CSA Week 5

This Week’s Harvest

Candy onions. Quite possibly the best onions ever!
Candy onions. Quite possibly the best onions ever!

Fennel Bulbs

Green Beans

Broccoli

Tendersweet Cabbage

Summer Squash and Zucchini

Flat leaf parsley

Candy Onions

Green Peppers

Tomatoes

Farm News
The weather finally broke enough for us to plant today! Ben spent all day yesterday on the tractor, or more accurately, tractors. (ALL day, as in 7am to 10pm. As I tucked our 3 yr old in to bed she sleepily said “I hear daddy on the tractor. Working hard.” I like the thought of the tractor’s low rumble lulling her to sleep) Throughout the day, as I harvested the CSA vegetables with the crew, I saw Ben on a different tractor. He hilled beds with one tractor, switched to another to get some desperate cultivating in, then switched to another to till the hilled beds, and then switched back to the original until he could no longer see to hill as many beds as possible for future plantings. Then today, with weather threatening all day we planted. We got our first major planting of fall brassicas in as well as another round of beets and beans.

Ben tills hilled beds in preparation for planting
Ben tills hilled beds in preparation for planting
Beet seedlings ready to be planted
Beet seedlings ready to be planted

To provide our customers with food all season long we have to plant each crop multiple times throughout the season. We did miss several plantings: sweet corn, salad mix, lettuce, basil, parsley, scallions, summer squash, melons, cucumbers, tomatoes, and probably more that I’m not remembering. You’ll get/have gotten these in your boxes, thanks to first plantings actually getting planted and growing strong, but there will be gaps coming up.

That said, we are very happy that the rain held off for us and today was a success! It lifts a weight off of our shoulders and makes us smile!

Recipes

Caramelized onions and fennel (great for pizza topping, pasta salad, burger topping)

Cabbage and Fennel Sautee (tendersweet cabbage instead of red works great)

Green Beans with walnut parsley sauce (you can also add sauteed summer squash and broccoli)

Summer squash and zucchini

We are growing four different varieties of summer squash this season. The light green zucchini shaped squash with stripes is an heirloom variety called Costata Romanecsa, and is widely recognized as one of the “best tasting” summer squashes. We are also growing a standard green squash for those who prefer squash of the dark green variety! The third type of squash we grow is our favorite of the yellow squash variety. It is called Zephyr and has a light yellow color with a small green portion on the blossom end. Finally we are growing the yellow patty pan squash Sunburst. We harvest squash three days a week to try to keep them from getting too large and tough. With young squash it best to cook them just until they are tender, and to be careful not to overcook them. If you find yourself with more than enough summer squash you can always make zucchini bread, cake or fritters with all types of summer squash.

Zucchini Bread
Zucchini Fritters
Stuffed Pattypan Squash
Zucchini/Summer Squash and Rice Casserole