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CSA Week 7: Grateful for the Rain

Hello Members, I am sitting by the open doorway listening to the gentle sound of rain outside. It started this morning as we packed up the Green Grocer's order and the pitter patter made us smile. It is starting in slow drips but we are crossing our fingers for a downpour! In the fields, the soil has become parched. Although we have a well set up irrigation system so everything gets watered everyday, the weeks without rain have certainly done a number on the fields. In veggie news we are swimming in tomatoes! On Sunday we harvested over 100 pounds of cherry and full size tomatoes, the bright orange, reds and purples filling our root cellar with sunshine. In the fields we have taken a few beds of finished crops out such as lettuce, beets and the peas. At CSA pickup you may notice the pea area looks a little different. We have seeded a cover crop to help replenish the soil. Now we turn towards transplanting some of our fall crops such as beets, kale, cabbage and more greens. The flower fields are absolutely stunning right now so be sure to make some time to pick your own! Remember, flowers and herbs (peas are all done for now) are open at all times to CSA members for pick your own. If you aren't a CSA member you can also pick your own bouquets and herbs and pay in the Farm Store. If you don't have time during pickup on Tuesdays, come a different day! Or plan to come to pickup with a friend and pick flowers and herbs. Please please remember to bring granola jars, pint and quart containers and rubber bands back, we reuse them. Make sure to read our whole newsletter for updates recipe ideas and important information.

CSA Pickup Important Reminders Pickup is from 3pm-5:30pm at Nubanusit Neighborhood and Farm. If you can't make it for any reason, send us an email, we have options! Please bring used granola jars back. As well as rubber bands, pint and quart containers. Check out our selection of Orchard Hill bread and cookies at pickup! This week's cookie is Mint Chocolate Chip. Bring a reusable bag to pack your share into. We also encourage you to bring your own produce storage bags. 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 sauté with oil, salt and pepper, add to pasta dishes, even smoothies or pancakes. Leaf Lettuce - a mix of 3 leaf lettuces, red and green. Fresh Onions - the first of the onions. These haven't been cured yet so are fresh but use as you would any onion. Make sure to store in the fridge. Celery - this is our first time growing celery! Dip it in hummus, spread with nut butter or chop into salad. Green Beans - delicious raw or steamed. This variety is called rattlesnake and although they have purple lines when raw they turn green when cooked. Carrots - so sweet and young, best eaten raw in my opinion. Broccoli - roast it, steam it, dip it in hummus. Zucchini (green, yellow and patty pan)- chop and sauté with oil and salt and add to any bowl, sauté, salad etc. Cucumbers - great for snacking or salads. Cherry Tomatoes - so sweet, the perfect snack, add to salads or roast. Full Size Tomatoes - red, yellow and purple, perfect for BLTs and other sandwiches, chopping into salads, adding to soups or just eating like an apple! Green Cabbage - coleslaw, use as a wrap, sauté with salt, pepper and curry powder (my personal favorite). Pea Shoots - sweet and perfect for snacking and topping dishes. Sweet Bell Peppers (green, purple, light yellow) - a variety of sweet peppers, great for snacking, frying, sautéing, stuffing. Pick Your Own This Week - chives, parsley, thyme, rosemary, sage, lemon balm, chamomile and flowers (zinnias, marigolds, cosmos, calendula, sunflowers). How our CSA works: When you arrive at pickup you will see tables with bins of veggies. Please read the whiteboard before you start so you are familiar with the process. There will be 12-14 items to choose from, you may choose 8 of these items. For example one item may be 1 bunch of swiss chard, 4 beets, or 1 bag of lettuce mix. If you want more of something you may take 2 or more of that item but that counts for 2 (or more) of your 8 items. If you have questions about this please ask! Remember to only take what you enjoy and if you don't want 8 items, take less!

Not a CSA Member? Find us around the Monadnock Region!

There are many ways to engage with the farm even if you don't get a share each week!

  1. Pop-Up veggie cart on Tuesdays from 3pm-6pm in front of the West Peterborough Post Office

  2. Shop our Farm Store any day of the week, during daylight hours at Nubanusit Neighborhood and Farm (Pro-Tip! We stock the store on Wednesdays after CSA so a great day to get the most variety).

  3. Join our CSA! We have a few spots left with a pro-rated price depending on how many weeks remaining.

  4. Find our veggies at these local spots around the Monadnock region

    • The Root, Temple

    • Nature's Green Grocer, Peterborough

    • Vital Provisions, Peterborough

    • Rosaly's Farmstand, Peterborough

    • The Optimist Cafe, Jaffrey

Recipes Ideas:

The stars of the show this week are fresh onions and tomatoes which incorporate well into most things. At CSA pickup someone was telling me about zucchini boats so I had to investigate. This is just a base recipe as you can really go any direction you want with this dish, subbing any grain, veggies and sauce to create the flavor profile want. Add tomatoes, basil, rice, onions, you name it!

Send us your recipes if you tried something and love it!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! We are excited to be growing for you.

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