Hello from the farm,
Your farmers have been both dodging and working in the rain this week, often using the rainy times to work on preparing onions, garlic and tomatoes, and readying seed garlic for October planting. This week is different as we are working without the cheerful capability of Elizabeth, who is taking a week off the farm after the long spring and summer farming marathon. One of the trainees said this morning "this the last day that I have to work without Elizabeth being here," so her return is anticipated.
|Sweet potato roots attached to their long morning glory-like vine. They are in the same Ipomea family|
Fox 43 featured one of farmers, Brian, in a Day in the Life spotlight on Sunday evening. You can see this online at: http://www.fox43.com/news/features/ Thank you to shareholder Bill Speakman of Fox 43 for contacting us and doing such a nice job of capturing what goes on here.
Homefields Wants Your Help with the New Land
Homefields, which hosts both the CSG and residential programs on its land, is looking for funds and pledges for its fundraiser for the new land. They need to raise $250,000 to be able to hold onto this land which represents the future of the farm program. Can you pledge 250,000? Most likely not, but as many hands make light work, would you consider pledging 40 dollars a month for three years? If each shareholder family would pledge 40 dollars per month for three years, that would raise the entire amount needed. For more information go to www.homefields.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hot Paper Lantern (Habanero)
Tabasco (not pictured, not ripe yet)
Suggestions for the Harvest:
Watermelon: watermelon time. Both the orange flesh Orangeglo and Red fleshed Sangria are sweet, flavorful and refreshing.
Cantaloupe/Muskmelon: we may have some more of these this week, we spotted a pocket with some more ripe ones.
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: soon coming to an end.
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