Thursday, August 9, 2012

Hello from the farm,

August, a time when your farmers come up for air, take a look around, see weeds, and then proclaim that they're not sure if they are going to do this ever again, and then they go plant some more crops for the fall.  Is this farming thing addictive?  Could be..
Your farmers are crazy about carrots. Thank you to shareholder Matthew Lester of Matthew Lester Photography

So the spring and early summer crops are finished up, the the hot weather crops are at their peak and we will soon enter a bit of lull until the fall crops come along.  What to expect for fall?  Cilantro will be back as well as baby carrots, arugula and beets, butternut squash, pumpkins, acorn squash, cabbage, broccoli, Napa cabbage, bok choi, sweet potatoes, dill, lettuce, corn for corn meal and decoration, and a host of other things.

Olympic hopefuls, team GWHFstrive for gold in the 4 meter melon toss 

This week we've been working on hoeing and weeding, Fox 43 is doing a story which follows the work day of Brian, one of the trainees here, Matthew Lester, a shareholder is doing a photo shoot of your farmers, onion, garlic, and potato preparation continues,  I finished making an air lift pump in the shop to simplify how we get our liquid fish emulsion out of the barrel, and Bob finished the sign post showing locations around the farm.

North Star Orchard's fruit share is beautiful!  This is what last week's share looked like.  If you would like to begin a pro-rated share next week, email or call Lisa via  North Star delivers the shares here each week for you.

Spotlight on Del M. 

Position at the farm: Farm Crew
Number of years working for Goodwill: 3 years 
Favorite thing to grow at the farm: string beans
What we call him: The Delman 
His nickname for Scott Breneman: Wabbit
What he wanted to be when he grew up: famous
One of Del’s favorite places is: Hershey park
Favorite sport to watch: baseball, he's possibly the Barnstormers number one fan. 
If he could trade places with someone for a day: George Washington
Del’s family includes: his mom, dad and three brothers
Words of advice he would like to share: try hard 
Favorite thing about the farm: picking beans, he picks circles around all of us 

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Suggestions for the Harvest:

Watermelon: watermelon time. Both the orange flesh Orangeglo and Red fleshed Sangria are sweet, flavorful and refreshing. 
Cantaloupe/Muskmelon:  these are almost done now, enjoy this last week.  Try with fresh ground black pepper on your cantaloupe.
Storage Onions:  the red and white onions are storage onions for the pantry.  Great for burgers or whatever. 
Sweet Onions: carmelize in a fry pan with lots of butter...tasty! Not a storage onion-use within a week or two.
Sweet Peppers: great for salads or fried with onions and garlic.
Potatoes: Slice for chips and fry in peanut oil or cut for fries. Super tasty. My favorite summer treatment is a Lebanese style potato salad with just olive oil and herbs.
Carrots: carrot harvest is coming to a close probably next week.  These fresh carrots are like candy, just to pop in your mouth and eat raw or add to salad, etc. 
Eggplant: coat with oil and soysauce and grill, or bread them and fry.
Chard: use in lieu of spinach in babaganoush, salads,
Scallions: these mild onions are great anywhere onion is needed.  Scallion season is soon finished. 
Cucumber and Zucchini: we may have a few this week as they fade away. 

husk tomatoes:  peel the paper off and pop in your mouth for a pineappley treat. 
hot peppers:  pick green or wait for the ripe red color with more fruitiness.  Slice in half and fill with cream cheese and bacon bits, add grated cheese. 
Stevia: try this non-glycemic sweet leaf in lieu of sugar.  one small leaf sweetens a cup of coffee. 
Lemon grass: cut a few leaves for your Thai style cooking
Sungold cherry tomatoes: these fruity acetylene orange bites are ripe when deep orange 

Now we know where we're going!   Thanks to Bob McClure

Watermelon Feta Salad

Yield: Serves 6-8


6 cups cubed watermelon
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/2 cup feta cheese
1/3 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
Balsamic vinegar-optional


1. In a large bowl combine watermelon, red onion, feta, and mint. Stir until ingredients are well combined.
2. Serve chilled.
Inspired by Real Simple


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