News from the farm: July 2, 2008

What's going on at the farm?

7/2/2008 Week 10 of 20

What's Growin' On?
Hey guys and gals! Can you believe it is July already? Can you believe it is already week 10 of 20 and we are officially half way into the CSA this year already!? We have some nice yummy treats this week, including Watermelon. It tastes GOOD this year. The weather has been our friend in many ways this year. I feel that the weather plays a big role in the flavor of fruits such as strawberries and melons. We don't want a lot of rain for these crops, they can rot easily but also it dilutes their flavor. Some of the melons are a variety called Little Baby Flower, which is a small pink fleshed melon that is very sweet. The other variety some of you may get is called Yellow Doll and it is a small yellow fleshed variety that is very sweet. The are both DEEEEElicious. I like to grow varieties that don't get that big, maybe just three pounds or so, so that they can fit in your boxes and so that they don't break our backs when harvesting. Also, I feel they are a more realistic eating size for one meal or treat.

The tomatoes are busting out with a super yeild so far. I hope you enjoy what you have received and are tempted to make Gaspacho or homemade tomato juice (there were recipes for both in this past week's Independent). I personally am still hooked on the tomato and cucumber and onion salad with lunch every day. You have received mainly Big Beef which is a lovely red tomato, then Pink Girl is a nice pink colored and sweeter tomato. We will most likely see Sungold Cherry tomatoes in the shares next week, as they are starting to pick up their pace a bit. You want to set the tomatoes on the counter, and use when they are a nice dark red for the red ones, and dark pink for the pink ones. DO NOT put them in the refigerator as it ruins their flavor and makes them mealy.

Japanese eggplant is here! I am excited because it is so pretty and yummy. This eggplant is so tender and sweet you can just chop it up and cook with it without having to peel it or salt it like European eggplants. I have a lot of good eggplant recipes posted on my website at www.elysianfarm.com under 'Recipes'.

The Serrano Hot peppers are similar to a Jalapino, from a scale of 1-10 about a six in heat level. If you eat the seeds it makes the dish hotter. We included them in case you all wanted to make some salsa with your tomatoes and leeks and garlic or last weeks onions. The leeks, serannos and garlic are all in the same bag so look closely for them.

For next week we will see the start of some cantaloupes, which judging from the two or three that have been ready so far, are Grrrrreat this year as well. We will also see some green peppers, more tomatoes, potatoes and onions and summer squash. Believe it or not we are already harvesting some beautiful winter squash! Everything seems to be a few weeks early this summer. We won't be handing it out quite yet though so no need to get those ovens warmed up now.

That is all for now. I hope you all have a nice fourth of July and eat well! Elise.

What's in the box?

Full Box
Crop Amount Price
Total $31
Tomatoes 3.5-4 lbs. $10
Watermelon 1 large $3
Cucumbers 2 lb $4
Serrano hot peppers 3 $.75
Japanese Eggplant 1 lb $3
Garlic Two heads $2
Leeks 3 Stalks $3
Half Box
Crop Amount Price
Total $19
Tomatoes 2-2.5 lbs. $7
Watermelon 1 smaller $3
Cucumbers 1 lb $2
Serrano hot peppers 2 $.50
Japanese Eggplant 1/2 lb. $1.50
Garlic One head $1
Leeks 2 Stalks $2