News from the farm: July 16, 2008

What's going on at the farm?

7/16/2008 Week 12 of 20

What's Growin' On?
Hello Members! I hope you all had a nice week and weekend. I also hope you have been enjoying the tomatoes so far this year, and that you will enjoy the abundance of them this week. I think I have eaten at least one tomato a day since we started picking them a month ago on June 15th. I really enjoy tomato salads at lunch with Olive Oil or Toasted Sesame Oil, Balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and onion. Yum. The Sungold Cherry Tomatoes are really kicking in now, and full shares have received a healthy bag full with two pints and half shares one. You can eat these as a snack just by themselves they are so good. Your kids will love them.

The melons this year are a little varied, but we have a lot and we will have more so we are happy for that. I hope that you all receive on that taste splendid, but I must admit, that after receiving six inches of rain in one week, some of them have become a bit watered down. We are supposed to hold water back from the plants as the fruit nears ripening, which condenses the flavors and sugars. We were doing well there for a while with the really dry weather that enabled us to control the situation more. Unfortunately as soon as the majority of fruit was starting to ripen we received the previously mentioned six inches of rain. Some of the fruit is still very tasty though, (yes, we sample in the field and enjoy every minute of it)but with melons it can be hard to tell all the time since we don't want to crack each one open before we give them out.

We have so many wonderful onions this year, I hope you have been enjoying them and will continue to. We have dried, or cured the onions and they will now store for a good few months. This way you will be able to receive them for most of the rest of the CSA season. We still have some leeks in the ground as well, so you will see some more of those guys over the next few weeks.

We saw the start of our first colored peppers this week, and think we will have more to come soon, so get ready.

That is about it for now folks. Please send me an email if you have any questions. Also, don't forget to check out recipes online at my website www.elysianfarm.com

Thanks! Elise.

What's in the box?

Full Box
Crop Amount Price
Total $35
Tomatoes 5 lbs. $15
Onions 2 big $3
Melons 1 large $3
Yellow Snap Beans 1 lb $3
Eggplant 1 lb $3
Peppers 1 lb
Summer Squash / Zucchini 1 lb $2
Half Box
Crop Amount Price
Total $19.50
Tomatoes 3 lbs. $9
Onions 1 big $1.50
Melons 1 smaller $2
Yellow Snap Beans 1/2 lb $1.50
Summer Squash 1 lb. $2
Peppers 1/2 lb $1.50
Eggplant 1/2 lb $1.50
Summer Squash / Zucchini 1/2 lb $2