Saturday, July 14, 2012

Sunday - Week # 7



Hi,

I hope you are doing well this week. I can't believe it is already week 7 and we are about a third of the way through the season. We included our first potatoes this week, and are starting to get into a whole variety of peppers, and our cucumbers are just about done for the season; so it's looking like we are no longer in 'early' summer, but just beginning our peak of the season for produce; which will last until about the end of September, then start to slow down again. The small shares this week have dragon tongue or supremo beans, cucumbers, summer squash, new red potatoes, collard greens and hot banana peppers or anaheim peppers. Our full shares have additional beans, cucumbers, summer squash, and new potatoes, as well as heirloom tomatoes and green oakleaf lettuce.

Last week I told you we would have a feedback survey this week and provide a season re-cap. Here is the link to the survey; it should take less than 5 minutes to complete and you can read our re-cap once you have submitted your response. We really appreciate your feedback, so thank you in advance for taking the time to provide it.

New in the shares this week are our dragon tongue and supremo beans, both of which are streaked varieties of wax beans, just in different colors. They can be eaten raw or prepared any way you would a green bean. I find them to be a little sweeter and crunchier/more tender than green beans, and of course brighter--but be aware that the color changes a bit when you cook them. We have also included the first potatoes of the season. When potatoes are harvested early in the season, before the plant has fully matured and died, they are called new potatoes. Because they are harvested early, they have a softer skin and a shorter shelf-life and should be kept in the refrigerator and eaten within a week or two. You will notice when cutting and eating them that they are a lot less starchy and a little sweeter than potatoes you usually get. You can prepare them any way you would a normal potato, the texture and taste will just be a little different. We have also included a bit of our first peppers of the season--hot banana peppers; which I hope you are already acquainted with and will enjoy. Hot, slightly sweet, and a little tangy, they make a great addition to almost any dish--and are great pickled. Some of our shares have anaheim peppers instead of hot banana peppers. These are also hot peppers, though not super-hot, with a crisp texture and a pleasant tang. 

In our full shares this week we have included additional amounts of the beans, summer squash, cucumbers, and potatoes. In addition, we have included some of our heirloom tomatoes that I hope you are really enjoying. Last week I had a pan heated and bread crumbs ready to prepare mine. I cut it up and decided to have a bite before cooking it--and it was so good I couldn't help myself--none of it ever touched the skillet. We have also included a head of our green oakleaf lettuce for you.

I'm sure you have received a number of emails from us this week, and we have been very busy putting everything together for the rest of the season. You should recive an email from us sometime this week inviting you to our Garlic Harvest event that will be on our farms at the end of the month. We will put together a summary of your responses to the feedback survey this week and include that in the newsletter next week. Another new thing we will be starting is including letters from our farmers in the shares. It is something we have done in the past that our members have enjoyed, and I hope you will as well.

Please remember to return your bags.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me.

Enjoy!

-Mark

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