Summer CSA 2017 Week 16

From top left, clockwise: Zucchini, New Zealand spinach, fennel, Japanese slicing cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, string beans, beefsteak tomatoes, white onions, eggplant, summer squash, bicolor sweet corn (large share pictured)

One of my favorite things about being a farmer is that there is always something to look forward to. On the days when the summer heat feels relentless, you may find yourself planting cauliflower or broccoli for the fall. Something about placing each seed and knowing it will bring someone joy and vitality in just a couple of months…it is certainly not an easy profession, but the way each of you shows your support and enthusiasm for our work keeps us going. So, thank you!
In other news, lift with your legs on this box, folks — it is very full of summer goodness and we wouldn’t want anyone throwing out their backs trying to get their CSA share home! There are so many possibilities with a bounty such as this. In true farmer fashion, I would encourage you to try your string beans raw before cooking them. They were picked this morning (you may notice they are a bit muddy from all the rain — wash before eating!), and string beans (especially these French Fillet beans) are remarkably tender when fresh. I love them with hummus for a snack…mmmmm! Get spiralizing, saucing, roasting, grilling, slawing, and have fun! We hope you enjoy your share as much as we enjoy growing it for you.
Best,
Vic, Mary, Bethany, & the team at Priapi Gardens

Summer CSA 2017 Week 15

Summer CSA 2017 Week 15

Clockwise from top left: Japanese slicing cucumbers, kohl rabi, sweet peppers, summer squash & zucchini, beefsteak tomatoes, New Zealand spinach, cherry tomatoes, red onions. Large share pictured. 
 
CSA day is here again! Now we are into the vegetables perhaps some of you thought you would be getting all along in your Summer share. We hope you enjoyed the bounty of late spring and early summer. One of the many perks of being a CSA member — your share will help you learn what is truly in season in your local environment.
New to the rotation this week: Japanese slicing cucumbers and New Zealand spinach.
 We hope you love these cukes as much as we do! While they are rather strange looking, this is hands-down our favorite variety to grow. After rinsing, you will notice all the little spines come off…if you dare, don’t bother peeling your cucumber and prepare to be pleasantly surprised at how tender the skin is. We would also encourage you to resist deseeding your cucumber, as the seeds are also very tender, if apparent at all. Call us lazy, but these attributes plus beautiful mild flavor are what make ‘Suyo’ our favorite to eat! They are most comparable to English cucumbers.
As you may have noticed, spinach has not been available from the farm since mid-spring. Spinach loves cold weather and will not grow properly in summer. This season, we are experimenting with a new heirloom vegetable, New Zealand spinach (Tetragonia expansa). Discovered in Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand, by British botanist Sir Joseph Banks who sailed with Captain Cook’s first voyage to the South Pacific. Although not a true spinach, NZ spinach loves the heat and can be cooked in all the same ways you enjoy winter spinach. It’s not bad raw, either. Loaded with vitamin C. Let us know how you enjoy your new green summer friend!
Summer Garden Crustless Quiche (sub spinach for kale!)
Japanese Cucumber Salad (one up these guys by using Japanese cukes!)

Have a happy week,

Vic, Mary, Bethany, and the team at Priapi Gardens

Summer CSA 2017 Week 14

 

Clockwise from top left: Savoy cabbage, okra, lettuce, beefsteak tomatoes, basil, white onions (uncured), banana peppers (sweet), eggplant, purple peppers (sweet). Large share pictured. 

 

Happy Wednesday! All of this summer heat and rain is starting to show in our warm weather crops! Some new faces in your box this week. Like last week, you will not find your tomatoes nor basil in your box, but somewhere near where you pick up your share. Small shareholders, you get 2 beefsteak tomatoes and one bunch of basil. Large shareholders get 4 beefsteak tomatoes and one bunch of basil.  We hope you have fun with these ingredients, here are some ideas to get you started.

Grilled Okra

Simple Baba Ganoush

Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

Have a happy week,

Vic, Mary, Bethany, and the team at Priapi Gardens

Summer storms rolling in.

Summer CSA 2017 Week 13

 

 

 

Clockwise from top left: Italian parsley, rainbow Swiss chard, summer crisp lettuce, white onions (uncured), cherry tomatoes(!!!)*, collard greens, Chioggia beets, kohl rabi, Napa cabbage (large share pictured).

Happy Wednesday, again! Another beautiful share of certified organic produce is coming your way. Fun fact — we weighed a large CSA share after packing the boxes this morning and it was a hefty twelve pounds! (This is not the heaviest, we have had boxes weigh as much as twenty two pounds in recent memory!) In other words, we hope you are enjoying all of your produce, but if you feel a bit overwhelmed by veggies, that is pretty natural. We would encourage you to share your share! Maybe some family members or neighbors would enjoy items you feel you just can’t get to. Another good trick is to stock pile root veggies (like kohl rabi, beets, and cabbage — to a certain extent) that will store for months in your refrigerator until you have some down time to process them for the long winter ahead. Pickled beets and pickled kohl rabi are both excellent ways to brighten up winter salads and cheese plates. Maybe branch out and try something new; homemade sauerkraut is simple, delicious, and naturally loaded with probiotics.

*Perhaps most importantly, there are some things that we just refuse to refrigerate here at the farm, and tomatoes are at the top of that list. As we come into tomato season, your tomatoes for a given week will not be in your box, but somewhere nearby. If you pick up at the garden center in Cecilton, we will have your tomatoes in the farmstand (as ever, an employee would be happy to help if you need it). If you pick your share up at one of our other locations, you will see your tomatoes nearby! Be sure to read any accompanying signs and take the right container or amount for your share size*. To learn more, check out this article by Rodale’s Organic Life — Tomatoes, and 9 other things you should never store in the refrigerator. And here are a few recipe suggestions to try this week (thank you, Denise, for bringing the swiss chard pancakes to our attention! Cannot wait to try those!)

Swiss Chard Pancakes

Tabbouleh – the answer for a ton of parsley!

Fridge pickled kohl rabi and carrots

We hope you have a happy week,

Vic, Mary, Bethany, and the team at Priapi Gardens

Below: CSA members Mark and Pat happily harvest onions on a foggy morning at the farm.

 

Summer CSA 2017 Week 12

 

Clockwise from top left: Red onions, ‘Caraflex’ cabbage, kohl rabi, rainbow swiss chard, summer crisp lettuce, italian parsley, fresh mint, chioggia beets (large share pictured).
 
 
News from the field:
 
Kohl crops are fizzling out, we will have kale and collard greens for another couple of weeks or so, but they really don’t like the summer heat.We are scrambling to harvest & store all of the beautiful cabbage we grew this spring, in addition to staying on top of the weeds. The rain gauge here at the farm registered 4.5″ with Thursday’s rainstorms — our crops love it, but the weeds do, too…Onions are getting bigger by the day, (you can see LOTS of pictures of them on our Instagram feed @priapigardens). Okra is just starting to come on, and the French fillet beans and fennel will be right behind. Maybe if we stop staring at all the green tomatoes on our vines they will ripen? Peppers, squash, and zucchini are also taking their sweet time. Lots of lettuce, herbs, and beets available now. We hope you all have a great week, and thank you for your support of our small family farm!
Vic, Mary, Bethany, and the team at Priapi Gardens