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CSA Week 6: Under a Rain Cloud

Hello All, The farm is drenched. On harvest days we take soggy steps through the pathways, our boots sinking into the soil. Between the downpours and the oppressive heat it is hard to get much field work done. Prepping soaked beds for transplants is fruitless and the new seedlings need the weather to be cooler to thrive. Some of our field crops such as head and leaf lettuce have started to rot due to the excessive amount of rain. When we walked through the fields yesterday the smell of rotting plants was pungent in the air. It is discouraging and hard to watch the farm in so much water. But we are farmers! So we adapt and marvel at the small things that are growing well. The potatoes covered in bright white flowers and the snap dragons that seem to love the endless days of rain. We are grateful for our three hoop houses where most of our tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, celery and beans live, happy and oblivious to the torrential downpours outside. Growing in hoop houses not only extends our season but lets us control the environment. Protecting especially from too much rain. And YES! Cherry tomatoes have arrived. On Friday we picked sakura and sungold tomatoes, popping many into our mouths along the way. Look for the first tastes in your CSA share this week, yum! Important Note There will be no CSA pickup on Tuesday August 1st. This is halfway through the summer CSA season so we are taking one week off. Make note of this on your calendars now. The final 8 weeks of summer CSA will resume Tuesday August 8th. Pick Your Own Reminder Please be mindful and careful when walking through the fields to pick your own. Only walk in pathways and do not hop across beds. Look before you step! Make your way to the end of the row to change rows. We work hard to keep our plants alive and need everyone to tread carefully on the farm. Please remember to bring back granola jars, pint and quart containers, rubber bands and black plant sale pots. We will reuse!

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. Summer Lettuce Mix- a mix of red and green flat and curly. Washed, bagged and ready to salad! Swiss Chard - beautifully rainbow and so tender. Kohlrabi - purple! I have to admit I am new to kohlrabi, both to growing and eating, but these Kohlrabi Fritters I made last week were so good. Also great in slaws and salads as well as roasted or just eaten raw. Beets - red and gold. We love roasting with oil salt and pepper or shaving into a salad. Carrots - small, sweet, fresh eating carrots. Cucumbers - best eaten fresh with a sprinkle of salt. I made a simple dill, yogurt, lime and salt dip for and it was a hit. 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. Celery - last year was our first year growing celery and we loved it! We find it more flavorful than grocery store celery. Great as a snack, in soups or salads. Salad Turnips - sweet snacking turnips make a comeback! Pea Shoots - the last of the pea shoots for awhile. You know how to eat them! Cherry Tomatoes/Summer Squash/Eggplant - LIMITED! The first of the true summer crops have started to come in. Since there is a limited number to start, we wanted to give everyone a taste. Everyone may choose one of either cherry tomatoes, summer squash or eggplant. More to come! Available for Pick Your Own - This week we are only opening the flowers and peas for picking because the fields are so wet. Please be mindful where you are walking and stepping. Only walk in pathways and please do not step across beds. Walk to the end of the row to go between pathways.

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