Newsletter – July 5th, 2016

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This week you should get red onions, scarlet turnips, carrots, garlic, kohlrabi, squash, cucumbers and iceberg lettuce. Both the greens and the bulb are edible on the kohlrabi. It can be eaten raw, cooked or pickled (easy recipe: use a one for refrigerator pickles and substitute the cucumbers for kohlrabi). To extend storage of the greens, separate from the bulbs and place in a resealable bag. They can be eaten raw or cooked. Cook as any other greens.

There will not be any fruit this week. The growers told me that they have been inundated with rain and they cannot get into the fields to pick. Not only that, but it slows down the ripening process. They anticipate having a nice crop of cherries next week (if the weather holds out)!

I hope to have your first delivery of honey this week, if they are not too behind from the 4th!

T-Shirts: To celebrate our 80th anniversary, we are making t-shirts! Here is the T-shirt Order Form. Please fill it out and return it to your distributor by 19th, 20th and 21st (or call me and I’ll fill out a form in-house). T-shirts will be ordered the following week and hopefully we can deliver them to your distributor by the middle of August.

Harvest Festival: Mark your calendars now so you don’t plan anything on top of this fun filled day! September 18th is our festival and it is our way of thanking you, our members, for supporting us throughout the season. We grill hot dogs and hamburgers and provide the utensils and drinks. All of you bring side dishes and desserts. There is a hayride to the pumpkin patch, games for children, corn shucking contests, a pumpkin carrying contest, u-pick opportunities and self-guided tours.

This has been a tradition since 1993 when we started our first year as a CSA. Only once did we have to cancel the festival completely and that was in 2013 during the floods. We have postponed the festival twice due to very cold, stormy weather in the past. This year looks to be a great year and we plan on celebrating in style! Hope you will join us for our 80th Anniversary and the 24th Annual Harvest Festival!

Cream of Spring Vegetable Soup (page 8 of the Farm Fresh CSA cookbook)

4 T. Butter
4-8 small turnips, chopped
1 small onion, diced
4 carrots, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
4-6 cups vegetable stock
2 heads kohlrabi, peeled & chopped
1 cup half & half

Melt butter in a pot, add onion one minute then add garlic and sauté until aromatic. Add kohlrabi, turnips and carrots and sauté 5 minutes. Add four cups of stock and cook until veggies are tender. Puree soup until smooth adding additional stock until you are happy with the consistency. Return to pot. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Soup can be prepared a few days in advance or can be frozen at this time. Before serving, heat soup and whisk in half & half. Serves up to 6.

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