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Posted 8/25/2013 10:32am by Nate & Emily Parks.


CSA store is open now until Tuesday at 9 am

Place your order here:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/silverthorn-farm-vegetables

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM US WE DO NOT HAVE YOUR ORDER!

VEGGIES THIS WEEK include:  lettuce mix, arugula, spicy greens, swiss chard, kale, beets, tomatoes, Heirloom tomatoes, potatoes, okra, green beans, sweet bell peppers, Carmen sweet Italian peppers, jalapenos, salad cucumbers, eggplant, parsley, basil, tarragon, rosemary, mint


Farm News:

Every year at the end of August, the town of Rossville holds their Summer's End Festival to celebrate the end of summer.  We sat outside on blankets in our front yard last night to watch one of the best firework shows we've seen in a long time.  It was a great way to end another crazy week.  It's hard to believe how quickly the last few months have gone by.

I have to say how grateful we are to live here on our farm in Rossville and be able to raise our kids here.  Knowing that we are teaching them how to live naturally and the value of hard work is priceless to me. 

I had someone ask me the other day what it meant to "harvest".  I almost couldn't believe my ears!  Picking, collecting, gathering crops; yes that's what we do on a regular basis around here. Again, it made me realize the astonishing number of people who grab a tomato or boxed lettuce off the shelf at a grocery store and don't think twice about where it came from and don't wash it before it's eaten.  It's sad for me to walk through a grocery store and see carts full of boxed, processed foods.  They were never taught or shown local foods.  They never had a garden in their own back yard.  They aren't teaching their kids about it.  We are so passionate about what we do and I know it shows through our hard work and perseverance!

We say it all the time...thanks for supporting us!


CSA News:

11 more weeks of deliveries!  You might remember we have extended our normal "season" two weeks into November due to our late start in the spring. Mark your calanders: the last delivery will be the week of November 10th.  As that date approaches, we will be reminding you again as location times and delivery days may vary for some of you due to farmer's markets ending etc. 

Please check your balances!  If you are running low and would like to purchase additional credits to get you through to the end of the year, you may do so by clicking the "additional CSA credits" link located under CSA store tab.

You will notice onions are available for purchase online this week.  They were grown by Ruben and Becky Brubaker (the same farmer friends who supply us with the maple syrup we love so much). They have an extraordinary yield this year, so we will be making those available to you since ours cannot be sold due to the contamination.  The onions are sweet, candy onions.

Stay cool this week!

Emily, Nate, Jensen, & Macy

 

Posted 8/18/2013 10:32am by Nate & Emily Parks.

CSA store is open now until Tuesday at 9 am

Place your order here:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/silverthorn-farm-vegetables

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM US WE DO NOT HAVE YOUR ORDER!

VEGGIES THIS WEEK include:  lettuce mix, arugula, spicy greens, swiss chard, kale, beets, sweet corn, tomatoes, Heirloom tomatoes, potatoes, okra,                   green beans, sweet bell peppers, Carmen sweet Italian peppers, jalapenos,   salad cucumbers, carrots, cabbage, broccoli, onions, eggplant,                                     parsley, basil, tarragon, rosemary

 

FARM NEWS:

Remember the four quarters of a season I talked about earlier this year? Here we are in the last few weeks of the third quarter, doing our best to keep up with the madness of the season. The amount of product we have been bringing in the last couple of weeks has been nothing short of amazing. This, truly, is the season of weather and crops that we always  hope for. We have been harvesting every day but Wednesday and Sunday to try to keep ahead of things!  The coming weeks are last few chances we have to get our fall and winter crops established outside.  We will spend today finalizing our winter planting schedule and ordering seeds this evening. The greenhouses, which are currently full of tomatoes, will soon be replaced with loads of spinach, lettuce and other tasty greens for the winter months.

The harvest is bountiful, but the farm looks as bad as it will all year! Some crops have expired, either by maturity or by pestilance. And then, of course, there are the weeds that seem to be everywhere. We will be clearing out lots of crops over the few weeks and putting the soil to rest for the winter with soil building cover crops.

