So much fall bounty on the farm this week! There are lots of pictures on the public HCF Facebook page, including a picture of a beautiful morning spent with some of the most glorious kale ever. If you consider yourself kale phobic, this would be the one week to give it a try again. It’s so tender that I don’t even want to use it for kale chips — it’s a kale salad week for me!
We have a lot of exciting bounty coming in from the add-ons this week, as well. The summer pork delivery takes place, as does the first apple CSA delivery and the third and final chicken delivery. If you missed your second honey share last week, let me know and I’ll bring it this week.
If your herbs are piling up in your fridge, do what I do! Blend up the herb (cilantro, parsley, dill, or basil) with olive oil and a pinch of salt, put it in an ice cube tray to freeze, and then pop the cubes once frozen into a bag to use all winter long. It’s so easy and handy!
The CSA financial aid fund helps make the CSA affordable for dozens of Midcoast families. As part of our fundraising efforts we have pottery by artist Hanako Nakazato available for sale in the CSA pick-up shed on the farm. In addition to the pottery, we also have giclee prints of paintings by Audrey Bechler, a local artist. Visit the HCF Facebook page to see the prints of Pemaquid Lighthouse and anothercoastal scene. Signed prints are $25, unsigned are $20. Let me know if you’d like me to bring the prints to any pickup!
Remember that the summer CSA ends in two more weeks (week 16 is the final week). There are still some spots available in the Fall CSA, but I want to give a head’s up to those members who look forward to winter squash featuring heavily in the Fall CSA rotation. We’ve had what amounts to a complete crop failure with winter squash this year. As our kids’ favorite vegetable and a key staple of our family’s winter diet, we’re pretty crushed. We know that most of you are committed to the concept of the CSA, taking the risks and the bounty of the farm along with us, and we appreciate that very much. But if you signed up for the Fall CSA and this is a deal-breaker for you, please let me know. There will still be plenty of other fall treats (potatoes, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, beets, carrots, cauliflower, arugula, cabbage, kale, onions, shallots, garlic and more), but please let me know if you want out — or in!
Have a great week and please contact me with any questions!
Reba and the HCF crew
Summer CSA Week 14 of 16: Big and Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic, Peppers, Salad Mix, Zucchini and/or Zephyr Squash, Dill or Cilantro or Parsley, Carrots, Kale, [Kohlrabi, Beets w/Greens, Husk Cherries]
Summer Week Fourteen Add-ons: Apples, Pork, Chicken, Milk, Bread, Tofu, Cheese, Mushrooms, Oil & Vinegar
This week’s recipes: Lemon-Garlic Kale Salad, Fried Rice with Summer Squash, Parmesan and Tomatoes