Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Wed/Thurs - Week # 13



Hi,

I hope you are doing well this week. Our small shares this week have sweet corn, celebration squash, green beans, galia melons, pear tomatoes and collard greens. Our full shares have heirloom tomatoes in place of the pear tomatoes, as well as additional sweet corn and celebration squash, and yellow onion, green zucchini, and sweet banana peppers. Some also have ground cherries instead of galia melons.

New in the small shares this week is our celebration squash, galia melons (for those who get them) and pear tomatoes. The celebration squash is a special variety that w grow--it is a cross between sweet dumpling and acorn squash. It's flesh is somewhere between soft and starchy and it has a slight sweet-potato flavor. The galia melons are a cross between cantaloupe and honeydews, with their own spicy-sweet flavor and green-to-white flesh. It is another specialty item that we don't grow a lot of, but has been well-received in the past--I hope you find it to be just as special yourself. The pear tomatoes are simply a small variety of tomatoes. They have a slightly sweet, intense, juicy tomato flavor, and are great as-is, in salads, sliced into pasta or on pizza. I roasted some in the oven last week, and served them on top of chilli--they were truly amazing.

The sweet banana peppers are something you are probably already familiar with--at least the pickled rings of them; which are popular on sandwiches. They have a tart, sweet flavor and are great for many uses. The ground cherries (which didn't make it into the photo), are another special treat. Also known as cape gooseberries, these tiny fruit are related to the tomato, but have a very sweet, almost tropical-fruit flavor to them. They are something our growers have grown in their personal gardens and enjoyed for generations, and have been getting slowly more popular with our customers each year. Our farmers like to eat them as is, or especially in pie or preserves. Make sure to remove the 'capes' before eating. One of our Sunday members shared a recipe/idea for dipping them in chocolate as well.

We have also included a letter from the family of Marty Schmucker, who grows a pretty significant amount of our produce.

Just yesterday, I sent out the details for our Peak of the Season Farm Tours (to those who registered); whch are hapening next Monday. There is still time to register if you are interested. It should be a really wonderful time, and I hope you can make it. We are also finalizing plans for our Winter CSA, and this week I'll be putting together another survey for you to take next week 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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