Another sunny, hot week has come and gone. I’m torn between looking forward to clear and dry autumn days and knowing that we could really use a drenching or two. I dug some carrots out of the ground this week and they were wilted as they came out of the soil, which is something I’ve never seen before. There are a lot of fall crops that are just waiting and waiting for some moisture before they bulk up.
No doubt you’ve noticed Bill’s famous huge bunches of kale and chard greens. We know that many of you count on these weekly greens for your smoothies and fiber fix, but if you are getting overwhelmed by your weekly greens, consider putting them by for winter. It’s easy and quick and there’s nothing better than eating your CSA kale in the middle of winter. We’ll eventually open up our kale fields for end-of-season PYO, but until then take a few minutes and don’t let these gorgeous bunches wilt in the fridge!
There are many euphemisms for this year’s melon crop: personal-sized melons, mini melons, baby melons… regardless, it means that they’re tiny but delicious. I love the small watermelons because their rinds are so thin and crisp. I eat the entire slice of melon straight, almost like a slice of apple with the peel still on.
After this week there are three more weeks of the summer CSA. The fall CSA will begin immediately after (starting the week of October 2nd). There are still around twenty fall CSA shares available but I’m sure it will sell out, so sign up soon if you want in (if appropriate, remember to sign in as a returning member at the top of the page). The fall share will include more of your seasonal favorites: onions and shallots, potatoes, carrots, beets, rutabaga, winter squash, leafy greens, salad greens, the last of the tomatoes and much more. In addition, starting this week, there is an additional CSA pick-up location at Ashwood Waldorf School on Tuesday mornings (at 8:30). Contact me if you are interested in switching to this pick-up site.
The Monday CSA pick-up will take place as usual on Labor Day, but if you are not able to make it we will put your share into the farm walk-in (except for the tomatoes). This is a chicken CSA week, so bring your coolers if it’s a hot day! Michelle Eugley, the chicken farmer at Rooster Ridge Farm, has turkeys that she will have ready for Thanksgiving. Contact her directly firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in reserving a turkey.
Click here for a series of pictures from the week on the farm. Be in touch with any questions, and have a wonderful week!
Reba and the HCF crew
Summer CSA Week 13 of 16: Arugula or Mesclun Mix, Husk Cherries, Lacinato Kale, Big Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Yellow Onions, Melons, Red/Green/White Sweet Peppers, Zukes/Zephyr/Patty Pan Summer Squash, [Green Beans, Beets, Cucumbers]
This week’s recipes: How to Freeze Greens: Kale, Collards, Chard & Spinach, Best Gazpacho, Bright Red Beet Hummus
Summer Week Thirteen Add-ons: Chicken, Grain, Eggs, Mushrooms, Cheese, Milk, Fiore, Bread, Tofu