wash your produce before eating.
Salad Blend includes: Simpson Elite Lettuce, Prizehead Lettuce, Red Oak Leaf Lettuce– Wash, cut off longer stems.
Cucumbers – We shared some of the cucumbers earlier this week with the students at the Northfield Montessori. We are picking every couple of days. Let us know if you are interested in extra for pickling.
Green Beans – A good healthy harvest this week. The boys and I are going to try a quart of Sunshine Pickles with the green beans. Another idea for using the produce.
Summer Squash – zucchini recipes
Onions – We can assure you a plentiful supply of onions this year. In your boxes this week were yellow onions. America’s Heartland provides a bit of USA onion history.
- Potatoes – This week we have Norland – great for mashed or boiled potatoes and Kennebec – great for baking.
- Tomatoes – We are so excited to have some tomatoes in your boxes this week to include Big Boys, Roma, Yellow Girl and cherry tomatoes. Learn more about how tomatoes are shipped from farms to processing plants on America’s Heartland.
Peppers – Banana peppers.
Herbs – Red Rubin basil, oregano, cilantro, parsley and lemon thyme Remember you can dry them or you can freeze in an ice-cube to use later.
Fresh Flowers – Zinnias or sunflowers this week. They will both keep longer if you change their water and give them a fresh cut in two days.
Recipe of the Week
1 Tablespoon of Water
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
Dash of salt (I like to use Kosher salt)
Prepare fry pans, toppings, bread for toast and set table before starting the omelets.
I was one of those 4-H cooking kids too.
Gotta love those experiences!
Exciting stuff on the farm! Will miss out next week but glad others could benefit!
Thanks Carmine for sharing your produce with others. Have a great vacation!