News from the farm: August 5, 2009

What's going on at the farm?

Week 14

Hey folks! So sorry for no newsletter on Wednesday, here is what happened.....so I stop at the library while doing deliveries to send the newsletter. This Wed., shortly after leaving for deliveries, the truck that I drive was having problems and i had to stop at my local mechanic. He told me I had a leak in my radiator, and to NOT drive the truck. I had to go back to the farm and switch trucks, unload one truck and load up another one. This took an extra hour and a half out of my time frame, as I need to deliver the shares then make it to market in Carrboro by a certain time to sell at the market. In order to make it to market in time AND get the boxes delivered, I had to eliminate going to the library to do the newsletter (and a few other errands I had made time for). So, no newsletter. At this point I don't have internet at my house, as we can only have dial up here (so sad!) and it is soooooo slow and my internal modem on my computer is broken anyhow. So, I am reliant upon the library and those lovely wireless hotspots in Hillsborough and Carrboro :)

Aside from getting a new radiator for my box truck, things have been pretty uneventful here at the farm this week. We have been doing some weeding in our new plantings of basil (that is right, more to come next week and the week after....YUM). Oh, real quick on that, make sure the temperature of your refrigerator is not set too high, as basil will turn brown if exposed to temperatures below 55 or 50.....keep it in the bag in the hydrator drawer and pick off the leaves for use as you want it. OR, you can make pesto out of it, which is always a treat. You can feeze pesto in ziplock bags, or put it in ice cube trays to freeze individual serving sizes to use over winter. Here is a simple pesto recipe:
>3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
>1 garlic clove
>1 tablespoon pine nuts
>1/4 teaspoon salt
>1/3 cup parmesan
>4 cups fresh basil leaves
>Place all ingredients except basil in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth, then add the basil. Blend until smooth. Ta-da!
>-mix with cold or hot pasta
>-use as a sauce for fish or meat
>-top a baked potato or omelette
>-use to flavor pizza or tomato sauce

So, the second planting of tomatoes is starting to ripen, but slowly. The first planting is coming to the end of its natural life, and we may have a little gap, which hopefully we will only see this week. The half shares did not get tomatoes this week as you all can see, and the full shares only one pound. We will have more next week and most definately more the week after. Beans are on their way, and more summer squash. We have another planting of watermelons and cantaloupe in the ground also, lets hope they keep looking as good as they do now, and we may have them in about three weeks in the shares.

Hope you all had a nice week! I love to hear any and all feedback! Elise.

What's in the box?

Full Box
Crop Amount Price
Total $19.50
Basil 1 larger bunch $2.00
Colored Bell Peppers 1 lb. $3.00
Potatoes 2 lbs. $4.00
Tomatoes! 1 lb . $2.50
Sungold Cherry Toms 1 pint $3.00
Summer Squash 1 lb. $2.50
Onions 1lb. $3.00
Half Box
Crop Amount Price
Total $10.75
Basil 1 bunch $1.00
Potatoes 1 lb. $2.00
Colored bell Peppers 1/2 lb. $1.50
Sungolds 1 pint $3.00
Onions 2/3 lb. $2.00
Summer Squash 1/2 lb. $1.25