We had some sweet potatoes with dinner last night.  I dug a few to check out the size.  They were delicious! Sweet potatoes, along with winter squash and all the rest of the potatoes will be coming in (remember I planted 19 varieties!). The sqaush are all looking good today, but might not tomorrow. The squash bugs are our biggest enemy and are really hitting them hard. They seem to be our biggest challenge in Organic agriculture. I am starting to think that we should plant as early as possible to try and beat the ususal, late August flush of infestation. Picking winter squash in August doesn't sound like fun, but it is definitely better that not picking them at all! We planted a couple thousand pumpkins this year as well. Jensen and I even found some orange pie pumpkins this morning as we were walking the fields. I got several "Holy moly Daddy, look at that one!", which is always a good sign for what is to come later.

CSA NEWS:

This will be the last week we will have sweet corn available. Our fourth and last planting was the one that was contaminated which means we will not be able to harvest any from that crop.  Eggplant is new to the store this week.  Roasted or used in eggplant parmesan are great ways to prepare it!

Check out our Locavore page for extras to supplement your vegetables!  These extras have been a real hit!  We are happy to have the ability to offer them to you.

Remember to check your online balances!  If your balance is low and you want to add more to get you through the rest of the season, you can always add money to your account.  Let us know how much you want to add and we will credit the appropriate amount after payment is received.

Have a great week!
Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

 


 

Posted 8/11/2013 10:38am by Nate & Emily Parks.

CSA store is open now until Tuesday at 9 am

Place your order here:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/silverthorn-farm-vegetables

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM US WE DO NOT HAVE YOUR ORDER!

VEGGIES THIS WEEK include:  lettuce mix, arugula, spicy greens, swiss chard, kale, beets, sweet corn, tomatoes, Heirloom tomatoes, new potatoes,               green beans, sweet bell peppers, carmen Italian sweet peppers, jalapenos,   salad cucumbers, okra, carrots, cabbage, broccoli, onions,                                       parsley, basil, tarragon, rosemary

 

FARM NEWS:

Late Thursday evening we received our test results from Oregon on our plant tissue samples. The results? Good news: our broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and onions came back clean with no trace of contamination. Bad news, the late planting of sweet corn and zucchini came back positive with Pyraclostrobin and a trace of Metaconazole contamination.

Let's start with the obvious positive in this situation. The onions, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower are clean. These are crops that we have spent a lot of time and energy on. I was sick to think they could be a total loss.

Crop dusting is becoming more and more common in our world. While I understand to a small degree the need for this process, there has to be guidelines, respect and caution used when using these products. What happened to us and our farm was definitely not uncommon.  It happens more than we know-I just happened to witness it! The entire situation happened in less than 30 seconds; I knew that I saw the pilot fly over my land and spray using the wind to blow it onto the target field to our north. If we were not home or did not step outside at the correct time...then what? No harm, no foul is what they count on. How many home gardens and other sensitive plots accross the country are affected daily that no one sees? To me this is reckless! We have a right to produce clean unadulterated food.

The response I get from people in question is what is most disturbing. Our views on this topic are on opposite ends of the spectrum.  "Just sell it as a conventional product", is the suggestion I get.                                                                                     Here are the problems with that notion: First, the product that was sprayed is rated "ONLY" for field corn production. That means at some point it was deemed not safe for human consumtion. No matter if I am Organic or conventional, it is illegal to sell this product now! Second, I have spent 8 years creating a farm, building trust, learning a system, and dedicating our lives to Organic agriculture. To think that I should just forget who we are and what we stand for is ridiculous. We work way too hard for some random act of vandilism like this to be accepted.

I am not a big government, big regulation kind of guy.  These companies must have standards and regulations; spraying in 20 mph winds has to stop! I'm speaking for all: our land, our families, and our food deserve more respect!

CSA NEWS:

This is the year that farmers like me hope for. Mid-80's during the day, 60's at night, about an inch of rain a week...even in August! Crops look great, lots of variety with a great mix of summertime goodness and cool season greens are still available to us.

Because we lost the late planting of sweet corn to the contamination, we have 3 more weeks to enjoy the existing plantings. My sweet corn and tomato diet will soon come to an end! Tomatoes are just beginning to hit their peak, canning tomatoes are now available to you in bulk. 'Tis the season!

Also available on the Locavore page this week is whole organically fed and raised chicken. Our good friend and great farmer, Gary Cox, just had some birds processed last week and they are now ready for delivery. There are small, medium, and large sizes available with weights of 2-3lb, 3-4lb, and 4-5lb respectively. We have only a limited quantity right now, but more coming in late fall.

There are several new flavors of raw milk cheese available!  We have added Gouda and Havarti in addition to cheddar, colby, monteray jack, baby Swiss, and pepperjack.

