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Farm Share 2019 Week 17 (Sept 25-28)

Well this was the big week for me to finally harvest those honeycrisp apples that have been beckoning me! If you are not familiar with the honeycrisp variety, you are in for a treat: the sweet taste and super crispy texture make these my absolute favorite type, especially when they are super fresh and organic. The taste is awesome!

If I’m to be honest, I was a little disappointed. We worked so hard on the apple trees starting in March- pruning, painting them with homemade dormant oil, and spraying with clay to keep bugs and pests out, but there were still a lot more apples that didn’t turn out well than did. The yield was not too impressive, but still we have some imperfect, but quite delicious apples for you to enjoy. Many have asked me about purchasing extra apples- I have no extras of the honeycrisp as I am trying to get them in every farm share member’s box this week and as many as I can for next week. We also have some lovely red delicious apples going into the fruit shares this week and hopefully all shares next week. Then after that we have another variety of apples which is looking lovely but is still very green and sour. They have some sweetening up to do! If you simply must get more honey crisp apples (and I don’t blame you!), Organics Farm has just started with that variety and are certified organic. If you have some plans to make apple sauce or other yummy apple goodies, we do have quite a few seconds- feel free to email me to inquire. Enjoy!

Whole Shares week 17: L-R: cucumbers, honeycrisp apples, spinach, fennel, grape tomatoes, green beans, yellow onions, red beets, spaghetti squash, romaine lettuce, campari tomatoes, carrots, red peppers, parsley, eggplant and baby bokchoy

My other big project this morning was digging up the onions- or should I say pulling up! We knocked the tops over and left them to cure in the fields, so these onions are ready to store- or use- whenever. It was so easy even my 2 year was getting in on the fun of pulling them up. I can’t say cleaning them was quite as easy. The dirst just loves to stick to the skin so some peeling and rubbing are needed to get these alliums farm share box ready!

Enjoy your tomatoes while they last folks! The fields are done, which means no more bulk orders. I am so thankful for all the people that made our tomatoes a part of their canning recipes. This week we still have grape tomatoes and enough campari tomatoes for our whole share members.

You can guess what is coming in your farm shares over the next few weeks! This field of beets is looking lovely!
Whenever I have spinach and grape tomatoes at the same times, I just have to make pasta tossed in olive oil, italian seasoning and goat cheese. An easy meal that makes great leftovers, hot or cold.

Hope you all have a week as vibrant as your farm share boxes this week!