In the box this week (from upper left hand corner, clockwise): Swiss chard, Italian parsley, thyme, red summer crisp lettuce, French fillet string beans, basil (potted! A CSA first!), joi choi, green summer crisp lettuce, baby sweet peppers, cherry tomatoes, garlic (large share pictured).

Use first (will keep about a week): cherry tomatoes, string beans (they will keep longer but taste and texture are best when fresh)
Store a little longer (about 2 weeks): lettuce, joi choi, chard, peppers
Keep a month or more: thyme (easy to dry or use fresh), garlic, basil

While your produce is super fresh, it has not been washed! Please take care to always wash your vegetables well before enjoying.

Just a friendly reminder of pickup times and locations for your shares:

The Seed House, Chestertown, MD, Wednesdays, 3-6pm (The Seed House closes at 6pm, so be sure to get there before!)
The Humphrey Residence, Newark, DE, Wednesdays, 6-8:30pm
The Priapi Residence, Elkton, MD, Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm
Kent Island Farmers Market, Stevensville, MD, Thursdays, 3:30-6:30
Easton Maryland Farmers Market, Saturdays, 8am-1pm
Newark Co-op Farmers Market, Sundays, 9:30am-2pm

Boxes not picked up during the given time window will be forfeit (we donate them to a local shelter in Earleville). You are most welcome to send a friend or family member to pick up your share if you cannot make it yourself, but be sure to let them know when and where to pick up (and that they have to be there within the given time)!

It seems we just move from one extreme to the next weather-wise, these days. Prolonged periods of hot and dry weather have shifted into what looks like a very rainy next couple of weeks. 2018 has undoubtedly been one of the most challenging growing seasons in recent memory; and it is not just us! Talk to growers in DE, PA, NY, etc, and you will find the sentiment is shared. We thank you for your continued support of our farm, and you can help us out by hoping for just the right amount of sunshine in between rain storms to ripen our tomatoes!

Speaking of tomatoes, you will notice cherry tomatoes have made their way into your share this week. And by into, we mean, next to! We strongly believe refrigerating tomatoes decreases flavor, so each time you see tomatoes listed as a CSA item, they will be separate from your share. If you pick up at the farm, look for a note on our checklist clipboard for where your tomatoes are (usually in the farm stand). We have likewise decided to include potted basil (USDA organic and grown from seed by us) with your share this week. It can be hard to keep cut basil looking fresh, so if you nurture your new plant friend it will enhance many family meals this summer! Replanting into a larger pot, or a sunny spot in your garden will make for easier watering. You can also grow basil indoors on a sunny windowsill.

Thanks, veggie lovers! We hope you enjoy your CSA shares this week. As ever, we welcome all of your feedback, so do not hesitate to get in touch.

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