The intense heat of early last week already feels like a distant memory, but I want to give credit to our crew before too much time has passed. We have an awesome crew this year, and they weeded, weeded, and weeded, with upbeat attitudes, in the grueling heat and humidity. We always warn the crew that July is the toughest month in terms of the monotony of weeding, but we had to take that back when these long days of weeding fall crops coincided with the toughest heat wave of the season. We continue to be in the donut hole of storms and have watched storm clouds deposit their rain to the north and south of us. That said, with Bill and the crew’s caring attention, many crops continue to thrive. We’re pretty happy with this week’s CSA bounty and hope you are, too. Not wholesaling tomatoes this year is really increasing how many you get in your share, and we’re pretty happy about it.
Our pigs this year are adorable. They would eat all day and night if we had enough food to offer. So if you’re not able to compost your kitchen scraps, feel free to scrape all your scraps into a bucket and bring it to the farm to feed the pigs! The pigs are on the right close to the house and are hugely entertaining when you empty food scraps into their pen. They happily eat anything (though NO PORK!) and, as long as you don’t touch the electric fence, you are welcome to feed them any time. (The fence has a strong charge that won’t hurt you but would be very startling). Entertain your city visitors with a visit to our goofy piggies, and grab a long stick to give them a back scratch while you’re at it! Just remember the two rules: don’t feed pork products to the pigs, and don’t touch the electric fence!
If you’re interested in pickling cucumbers (click here for a picture of our insane cuke harvesting situation), we may have bulk bags of pickling cukes available for purchase periodically. Let me know if you’d like to be on the wait-list. We also have dill that we let go to seed in the garden to the right of our driveway (the dill is the first thing in the garden, closest to the parking lot). Everyone is welcome to come pick a few dill heads for pickling purposes. Just swing on by!
Have a great week, and we hope you’re all able to have simple and delicious meals with this week’s haul!
Reba and the HCF crew
Summer CSA Week 11 of 16: Green Pepper, Green Beans, Carrots, Basil, Big Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Zucchini and/or Zephyr Squash, Garlic, Cucumber, Kale, [Sweet Corn, Eggplant, Purslane]
Summer Week 11 Add-ons: Grain, Eggs, Fiore, Mushrooms, Cheese, Flowers
This week’s recipes: Viennese Cucumber Salad, Zucchini-Corn Fritters, Lebanese Green Beans