Elysian Fields Farm
Wednesday July 31th, 2002
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This past week the farm received another generous offering of 3 1/2 inches of rain total. It rained in Cedar Grove Wednesday and Thursday evening into Friday morning along with a nice and brief cool down shower on Saturday evening. The rain has helped all the vegetation as I enjoyed mowing my first green lawn of the season yesterday. Of course since then it has been blistering hot and humid causing myself and fellow workers to practice more responsible working hours and tactics.
The blueberries have enjoyed the rain and are still looking full and wonderful. I have scaled down this week on giving them out to shares simple as a break for you all, to change things up. For you who have not yet had their fill of the yummy treat please remember to feel free to come out to the patch at any time to pick. You will also be receiving more berries in your share throughout August off and on.
The eggplant has really put on some vigorous growth with the plants reaching well above my waist! The fruiting seems to be following in a slower fashion though, so it still may be a good week or two before there is enough for everyone.
Next week members can look forward to enjoying some Winter Squash (funny to say that as it is almost 100 degrees outside right now). Members will be receiving Spaghetti Squash next week as it is not as much of a long term keeper as the Butternut, Acorn or Kuri. The others just mentioned will follow through out the month (and beyond?).
The tomatoes are coming on well now, the first planting reaching its peak of fruit as the second planting starts to slowly show some color. The third planting vines are above the waste and have some green fruits so it won~Rt be long until we can enjoy those guys as well. Tomatoes can be picked at all stages of development. It is nice to be able to 'vine ripen' the fruit, yet at the same time tomatoes do not hold for an extended period of time after harvest. It has been said that the fruit loses its flavor after refridgeration...true? All the same there are some ripe and some almost ripe tomatoes in your bags. You can place the almost ripe ones on the counter until they are dark in color and soft and you would like to eat them. This way hopefully you can enjoy tomatoes all week long. Remember, the Striped German is a yellow variety, ripening when the bottom of the tomato has gained a red ting to it.
The Bell Peppers are starting to turn red at this point. I have included some half and half peppers this week because I find them quite attractive and tasty. The peppers are thus partly still in their immature green stage, as well as partly turning to their mature red coloring. The color of the peppers at present indicates to me that next week we should be seeing some all red peppers.
I am curious how many peppers and tomatoes members would like to be receiving in one week. I am sure it depends on your likes, but I was wondering if anyone would like to send any info via email to me about that topic. Thanks!
I will be spreading chicken manure over a cover crop of Buckwheat this week in order to prepare the fall garden. I was able to get the buckwheat sown after we had our first big rain here a few weeks back. Buckwheat is a fast grower and a good source or organic matter for the soil. After spreading manure on the area with my tractor and manure spreader, I will make beds using an implement called Middle Busters. These furrowers throw up the dirt as you pull the implement through the soil to form a bed. I will till the beds prior to seeding or transplanting which should start next week at the earliest.
Recipes and Cooking Tips.
Half share members can refer to last week's newsletter for some tips on growing okra. Below are some recipes sent in by members featuring tomatoes and cucumbers. Please feel free to send any recipes to the farm, especially ones for families and children!
Member Jeanne Barbour sent in the following recipe:
12 slices bacon
12 TB sliced green onion
8 medium chopped fresh tomatoes
4 tsp fresh Basil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 lb. vermicelli
4 cloves minced garlic
Fry bacon until crisp. Remove and drain on a paper towel. Save enough drippings to saute onions and garlic. Stir in Basil, salt & pepper. Add tomatoes and simmer 5 minutes. Toss with cooked pasta.
Member Laura Gillion has sent in the following fun children~'s recipe:
2 medium cucumbers
1 tsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. white vinegar
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. sesame oil
1/2 tsp. salt
(the following ingredients are optional; I leave them out for kids)
1/4 tsp. Tabasco sauce
1 medium onion, chopped fine
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped fine
Peel cucumbers and cut in half lengthwise, scoop seeds out, slice. Add other ingredients and stir.
Thanks Laura and Jeanne! Enjoy everyone!
Another mixed bag of flowers this week, with some members receiving Autumn Beauty sunflowers, Sunny sunflowers, Tuberose, Gladiolas or mixed bouquets. The mixed bouquets were fun this week since we tried using flowering lemon basil as a filler in the bunches. The height and scent the flowers give the bouquet are lovely.
The gladiolas are on their way out. We may see a bunch or two here or there in the next two weeks. The Sunflowers are coming on wonderfully, and there are more in the ground to follow. The Zinnias have really responded well to the rain this past week as their length and depth of color have both improved. Also included in the mixed bouquets is Gomphrena (Globe Ameranth) and Ageratum (Blue Horizon).
At this point we are on week 14 of the shares. That means there is another 11 weeks to go for this season. Flower members have received flowers every week of the season except for three weeks in June. This means that flower share members have received 11 weeks of flowers out of their 10-15 week flower share. Members should receive 15 weeks worth of flower deliveries, save any major problems. This means that you can look forward to another four weeks of flowers after this week. I hope you all have been enjoying your weekly beauties.*Special Thanks this week (and the whole season through) to member Scott Metzler who has created and maintains the farms web site. Scott works hard each week to post the newsletter on the site as well as offer ideas and opinions for the sites improvement. The most recent addition of Scotts is a submission form for recipes. You can send recipes right to me through the form so check it out! Thanks, Scott!
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