Enjoy the week!
Nate, Emily, Jensen & Macy

 

 


 

Posted 8/4/2013 9:26am by Nate & Emily Parks.

CSA store is open now until Tuesday at 9 am

Place your order here:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/silverthorn-farm-vegetables

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM US WE DO NOT HAVE YOUR ORDER!

VEGGIES THIS WEEK include:  lettuce mix, swiss chard, kale, beets, sweet corn, tomatoes, Heirloom tomatoes, new potatoes, green beans, yellow wax beans,bell peppers, jalapenos, salad cucumbers, okra, carrots, parsley, basil, tarragon, mint

 

FARM NEWS:

The subject that has consumed our minds this week has been last Sunday's possible drift incident. We feel we owe an explanation to let everyone know about the situation.

The above pictures show the portion of the farm that is in question. The field that they were supposed to be spraying is the field corn to the north of us in the first picture.  That field, across the road, runs parallel with our northern border. We were eating lunch last Sunday afternoon when I heard the plane buzz over top of the house.  I immediately rushed outside to see where they were spraying. The first pass that we saw him make was (from my view) on the south side of the telephone poles which would place him clearly on our side of the road.  He was trying to play on the 20 mph winds on that day, which were coming from the south and west, blowing it towards the intended field to our north. Of course I was not directly under the plane when I saw him drop his load, but I was at a dead sprint towards him to see what was going on.

The state chemist office was called to do an investigation.  They were here on Tuesday morning to take samples, listening to both sides of the story and trying to piece the puzzle together. The first issue is that before spraying, the fertilizer company instructed the pilot not to spray because the conditions were too windy; he did anyway. The second issue for us is that his GPS guided flight records of where he sprayed shows him clearly accross the road on his intended field and not where I feel I saw him spraying over our crops.

What was he spraying? Fungicide called Headline AMP.  Headline by itself is rated for some fruit and vegetable crops in the conventional production field. The AMP part of the concoction makes it rated for field corn only.

So here I sit with a beautiful set of 2500 broccoli plants now forming heads and ready to cut, cabbage, cauliflower, all of our onions, a late planting of sweet corn just now shooting tassles, and a healthy row of young zucchini and I can't harvest any of it. We have spent the last 8 years in this business building our customer base and assuring you the best quality product clean from harmful "cides" and other conventional production methods. I don't know if we were hit or not, perhaps that is the most frustrating part of all.  I will not ever jeopardize the credibility of our farm that we have worked so hard to create, for an incident like this.

Now let's make the situation worse. This is a big hit for us, the crop value is approximately $24,000 no small number on a farm like ours. The state chemist lab is backed up 90+ days. That puts us into November before we know any test results! I have found a lab in Oregon that is trying to have us results back by the end of August; still 3-4 weeks out.  The above mentioned crops will be past ready to harvest by the time we have results; they will have gone to seed and no longer be a marketable product. Really, no matter what, we are losing.  These crops, contaminated or not contaminated, we can't and won't take the chance of harvesting these crops until we know they are healthy and clean for all to eat. The amount of time and energy put into this section of our farm is almost too much to think about.  To see the success of those plants...and our only option is to watch them rot on the stem all because the aircraft company decided they needed to empty out their plane so they could move on to the next big spray.

We have had lots of support and concern from all of you.  We appreciate anything and everything you, as a group of outspoken local food supporters, can do. We have been in contact with the appropriate professionals to help. Our hope is that everyone on both sides will work together in a reasonable way, and the situation will be rectified.

Please know that this is the only section of our farm that is in question.  The rest of our property is completely south of this location and free from any issues. We will always be transparent and upfront with any issue that may arise, which is why we hope you choose to buy your food from us.  We will keep you updated on any progress with this situation.

Have a great week,
Nate, Emily, Jensen and Macy

 

 


 

Posted 7/29/2013 12:26pm by Nate & Emily Parks.


 Yesterday afternoon in the 20+ mile per hour wind we had a crop duster who appeared to fly directly over and spray onto our fields. The affected area is significant and you can imagine our disbeleif and anger at this point. I have pulled tissue samples from all plants that I beleive to be in the affected area. We cannot with good conscious harvest, eat or market any of these products until I have further information on possible damage. Products that are immediately affected are cabbage and onions. What is included in this area are 2500 broccoli plants, 1500 cabbage, 1500 cauliflower, 3000 lbs of onions, 800 Zuchinni plants, 5-600 dozen sweet corn and possibly our late bean planting!

