CSA 2020 Week Four

What a beautiful harvest day, with dry air and sunshine and a wonderful bounty of early summer vegetables now loaded up and ready for tomorrow’s delivery. We’re excited to share all the freshness with you! Some of the crops are looking remarkably good — the sweet corn is shooting up (now the question is if we can beat the raccoons and deer to it in August!) and for those of you who make Kimchi, you’ll be glad to know that this week’s Napa cabbage are each the size of a hearty toddler.

My current farm worry is that this may not end up being a banner tomato season — after years of seemingly endless quantities of big and cherry tomatoes for our members, we had a number of diseases hit our tomato seedlings this year and the plants are not thriving as well as usual. I’m sure that we will still have ample tomatoes for you all, and we know that what we have will be delicious, but it may not be the year of huge tomato bounty. I shouldn’t get ahead of myself and be too pessimistic, but I wanted to share my tomato supply anxiety! Hopefully the plants will prove me wrong!

Now for some good news… we have a really exciting/delicious opportunity for our members to simultaneously support the work of racial equality in Maine and eat some really scrumptious treats. Read below and we hope many of you sign up! 

Four-Week HCF Prepared Foods Fundraiser
Help support the acquisition of a secure farm home for Little Jubba Central Maine Agrarian Commons. This farm, run by the Somali Bantu Community Association, provides community members with land access as well as resources for culturally appropriate and sustainable food production.
For a direct donation of $120 (or more!) to Little Jubba, you will receive four weeks of treats made from Hatchet Cove Farm vegetables and wild-foraged ingredients by Genna Chericello, a talented cook, baker, forager, and friend of Hatchet Cove. To read more about Little Jubba Central Maine Agrarian Commons and to donate to the fundraiser, click here.
The details: you will receive three different items weekly for four weeks, starting the week of July 21st, based on what is available from farm vegetables or foraged foods.
Each week you will receive:
  • a pesto, dip or sauce (for example, Italian salsa verde, kale pesto, zucchini dip)
  • a seasonal beverage or shrub (for example, syrups, juices, iced teas)
  • a baked ready-to-eat treat (for example, biscuits, tarts, cakes)
These items may contain gluten and dairy, but will be nut free. If you would like a gluten and/or dairy-free option, please contact Genna directly. 
Sign up by bringing a check ($120 or more) to your CSA pickup (made out to Agrarian Trust) or donate online. Once you donate you will receive an emailed receipt from the Agrarian Trust — either forward it to us or take a screenshot and send it along to us. You will then be signed up for this delicious add-on!
Forward your donation confirmation or any questions to Genna at genna.cherichello@gmail.com
Have a great week, enjoy your farm-fresh meals, and we’ll see you soon! 
Reba and the HCF crew

CSA Vegetables Week Four: Lettuce Mix, Lettuce Head, Kale or Chard, Napa or Green Cabbage, Hakurei Turnips, Scallions, Broccoli or Broccolini, Basil or Dill or Cilantro or Parsley, Summer Squash or Eggplant or Fennel, Garlic Scapes

Week Four Add-ons: Cheese, Mushrooms, Oil & Vinegar, Milk, Bread, Ground Beef

This Week’s Recipes: KimchiScallion PancakeGarlic Scape Pesto