CSA Pick-up #9

Your Summit Springs Farm CSA share this week contains the following:

2 lbs of Mountain Rose potatoes
2 lbs of zucchini/summer squash/patty pan squash
1 lb of carrots
1 bell pepper
6 cucumbers
.8 lb bag of green beans
1 bunch of scallions
1 bulb of garlic
1 pint of cherry tomatoes -OR- 1 lb bag of mixed beefsteak and heirloom tomatoes
Choice of 1 herb: Basil -OR- Cilantro -OR- Sage

Bread shareholders received a loaf of John’s Daily bread this week.  Look for all sorts of goodies for sale at pick-up this week:  eggs, flowers, pizza dough, pancake mix, bran muffins, cookies, zucchini relish, bread and butter pickles, etc.

Patty pans are those odd, pale, roundish squash that some of you may have found in your squash collection this week.  The flavor is similar to yellow summer squash, and the patty pans can be prepared the same way:  sauteed, steamed, tossed into a stir fry, or (our absolute favorite) grilled.  The farm is in the midst of a tomato transition.  The greenhouse tomatoes…those candy-like Sungolds and delicious Super Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes and the ol’ reliable beefsteaks…are on the way out, and the field tomatoes are just starting to come in.  Hence, the choice this week between cherry tomatoes or “big” tomatoes instead of both.  If you choose the big tomatoes, you’ll find an heirloom fruit in there amongst the dwindling beefsteaks.  Now, about those heirlooms…  We grow many different varieties here, and I’ll try to highlight some of them in a future post once they really are coming on in force.  They often don’t look as pretty, but that’s the nature of the beast.  Heirlooms come in all shapes and sizes; they tend to be more fragile than beefsteaks; they often split or warp as they develop.  (As for appearance, there’s also the simple fact that they are outdoors in the field rather than in the more protective atmosphere of the greenhouse.)  But…just take a bite, and all is forgiven.  The flavor and complexity of the heirlooms cannot be topped.  It’s like rediscovering what a tomato should be.  So, get ready, folks, ’cause here they come!

Speaking of tomatoes, here’s the latest on late blight:  It’s in the state but still isolated in just a few pockets in the Waldoboro area.  With the return of the humidity, we did elect to spray copper on the field tomatoes last week and are adopting a “wait and see” attitude going forward.  We’ll keep an eye on the weather and on Eric Sideman’s frequent MOFGA Pest Reports to determine whether or not we should spray again.

Believe it or not, I (John) have been tapped to play some music this Saturday at the Bridgton Farmers’ Market.  I’ll be there, guitar in hand, playing folky covers and an original or two during the morning hours.  Come see me and check out the market, too!

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