Hello All, As we enter the last week of June we are noticing the heat and humidity slowly climb. Happy Summer! We have been asked many times over the past few weeks whether the lack of sun this spring has impacted the plant growth. For the most part we have not seen any negative effects. In fact, the brassicas (broccoli, kale, chard, cabbage and more) seem to be thoroughly enjoying the cooler wet days. Last week we started harvesting cucumbers, and the tomatoes have lots of green fruit clusters. Fingers crossed, we are headed toward a bountiful summer! Last week we finally finished transplanting and covering our pumpkins and melons. We cover with insect netting to protect from bugs until the plants have established and start to flower. We also weeded beds of carrots, harvested for wholesale and seeded our fall crops such as broccoli and kale. On Friday we made sure to take some time off to go paddle boarding and celebrate the arrival of summer. Today we are gearing up for another week of harvests, weeding and it looks like more rain :) New Items in the Farm Store Alert! GH, our employee and Elsbeth's cousin, makes beautiful handmade cutting boards which can now be found in the Farm Store. They are made with sustainably harvested hardwoods and finished with food safe finish. Check them out! Picture below. He is always happy to answer any questions about them. We have one and use it almost every day. Additionally we also stocked many new items such as Miller Farm milk (chocolate, plain and maple), Main Grains oats, black beans, veggie burgers, pierogies, meats, tortillas, cheeses, spritzers and more. Please remember to bring back pots and trays if you bought plant starts this year as well as glass granola jars, we will reuse everything. Seedling Sale! We have an excess of nasturtiums, strawflower, sage, basil, regular thyme, tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. Pickup at CSA or any day during the week. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, sage $3/pot, everything else $1/block. Not a CSA member? Our Farm Store is open every day dawn to dusk and is self serve. We stock the store on Wednesdays so that is a great time to come shop. You can also find our produce at Nature's Green Grocer, The Root and Rosaly's Garden. Feel free to come by the farm anytime to walk around and say hello.
CSA Pickup Important Reminders Pickup is from 3pm-5:30pm at Nubanusit Neighborhood and Farm, Peterborough, NH, 03458. If you are unable to make it to CSA pickup, please let me know! We have options. Please bring a reusable bag to pack your share into. We wash most of our produce before distribution but its always a good idea to give everything a rinse before you eat it. Our veggies can last weeks if stored properly! Click the document below for tips on storing your produce. Vegetable_Storage_Tips.pdf
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What's in my share this week?
This week may include:
Kale - chop leaves and stems and sauté with oil, salt and pepper. Head Lettuce - green and red curly. Great for salads or lettuce wraps. Summer Lettuce Mix- a mix of red and green flat and curly. Washed, bagged and ready to salad! Spinach - big, dark green leaves. Best sautéed, as a salad or in eggs with cheese in the morning (a farmer favorite). Last week of spinach until the fall! Swiss Chard - beautifully rainbow and so tender. The first chard of the season is always the best. Beets - first of the beets, red and gold. We love roasting with oil salt and pepper or shaving into a salad (see recipe). Cucumbers - the first of the cukes! Limited this first week but hopefully they just keep coming. Best eaten fresh for now. Bunching Broccoli - flowering broccolini. Very mild and tender and best sautéed with garlic (or garlic scapes!) as a side dish. Broccoli - classic broccoli crowns, best roasted or sautéed and always delicious. Scallions - easy bunching onions for sautéing or using in salad dressings. Garlic Scapes - a seasonal favorite. Scapes are the top growth point from each garlic plant that must be harvested for a garlic clove to fully form. Use as you would garlic or onions or make a delicious pesto (see recipe!) Bok Choy - great chopped and sautéed with butter, salt or roasted. Pea Shoots - a favorite microgreen. These sweet pea tendrils are best eaten plain or atop salads and soups. Available for Pick Your Own -a farmer will show you where to pick! Peas Cilantro Parsley Basil Chives Thyme Lemon Balm Chamomile Coming Soon: Flowers!
Scapes are still around for awhile so I am including this garlic scape pesto recipe in case you didn't get a chance to make it. We have some basil ready this week as well, but remember any greens you haven't gotten around to using can be tossed into the blender. Pro Tip: freeze in ice cube trays for easy use later on. I made some for dinner tonight! Yum. I like including this Cabbage Carrot and Beet Salad with Maple Curry Dressing (pictures of recipe below) around this time of year because it uses so many good veggies from early summer CSA. It takes some prep (we recommend using a food processor for the beets, cabbage and carrots), but is worth it! Plus you can even use Nubi maple syrup if you are out. Send us your recipes if you tried something and loved it! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! We are excited to be growing for you.