Note from the farm:
We have a bumper crop of tomatoes this year (which I’m sure you’ve all been enjoying) including plum tomatoes this week. Plums are great to use in sauce- they’re not as “juicy” as their beefsteak cousins, so we don’t think they’re the best eaten raw. I sliced some up on a homemade pizza last night and they were delicious! Greens are also making a comeback in the shares this week in the form of collards! Collards are fabulous, so forget what you might think you know about them. I made the Kale & White Bean Soup recipe on Sunday with collards in place of the kale and it was so good. You can also steam the collards and then coat with olive oil and garlic…or I’ve heard that some people like it with bacon. Whichever way you make it, be sure to remove the stems first and discard. They’re too tough!
Mini Field Update from your farmer (at last!)
Lesson #1 when you sit down to write a farm update….make sure your baby is not near the computer! Galen accidentally shut down the computer while I was working on my update, so here’s an abridged version. I’ll try again for the expanded edition of our fall farm update next week….
We’ve received questions from some of you about certain crops that have not made an appearance in the shares this season and here’s a basic explanation. The following crops were lost: all eggplants (potato beetle resistance to insecticide), second planting of zucchini (timing issues), second planting of cucumbers (drought), a few plantings of lettuce (poor germination- intense heat in greenhouse), green beans (poor germination), and basil (new powdery mildew disease). Fall crops that are looking FABULOUS – sweet potatoes, all winter squash varieties, leeks, large planting of broccoli (get ready to get inundated!), potatoes, carrots, spinach, more fall lettuce, broccoli raab, turnips, bok choi and more! As promised, I’ll elaborate on all of this next week. Until then, enjoy your week’s bounty!
Arugula – 1/4 lb bag
Plum Tomatoes – 10 pcs
Red Tomatoes – 4 – 6 pieces
Lettuce mix – 1/2 lb. bag
Wrinkled, Crinkled, Crumpled Cress – 1 bunch
Green Romaine Lettuce -1 head
Kohlrabi – 2 pcs
Collards – 1 bunch
Sweet Dumpling Squash – 2 pcs
Freekeh or Farro
Lewis Waite a la Carte
Fruit Share from Briermere Farm
If you have any questions about the fruit, please contact Briermere Farm directly at email@example.com
Empire Apples & Peaches – 1 mixed bag
** A Note on Tomatoes…
The tomatoes have been sprayed with copper as a preventative for late blight fungus. This spray is certified for use in organic production, but must be washed off before eating. Also be sure to ripen red tomatoes completely on the counter before eating! They should be a deep red and slightly soft to the touch. Cherry tomatoes are picked ripe and ready to eat.