Week 11…halfway already?!

Just spending some twilight time at the farm hanging out the cows!

Just spending some twilight time at the farm hanging out with some hungry cows!

Hi all, Alli here.

Tonight, we took a chance on believing the weather people.  For once, there is a 100% chance of rain in the forecast for tomorrow, so we seeded a ton of new stuff and then headed home before dark for the first time in weeks.  Lately, there have been plenty of days with a 20% or so chance of rain or thunderstorms, but this generally translates to some dark clouds passing over us and zero drops of rain falling on our fields.  While this lack of rain has been helpful in keeping some diseases at bay, it’s been rough on some of the crops (and on our sleep!).  So we’ll see what happens, and we’ll happily harvest in the rain tomorrow if it comes!  Your fall plantings of greens and roots are worth it.
Bye bye dead and weedy cucumber patch #1....

Bye bye dead and weedy cucumber patch #1….

....and hello freshly seeded arugula and spinach!

….and hello freshly seeded arugula and spinach!

We’re in a bit of a weird stage right now, as we’ve finished up and cleared out many of the early crops and are waiting for some of the later ones to really kick in.  So while I think you’ll be seeing a bit less variety this week, we’re happy to report that the tomatoes had an amazing week of ripening!  You should definitely expect a good bit more of those than you got last week.  And who doesn’t love that?!  Make sure to try out some of the different varieties and find your favorites (personally, I’m a huge fan of the yellow/orange ones!).

Here’s some of what to expect this week:

Tomatoes
Cherry Tomatoes
Choice of Okra or Tomatillos
Cucumbers
Summer Squash
Garlic
Lettuce
Kale and/or Chard
Arugula and/or Yukina Savoy (aka “Asian Spinach”)
Peppers
An herb

 

In my attempt to get everyone on the okra train, here are a few more tasty and super simple recipes for okra (combined with peppers!):

Here's some okra being fried up, with a coating of flour, cornmeal, and lots of Indian spices.  It might be an ugly picture, but it sure was tasty!  Try one of the recipes above for a much healthier alternative.

Here’s some okra being fried up, with a coating of cornmeal, flour, and lots of Indian spices. It might be an ugly picture, but it sure was tasty! Try one of the recipes above for a much healthier alternative.

Here’s a very easy way to combine your summer squash and cherry tomatoes (or regular tomatoes, if your cherry tomatoes don’t make it past your drive home):

Yep, tomato season has arrived!  And with that comes my annual look-at-this-tomato-the-size-of-my-head picture.

Yep, tomato season has arrived! And with that comes my annual look-at-this-tomato-the-size-of-my-head picture.

Happy eating, everyone, and enjoy this midway point of your CSA season!  🙂
Edamame finally starting to size up for its harvest sometime this month.

Some blurry edamame, finally starting to size up for its harvest sometime this month.

One of our fabulous CSA members helping out with our (rather disappointing this year) onion harvest!  Getting to know our members is one of our favorite parts of being a CSA farm, and helping hands are always welcome!

One of our fabulous CSA members helping out with our (rather disappointing this year) onion harvest! Getting to know our members is one of our favorite parts of being a CSA farm, and helping hands are always welcome!

Aha!  The tomato-eating culprits left behind a bit of evidence!  Good thing Jay has a loud, booming bird cannon to scare them off!

Aha! The tomato-eating culprits left behind a bit of evidence! Good thing Jay has a loud, booming bird cannon to scare them off!

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