Elysian Fields Farm
Wednesday June 30th, 2004
|Sungold Cherry Tomatoes|
Hello! Hope you all have had a nice week. Please refer to last week's newsletter for this seasons Tomato variety descriptions. Members have received more tomatoes this week and hopefully a larger quantity next week as well. Last weeks newsletter should be online shortly; I apologize for the lag time in posting the newsletters.
We have one last distribution of carrots and kale this week, the last strong holds from the spring plantings. I ordered and received my fall seeds this past week though. We will start seeding broccoli and cauliflower next week believe it or not. The spring and fall plantings are very similar. In fact, now that I think about it, the fall has the potential to be the most diverse season. Cool season crops are available, but warm season crops are still around as well.
The blueberry patch that I used to rent will be offering a pick your own this season. They open July 1st for business. I hope you all remember how to get there, if not let me know I can send you directions. As I hope I have informed you all, you will not be receiving blueberries this year in your shares. The u-pick is pretty reasonable though at 1$ a pound.
Speaking of blueberries, the plants I ordered bare root in the spring and have potted up are looking great. I plan to plant them in the ground here this fall and look forward to a harvest a few years down the road. Luckily we won't have to wait as long on the asparagus members helped plant this spring. It looks great! So far we have been diligent about controlling the weed population, and the ferns look green, tall and healthy.
Well, I haven't heard many replies from my 'is there too much squash' question. One member let me know they have been enjoying it and keep it coming on. I have been enjoying it. The variety this year is called Zephyr and I really think it tastes good. Plus it is so cool looking.
Most of the tomatoes and sungolds this week are pretty ripe. If you do receive a pint of sungolds though that is not as dark orange as you like sweet, leave them setting for a few days before you eat them. They turn darker and sweeten quite nicely that way.
One of our members, Mary, let me know a great way to keep basil stored fresh for a long time. She washes it, keeps it a bit damp, and then puts it in the refrigerator in a covered bowl. She claims it keeps it fresh for some time. Give it a try. Hope you all are aware of the ice cube tray pesto trick as well. You can put pesto in the cubes of an ice cube tray and take out a cube each time you want to have some pesto.
If there is anyone out there a little overwhelmed with the squash, keep in mind you can freeze it. Chop it, blanch it for a minute or two, and then put it in a zip lock bag. I am sure you will enjoy it in December.
What to look forward to...
Watermelons will be available in a couple of weeks. We will have more snap beans in two weeks as well. Tomatoes will be a constant, so you can look forward to them at all times. How do folks like the green peppers? We can add more of them next week, as well as eggplant. Slicing cucumbers will be available again soon, as well as the heirloom cucumber variety Lemon cucumber. The corn and okra will be maybe a week, maybe two (yummy!). If anyone particularly likes tomatillos, let me know so I can get you some. They have just started to ripen, but there is not enough for everyone just yet. I would love to hear from you! Elise.
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