Hello again from the farm! This week we have a box filled with lots of goodies for you to enjoy. Here is some news from Jenny this week:
Well two of summers most-awaited and juiciest offerings are in your boxes this week: watermelon and tomatoes.
The melon of the week (more on the way) are yellow dolls, which as the name suggest are yellow inside when ripe with a pretty dark green striated rind. We have been looking for yellow spots and knocking them to hear the hollowness inside in hopes that they will all be wonderfully sweet inside (all my test melons so far passed with flying colours), but if you get an unripe melon let me know and I will gladly replace it. I wish I had one of my son’s super heros’ x-ray vision for this task!
Also, we have beefsteak (the normal red ones) and heirloom tomatoes. I mixed them in together so if you see an orange, yellow or multicolored tomato that feels tender to the touch you received an heirloom variety, which I wholeheartedly believe are the tastiest! Being thin-skinned and full-on juicy, they do tend to split, so I picked the more attractive specimens and put them in a clamshell to try to offer them safe passage to your house. If any don’t make the grade after their journey, again let me know. These are too tasty to hog all to myself!
This week I took part in a video shoot for a short video that will bring awareness to farming in the region of Durham. Working with Paul Stiles and his crew was a breeze, and I’m eager to see the results of his work. I actually enjoyed the process.
Ted (founder of Zephyr Organics) and I also went to the Meet Your Farmer Uxbridge Event this past Thursday. It was a blast and full of great people and I couldn’t believe the abundance of produce and local products we had!
Enjoy these last few weeks of summer, and if your melon’s too big, then share, share, share 🙂
Here are what you can expect to see in this weeks shares:
-romaine or green leaf lettuce
-yellow doll melon
-tomatoes (beefsteak and heirloom)
-spinach or black kale (if you end up with black kale I will try to make sure you get spinach next week)
Hello from the farm! This is Stephanie again-Jenny was kind enough to take over the blog for a few weeks while I got to spend time bonding with my family upon the birth of our second son, Daniel. I apologize for not having a picture of the farm share box this week-I’ll get one up for the next blog 🙂
Every year I have a hard time figuring out what to do with the tomatillos that come in the farm share box, we don’t eat a lot of salsas which seem to be the primary use for them. I did however find a unique recipe I’m hoping to try this weekend that actually fries them and you eat them with a dipping sauce. I figure this recipe would be great for an alternative-if anyone has any great recipes for them please email us with a recipe!
Hello from the farm! I am loving August, as I stepped out into the field and these 2 beauties (ground cherries and tomatillos) surprised me with how fast they literally were exploding from their skins. These are both from the tomato family and grow on vines. The tomatillos are green and ready when then burst their husks. The ground cherries turn an orangey colour and have a fruity flavour. Finally, here’s the link that shows us how tomatoes are a fruit!
The other item that has me totally stoked is the potatoes. We sent you 2 lbs as we figured most of you could make those tasty tubers disappear pretty fast. Here’s an item where I really do taste the organic difference.
We’ve had an adventuresome week on the farm because of (you guessed it), that fierce and fast storm on Sunday. It passed through in only about 20 minutes but there was no mistaking where it had been. We got off lightly in the damage department with a couple greenhouses having their plastic damaged. Our power however, was interrupted for just over a day, and both work and life go on on the farm barring serious tragedy, so my backyard at home became a radish-washing station and my living room became the Zephyr Organics office headquarters. Such a crazy start to the week but all that needed to be done was done.
I am very excited about this week’s and next week’s variety. Cauliflower and broccoli are two items I wish we had way more of but are difficult for us to grow organically, so we have some this week for most people and those that don’t get it this week will get it next week (and some celery in the mean time). Grape tomatoes are on in a bigger way- and they’re just like candy if you ask me. Cucumbers are back and savoy cabbage is here (same as regular with those pretty frilly leaves).
This week instead of a recipe I would like to furnish you with some veggie storage know-how in a sweet little chart, so here goes (in with your list)…