Week 8

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Sunflower and bee

 

Hello CSA members,

And welcome to Week 8! It’s been a hot one, hasn’t it? We have been weeding, seeding, and watering like crazy here. July is always the busiest time of year on the farm. As we try to keep the weeds in check, which seem to grow ten times as fast under the hot summer sun, we must also continue seeding many of the crops that will come to maturity in Fall. Farmers are always one step ahead of the approaching season! (And usually never one step ahead of the weeds.)

Your share this week will include:

Kale
Chard
Scallions
Basil
Napa Cabbage
Fennel
Lettuce Mix
Summer Savory
Carrots
Dill
Beans
Squash
Cucumbers

 

The flowers were the most beautiful thing on the farm this week. This flower is called Nigella.

The flowers were the most beautiful thing on the farm this week. This flower is called Nigella.

 

In this heat wave, I would venture to guess we are all avoiding hot stoves and ovens in the kitchen as best we can. Salads are my meal of choice these days, and it just so happens that every single share item on the above list would be an excellent addition to a salad! Start with kale, chard, or lettuce mix as your foundation, then add whatever you want. For example, shredded carrots, scallions, and shaved fennel. Or shredded Napa cabbage, chopped raw beans, and lightly sauteed squash. The combinations are endless.

 

For a flavor-packed dressing, combine summer savory with apple cider vinegar and olive oil.
For a light and summery dressing, combine dill, lemon, and olive oil.
Or try your hand at this basil dressing:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/12/health/nutrition/12recipehealth.html?_r=0

Scabiosa and marigolds hazy in the heat.

Scabiosa and marigolds hazy in the heat.

 

I hope you all are keeping cool and nourished in this very July weather. Here’s to another great week!

Alison

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