Elysian Fields Farm
Wednesday August 4th, 2004
|Sungold Cherry Tomatoes|
|Green and colored peppers|
ANNOUNCEMENT! THERE WILL BE NO SHARE DELIVERY ON WEDNESDAY AUGUST 18TH!!! THE FARM WILL TAKE A WEEK OFF FROM SHARE DELIVERIES ON AUGUST 18TH AND RESUME DELIVERIES THE FOLLOWING WEEK.
At the start of the season I had informed members that the farm would be taking a week off the first week of September. I have rescheduled that break for August 18th for a variety of personal reasons. Remember, this will not count as one of your weeks out of the 25 week season. As you can see, we are already at week 16, which means we have 9 more weeks of deliveries. I can't believe how fast this year seems to be flying by!!!
Elizabeth and I have been keeping busy here at the farm. We have done a first weeding pass through the direct seeded fall crops. There seems to be a pretty fair rate of germination of the crops, which is good. There certainly is a high rate of weed germination, which is inevitable. We are taking down the first planting of tomatoes as they have succumbed to early blight and are saying goodbye. The second planting has picked up speed and will continue to do so over the next couple of weeks. The third and final planting of tomatoes looks really good. They should start to ripen in a timely fashion, directly following the second planting. It seems that the rabbit/vole/unknown creature that was taking a big bite out of each watermelon has not found the next planting. The melons received this week by full share members are the first harvest out of this planting and they remainder on the vines look good.
Did anyone happen to see the article on CSA farms in the Sunday Herald this week? The article covered our farm, plus two other CSA programs in the Orange County area. It was a decent article (although I hate the picture of myself!) and should be useful in educating the public about their food purchasing options.
Spaghetti squash again this week, yum! Does anyone have any fun recipes they can send in that use this funky form of vegetable? If anyone is feeling like they are receiving an overload of garlic, try saving up heads from a few weeks' shares and roasting them. If you slice off the top of the head, to expose all the cloves on the inside, then brush a little olive oil on top, you can bake or roast the cloves in the oven. It only takes about 10 minutes and is a yummy snack or appetizer. Try spreading the soft cloves on bread or crackers.
What to look forward to...
Members will receive more Acorn winter squash next week....Also look forward to the start of Leeks next week. We should have a few weeks of Leeks to pull out of the ground so get ready. Aside from these things, you can look forward to more of the same seasonal produce. Please let me know if you have any thoughts or questions. Thanks, Elise.
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