Week 13: TooManyMatoes

Half-share Group A this week!

Hey there friends!

We’re over the hump and we are staying on trend with the increasing load of tomatoes we are sending you home with – this week you’re getting a 12lb haul – and here’s what else!

  • Cilantro
  • Eggplant
  • Peppers (maybe)
  • Cukes
  • Leeks
  • Mustards/Yukina
  • Summer Squash
  • Salad Mix
  • Tomatoes
  • Beans
  • Basil
  • Kale

I know 12 lbs of tomatoes probably seems overwhelming so I’m going to give you a list of some of my fave ways to eat em and some interesting ideas you might experiment with to put those babies to use!

  • Salsa/Pico de Gallo
  • Fresh or canned sauce
  • Homemade ketchup
  • Dehydrate for snacking
  • Bruschetta crostinis with goat cheese, basil and balsamic vinegar
  • Gazpacho
  • BLTs
  • On toast with cream cheese or avocado
  • Tossed with onions & cukes in rice wine vinegar – sprinkled with red pepper and sesame seeds
  • Roasted with garlic on the grill or in the oven
  • Delivered to kind neighbors who will love you forever 🙂

YOU CAN DO IT- I BELIEVE IN YOU!

To update you a little bit on what’s going on in the fields:

We have 86ed our prolific first succession of cucumbers as they succumbed to beetle bites and disease so we will gradually see a decrease in the amount you’re taking home.

We’re waiting to get a second flush of flowers on our eggplant and peppers – we have a feeling they may have dropped their blossoms as a stress response to the severe heat we had. Blossoms produce the fruit so in the case you lose some, you also lose that round of fruit. Luckily, if they recover we’ll get some more.

Our struggling seedlings have made their way into the fields and are getting stronger as they drink up the abundant fertility that’s been built up over the years.

Garlic is out of the field and fully cured – making their way to market and we are sorting through to pick out the biggest blubs/cloves for our seed for next year (planting big cloves produces big bulbs). Once done sorting you’ll see it in your share!

And maybe it’s just this whip of cool weather but we are getting REALLY excited (knock on wood) about our winter squash yield. The vines are just starting to die back – so soon we’ll bring them in for curing and before you know it they’ll be in your bellies!

One last exciting thing I wanted to share with you all is that we just picked up our first wholesale restaurant account and we are so pumped! Hoot Owl in Pine Bush NY is buying in out local goodness to start incorporating into their menu and specials. So if you want to see our tomatoes all zhuzhed up – pop in and grab a bite. We had dinner there over the weekend and give the lamb burger 5 stars, plenty of veg friendly options too. We’re stoked to be embarking on this new journey and feeling good about expanding our Second Wind community 🙂

Second Wind Heirloom Tomato and Cucumber Salad over Ricotta topped with crispy fried Thai Basil and Lemon – Hoot Owl in Pine Bush, NY

Big thanks for the birthday wishes – 29 in my prime, feeling good y’all!

AND

Thanks for being here!

❤ S.A.L. (Sam Anthony and Leslie)

Leslie (217) 840-0683

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