Like I said this is significant not only for food ready to be harvested now but also for crops to come on over the next few weeks and months, not to mention setting back soil and organic certification by three years. My absolute hope is that no damage or contamination has occured but until we are absolutely certain I will not sell any product out of the area. We will keep all customers informed of this situation.

Thanks for your understanding of the situation

Nate

Posted 7/28/2013 10:03am by Nate & Emily Parks.

CSA store is open now until Tuesday at 9 am

Place your order here:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/silverthorn-farm-vegetables

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM US WE DO NOT HAVE YOUR ORDER!

VEGGIES THIS WEEK include:  lettuce mix, swiss chard, kale, beets, sweet corn, tomatoes,Heirloom Tomatoes, new potatoes, green beans, yellow wax beans, bell peppers, jalapenos, salad cucumbers, pickling cucumbers, okra, carrots, parsley, basil, rosemary, tarragon, mint

 

Farm News:

Did anyone else watch the NBC Nightly News the other night in regards to food-born illnesses?  Their report of 70% of America's food boing imported was astonishing!  And the fact that only 2% of that 70% is inspected before we buy it is even more astonishing!  Who's to say or know if that green pepper you just bought is really an Organic one. Please, please think of that the next time you pick a fruit or vegetable off the shelf at the grocery store.  Where was is grown, when was it picked, and how many hands have actually touched it before you did.  I bet more than one!  Now is the time to change your habits and start shopping local!

And speaking of local, we've had quite a bit of traffic through our farm store and a lot of great feedback about it.  Thanks so much to all who are supporting it!

The perfect summer weather continues. We could certainly use a little rain but otherwise 60 at night and 80 during the day couldn't be better!

As we have grown the farm over the past few years, it has been necessary to purchase, upgrade and create equipment and systems to help us manage this amout of land and vegetable production. We have been able to slowly put some key pieces of equipment together to make things work a little smoother. The problem is that the machinery is usually purchased old and used, and then we stress it and push it to the limit. It seems like by August each year we start to see the effects of that stress. This year has been especially brutal on our tired equipment. In the past two weeks we have, lost the transmission in Nate's truck, snapped the main driveline on our tiller, blown a motor on our recently purchased lawn mower, shredded a wheel bearing on the Allis G tractor, blew out a head gasket on Emily's truck, one more bush hog with a broken part (now 4 broken on the farm!) and countless other small injuries to both people and equipment.  Enter the farm at your own risk!

This time of year, time is precious as we spend some time nearly everyday harvesting something. When we have a spare moment we need tools and equipment to be ready to go. Now the challenge is to get things fixed, picked and planted all in the same small time slot. We have one more large round of fall plantings to get done in the next week, so getting things to limp through one more week is going to be critical. I can only imagine how the grass will grow without it's weekly trim this week! Needs and wants are many and sometimes it is hard to determine which problem needs solved first. In the end it really is amazing that we have made it through this halfway mark in one piece and have crops fairly well on their way. The weeds in the past two weeks have been nothing short of amazing; perfectly clean fields grow into disasters seemingly overnight.

CSA & LOCAVORE NEWS:

Those of you who ordered for Saturday delivery this past week were shorted squash and zucchini. Believe it or not these are two of my most difficult crops. The pest pressure in the summer is so high that keeping them alive to even the first fruit is nearly immpossible. For Saturday, we had orders for 16 zucchini. Out of 800 plants that were put in we couldn't manage to find that! The second planting of yellow squash never even yielded one fruit before giving in to pest pressure. Conventionally, of course, there are a lot of options for these issues; organically, we still have a way to go to find some good options. The good thing about cucumber and squash plants being attacked is that for the moment it is keeping them off of our melons! In two weeks and we might have a few ready. So for now zucchini is off the order list until I have more confidence in these next  two plantings. Yellow squash is done for the year as we are out of seed.

You'll notice honey, cheese, and maple syrup available again this week on the Locavore page.  We've had a great interest in these products and will continue to have them available to you!

Have a great week,
Nate, Emily, Jensen and Macy

 

 


 

Posted 7/21/2013 12:27pm by Nate & Emily Parks.

CSA store is open now until Tuesday at 9 am

Place your order here:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/silverthorn-farm-vegetables

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM US WE DO NOT HAVE YOUR ORDER!

