PHCSA Newsletter: Week 8

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Prospect Heights CSA Newsletter

Week 8 of the 2015 Season

In this issue:

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

Important Dates:

July 30  – Pick up #8
August 6  – Pick up #9
August 29-30 – Farm Trip

This Week’s Pickup

Week B

Thursday July 30, 2015, 4:30p -7:30p

ALTERNATE SUMMER LOCATION

(see emailed newsletter)

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

Pickup Information

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Recipe of the Week

No-Bake Summer Lasagna (via Martha Stewart)

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup ricotta
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan
3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
Coarse salt and ground pepper
8 dry lasagna noodles, broken in half crosswise
1 small garlic clove, minced
2 pints grape tomatoes, halved
2 zucchini (about 1 pound total), halved if large and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon torn fresh basil leaves, plus more for serving

DIRECTIONS
1. In a small bowl, combine ricotta, Parmesan, and 2 teaspoons oil; season with salt and pepper. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook noodles according to package instructions; drain.
2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high. Add garlic and tomatoes; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until slightly broken down, about 3 minutes. Transfer tomatoes to a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon oil and zucchini to skillet; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until zucchini are tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer to another bowl and stir in basil.
3. Place some tomatoes on four plates; top with a noodle and small spoonfuls ricotta, zucchini, and more tomatoes. Repeat layering twice, then top with remaining noodles and tomatoes. Garnish with basil.

News from Ted at Windflower Farm

CSA Delivery #8, Week of July 27, 2015

This week’s share:

  • tomatoes
  • peppers or eggplants
  • red cabbage
  • snap beans or bunched baby beets, depending on what you got last week
  • cucumbers
  • squashes or zucchinis
  • Bianca onions, which are a white Cipollini
  • Dinosaur or Red Russian kale
  • Romaine lettuce

Your fruit will be plums and/or blueberries. Pete tells me that peaches are coming soon.

Next week’s vegetable share will be similar to this one. Sweet corn is coming soon, as are basil and larger quantities of tomatoes.

A friend (and fellow farmer) and I spent yesterday afternoon at the new Hudson Valley Farm Hub near Kingston. We went to see what the hub-bub (sorry) was about, to check out some of the fancy European equipment on exhibit, and to visit with the old friends we knew would be there. The farm hub is part of the Local Economies Project, which is project of the New World Foundation and established, ultimately, with funding from Warren Buffet’s fortune. Its goal is to “foster a regional agriculture that is environmentally sound, economically vibrant and socially responsible.” Because, if you were to replace the words “regional agriculture” with “farm” that phrase could come straight from Windflower Farm’s own mission statement, along with that of virtually every organic farmer I know, I figured I ought to check in. You can check in, too, if you like, by going to www.hvfarmhub.org. How they will accomplish these aims is not clear, just as we have learned that, at the scale of our individual farm, they remain elusive. But one thing is apparent: local communities are central to the solution.

When you become a CSA member – a “shareholder” in more traditional CSA parlance – you are agreeing not only to share in the risks of a risky business, you are also agreeing to participate in a way of growing food that strives to be environmentally better than the pesticide- and fertilizer-intensive farming of our predecessors. And you are agreeing to experiment in an economic model that is at some variance with convention – you pay in advance, you stick with us (or the small collection of growers we represent)  every week, thick or thin, for a long season, and you agree to support the larger mission of farmworker welfare, which begins with paying a fair wage and providing good, safe working conditions. None of these things would be happening in the Hudson Valley if it weren’t for loyal customers, like you, who know what they were paying for when they buy organic vegetables and believe in the importance of food grown with a greater purpose. I know it sounds corny, but it reminds me of the phrase everyone sings out at the end of a 12-step meeting: “it works if you work it, so keep coming back!”  The growth of the CSA movement (and the local foods movement) has increased the number of viable organic farms in the Valley, the number of acres under organic production, and the amount of organic food going to local households like no other farming movement before it.

When I returned to the farm, I found son Nate’s head shaved, a deep, rough gash on the top of his head mended with four steel staples and my computer’s browser open to a page on “brain hemorrhage.”  It turns out that the post pounder Nate was using overhead when working on some fencing slipped and came crashing down on his skull. It was a bloody business. On top of it,  Jan and Jacob were grocery shopping, I was at the farm hub and, at first, Nate couldn’t find a phone with which to reach out for help. He eventually found one in the box truck, but none of us answered his call right away. Bleeding badly and thinking he might be in some trouble, he shaved the area around the wound to get a better look and then searched the internet for signs of serious head injury. By the time Jan arrived home, he had things well in hand, but they went off the clinic anyway for another opinion and four steel staples. In sixteen years here we have had just one other farm accident requiring more than a bandage, and that was when Salvador did exactly the same thing with a post pounder. It may be a crazy coincidence, but I think we’ll hire a professional the next time we install a deer fence.

Best, Ted

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