Newsletter – July 19th, 2016

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Dear Farm Friends,

This Week you are getting Yukon Gold potatoes, green beans, white onions, cucumbers, squash, garlic and fennel.  A very exciting development:  the muskmelons are starting to ripen!  We are hoping there will be enough to give each of you one.  Muskmelon and cantaloupe are in the same plant family.  Did you know that all melons originated in Egypt?  Muskmelon is the parent plant to cantaloupe.

Exchange Box:  Each distribution center should have an exchange box.  This allows you to take items out of your bag you really don’t want and pick up something someone else has left behind.  If your DC does not have an exchange box, ask for one!

Mesh bags:  As I have stated before, we are short staffed at the farm because we do not have as many Working Members as normal.  It would help us greatly if each household will make sure their bags are free of debris.  By not taking care of this, you are asking your DC to remove debris from 30 bags.  If they do not do it, then I have to empty out 600 bags.  Many hands make light work.  Please do your part!

Volunteers wanted!  Have you ever wondered how Distribution works?  After discussing this with Jerry in more detail about getting some help on Tue, Wed and Thr; we have decided that if you choose to come help us one morning, you do not need to help in the fields afterword.  We start at 7 am and we fill all the bags, count corn, tomatoes & melons then load trucks.  You can take your veggies home with you that morning.  Please give me a two day advance notice to switch you out of your DC and onto the farm!

T-shirts:  This is the week to turn in your order for t-shirts.  The due date is July 29th.  If you forget to take your T-shirt Order Form to the DC, they will have extra forms for you to fill out.  Or if you prefer, you can call in your order with me and I’ll take care of you.  You have the option to pay at time of order or after being invoiced!

Green Bean and Potato Salad    (page 18 of the CSA Cookbook)

  • 1# cooked, cut green beans
  • 2T. vinegar
  • 4 large potatoes, cubed and boiled
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 med. onions, thinly sliced in half moons
  • ½ t. dried oregano
  • 2T. extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Combine first three ingredients.  Whisk together the next four ingredients.  Toss the veggies with the sauce and season with salt and pepper.  Refrigerate at least four hours; but preferably overnight.

Serves 6 to 8.

(My grandmother used to add bacon to this once in a while!)

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