Share items for August 11, 14:
Note: there was no fennel or peppers in the share last week, for any CSA locations. They were on an early share list, but were not able to be harvested in time to include in the share. The dry weather has pulled much of our resources away from harvesting and planting, to just moving irrigation pipe and trying to water the crops we already have in the ground. It’s been close to another 3 weeks without rain.
On the positive side, the heirloom tomatoes are coming in strong, with (hopefully) no sign of late blight in our area. Now that we are later in the sweet corn season (which started in mid July), the earworms pick up steam and get into a larger percentage of the ears. That is just a fact of life of organic production, as contrasted with conventional farmers who are spraying highly toxic chemicals on their corn every three days or so. We have heard stories of members not taking our organic corn at the CSA distributions because they are afraid of a few small worms – this makes us sad. We work very hard to bring you super sweet corn for you to enjoy, it is a highlight of our season and we hope it is a highlight of yours. Thanks to those of you who have sent encouraging comments on this subject. We are happy when you are happy. So this week we are going through nearly every corn ear before we distribute it, and are snapping off any affected tips, or shucking the corn entirely to make sure it is clean, and then distribute it in bags. So if you get a slightly shorter ear, or even a worm, this is why.
Also, we have noticed that the sungold tomatoes don’t seem to be lasting as long as they usually do- they seem more fragile this year, crushing more easily. We are not sure why. It may have something to do with the heat. In any case, if you get a mixed container, just wash it out at home and discard anything broken, the good ones will still be fine. Please know we don’t ever intend for you to receive anything damaged obviously, we spend hundreds of man-hours each week going through the produce, culling, and packaging it so it arrives at your CSA in good shape. However sometimes our best efforts are thwarted.
Heirloom tomatoes being harvested this week are Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, and Great White. These are three of our favorite varieties. Great White in particular is a little-known, low-acid, very delicious tomato. Yes they are delicate!! If you come near the end of distribution, there will be some which are damaged, split, etc. Again we do our best culling but they do get damaged en route (by each other, in the crates), that is why you can NOT buy them ANYWHERE in stores. If you get a damaged tomato cut it up and roast it it will be delicious. I made a pizza from these last week. Also Emeril has a great “roasted tomato and zucchini gallette” in his new cookbook. With goat cheese and puff pastry! How can you beat that?
6 ears corn
.5 pint sungold cherry tomatoes
3 large mostly heirloom tomatoes
3 small red tomatoes
2 purple, white, or green peppers
1 small head savoy cabbage
1 large bunch/plant basil
1 lb mixed zucchini (green and/or yellow)
1 lb Cucumbers, white and/or green
1 bulb fennel
Fruit share: one large Garden of Eve-grown organic melon, and 10 peaches
Flower share: zinnias, larkspur, sunflowers, celosia, lemon basil, dill, etc.