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Friday, August 20, 2010

Farm Fresh newsletter 08-21-2010

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Hi everyone!
 
The tomatoes have reached their peak ripeness and I'll have over a dozen organic, heirloom varieties at market this Saturday.  The blight that is killing them off is thankfully moving rather slowly, so I may have tomatoes for at least a few more weeks.  This marks the 1st week that I'll have a significant number of the awesome heirloom stuffer tomatoes!  Red Striped Stuffer and Yellow Stuffer - these hollow tomatoes are so much fun to cook with and I've included a recipe on my blog with pictures from last year's crop.  Also a first this week is the white heirloom tomato!  This is the first year I've grown the white tomato, and after test-tasting some in the field yesterday I can tell you that they are very low acid and mellow.
Now marks the time to think about putting up tomato recipes for winter.  If you don't can foods, you can freeze them very easily.  I've included recipes this week for some tomato-based soups that freeze wonderfully in freezer bags... trust me, in January when you pull out a bag of garden-fresh tomato soup, you'll be glad you took the time now to "put it up" for winter. 
Also, the new crop of green beans is ready!  I'll have the flat Italian Romano beans as well as yellow wax.
Are you thinking fall yet?  I'll have some Butternut & Acorn squash, as well as the first of the fall decorations - broom corn!
Hope to see you Saturday!
 
Recipes are at the bottom of the email.
 
 
This Saturday at the Freeport Farmers Market, located in the CVS parking lot on South Street from 7:30-11 am, I'll have:
 
  • Heirloom Tomatoes  Varieties available this week include: Red Striped Stuffer, Yellow Stuffer, White Wonder, Brandywine, Green Zebra, Tigerella, Black Sea, Black Krim, Kellogg's Breakfast, Mortgage Lifter,  Siberian, Delicious, Roma, Rainbow Cherry, Cour Di Bue, Moonglow. Visit the vegetable page on my web site for detailed descriptions of the heirloom varieties I'll have available this year.
  • Zucchini & Summer Squash  Several heirloom varieties on hand.
  • Cucumbers  3 varieties are ready!  Lemon cucumber, Diva - slender slicing cucumbers, and Homemade Pickles - pickling cucumbers. 
  • Romano Green Beans  New crop of the flat Italian green bean
  • Yellow Wax Beans New crop of the yellow green beans
  • Butternut Squash  the traditional mild winter squash
  • Acorn Squash - a white heirloom variety of this popular winter squash
  • Broom Corn - decorative long-stemmed corn with broom-like spray at the top
  • Herbs Possibly some fresh basil and parsley.
  • Swiss Chard  A beautiful green, chock full of vitamins!  I grow an heirloom-variety of Swiss Chard that has multi-colored stems - bright yellow, red, orange, pink, even white! 
  • Kohlrabi Green & purple
  • Aprons & Potholders as always, I'll have my handmade unique aprons for sale.  Aprons are priced as marked.
To follow the happenings at the farm, recipes, and daily life, you can read my blog at http://all-natural-mama.blogspot.com/ .

Wishful Acres Organic Farm is on Facebook, and you can visit me there as well: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3D938258&id=3D1642007622#!/pages/Wishful-Acres-Organic-Farm/222010642190?ref=3Dts

Thanks, all! Have a great weekend.  Recipes follow.
 
 
RECIPES

I'm featuring tomato recipes!  For this week's recipes, I'm providing links to my web site where you can view the recipe as well as pictures of the finished product.  The 2 soups freeze wonderfully for winter (the tomato basil can also be canned).

 
 
 
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