Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Wed/Thurs - Week # 11



Hi,

I hope you are doing well this week. It's hard to believe, but we are now halfway through the season. This week, our Small shares have butternut squash, fresh red onion, slicing tomatoes, red seedless watermelons, garlic, green peppers, and red kale. Our full shares have all of that and in addition extra red onion, slicing tomatoes, green peppers, and pear tomatoes, dragon tongue beans, and okra.

New in the small shares this week are butternut squash, red seedless watermelons, fresh red onion, and garlic. Butternut squash is prbably the most popul variety of winter squash, and for good reason. It has a sweet, mildly nutty flavor that goes well in all kinds of dishes--curry, roast vegetables, pasta, or pie. You can use butternuts in any pumpkin pie recipe, and many people, including our growers, insist it's far superior. I assume you already know what to do with watermelons--it doesn't get much simpler than cutting and eating. The fresh red onions are similar to the candy onions, but have a spicier, less sweet flavor.

New in the full shares this week are our pear tomatoes. They are simply tiny tomatoes of mixed varieties. They are great as they are, served in salads or sliced in pasta, pizza, or even skewered on the grill.

We have included a letter from Tobie Schmucker's family this week. He is one of the most prominent members of the community and one of our most important growers. He also has 4 sons who have their own farms and are each part of our cooperative; so his family grows a pretty large portion of the food you have been receiving.

Though we are just now halfway through the season, we are certainly more than halfway through at least the beginnings of our many varieties of produce. We will still have a few new items coming into season, at least 1 each week, and our greens and lettuces will be back again in a few weeks, but most of the items that we grow are currently in season and will continue to be until around the first frost in mid-October--hence why this is the peak of the season for us. I am sad to say that late blight has come and destroyed almost all of the field tomatoes of 2 of the 3 growers in our cooperative who grow them; including all of our romas and some of our other varieties. Luckily, our heirlooms and slicing tomatoes are surviving, at least for now. Otherwise, things are going smoothly on the farms and at the cooperative. You should expect to receive a flier for our upcoming Peak of the Season Farm Tours (name is still in the works); which will be this Labor Day (Sept 3) on the farms.

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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