CSA pick-up #4

Your CSA share this week contains the following:

1/2 lb bag of salad mix -OR- 1 lb of broccoli
1 bok choy -OR- 1 bunch of Red Russian kale
1 head of lettuce
1 bunch of scallions
1 bunch of turnips
1 green pepper
1 1/4 lb bag of snow peas
1 pint of cherry tomatoes
1 pint of sugar snap peas

Bread shareholders received a loaf of seeded rye this week.  This hearty loaf features a combination of organic rye and organic unbleached wheat flours, local honey, and both caraway seeds and organic flax seeds.  Enjoy, and I’d love to hear any feedback from bread share members or any of you who have bought bread or muffins or cookies at pick-ups!

And this bountiful season keeps rolling along.  Green bell peppers in the first week of July?!  Yikes!  It’s extremely exciting for us to see things growing so well after the previous two very wet seasons.  The heat this week has been tough to work in, but the summer veggies are loving it.  The greenhouse cherry and beefsteak tomatoes are coming along, and the peppers and tomatoes out in the field are looking great.  The zucchini and summer squash are coming on strong, too.  I’m taking some to market this week, and hopefully next week we’ll have enough to include in the CSA share.  Turnips are new this week.  Enjoy them, and don’t forget to eat the greens!  They are extremely good for you and have a flavor and texture reminicient of collard greens.  Try them steamed or sauteed.  We grow two varieties of cherry tomatoes here at Summit Springs Farm:  red Super Sweet 100s and orange Sungolds.  As the name implies, the Super Sweets are a wonderful red cherry:  great in salads, quite sweet, and absolutely gorgeous.  For me and many of our CSA and market folks, however, the Sungolds steal the show.  I eat them like candy.  They are incredibly sweet, and their flavor is much more complex than the Super Sweets.  If you are a dedicated red tomato fan, I urge you to take a chance and try the Sungolds!  Orange and yellow tomatoes are also a bit less acidic than red ones, making them a little easier on the stomach for those with such sensitivities.

Folks, the veggies are growing very well…and so are the weeds!  Sonya, Rachael, Corey, and I are doing our best to keep up, but it’s an uphill battle.  We could use any extra time and energy you could spare to help us try and get the weeds under control.  Thursdays are generally a good day for helping out here at the farm; it’s one of the few days where there isn’t either harvesting or a market/CSA pick-up happening.  Any time you could come over, however, would be great!  Just call or e-mail us, and we’ll work out the logistics.

Does anyone know of a local family who is into veggies and in need?  We have a CSA member who will be out of town for the next couple of weeks and would like to donate their shares.  If anyone comes to mind…a senior on a fixed income, someone facing an unexpected illness or job loss, etc…please let us know, and we’ll see if we can work it out.  On this website’s CSA sign-up form we ask folks if they are interested in making a donation towards a CSA share for a family in need.  We also give our members the option of donating a missed share.  The share usually goes to market with us, after which whatever is left over is donated to either the Wayside Soup Kitchen or the Poland food bank.  In this case, however, we thought we’d ask for input about a specific situation here in our community where some extra food might be helpful.  We’d love to help!

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