VEGGIES THIS WEEK include:  lettuce mix, swiss chard, kale, beets, summer squash, zucchini, sweet corn, tomatoes, new potatoes, green beans, yellow wax beans, bell peppers, jalapenos, salad cucumbers, pickling cucumbers, okra, carrots, parsley, basil, rosemary, tarragon, mint

 

 

Farm News:

 

Our farm store is getting more and more traffic every day and we appreciate all the buisiness. Look for the stock and selection to continue to build over the coming weeks as more summer products become available.                            Hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm!  Beware if you Google the address, it will take you to the wrong place...we are working on that!  The farm is located directly East of Angel Hill Golf Course on the North side of Rossville. 

Sweet corn and tomatoes.... Finally summer is here and tastes so good!  We have four plantings with 2-3 varieties in each planting, which should give us corn for the next 8-10 weeks. We are grilling some for lunch and really cannot wait!  If you remember, last year we didn't have any for us or for sale so a nice looking corn season is a great change from last year's misery.

After a huge harvest day on Friday, I had to hope that we had just completed the hottest week of the year. It certainly brought back memories of a year ago just trying to keep plants alive and people hydrated.

Finally the tomatoes are turning in full force and we should finally have a decent quantity not only for CSA but for sale as well.  We have a lot of heirlooms coming including Jensen's top picks of Azoychka and Black Krim. And yes, having your 3 1/2 year old request a tomato by the name of Azoychka for lunch is probably one of  a vegetable farmer's proudest moments!

CSA News:   

You guessed it!  Sweet corn is in this week!  There will be two options when purchasing: by the piece, if you only want a few, or by the dozen. We want you all to have a chance to buy some even if it is only an ear or two. I did find a very few ears with a worm in the tip, which is definitely unusual this time of year. I will do my best to remove those ears from your selection but we don't always see them all, cut the end off and still enjoy. Unfortunately, the only organic control is to walk the entire field and inject each silk of each ear with oil and BT an organic worm pesticide. This would make the corn incredibly expensive with that amout of labor. Most of the corn looks great and free of any visitors, but be aware you may find one!

The Locavore page is open this week with honey, maple syrup and raw milk cheeses. These items are available to purchase by anyone on the Locavore page or in the farm store. Payment is due via PayPal only when ordered online or cash at our farm store. These goods come from some of our favorite producers and are products that we use daily. Let us know what other items we can source for you!

We have a neighbor raising shrimp in salt water pools!  We are excited that we may be able to make it available to you. Here are the details: the shrimp are raised without growth hormones or additives during the growing process, but they are fed a soy-based, conventially produced grain.  At 18-20 ct per pound, they are a nice size and $15.00 a pound is the retail price....Opinions??  We would love your feedback!

Tomatoes are coming on as stated before, mostly red beefsteak varieties but the heirlooms are beginning as well. We will probably be able to split the selection by next week into Heirloom mix or Red Beefsteak. The size is starting out small as of right now, but the middle picking of tomatoes looks really nice and should be on over the next couple of weeks. Generally, three beefsteaks to the pound is what the quantities will be in your order.

Also, check out the newest potato we have available-MAJ, the purple potato!  (This is just one of the 19 varieties we planted, remember!) It's purple flesh and smooth texture make it a great addition to your main meal.

Enjoy the cooldown this week!
Nate, Emily, Jensen and Macy

 

 


 

Posted 7/14/2013 11:17am by Nate & Emily Parks.

CSA store is open now until Tuesday at 9 am

Place your order here:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/silverthorn-farm-vegetables

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM US WE DO NOT HAVE YOUR ORDER!

VEGGIES THIS WEEK include:  lettuce mix, swiss chard, kale, green onions, Romaine head lettuce, beets, summer squash, zucchini, kohlrabi, parsley, new potatoes, green beans, pickling cucumbers

 

Farm News:

Our farm store is open!  Come check out all the extras we have in the store such as raw milk cheese, pure maple syrup and honey!  All Indiana produced and local!  Skip those chain stores with 2 week old product and let us be your grocery store!

We are now on the edge of summer abundance. Tomatoes are stubbornly coming on, sweet corn has set its kernels and is now just finishing out, peppers are sizing up, and finally, we have broccoli that just may make a crop by the end of next week!

