Crops: This week you are getting red onions, carrots, beets, squash, lemon & slicing cucumbers, globe eggplant, purple peppers, green peppers, anaheim peppers, diakon radish, tomatoes, corn, muskmelon, orange honeydew, watermelon and green beans. You will not be getting potatoes this week. If you are not sure what to do with the diakon radish, add it to your mashed potatoes to give them another flavor, add it to your roasts along with potatoes & carrots and it is really good in soups and stews. Diakon radish is good in stir-fries and salads too.
Melon: All of the membership will not get the same kind of watermelon. It will be a combination of Crimson Sweet (light and dark green stripes), Charleston Gray (oblong & pale green) or Moon and Stars (dark green with yellow spots). If you get the Charleston Gray or Moon and Stars watermelon, we would love to have the seeds – if you are willing to take care of them for us. Simply rinse them off and let them dry off completely. Wrap them in a paper towel and place in an envelope. Do not put them in a plastic bag. They will be unusable because of mold and will have to be thrown away. The orange honeydew is one of my favorites. It has a wonderful flavor unlike the green honeydew and can be very sweet!
Tomatoes: Tomatoes are just about everyone’s favorite fruit this time of year. You can do so much with them! The reason you are not getting more of them is because of last spring. We had four hail storms; three took out several crops that had to be replanted. The tomatoes were one of those crops. If you walked out into that field, you will see one out of every three plants is producing fruit. I promise; we are giving you everything we have! Just as soon as we see more red tomatoes, you will see them in Distribution!
First Fruit: This is a reminder that whatever happens in spring affects us later in the summer. I know several of you have asked about the fruit share. Experienced long time members understand the ups and downs of the weather and how it affects the fruit. Those of you who are new; something seems to happen every year to change the way fruit is delivered to us. I have told them we will take fruit that is scarred from hail, but they insist on giving you the best they have. You have received 20# of fruit and are due to get 60 to 70# over the next several weeks. It only takes 3 – 20# boxes to catch up with what they owe us! This is normally how our peaches, pears and apples are delivered.
Don’t forget to RSVP by September 10th for the Harvest Festival!
Jacquie, Jerry, Alaina and Kyle Monroe