Weekly Weed Archive

Week Eleven

September 1, 2010

What’s In Your Basket This Week?

  • Green Tomatoes
  • Corn
  • Japanese Egg Plant
  • Cabbage
  • Kale (Tuscan heirloom)
  • Kale (Scotch) A few leaves in some bags
  • Celery
  • Swiss Chard
  • Summer Squash
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Lettuce Mix:Baby Red Romaine,Oak leaf, New Mesclun Mix (includes endive,arugula,spinache,mizuna,and endive) and possibly a few leaves of Butter Crunch
  • Cucumbers

Ideas for Eating, Cutting, Cooking and Keeping the new stuff:

GREEN Tomatoes

Pray for hot warm weather so they turn red. Every one has heard of fried green tomatoes, grill them ,put them in salsa or find a new recipe.

Corn

Oh heavenly sweet corn. In our microclimate, sweet corn and red tomatoes is an exercise in delayed gratification. While everyone else in Cedar City and parts of the Valley have been enjoying red tomatoes and fresh corn on the cob for the last few weeks,withstanding the winds our corn has been slowly, steadily inching towards maturity. Cooler days and nights usually mean that the corn is only shin high by the Fourth of July, but it also means that September is a glory month. iThe only downside of our late corn season is that as organic growers we are more susceptible to corn earworm, a gross, juicy larva that likes to nestle into the tip of the corn cob and munch away at the kernels. You may encounter a corn earworm or two this week. If you do, simply cut the tip off the cob. The worms usually only affect the tip.

If you’re not going to eat your corn right away, store it in the fridge in a plastic bag. Remember that once picked, the sugars in sweet corn begin to convert to starch – so eat it soon

Cabbage

You have had this in your basket earlier this season but they were whole heads.This is not a continious giving crop..We literally count each one that we plant and harvest just enough for each one of you. It last weeks in the fridge. So we plant weeks apart. These final Fall heads were eaten by our Mr. Rabbit .With no more to come we cut them in quarters so you could enjoy what’s left.

I need to know by NOON TOMORROW !

APPLES, I will not know for sure until we get there if there are apples. I need to know if you want them. They are Jonathan’s,Winesap’s, yellow, and red delecious.

We mix them ,trying to put more of the first two in. These are small heirloom type not commercially grown and ORGANIC for sure.Worms and all. We LOVE them.

$15. Hand picked by us. One 5 gallon bucket weighs about 20 lbs a 1/2 bushel (that is your share basket if you get a full share or 2 baskets if it is a pair share)

$10. Shook. Same Quantity. Good for sauce, freezing, and pie filling. You can eat them but they do not last long due to some bruising.

Our Share Holder dinner will be SEPTEMBER 14th Tuesday Night.Regardless of what you have told me please RSVP, no children and if there will be one or two of you?

Certain crops have staggered a little along the way. But overall, given such a cold Spring and difficult start we had this season, it feels like the farm is doing pretty well. However we had a frost Monday night. That means it was 32degrees out here. Yes, that is normal for August. Having such a wide diversity of crops makes a big difference. Wow, would it have been bad to have put all our eggs in one basket this year.
That’s the beauty of the community-support agriculture (CSA) model that you are all a part of as Share Holders: your commitment to the farm creates an imperative for us to grow lots of different crops, and in doing so, spreads the overall risk of farming out amongst 100s of different varieties, dozens of different plant families, and many successive weeks of planting. With that kind of farming approach, something – and hopefully many things – are bound to grow well.

They did and they have.

We hope you are enjoying the bounty!

Symbria

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