CSA Week 13 - so many photos! (!so many exclamation points!)

August 6, 2017 ~ CSA Week 13

~~This week will be your second 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! ~~~

This week I thought you all might like to come along on a crop walk through the farm. Everything is going really well in the hoop house. Cucumbers are at their peak and the tomatoes are starting to come along. The peppers are getting going and the first eggplant has decided to join the party in the hoop house. This week the hoop house will get it’s weekly weeding and trellising and it’s chugging along; pumping out veggies like a champ.

Gettin' Ready for a Second Hoop House!

We’ve cleared out the early beds of heading kohl crops, flail mowed, amended, and harrowed the beds to make way for a second hoop house. The next planting of heading kohl crops is coming along beautifully and if everything goes as planned (ha!) we will have a beautiful array of broccoli, romanesco, purple cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts in the shares for late summer and early fall.

Late Summer Kohl Crops Lookin' Good!

Not only is the heat helping pump out some gorgeous zucchini, which we are harvesting daily to get them while they are small (ha!), but Squash Land is looking hopeful for a bountiful harvest of winter squash this fall.

Squash Land! Home of Future Fall Food!

Allium Land (onion family) will get the shallots harvested and starting to cure this week. The garlic we hung weeks ago seems cured and will get packed safely away for fall CSA and fall planting. The shallots and the full sized onions are both looking incredible. Who could bring Monster Shallots to the Monster Truck Show, Lower Valley Farm, that’s who. !BOOM! Crazy! Amazing! Monster Shallots! Also, it can be hard to get enough to eat when your pulling SUMMER hours at the peak of the farming season, maybe that’s why when I walk by the rows of storage onions...all I see is a million pounds of onion rings...because the full size onions are looking...AMAZING...!ONION RINGS!

Allium Land- Monster Shallots and Lifetime Supply of Onion Rings

We are clearing out beds of baby greens and root crops every week and….planting more baby greens and root crops for fall. We do all our bed prep with our awesome BCS two wheel tractor. We love our BCS tractor.
BCS tractor, clearing out roots for greens.  clearing out greens for roots.

Want to learn more about how we grow minimally tilled, nutrient dense organic veggies. Farm Tour is right around the corner and we would love for you to be there!

Wednesday August 16, 6-7:30 pm

Recipe ideas this week:

Cauliflower Casserole
Recipe by the ever favorite thekitch.com


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.

Summer Salad with sliced cucumbers and diced tomatoes
Simple but true. Salad is awesome and even better with thinly sliced cucs and tomatoes.

Pan Fried Potatoes with Carrots and Zucchini
Last week I pan fried some potatoes and onions with diced carrots and zucchini and threw in some curry powder in the last minute or so. If I would have had canned coconut milk I would have added that too. Alas, I didn’t and it was still fabulous. Because pretty much anything with pan fried fresh potatoes is...fabulous.

CSA week 13
Cauliflower - small head 
Carrots - partial bundle 
Green Bell Pepper  -1 each 
Green Onions - partial bundle 
Zucchini/Patty Pan - 1-2 each 
Cucumber  - 1 large 
Basil - Partial bundle 
Lettuce Mix - Partial bag 
Lacinato Kale - Partial bundle 
Tomatoes ~1/2 # 
Potatoes - Partial bag 
Cauliflower - med-large head
Carrots - bundle
Green Bell Pepper - 2 each
Green Onions - bundle
Zucchini/Patty Pan - 2-3 each
Cucumber - 2 medium
Basil - bundle
Lettuce Mix - bag
Lacinato Kale - bundle
Tomatoes ~1#
Potatoes - Full bag

Have a great week!