PHCSA Newsletter: Week 7

Prospect Heights CSA Newsletter

Week 7 of the 2015 Season

In this issue:

  • Pickup Information
  • Recipe of the Week
  • News from Windflower Farm

Important Dates:

July 23 – Pick Up #7
July 30 – Pick Up #8

This Week’s Pickup

Week A

Thursday July 23, 4:30p -7:30p

ALTERNATE SUMMER LOCATION: see emailed newsletter
We expect:
vegetables| fruit | eggs | flowers | pasta

Recipe of the Week

It’s all about tomatoes.  Yes, they are coming soon and once they start coming, you know you will have lots and lots.  Most people think you should never refrigerate tomatoes, as that affects their texture and flavor.  So if you feel you have too many ripe ones, try roasting them and use them on pizza, with bruschetta, or as the base for a pasta sauce of your choosing:

And just in case you didn’t know, we have a recipe archive right on our website, where you can browse by ingredient for recipes posted here and elsewhere.

2 pounds plum tomatoes (about 12)
3 sprigs thyme
1 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Coarse salt and ground pepper

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place whole tomatoes and thyme on a shallow baking pan or rimmed baking sheet. Toss with oil; season with salt and pepper. Bake until tomatoes burst, 45 minutes, rotating pan halfway through. Let cool, then coarsely chop.

News from Ted at Windflower Farm

CSA Delivery #7, Week of July 20, 2015

This week’s share:

  • tomatoes

  • peppers or eggplants

  • bunched baby beets or Hakurei turnips

  • cucumbers, squashes or zucchinis

  • Torpedo onions

  • broccoli or cabbage

  • choice of collards, bok choy, Swiss chard and purple mizuna

  • Plums or blueberries will be in fruit shares this week.

Deer wiped out this and next week’s lettuce planting, but we should see it back in shares soon. A doe and her three speckled fawns were the culprits, and they have been scooted back outside the fence for the time being. They can ruin hundreds of heads in a single night and can be difficult and expensive to manage. Potatoes, snap beans and sweet corn are coming very soon.

Sunday. A thunderstorm sent us scampering from the fields this evening. And a tornado warning sent us out again to close up greenhouse sides and barn doors. The storm fell apart before crossing to our side of the Hudson, providing just enough rainfall to cool things down and irrigate the crops we transplanted last week.

It was my hope that this rain would also be watering today’s new seeding, but the electronics in my seeder failed. The device’s electrical components, which had become wet, are now sitting in a bag of rice on the recommendation of my teenager, Jacob, who tells me the technique works to dry out cell phones. The piece of equipment I seed with, a Sutton Seed Spider, is an excellent tool. Nate, my oldest son, and I do all of our carrot, beet, radish and greens seeding with it. The brainy parts – motors and controllers – were made in New Zealand, and the brawny parts were made in Salinas, California, where it spent its early years on a salad farm. It’s faster and better by far than my old Planet Junior. But my old seeder had the advantage of having no electronics, and I could repair anything on it that would go wrong. All I can do now is hope the rice trick works. Or buy a new controller. It’s the complaint a fan of carbureted American muscle cars might have made of modern, computer controlled imports – the technology is superior, but the repairs are expensive.

You are invited to our open house on the farm on the weekend of August 28-29. We’d love to have you join us for farm tours and demonstrations (see our Sutton Seed Spider and our electric tractors), a potluck supper, live music, a bonfire, camping on the farm, tours of local wineries and the town’s new brewery, swimming in the Battenkill River and a visit to the nearby Washington County Farm. A big farmer’s breakfast on Sunday is on us. Kid friendly, but not entirely kid focused. I hope you can join us.

Have a great week, Ted