Usually, we would be into a full harvest in the high tunnels with tomatoes out our ears by now. But the early problems with flooded greenhouses and damp planting conditions are apparent. The plants are definitely behind where they should be, and the fruit size is smaller than anticipated. The outside tomato crop looks as good as it ever has. With 3,000 plants outside, that is a good thing.  25 of our 29 tomato varieties are heirlooms, this means a little slower growing and generally less total fruit volume, I think all tomato lovers can agree it is worth the wait!

Over the last couple of years, our sweet corn has been a low priority for us. It takes a lot of space and produces very little income compared to all other crops on our farm. We are now blessed with extra room and a pretty nice looking crop. We have four plantings spaced about 10-14 days apart which should give us a good 8-10 week harvest window of corn. The first planting looks the worst, and each subsequent planting looks just a bit better! It looks like next week sometime we will be harvesting our first ears and can't wait!


CSA News:   

Tomatoes were the mystery item this past week. I am not quite confident enough to put them on as an item yet this week, but surely by next week they will be good to go for the rest of the year.

The farm store is now open, which gives yet another place to come and put together an order if you forgot to online. The store is open 10am-6pm Monday through Saturday.  Come in anytime and pick out your veggies and we will deduct it from your balance. We are only 15 minutes east of Lafayette, so this could be a great option for some of you!  We will have product available all week long, but the best and freshest selection can be found late afternoon on Tuesday/Friday  or Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

Enjoy your week!
Nate, Emily, Jensen and Macy

 

 


 

Posted 7/10/2013 10:17pm by Nate & Emily Parks.


We are happy to annouce the opening of our farm store! 

We opened the store today and were excited to see traffic trickle up the lane.   Not only are we offering our vegetables for sale, but we also have other locally produced items such as honey, maple syrup, and raw milk cheese.  Eventually, we will have meat products available as well. 

Our store hours are as follows: Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm

We accept cash or check as form of payment.




Posted 7/7/2013 10:52am by Nate & Emily Parks.

CSA store is open now until Tuesday at 9 am

Place your order here:

http://www.silverthorn-farm.com/store/silverthorn-farm-vegetables

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM US WE DO NOT HAVE YOUR ORDER!

VEGGIES THIS WEEK include:  lettuce mix, swiss chard, kale, green onions, Romaine head lettuce, beets, summer squash, zucchini, kohlrabi, parsley, new potatoes, green beans, Pickling cucumbers

 

 

Farm News:

Headed to the grocery store this week instead of your local farmers market?  Think about this as you're browsing the produce section:
 only 8% of total sales actually go to the farmer.  That sure is disturbing!  A farmer profits $.08 for a zucchini?  $.24/pound for green beans?  $.32 for a bunch of beets?  
We'll see you at the market this week, right?!
  
We are consciously trying to soak in the weather this summer.  The conditions have been more than ideal; not only for growing, but working as well.
The summer crops are ready this week.  Our green beans are beautiful, squash is prolific, tomatoes are turning, and finally we are starting to dig new potatoes.
Potatoes are top on my list of favorite vegetables. This year, I feel anxious and excited for the harvest. Last year we never really had a harvest.  If you remember, we didn't even harvest as many potatoes as we planted.  This year I went a little crazy with 19 varieties, and wow! do they look great. 

Our farm store isn't open quite yet, but we are looking for a gently used, glass front refrigerator for use in the farm store.  If you know of one, please let us know.  Feeling generous and want to donate one?  Even better!
 
CSA News:   
The potatoes you will receive this week are Red Gold, a cross between Yukon Gold and Red Pontiac. These new potatoes are meant to be on the smaller side and that's just what makes them so good!
Don't know what to do with Kohlrabi?  Slice them up and make fries out of them! Check out this awesome recipe Emily made last week:

  • 2 pounds of kohlrabi, skinned and cut into matchsticks no larger than a finger
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons brown rice flour or white flour
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
Directions
  1. Warm the oven 425 degrees and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  2. Mix together the flour, spices, and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Toss together the lemon juice, soy sauce, and olive in a large bowl and add the kohlrabi.
  4. Sprinkle the spice mixture over the kohlrabi and mix until everything is all well coated.
  5. Spread the kohlrabi over the baking sheet and bake for about 30-40 minutes, turning half way through, or until the fries are golden and slightly crispy.
  6. Serve warm and with your favorite dipping sauce.

Enjoy your week!
Nate, Emily, Jensen and Macy

 

 


 

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