June 6 2012, Week 8

Recipes, Produce and Storage Information:

Potatoes:  No need to worry, we didn’t harvest them all.  We are saving the rest for the end of the month farm day with CSA members and their children.  For now, these potatoes are what we call ‘new potatoes’.  They have been taken out of the ground while their plant is still alive. This means that they haven’t had time to have their skins harden, which usually happens after the plant has died.  We have not washed the potatoes for this reason, as we did not want to injure them or their delicate skins.  

Citrus-Mango Slaw
Everyday Food:  From the Kitchens of Martha Stewart Living

2 teaspoons sugar
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 navel oranges
1 large mango, peeled, pitted and cut into matchsticks
1 small green cabbage shredded
Salt and pepper
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, for serving
In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, vinegar and oil.  With a sharp knife, cut away orange peel and discard.  Working over bowl, cut out segments, then squeeze juice from membranes.  Add mango and cabbage, season with salt and pepper, and gently toss.  (To store, cover and refrigerate, up to 4 hours.)  Serve topped with cilantro.  

What's growing on???
Brrrrrrr!  As I type I have a wool sweater on and am drinking hot coffee.  Out the window it is gray and rainy…….is this June?  Even the dogs shied away from the open door to them this morning.   WRAL weather tells me we are on our way to warmer weather again soon, yet they are unclear as to how long and how often this rain may be with us.  Statements like, “Spotty showers possible…” and, “….a stray sprinkle or shower in the evening…” leave me unsure of what to expect!  The weather rules our work days, and right now, too wet means not much we can do that we really need to do.   Am I complaining?  Alas, with a little creativity, we always seem to stay busy and productive, even in the worst of conditions.  Conditions like hail!  Did I mention we had a five minute hail storm on Friday?!

This upcoming week we hope to harvest all of the onions that are in the ground and lay them on racks to start the curing process.  The outer skin of the onion dries and becomes papery, just like the onions you are used to seeing in the grocery store.  We need to wait for them to dry off a bit in the field first though.  If the onions are too wet when we pull them they may rot instead of drying.  We also plan on setting up trellising in our second planting of tomatoes, and our first plantings of eggplant and peppers.  The trellising holds the plants and fruits up off the ground, protecting the plant from broken branches at the weight of the fruit, and rotten fruit from resting on a wet ground.  

We are most certainly in a transition period here at the farm.  The spring crops have made a fast exit, and while we wait for the summer crops to fully descend we find ourselves having a bit of a light produce week.  This will change soon with the onset of tomatoes that begins hopefully next week.

 Again, I love to hear from you so please email if you have any comments, thoughts or concerns. Elise.

What's in the box?

Full Share
Crop Amount  

Carrots (one bunch orange)

Cucumbers (2 lb.)

Onions (four)

Cabbage (larger head)

New Potatoes (2.5 lb.)

Half Share
Crop Amount  

Carrots (one bunch orange)

Cucumbers (1 lb.)

Onions (two)

Cabbage (smaller head)

New potatoes (1.5 lb.)