Week 12








1 smaller


1 medium




1 melon


2 melons




2.5 lb.


4.5 lb.


Sungold Cherry


1 pint


2 pints



1 lb.


2 lb.


Green Pepper

2 green


4 green



1.5 lb.


3 lb.


Summer Squash



1.5 lb.







Recipe Of The Week:


Spicy Eggplant Salad


2-3 eggplants

1 green bell pepper, finely sliced

2-3 tomatoes, finely sliced

1 onion, finely sliced

juice of 1-2 lemons

2 cloves of garlic, crushed or minced to a paste

½ teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

salt and pepper

4 tablespoons olive oil


Heat oven to 350 degrees. Pierce eggplants with fork in several places and bake until soft, 20-30 minutes. When cool enough to handle, cut in half and scoop out pulp. Chop into small pieces and combine with bell pepper, tomatoes and onion in a bowl. Combine lemon juice, garlic, chili powder, cumin, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss with salad mixture.



WhatÕs Going On?

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well. Sometime within the next couple of days more recent photos of the farm will be posted to the farmÕs website (www.elysianfarm.com) so please check them out. Also, I am not sure if you are all taking advantage of the recipes posted on the website. There are a bunch so take a look! This past week we have been working hard as usual. We finally gave in and decided to start our days at 6am in order to avoid some late afternoon heat. It is much better. We have been getting the ground ready for the first fall planting to come in about three weeks. We also put the last planting of squash, cucumbers and melons in the ground on Monday.

Produce and Storage Information:

Watermelon: This week you have received a YELLOW flesh watermelon. It tastes very similar to the pink flesh watermelons that you are all used to. Please let me know what you think. Harvesting watermelons can be a bit tricky. The first thing I do is look for the tendral (a small curly stem that grows in between where the melon stem is attached to the vine). If this has died (is brown), then the melon may be ripe. The next test is to check the spot where the melon touches the ground. Has a deep yellow color appeared in this area? Then, I flick the melon lightly with my finger to listen to the sound the melon makes. A high pitch twange is no good. A lower thud is what one is looking for. Of course at first I end up cracking open more than I should in the field to see if I am really hearing the sound I want to or not. Then I just have to trust my ears, and other senses. I wanted to let you all know this in case you happen to receive a watermelon that is not ripe inside. If that is the case, I misjudged the thud, because the first thing I look for is a dead tendril. I hope none of you have this misfortune, but I apologize in advance if you do. The Muskmelons you have been receiving are much easier to tell if they are ripe or not. The slip off the vine when they have reached maturity. Pretty straight forward.

What to look forward to....

Next week we should have some more basil for members, also more tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, watermelon, summer squash, cucumbers and more. I have more plantings of different varieties of melons on the way, a pink flesh watermelon and a cantaloupe variety. We will have more green beans in a couple of weeks as well. Hope you all enjoy. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. Thanks! Elise.