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Friday, July 29, 2011

CSA Week 3 newsletter

Week 3 of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program at Wishful Acres Farm is here!  Listed below are the vegetables (and brown eggs if you opted for them) included in your share this week, along with cooking ideas & recipes.  Your share will be delivered on Friday, between 12-2 pm, unless you have arranged otherwise.  Thanks everyone!  (Don't forget, you can email me anytime with any questions, I check my email at least twice a day).

Also, there are some optional purchases beginning this week.  If you want any delivered with your order, just let me know by Friday morning via email and I'll make a note. 
  • Our own canned "Sweet & Sour Dill Pickle Slices", made with the Certified Naturally Grown sweet onions, fresh dill, and cucumbers grown here on the farm.  All natural, with only water, vinegar, and sugar added.  The cost is $4.75 per jar, the jar will keep for a couple of years unopened, then once opened can be refrigerated for a month or more.
  • Certified Organic Ground Beef - raised on a nearby certified organic farm, it's delicious.  $4.50 per pound.
Without further ado, onto your share!

-Sweet Pepper - the first sweet peppers of the season!  You'll get a green or purple bell pepper.  They're small but delicious!  Great chopped onto a salad or roasted with the baby squash (recipe below).  Refrigerate.

-Lettuce Mix - I'm trying hard to keep the lettuces growing all summer long for your shares, which is becoming a challenge with this heat!  This week is a green & red leaf mix.  Refrigerate.

-Sweet Corn - This week you'll see larger ears and more of them, from our second and third plantings here at the farm. Sweet corn is delicious with butter & fresh herbs chopped on (especially fresh dill). Refrigerate.

-Summer Squash -
I am leaning towards baby squash again this week, we did large squash last week.  I've had good feedback from some of you on the baby squash, which we love here on the farm as well!  (we roasted & grilled some recently, recipes below.)  Refrigerate.

-Sweet Onions- NEW variety this week; my are you in for a treat.  This week's sweet onion is a British heirloom variety, and I can't believe how good it is.  The most mild sweet onion I've ever tasted.  Seriously, these are like candy...  good-for-you candy.  Refrigerate sweet onions, they .

-Parsley.  This week's fresh herb.  Refrigerate.

NEW type this week: Asian burpless variety this week - it's beautiful & unique! These Asian cucumbers curl and grow very long, while still staying slender.  Our favorite cucumber this year (even my pickiest son has been seen eating them with dip). Refrigerate.

-Garlic - this week's specialty garlic variety is Red Italian.  Okay left out on your counter for several weeks.

-Hot Peppers- your shares will include jalapenos and a few chili peppers this week. Excellent chopped into refrigerator pickles (recipe below). Refrigerate.

-Brown Eggs or full-size zucchinis
, depending upon your option upon signup.

And here are some recipe ideas for all those delicious organic veggies!


Roasted Baby Squash with sweet peppers & onion
-Chop baby squash into 1-inch pieces
-Slice peppers & onion

Coat lightly with olive oil.  Season as desired (we used garlic powder, salt & pepper, you could use fresh chopped garlic as well).  Cook in 425 degree oven for 15-25 minutes, until tender.

Refrigerator Pickles
sliced cucumber
sliced onion
sliced hot peppers (optional - makes Sweet & Spicy Refrigerator pickles)

Slice all, cover in the syrup and refrigerate.  Let sit a day or two before first eating.  Delicious and easy!
1 cup apple cider vinegar
2 cups warm water
2 cups sugar
(stir all together until sugar is dissolved).

Grilling Ideas:   

-Baby Squash Kebabs
- we grilled these a few weeks ago, the recipe is on the farm blog with a picture here:

-Grilled Sweet Corn
- do not remove husk.  Soak ears in cold water for 15 minutes (to prevent overcooking of kernals & burning of husk).  Grill for approximately 15 minutes, moving frequently to prevent burning.  Serve with butter, salt, pepper, and as a treat some fresh chopped herbs.

Thanks, everyone, for your support!  Email me anytime, I check my email at least once a day.
Soon I'll have information on our fall CSA shares (October & November), for those interested.
(p.s. Tomatoes are taking a while to ripen this year, we're anxious for them as well, but it's looking like it may be another week or two.  Don't worry, we have hundreds of plants & almost 20 varieties, there will be tomatoes unless something drastic happens in the next couple weeks!  :-)

Penny Peterson
Wishful Acres Farm
Certified Naturally Grown

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