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Farm Share Week 13, Aug. 24-27, 2016

Dear Farm Share Members,
We are sure getting our workouts this week and you will too, lifting up your boxes. The main reason is watermelon! We have some yellow doll but mostly the classic red. We do our best to pick you the ripest and best (look for heavy for size, nice hollow sound and deep yellow spot), but if you open your melon and it’s underripe, let us know and we’ll send you a replacement on your next delivery. They really are phenomenally sweet and delicious!
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This week we also have spinach! A rare treat, especially in hot, summer weather when it is hard to grow. Raw or cooked, spinach is a nutritional powerhouse for it’s iron content. To get rid of the grit from the soil it’s grown in, soak it twice in the sink and shake off the water.
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If you are wondering why those crazies at the farm would send you green tomatoes…they are tomatillos! Prized in Mexican cuisine with a little sweetness to them, these are the juicy specimens responsible for enchilada sauce and tomatillo salsa. If you are not quite that ambitious, just add them chopped up into chili, quesadillas or any Mexican fare. These pair perfectly with cilantro as well.
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Speaking of tomatoes, in all likelihood your sandwiches will be sporting our fresh organic beefsteak tomatoes ‎next week! Hopefully you have been enjoying the grape and saladette tomatoes. They’re really quite addicting…
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Week 13
-grape tomatoes
-saladette tomatoes
-tomatillos
-watermelon (yellow or red)
-green leaf lettuce
-romaine lettuce
-cucumber
-zucchini
-cilantro
-spinach
Whole
-mini orange tomatoes or beefsteak tomatoes
-eggplant (why not try baba ghanoush, a garlicky delish dip that will pair great with fresh cucumber, zucchini sticks or tomatoes..I’ll post a recipe on facebook)
-leeks
-green kale
-green beans or green peppers
-golden nugget squash
This past week I made my own Baba Ganoush including homemade tahini.  I must admit, I wasn’t a huge fan.  I did roast the eggplant, and may have burned some of the sesame seeds but overall I’m fairly certain it’s just adapting my taste buds.  I will give it another go-and be more careful about the tahini in hopes that improves the flavour.  I have made quite a few recipes this week but I forgot to take a picture!  If your not sure what to do with your tomatillos, here are 15 different ways to use them!  
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Farm Share Week 12: Aug 18-21, 2016

I can’t hardly believe we are over halfway though our farm share season already!  I took my boys to the park today and there were leafs already brown on the ground-a sign that summer is nearing an end and the fall will soon be here.  While I am saddened by how short our summer season is, I am very excited for what the fall harvest is going to bring us.  I shared a recipe last week for the radicchio with sausages and here is a picture of our meal.  My husband wasn’t too fond of the radicchio-so I’ll be trying another recipe if another one comes in our share.  If you have a recipe you used and enjoyed please share by emailing Jennifer a picture and a recipe and we will post it to the blog!
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Here is what you can expect to see in your shares this week-since we missed a week while away and are doing a fast I requested we get  half share on the weeks we usually wouldn’t get a share.  This weeks recipe I thought I’d share some lettuce wrap recipes.
I know that sometimes salads despite the wide variety can sometimes get old-but there are SO many options for lettuce that are not salads.  I’ll try making these for the boys this week hoping that they’ll enjoy more leafy greens but over the next 40 days my husband and I are fasting-and so I will be sharing a lot more smoothie recipes as well as juicing recipes too!
Here is what our half share this week looks like!
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Week 12
-grape tomatoes
-garlic chives
-eggplant
-saladette tomatoes
-baby bok choy
-zucchini
-cucumbers
-red leaf lettuce
-rainbow swiss chard
-peas (sugar snap and snow)
Whole
-green peppers or cauliflower
-carrots
-mini tomatoes or extra grape tomatoes
-romaine lettuce
-white onions
-dill
-pickling cucumbers
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Farm Share Week 11: Aug 10-13, 2016

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Hello from the farm! I’m very excited to get this weeks share-we missed a couple of weeks while away on vacation and I am SO excited by this beautiful array of organic vegetables.  I am going to try my hand at canning on a couple of these I think and if I do I promise I’ll share!

With the blazing heat (and the scattering of rain) we have a great share this week coming to your door.  Please send pictures of things you’ve made-with recipes for me to share to help encourage and inspire others on their journey to eating local, fresh and organic.

So far I see fennel soup in my future as well as leek-and likely some cabbage rolls with our  chinese cabbage.

This weeks recipe I would like to share is for your raddichio.  I have some sausages in the freezer that are honey garlic I am hoping to try this with.
sausages with caramelized red onions and radicchio.

Half
-grape tomatoes (yay!)
-‎leeks
-sugar snap or snow peas
-chinese cabbage
-raddichio (red/white leafy head: bitter green but nice in salad mix- try in a caesar salad)
-parsley
-romaine lettuce
-cucumbers
-zucchini
-green kale
Whole
-eggplant
-cauliflower, chinese broccoli, beans or mini tomatoes
-endive
-garlic chives
-pickling cucumbers
-fennel

Farm Share Week 10

I can’t believe it’s August already and in a couple more weeks you’ll see grape tomatoes and watermelons!  This weeks recipe is for the fennel-I know I wasn’t even sure what it was in my first share-but I’ve made a lovely soup, roasted it in the oven but this week I’m going to try this apple fennel celery salad.  I’m really looking forward to the leeks this week to make myself a soup too-this one is very good.  Potato and Leek soup recipe.

Half
-red/spanish onions or leeks
-black kale
-zucchini
-cucumbers
-fennel
-thai basil (do not refrigerate, loves water!)
-carrots
-sugar snap or snow peas
-red leaf or boston lettuce
-green leaf lettuce
Whole
-cauliflower or beans
-pickling cucumbers
-dandelion greens
-baby bokchoy
-eggplant or beets
-leeks