PHCSA Newsletter: Week 11

Prospect Heights CSA Newsletter

Week 11 – August 20, 2014

In this issue:

  • Pickup #11 Information
  • Announcements
  • Calling More Volunteers for Workshifts
  • The Weekly Challenge — Using It All
  • News from Ted

Important Dates:

THIS WEEKEND
August 23-24

Windflower Farm Trip

August 28
Pickup #12

This Week’s Pickup: Week A

Thursday August 21, 4:30p -7:30p
Alternate location
(see emailed newsletter)
We expect:
vegetables | fruit | eggs | dairy shares

Announcements

  • Flower shares have ended for the season
  • Starting NEXT WEEK, pasta shares will be distributed in B weeks
  • Our pick up location will move back to the regular site at PS 9, starting right after Labor Day, on September 4 
Check our calendar for more specific information.

Calling More Volunteers for Workshifts

Have you noticed how smoothly the pickups have been going this year?  That’s because of you, who have been really great about fulfilling the obligatory workshift slots, and also because our work shift coordinators have revamped where to put the people power, stationing extra workers on days when the Lewis Waite orders are delivered.

This means we still have some shifts to fill so that the rest of the year can go as smoothly as it has up to now.  We especially need help starting September 4 until the end of the season in the early shifts from 3:15-4:30 and 4:30-6:00.  Click here to sign upfor another shift if you can.  It’s not mandatory, but it sure would help us out!

Weekly Challenge – How to Use it All…

Still have some zucchini hanging around?  Try zucchini fritters (which also use scallions and an egg, in case these are also taking up valuable space in your fridge…).  And if you saved some of your corn, why not kill two birds with one stone and try zucchini-corn fritters.  Delicious as leftovers.  For more adventurous treatment of corn, check out this weeks recipes in the Wednesday NYTimes for corn risotto or roasted corn and edamame salad.
Are you slow on the tomato consumption?  If your tomatoes are looking a little peaked, you can just cut off the black spots and turn the rest of the tomato into delicious,fresh tomato sauce, ever so good on the pasta we are getting.

Thanks to all of you who post your beautiful photos of csa bounty on our Instagram account, #PHCSA.  Here are a few of this year’s photos…

News from Ted

This week’s share:
·       Genovese Basil
·       Tomatoes
·       Crisphead Lettuce
·       Swiss Chard
·       Sweet Peppers
·       Eggplant, Cucumbers or Squashes
·       Yellow Walla Walla Onions
·       Sweet Corn or Beans

A word of clarification regarding our sweet corn delivery schedule: We are aware that many of you share shares, and that it’s most often done on an every other week basis. We’ll send sweet corn as often as possible, but when we don’t have enough we will send it in such a way that the even week shares contain corn at the same frequency as the odd week shares. In some cases that might mean corn for two weeks in a row, followed by two weeks without corn, followed by two more weeks of corn, and so on. The season will last throughout September.

The fruit share will likely be Pete’s plums.

Cool weather has prevailed through much of the summer, making for wonderful working conditions for the farm staff. But our cucumber and squash crops have finally slowed, our peppers have refused to develop color, and our basil is convinced the season is nearing its end (think about tucking some away, perhaps in the form of a frozen pesto). Our tomatoes should last throughout September, but late blight, which is on tomatoes and potatoes on farms all around us, threatens our harvest. The disease thrives in cool, wet conditions. So far, we’ve seen no sign of the disease here.
I remind you to save the date: The annual Open House at Windflower Farm will be held on the weekend ofAugust 23-24. Please join us for a Saturday mid-day tour of Windflower Farm, a wine, beer and cheese hour with local music and brews, and a potluck super with CSA members from all over the City and the farm staff. Hang out with Nate’s chickens and ducks, visit the sheep pen, or check out our many tractors. You are welcome to camp on the farm (most people do) and to enjoy the campfire and the star-filled sky, or stay at one of the nearby motels or B&Bs. We will make breakfast for you on Sunday morning, after which you might go for a swim in the Battenkill River, tour Victory View Winery, attend the Washington County Fair or the Cambridge Farmers’ Market, go to the horse races at the historic track in Saratoga, head up to the Battenkill Creamery for an ice cream sundae, or visit the new Argyl Brewery store. Bring a tent and sleeping bags, good footwear, and a dish to pass. Bring an instrument for around the campfire. Please RSVP with the number of people in your party to tedblomgren@gmail.com. I hope to see you here.

Have a great week, Ted

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