As I was weeding the rows, I was reminded of how strong a plant needs to be to preservere through the challenges it faces. Consider the last few days, unbearable heat, humidity and strong winds as well as the dry weather. But yet, it keeps on keeping on striving to grow better and stronger each day. When it is showered with rain, God’s blessings help it to reach its potential.
Today, Steve and I celebrate 25 years of marriage. As I was working outside, I thought, boy marriage takes a lot of what these small plants need to survive…a lot of strength and perseverance, along with determination not to quit and a lot of God’s love to help us reach our potential as a couple. While we would all hope that marriage was filled with roses and sunflowers, it’s had its weeds, the prickles found on the cucumbers and the challenges like Mother Nature presents. But in the end, as the long-time married couples told us, it is worth it. Our marriage has the joy of digging potatoes, the wonderful excitement of harvesting pumpkins, and the beauty of Zinnias and Hydrangeas.
In addition, we are full of gratitude as we are able to share today with our shareholders and friends. Much like our wedding day…we so enjoyed the people and the opportunity to enjoy the value of what each of you brings to our lives.
Wishing you the strength and perseverance that the plants remind us of each day to keep on keeping on.
Pick-Up and Delivery
- Remember that pick-up and deliveries will be on the schedule you have arranged with Harner Brothers CSA – please note the exceptions to this which were in the email. Please follow the CDC and MDH guidelines and COVID-19 procedures in email.
- It is your responsibility to know that the pick-up or drop-off time will occur at the agreed-upon time, and it is your responsibility as a shareholder to know this and be responsible for the produce at that time. If you are unable to utilize your share that week, it is still your responsibility: find someone else to pick it up or donate it to the food shelf.
- Each box is labeled for each family. The same boxes will be used for your family throughout the season. Boxes and containers should be returned the following week. Bags will only be used once.
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 is not in the share, and sometimes crops will be in the share even though they’re not on the list. Remember food safety in your kitchen when preparing, always wash your hands before working with your produce and always wash your produce before eating.
Outrageous Red Lettuce and Black Seeded Simpson – New crops are coming on. A good rain would really help bring this to the finish line.
Broccoli – I would eat this vegetable as is, but it would also be a wonderful addition to a salad or soup.
Onions – Enjoy Walla Wallas this week. If you have to many, cut them all up and place them in a bag or container in the freezer to make meal prep much faster throughout the year.
Sunburst Patty Pan Summer quash/Zucchini – These two crops crossed but since they are both in the summer squash family it can work to your advantage. Use them in any zucchini recipe. A new crop of zucchini is also growing.
Cucumbers – The second crop of cucumbers is coming in.
Sweet Corn – Thank you to our neighbors the Peterson’s for this week’s sweet corn. Last week was a variety grown by another neighbor the Bergman’s. Remember if you have extra or don’t eat all that you cook up. Simply cut it off the cob and place it in a freezer bag or container and use it at another time in a hot dish or soup.
Potatoes – The Kennebec are brown-skinned is a wonderful baking potato, and the red is Norlands which are great for cooking or roasting. See how potatoes are harvested in Idaho on America’s Heartland
Recipe of the Week
8 cups chopped seeded peeled zucchini (about 3 pounds untrimmed)
2/3 cup lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1-1/2 cups cold butter, cubed
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 375°. In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, cook and stir zucchini and lemon juice until zucchini is tender 15-20 minutes. Stir in sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; cook 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat; set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir 1/2 cup into zucchini mixture. Press half of the remaining crust mixture into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Spread zucchini mixture over top; crumble remaining crust mixture over zucchini. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Bake until golden and bubbly, 35-40 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack.