PHCSA Newsletter: Week 4

Prospect Heights CSA Newsletter

Week #4 of the 2015 Season

Don’t forget:  School is closed and all our pickups will be at an alternate location (see emailed newsletter) until September.

In this issue:

  • Note about Pickup Routine and Google Calendar
  • Pickup Information: When, Where, What
  • Recipe of the Week
  • News from Windflower Farm

Important Dates:

July 2 – Pick up #4
July 9 – Pick up #5
July 16 – Pick up #6

Note about pickup routine:

Hopefully, everyone is settling into a rhythm of pickups and is no longer dazed and confused…Remember every Newsletter will include details including whether it is a “B” week or an “A” week, so all you half share folks don’t come on a week when you aren’t scheduled for a vegetable pickup.  It will tell you the date, time and place of the pickup.  And it will tell you what we expect to be distributing, so that you won’t miss anything you paid for (such as fruit, flowers, maple, or Lewis Waite extras).

You can also sign up for our Google calendar which provides all this information on your own device.

This Week’s Pickup
Week B

Thursday July 2, 2015, 4:30p -7:30p

ALTERNATE SUMMER LOCATION: See emailed newsletter.

We expect:
vegetables| fruit | eggs | flowers | maple
Lewis Waite bread | a la carte.

Recipe of the Week

Crunchy, “red-devil” Kohlrabi

(A. Doncsecz, Vegetarian Gourmet)

1/2 C water
2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
2 shallots, minced
1/4 C hot red pepper sauce
1 teaspoon grainy mustard
½ teaspoon sugar
3 medium kohlrabi bulbs

Whisk together all ingredients except kohlrabi. Peel and thinly slice kohlrabi; stir into marinade, coating evenly. Cover and refrigerate 2-3 days, stirring occasionally. Serve cold or at room temperature.

News from Ted at Windflower Farm

CSA Delivery #4, Week of June 29, 2015

This week, we’ll be harvesting:

  • lettuces
  • collards
  • kale
  • chard
  • other greens for you to choose from
  • garlic scapes
  • scallions
  • radishes
  • turnips
  • kohlrabi
  • cucumbers
  • squashes

It has been difficult to keep deer out of our lettuce patch this year so, in an effort to remain a step ahead of them, we have been moving our plantings to new fields around the farm, and we will be harvesting heads young and on the small side. On a positive note, there should be little risk that lettuce harvested this way will become bitter as hot weather approaches.

So far, it’s been a cool and wet growing season, which favors greens and members of the Allium family, including scallions, onions, leeks and garlic, but which slows the growth of squashes, peppers and tomatoes. Nevertheless, squashes, peppers and tomatoes are coming along, and should be in your shares in a week or two, along with our earliest onions.

Woodchucks are invading from every quarter. The damage has been so extensive that Jan has brought in reinforcements in the form of a mannequin she bought on the internet. He is a striking figure, standing about 6’-4,” built like a football player, handsome and quite convincing. Visitors wonder what the tall guy is doing that requires him to stand so still in the squash field. Jan has him dressed in old work clothing, the scent of which, she thinks, has been every bit as effective as his size in frightening the little beasts. Deer, on the other hand, are oblivious to his presence. We found three of them grazing on old strawberries not 30’ from where he stood.

Pete, from Yonder Farm in Kinderhook, our primary fruit share provider, tells me that his cherries have ripened, but that rainfall over the weekend has caused many of them to split and that they have been discovered by birds. His lack of certainty about a crop he has invested so much in makes me wonder why anyone would choose to grow cherries. But I hope he has success, not least because cherries are my favorite fruit. The good news is that it sounds as if they will make their way into your fruit shares this week.

Best wishes, Ted