Some farmers say September-itis is approaching (an affliction targeting tired farmers at the end of a demanding summer). Others say this is the best time of year. Fruits of the farm (peppers, tomatoes, squash, okra, etc) are still producing…
…but greens are returning.
Salad Mix. Hearty Mix.
Arugula. Roots (turnips – pictured as babies in trays, below, and beets and carrots soon.)
So, despite the abundance of disease this time of year, food of many times abounds. (All these weeks of heat and humidity allow disease to really settle in and get comfortable. Downy mildew is wreaking havoc on the cucurbit family right now – cucumbers, melons, and squash.)
We are still seeding and transplanting with gusto. And weeding. And spraying fish fertilizer, compost tea, and organic fungicides.
Though with a to-do list like this, I’m not sure what the crew is planning to do today. (Just a joke.)
One announcement this week: Garlic Bread!
We have a new variety of bread to offer this week. While still baking limited-size batches, we are launching new varieties of bread featuring different crops we grow. This week, a few loaves of our delicious bread are available with chunks of our garlic mixed in. The prototype loaves were devoured by crew and family alike.
Bread Update: We have been accepted into a program that will help us scale up our bread production. After many months of paperwork, we got the a-okay last week that we are set to move ahead. This means that over the next few months we will be finishing the construction of our new, bigger oven, building a kitchen in a new barn-structure, and gradually increasing our bread baking. (Incidentally, this will also allow an improved CSA pick-up area for next season, a farm stand where anyone can drop in to buy veggies and/or bread on various days of the week, and an improved area for our crew to wash and pack each week’s harvest. Watch for the excitement to unfold around here!)
This week’s harvest includes:
Our Farm Share Bag (consisting of the items in the Farm Share this week, in one easy to order option), Basil, Chard, Eggplant (two varieties), Garlic, Green Beans, Okra, Peppers (Sweet Banana, Bell, Padrone, Hungarian Wax, Anaheim, & Jalapeno), Onions (white), Sesame Leaf/Perilla, Summer Squash, Tomatoes (salad, cherry, red, yellow, purple, or green)…and Bread (Multigrain or Garlic), Eggs, and Pepper Jelly.
Market Share CSA Members: Choose your selection through our Online Store. Everyone else: Everything on our tables at the farmers’ markets are available for you to purchase and enjoy. Please do!
We will be at to the South of the James market and Brandermill Green Market this weekend and every weekend this season until they close. Market Share CSA members may place an order for pick up at the farm, SOJ or BGM market, or simply show up at our booth to spend your credit
Recipe Suggestions: Sesame Leaf/Perilla in Soy Sauce, Marinated Sesame Leaves,Fresh Rice Bundles in Sesame. (Other Sesame Leaf Ideas: Put it around – or in – Fresh Spring Rolls. Add it to any wrap or sandwich. Use in place of burger buns. Put BBQ in the leaf and eat it as a mini-wrap. It has a slight anise flavor and is quite lovely. Experiment!) And you HAVE to try Eggplant this way: Slice, salt, rest; Roast or char on the grill; Brush with this Balsamic/Soy Reduction (ignore the salmon in that recipe); Serve. (Ideally with pan-fried Padrones, Sauteed Onions and Bell Peppers, and Sausage of your choice (meat or veg). Best dinner ever. (Thanks to Dan’s brothers for serving it to us!)
**CSA Potluck Save the date: Saturday, Sept 28, 5:30. Bring a dish to share and we’ll eat together surrounded by beds of vegetables. Evite to follow.
** Public Farm Tour: Saturday, Sept 28, 4:00. Enjoy a walk around our farm with us as we describe our methods and why it’s important to grow diverse, organic vegetables on a small scale. No Fee, Family Friendly. Please – no pets.
Sign up for our Fall Farm Share CSA shares is now open on our website. This is where you get a predetermined share of veggies from us each week, picked up on Wednesdays in October and November. Pick up is located on our farm, with additional possibilities in Church Hill and at any host home if there are at least 10 shares picking up there. (Market Share Sign Up is also open, good for purchasing from us through the end of 2013.) Email us if you have interested neighbors and wish to be a host home!
Wish to purchase a weekly Dairy Share from Old Church Creamery? Their delicious and sustainably produced yogurt, kefir, milk, and cheese will be available for pick up on Wednesdays with our Farm Shares if enough people are interested. Email us if so.