June 15 2011, Week 9

****OUR ANNUAL CSA FARM DAY AND POTATO HARVEST IS SUNDAY JULY 3RD FROM 1PM TO 3PM.  You are all invited to come to the farm to tour, meet your farmers, and help us harvest the plethora of beautiful potatoes we have grown this year.  Bring your kids, friends and family.  You can help with the harvest or just tour the farm, what ever suits you.   The potato harvest consists of us plowing them up with the tractor, then you and all sifting through the loose soil to find them and put them in bins.  It really is like digging in a big sand box to look for the treasures.  It is fun for kids, and fun for us.  Let me know if you have any questions.  We have a lot of potatoes this year, and we need all the help we can get!  I will be sending out directions closer to the date.

What an exciting week we have.  The first tomatoes, potatoes and leeks!  It really is just the beginning of the tomatoes, so get ready, there will be MANY more.  We have included varying degrees of ripeness in your bag, so they will last a few days.  If the tomato you received is not a dark red, pink or orange, let it sit on the counter until it is, then eat!  We have a nice crop this year that will keep you all in good supply.

The rain we had last week really made the crops jump.  This cooler weather these past couple days has really made us jump!  The eggplant and peppers look fabulous and you should see some next week.  The melons doubled in size, and we are excited about our watermelons specifically.  This week we are harvesting all the onions, thousands of them, and setting them to dry (or cure) on racks in the barn.  This way they will gain the papery outside skin that protects them and help them store for months.  We have so many for you all and for the farmers market that it took us most of Monday, and probably most of tomorrow to harvest and process, and rack them all. 

We realize we are having a crazy bumper crop of cucumbers this year, and will give you a break next week from them.  The lemon cucumbers that the full shares received look like a lemon, but taste like a yummy cucumbers.  They are a fun and beautiful heirloom variety. 

Let me know if you have any thoughts, concerns or feedback, I love hearing from you!!!  Elise.

Easy Potato Bake, Simply in Season, Mary Beth Lind and Cathleen Hockman-Wert
4 large potatoes, unpeeled, thinly sliced (place in a greased 2 quart baking dish)
¼ cup onion, chopped
2 T butter or oil
1 t salt
½ t dried thyme
1/8 t pepper

In saucepan heat together until butter is melted.  Drizzle over poatoes.  Cover and bake at 425 degrees until tender, about 45 minutes.

What's in the box?

Full Share
Crop Amount  

1.5 lb. tomatoes!
3 lb. Rose Gold Potatoes
4 leeks
2 lb. Lemon Cucumbers
2 lb. summer squash

Half Share
Crop Amount  

1 lb. tomatoes!
2 lb. Rose Gold Potatoes
2 leeks
1 lb. cucumbers
1 lb. summer squash