CSA – Week #7…and, our expanding farm family

Let’s just jump right into it, shall we?  The seventh CSA share of the 2011 season includes the following:

1 head of lettuce
2 cucumbers
1 bunch of chard
2.5 lbs of zucchini and/or summer squash
1 lb of beets
3/4 lb bag of green beans
1 green pepper
1 pint of cherry tomatoes
1 bulb of garlic
CHOOSE ONE herb:  basil -OR- cilantro -OR- dill

Here’s to the arrival of green beans!  We were so focused on the end of the peas last week that we barely noticed that the beans were coming in strong.  You can look forward to them for a few weeks to come, and we’ve got some other varieties on the way, too, like yellow wax beans and Royal Burgundy purple beans.  The garlic this week is fresh, as in fresh out of the ground and not dried.  We’ll pull all of our garlic soon, hang it up in the barn, and give it a few weeks to dry out, or cure.  In the meantime, you get the fresh heads which need to be kept in the fridge and used within a week or so.

Also, I wanted to mention a couple of things about our zucchini and summer squash.  Someone asked me at pick-up last week whether or not the yellow squash was edible.  I think our CSAer saw the bumpy texture and thought “gourd!”  Nope, not a gourd at all, just a yellow crookneck squash, very much edible and very delicious!  That variety does have a mildly bumpy texture, and it’s easy to get confused.  Also, some of your zucchini might look a little different…ridged and with alternating lengthwise dark and light green bands?  Sound familiar?  There’s nothing wrong with it…it’s just a variety called Costata Romanesco, and it’s amazing!  Check out the photos below:

Sonya asks "Which hand holds a crookneck squash and which hand does not?"

And, displaying her enthusiasm for the gorgeous costata romanesco zucchini.

CSAers and visitors to the farm may have noticed that our farm stand has mysteriously disappeared.  Well, we decided to pack it in for the season as we were having a heckuva hard time keeping up with restocking veg and keeping everything cool and presentable as we got into the madness of mid-summer.  Business wasn’t too great, either.  I think we need to give the farm stand idea some more thought and try to plan a little better before we launch again.  We did fairly well with seedling sales in the spring, however, so we may just set it up early in the season when we have a little more time on our hands to keep an eye on things.  If you were a stand shopper, we thank you and apologize for the sudden disappearance!  Stay tuned for more…

Many thanks to CSAer Ted Bridge-Koenigsberg for delivering and unloading two big loads of sheep manure from his place in Casco.  The pile is near the barn, and it is impressive.  That smell when you arrive for pick-up?  That’s it!  We plan to spread the love on portions of various fields later in the fall.

Pile o' sheep shit.

Finally, we have some rather big news to announce:  A new baby is on the way!  Sonya and I are planning to adopt a baby boy later this summer…the little fella is due on September 22nd.  There’s a long back story that I won’t go into here, but the mother is the sister of an old friend of Sonya’s who is in a position where she can’t keep the child.  We learned about all of this a mere six weeks or so ago and have been scrambling since to deal with legal matters and paperwork so that once he’s born we can adopt him quickly and smoothly.  It’s all wonderfully exciting and overwhelming and rather crazy that it’s set to happen while the farm season is still in full swing.  This leads me to another point:  The end of this season could be a little wild.  With the arrival of a new baby, plus the fact that Christina will be leaving us in a mere three weeks or so to return to her teaching job in Mass., we might be doing some serious scrambling around here to keep up with everything.  For our farmers’ market customers in Portland, there’s the possibility that we’ll wrap up our market season a little early if we find ourselves stretched too thin.  We’ve put out word that we’re looking for additonal help here on the farm for September and October, and luckily, we have a few responses and leads to pursue.  Also, folks, I put the word out to you all:  If you’re a workshare member who needs to get the rest of your hours in, or just someone with a hankering to visit the farm and do some volunteer farm work, we could use your help in the fall!  Any weekday mornings are fine, with Tuesday and Friday mornings (when we do the bulk of our harvesting) being ideal.  Please let us know if you are willing and able to help out towards the end of the season.  It would be a big help to us!  We want to finish the season strong even as we embark on the next chapter of our family history!

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5 Responses to CSA – Week #7…and, our expanding farm family

  1. Amy Tibbetts | cousin & fellow farmer says:

    I LOVE reading your blog… everything from Toot and Puddle to the sheep manure and the true farm aroma it brings. You are extraordinary farmers and I admire your drive and commitment. Thanks for sharing here online and I can’t wait to meet your newest bundle. – All our love…. B.A.C.K Woods Farm

  2. Carney says:

    :-) Fabulousness all around!

  3. John says:

    Thanks, Amy! Glad you like the blog! Summer is flying by…when are you and yours coming down for a visit?

  4. Melissa says:

    Congrats on your baby news! So exciting, all this “new life” on your farm!

  5. John says:

    Thank you! It is indeed very exciting!

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