This week you are getting Yukon Gold potatoes, red onions, either red, golden or Chioggia beets; carrots, green cabbage, squash, cucumbers, lemon cucumbers, fennel, cinnamon basil, beans and corn. There is also a possibility some of you will be getting artichoke, either Japanese or globe eggplant, purple bell peppers and muskmelon. These last few crops are really coming on slowly because the hail damaged them so badly they were replanted three times. The strange shapes and holes in your tomatoes are caused by the hail earlier this spring. Just about all the tomatoes are marked. As an old timer may say, “They ain’t perty, but they taste goood!” We ask that you take a variety of sizes, this way everyone gets large and small tomatoes.Sweet corn can be a touchy subject for some people! Everyone gets corn and everyone will get bad ears from time to time. We do not want you to sort through or peel back the ears. It dries out the cornels and leaves horrible ears for the last few members. There will be worms because we are an organic farm. If they really bother you, have your kids shuck your corn. Use a knife to cut out the part that has been eaten or break off the top. When you boil the corn, it will take care of anything you may be worried about!
Other Produce: You received a stuffed bag of produce last week. There were 3 plantings of cauliflower and broccoli all harvested at the same time. Unfortunately, there will be weeks where you will not get broccoli and cauliflower. We try to mix these two crops with cabbage and eggplant to keep you from getting bored with your share. The eggplant is light and slow to recover from the hail and other plants tend to speed up and go to flower after something like that. I hope you had a moment to chop up and freeze your celery, (in ice cube trays and water) because Jerry has informed me that you will not get it this fall. What is left has gone to flower.Bags: It is very important to return all your bags to us each week. I am asking the Distribution Centers to start to pressure you to return them. We need the beans bags as well as the produce bags. Please empty out these bags completely! It is a pain in the butt to have to stop what we are doing during Distribution to empty out dried leaves and old beans out of bags! This is an excellent time to start to bring your cloth bags to take home your goodies that are not bagged up for you. Do not expect your Distribution Center to provide them. This is your responsibility!
Thank you for your support; it has been one crazy roller coaster ride this year!
Jacquie, Jerry, Alaina and Kyle