Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Wed/Thurs - Week # 5





Hi,

I hope you've all been doing well this week, and are about ready to celebrate Independence Day. We have lots of summer goodies to share this week--including some 'grillable' items, just in time to celebrate the 4th. All of our shares this week have a healthy serving of summer squash (yellow/green zucchini, yellow crookneck, and patty pans), broccoli or cauliflower, a bunch of scallions, a cucumber and a bit of our first heirloom tomatoes. In addition, the small shares all have a head of romaine lettuce, and the full shares have a bag of micro greens. The full shares also have an additional summer squash, an additional cucumber, a bit more of the heirloom tomatoes, and a bunch of chard.

As summer is heating up, our squash are really taking off--so we decided it would be a good idea to share in the bounty this week. I am a big fan of grilling, and as this is a big week for grilling--I encourage you to grill some of them, especially if you never have before. Just cut them into slices, strips, or spears, marinade if you have the time, and grill (with plenty of BBQ sauce) until a little golden and crispy on the outside and tender to eat. I trust that you all know what to do with broccoli/cauliflower, cucumber and lettuce. Just please don't over-boil the broccoli/cauliflower and serve it plain; they are lively and delicious vegetables, and deserve better treatment than that. We have also included some of our first heirloom tomatoes of the season. We grow a wide range of varieties, and inter-mix them in the shares, so each tomato (if they look different) should have a distinct flavor to it. These tomatoes have been cultivated for generations specifically for their distinct flavors, and as such, I tend to enjoy them best just sliced and eaten raw. Adding balsamic, bread crumbs, fresh mozzarella, (grilling?) or all of the above can upgrade it a bit, but is not necessary. They are also great in salads, on pasta or meat of almost any kind. Unlike most tomatoes you get at the grocery store, our tomatoes are picked at the peak of their ripeness, so they might not last on your countertop as long as you are used to. It's the price we pay for truly vine-ripe tomatoes.

In our full shares this week we have included some of our chard; which I hope you are well acquainted with by now. We have also included a bag of our micro greens. These are, as the name implies, greens harvested at a very immature point in their growth. They are made up of a mix of plants that you normally would not eat as 'greens', but since they are harvested so young, they are especially tender (and bright, full-flavored) so you can eat them as such. You can eat them as a salad, or use them as garnish to add a little flair to any number of dishes.

Some of you might have noticed that your shares did not include a certain item, and instead have 2 of something else. This is something that happens occasionally and that you should all be aware of. Each week, when we pick up orders from our growers, they give us a slip telling us what will be available for harvest later that week. We use these numbers to plan for what will be in the CSA, but due to the unpredictability of such things, sometimes the projections are off by a little bit and we do not have enough of a certain item. When this occurs, we try our best to include a second of some other item that seems most appropriate. Sometimes, we might even include 2 extra items--it all depends on what we have available. This has only happened about a couple dozen times, out of ~1800 shares delivered so far, so it is not a common occurance, but please be aware, if you do not receive something but have 2 of something else--this is what has happened.

I hope you all have a wonderful Independence Day. Next week we will go back to our normal Wednesday deliveries.

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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