News from the farm: August 12, 2009

What's going on at the farm?

Week 15

BASIL: 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, tomatoes are back! And yummy. Summer squash is picking up and we should have this for the next couple of weeks. 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. We have been battling Voles for our watermelons for the past two years. The tunnel into the patch and eat a big bite out of each one right before they are ripe. So far this planting is okay, but I did just see a Vole hole this morning. I think next year we are going to trellis the melons to get them off the ground, since we like to grow smaller varieties this should be feasable. We may beat the Voles after all!!

We worked the past couple of days in the mornings only, from about seven to noon to beat the heat. We are loving today, is it just not wonderfully pleasant outside???? Five more weeks of the CSA left for the how time flies!

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 $22.50
Basil 1/4 lb. $2.50
Colored Bell Peppers 1 lb. $4.00
Tomatoes! 3 lbs. $7.50
Sungold Cherry Toms 1 pint $3.00
Summer Squash 1 lb. $2.50
Onions 1lb. $3.00
Half Box
Crop Amount Price
Total $13.10
Basil 1/8lb. $1.25
Colored bell Peppers 1/2 lb. $2.00
Sungolds 1 pint $3.00
Tomatoes 2 lbs. $5.00
Summer Squash 3/4 lb. $1.85