Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Share Items July 31 & August 3

Veggie Share:
1 bulb fennel
1 head cabbage
3 ears sweet corn
2 green peppers
1 onion
1 head bok choi
1 zucchini (green and/or yellow)
1 Cucumber, white and/or green
.25 lb mesclun OR head lettuce

Fruit share: 
WED: 1 lb cherries AND 1 lb sugar plums, AND 3 peaches
SAT: 1 lb apricots, AND 1 Garden of Eve-grown melon (cantaloupe or sunjewel, an Asian type of honeydew) AND 3 peaches

Flower share: zinnias, sunflowers, celosia, etc.

Egg share: ½ dozen pastured eggs

CHEESE Share: 
0.75 lb sharp cheddar from Adirondack Creamery
0.3 lb Berkshire Ewe’s Blue from Old Chatham Farm.

MEAT share: 
PORK: Soy-free, grassfed pork from Arcadian Farms in upstate NY. 
Different locations will have different mixtures of share items: -approx. 1-1.5 lb ham steak AND 1 lb chopped pork
-approx. 1.5 lb pork belly AND 1 lb chopped pork/or ham hocks
-2 pork chops and ham hocks.

FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT EVER EAT PORK FOR RELIGIOUS REASONS, ONLY: there will be limited number (1-3) shares at each location that are not pork. Please ask site coordinators to help you find this share if you don’t eat pork. It will be an equivalent value of beef, duck breast, and some will contain lamb.  

FARM NEWS: Everyone asks,  “when are we getting tomatoes?”.  Like you, we hope it will be soon. We are picking small quantities of red and cherry tomatoes now on the farm, and hope that the deluge will begin in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, Sweet Corn is here! We hope you enjoy it because it is very difficult to grow organically, we are one of the only organic CSAs to give their members sweet corn, as far as we know. We want to help you understand about the worms that you will find in some of the corn. Organic sweet corn is hard to grow because of heavy pest pressure from corn earworms in New York State. 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. We wish we could cull through every ear at the farm, but this would mean that we wouldn’t have time to harvest all the crops that we want to send you in your share! If you get corn with a worm or other imperfection, just snap off any affected tips, the rest of the ear is not affected. If the tip of the corn doesn’t have kernels and instead is just white, that just means that it was not pollinated, not that it was bad.

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. If you get a container of cherry tomatoes with one smushy one in it, same with fruit etc, just wash it out at home and discard anything broken, the good ones will still be fine.

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