Summer Week Ten

With peak summer crops upon us, it’s a real delight to see and hear about all the amazing veggie-centric meals our members are making. Thanks for all the Instagram and Facebook tags! We love seeing the shares from our members’ perspective. 

I want to give a shout-out to our awesome crew, who mustered the energy to keep on keepin’ on through one of the more hot and humid weeks I can remember. Even Maple spent most of her time looking positively deceased, lying flat on her side in the grass after losing hope of any chance of cooling down. We often warn apprentices that the mid-summer doldrums will be the time of the season that they most want to up and leave the farm, and the blazing heat of this week definitely made everything — the endless weeding, transplanting, and harvesting — that much harder. We continue to have volunteers occasionally show up to weed and help with the harvest, and those helpers really lift our spirits. Thank you to everyone! Hopefully we’ve made it through the worst of the humidity by now. 

The second planting of summer squash and zukes is tapering off, and by last Thursday’s harvest I guess we had already forgotten what it takes to manage a flood of squash. So when Cedar and Jed went off to a new field to harvest from the third and latest squash planting, we only sent them with a couple of empty buckets to harvest into. We wondered what was taking them so long. When they finally staggered home it was with zucchinis in every pocket, tied up in their shirts, and buckled into the passenger seat of the truck. A classic August look, and we admired (and were entertained by) their harvesting resourcefulness. 

For those who are interested, there are about a dozen ‘Out on a Limb Apple CSA’ shares still available. The apple share was just about our favorite new thing of the 2017 season. The heirloom apples were amazing, we learned so much from the descriptions that arrived with each delivery, and the taste-test that we inevitably set up with each share was a ton of fun. The apples are delivered on Tuesday, so are only available at the Tuesday (PBMC) or Thursday (HCF) pick-ups. If you want to shift to one of those pick-ups for the fall, or if you simply want to pick up your apple share at the farm for the five weeks of deliveries, let me know. The cost of the apple share is $170. Let me know if you’d like one of the remaining spots!

A new crop arriving at some deliveries this week are Shishito Peppers. Shishitos are the cool “new” vegetable of 2018, a sweet and occasionally spicy pepper. The way I best like to cook them is to heat a little olive oil in a pan until it is good and hot but not smoking. Add the peppers and cook them over medium heat, tossing and turning them frequently until they blister. They shouldn’t char except in places. Sprinkle them with salt and eat them hot. They’re scrumptious!

Many of you know that Bill is currently running as an Independent for Maine State House District 95. One way to support his campaign is to sign up to drive him on house visits in the evenings. Having a driver means that Bill can reach a lot more doors in an evening, and you don’t have to live in our district to volunteer. If you’re interested, click on this link to sign up for a specific date (and check back later if all the spots are filled — more dates will come on line weekly). Thank you!

Have a great week and enjoy your summery meals!

Reba, Bill, Eli and CJ (CJ specifically asked to be included in the sign-off this week!)

Week Ten Vegetables: Peppers (green or Shishito), Zucchini/Zephyr Squash, Cucumbers, Eggplant or Beets or Carrots, Tomatoes (cherry and/or big), Lettuce Mix, Herbs (cilantro/dill/parsley/basil),  Garlic, Onion, [Sweet Corn]

Week Ten Add-on Shares: Milk, Bread, Cheese, Mushroom, Oil & Vinegar

This week’s recipes: Miso-glazed EggplantZucchini-Corn Fritters

Cheese CSA Week TenOil & Vinegar Week Ten