Week 21

Crop

Half

Cost

Full

Cost

Tomatoes

1 lb.

2.00

2 lb.

4.00

Eggplant

1 lb.

2.00

1 lb.

2.00

Garlic

2 heads

2.00

2 heads

2.00

Potatoes

1 lb.

2.00

2 lb.

4.00

Peppers

 

 

1 lb.

3.00

Total

 

8.00

 

15.00


Recipe Of The Week

Crisp Fried Eggplant

1/3 cup corn starch

1 large egg

½ teaspoon of salt

1 cup fresh breadcrumbs

1 eggplant, cut crosswise in to 1/4 inch thick slices

vegetable oil for deep frying

lemon wedges if desired

Beat egg with salt.  Dredge each eggplant slice in the cornstarch, coating it thoroughly and shaking off the excess, coat it with the egg mixture, and dredge it in the bread crumbs, pressing on the crumbs to make them stick.  Fry the eggplant in batches in ½ inch of 375 degree oil for one minute on each side or until golden brown.

What's Going On?

Hello folks!  Hope you are all having a nice week.  I am enjoying writing this newsletter to you with a sweater on this morning, although it is hard to believe how quickly the fall does come each year.  For those of you who pick up your shares at the Carrboro market, you may remember last week I was frantically on my cell phone checking in on how my mama pig was doing with her first delivery of piglets.  Gilda started giving birth right at about 3pm, so I was talking with Charlie, my intern, on and off at the market to see how things where going.  All in all she had 12 babies which is a good number for her first time!  They are so cute and small.  I will have to send you photos via email so you can see them in color.  Aside from that news, and on a totally different subject, I wanted to let folks know that I will now be using Biodiesel in the farm tractor as opposed to regular diesel fuel.  I have finally found an old '85 Mercedes for a reasonable price that I can use as my personal vehicle and thus utilize Biodiesel since the car has a diesel engine.  Now that I am going to be going out of my way to the Biodiesel pump for that, I will also bring along gas cans to fill up some for the tractor.  Always looking to reach a more sustainable system!

As for the veggies, we do have more tomatoes this week as the third planting is finally starting to produce some nicer fruits.  They are not holding all that long, so the ripe ones need to be eaten, and the ones that are not fully ripe need to be watched for that perfect moment.  It looks to me like this planting will last at least another week if not two, but I am thinking it will not be much longer than this for those guys.  We will have more eggplants and peppers, but I do hope people are still enjoying them as I know they have been pretty consistent these past couple of months.  We will have arugula next week, if all goes as planned, and perhaps some radishes in a couple few.  At this point we are going to start playing it by ear to a certain extent.  I do want to say that I need to CANCEL SHARES FOR TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH, because I have a workshop to go to on that Monday and Tuesday prior, thus no time to harvest and prepare.  WE WILL RESUME SHARES AGAIN THE FOLLOWING WEEK, OCTOBER 4TH.  From that point, we will take it week by week, as there will be two more shares scheduled for after the delivery on the 4th.   I do want to add randomly here that I have had a few members ask about buying more tomatoes from me other than what they are getting in there shares.  I have been meaning to tell folks that I have been giving them all the tomatoes I have had for the past two months, and not selling any at market or otherwise for that time period.  You guys come first!  Always.  What I sell at the market is what I consider ‘extra’, and I have not been giving you guys enough tomatoes for me to consider any 'extra's.  That is all for now.  Thanks a bunch and let me hear your thoughts.  Elise.