2017 CSA Week 14

 ~~This week will be your third week for having non-refrigerated items in your CSA. We will have these set out separate from your box at CSA pickup with a clearly marked sign. “Take One Bag of Tomatoes and One bag of Potatoes”. Don’t forget your Potatoes and Tomatoes! ~~~

Our Farm Tour is this week! Wednesday August 16, 6-7:30 pm

How about that? No 90 degree days in the two week forecast! We are very excited; hopefully some of the smoke will blow out of here soon.

It’s going to be a couple weeks until our next round of carrots are ready. Our early spring beds cleared out a little slower than planned. But, !fear not!, more delicious Lower Valley Farm carrots are in your future! We seeded 5 100’ beds five weeks ago and another 5 beds two weeks ago. So, once we have carrots back in the rotation we look forward to putting them in your CSA box every single week for the rest of the season.

We pulled this years shallots on Monday. They are hanging out in the shade to dry and cure. We will start including them in the shares after they are fully cured. The garlic is fully cured and this coming week we will sort through it. First we will set aside the garlic that is used for next year’s ‘seed’. The garlic heads will be broken apart in late October and planted. Each clove will make one head for next year. After we set aside the seed garlic we divvy the rest of the garlic up for CSA. We are anticipating that we won’t have extra garlic for sale this year. We are excited to put it all into our CSA and set aside a generous amount for seed so we can grow even more garlic next year; because we know how much you all love garlic. We love it too; it really is ~so~ good.

In a few weeks we will pull this years storage onions and start curing them. Storage onions are something we will have LOTS of this year; they are so huge and beautiful.

Speaking of beautiful, how about this week’s broccoli! Pretty amazing to grow big beautiful broccoli when it’s been so hot out.

You know you live in a place with a short growing season when you never get tired of zucchini. We hope you are enjoying getting zucchini and patty pan squash in your CSA box every week. The warm summer has had them pumping out fruit like a champ, in the coming weeks the plants will start to taper. For now, enjoy that zucchini and patty pan squash. Zucchini is one of those things that you can find a MILLION recipes for online. Usually we just saute or grill it but it’s also fun to make zucchini fritters. There are really great directions on smitten kitchen:

And More Zucchini Recipes on Early Morning Farm’s amazing recipe index:

Recipe ideas this week:

I bet you all have your favorite broccoli recipes, if you are looking for something new and you already used up your zucchini and still wanting fritters these fritters are delicous

Broccoli Fritters, By Smitten Kitchen

and if those don’t sound good there this article by The Kitchn is FULL of awesome broccoli ideas.

The Kitchn, 20 Ways to Eat More Broccolli Tonight

Summer Egg Bake with Basil Pesto, diced zucchini and bell peppers

In skillet saute a pound of ground pork, when mostly cooked add, diced green onions, zucchini, and bell peppers, while that sautes whisk up a dozen eggs, put eggs in a casserole dish.
Chop and add basil to skillet, cook about a minute more. Pour skillet stuff into casserole, top with Parmesan and bake until cooked through about 40 min at 350.

Blinged out Frozen Pizza with Zucchini, Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, and Basil
Hey guys, summer gets busy. Let me tell you where guilt doesn’t belong. Guilt doesn’t belong with the blessing of nourishment that is food. Too busy to cook? Have a CSA share and want to use up some veggies? Why not lightly saute some green onions, bell peppers, thinly sliced zucchini and put them on top of a frozen pizza. When blinging out a frozen pizza this way you’ll need to add some oil to your basil and cover it with more cheese so the basil doesn’t get burnt.

CSA week 14

Brocolli -   med head 
Beets - partial bundle 
Green Bell Pepper - 1 each 
Green Onions - partial bundle 
Zucchini/Patty Pan - 1-2 each 
Cucumber -   1 each 
Mini Onion  - Partial bundle 
Baby Kale - Partial bag 
Tomatoes - 3/4# mini slicers 
Head Lettuce  -   1 each 

Potatoes - Partial bag

Brocolli - large head
Beets - bundle
Green Bell Pepper - 2 each
Green Onions - bundle
Zucchini/Patty Pan - 2-3 each
Cucumber - 2 each
Mini Onion - bundle
Baby Kale - bag
Tomatoes - 1# mini slicers or slicers
or 1/2# cherries or ¾# cherries
Head Lettuce - 1 each

Potatoes - Full bag