7/17 CSA week 9

In this week’s box:

Summer squash and zucchini
Red Potatoes
Red leaf lettuce
Candy onions
Bell peppers

Fruit share: blackberries and blueberries (probably the last of the season) from Berryhill

Also, please save the date for our annual CSA member field walk: Thursday, July 26 at 7:00 PM. More details and info to come!

Farm notes:

Wow, the weather this year has really been relentless. While we can water, water and water some more a lot of the corn and bean farms around us have lost most of their crop this year. Guess that is why a lot of the large scale grain farmers take out insurance on their crops!

Today I went out and bought liquid shade! While I wish this were something that we could use on ourselves it is actually a coating that we are going to spray on the greenhouse so that it will bring the temperature down somewhat from the 150 degree temp that I took in there last week. We don’t usually use the greenhouse to raise fall seedlings and instead raise them in our yard which gets some afternoon shade, but this year the bugs have destroyed the first round of fall crops. So we have been forced to improvise and experiment with the liquid shade which is a lot less expensive than buying shade cloth that we’ll only use for a month or two of the year. If this liquid shade works as well as advertised maybe we’ll start hanging out in the greenhouse!

This week’s recipes:

Zucchini, potato and scallion pancakes

Potato, tomato, and squash gratin
A CSA member sent me a recipe last week for creamy potato and zucchini gratin. I found this recipe that includes tomatoes, but there are so many more similar recipes on-line to choose from.

Baked Zucchini sticks with sweet onion dipping sauce