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CSA Week 7: The Rains Keep Coming

Hello All, The picture above is of six beds of carrots. Three of which we carefully weeded on Saturday morning, and three more hidden in the lush green to the right of the farmers. Today we woke to pouring rain and during our field walk for the week found these carefully weeded beds awash in water, running in rivulets and streams across the beds. Time will tell if they dry off in time for the carrots to be viable. It is hard not to be discouraged day after day that the rain pelts down. The ground simply unable to hold anymore. Our lettuce mix production has slowed due to rot and disease and insect pressure spreads fast when nothing has time to dry out. In the good news department our chickens have started laying eggs! We found the first one on Monday and have steadily been supplied with breakfast all week. I can't wait to get home each day and look for eggs. It feels like magic! We have also begun harvesting the first slicing tomatoes and the cherries are coming in fast. It amazes me that amidst all the rain and heat and floods, the farm is still awash (pun intended) in color. The bright reds, pinks and golds of tomatoes, the dark green of cucumbers, the deep purple of eggplant, the bright nodding heads of sunflowers. It is all here for us in its wet and wild glory each day. We have been seeing pictures and videos of farms in Massachusetts, Vermont and New York that have been completely flooded and lost most of their crops. To support them we will be donating 25% of Market Cart and Farm Store sales this Tuesday to the NOFA-VT Emergency Fund. Please consider donating as well or come buy a little extra veg this week to help us support farms that are experiencing huge amounts of loss and damage. Important Reminder No CSA pickup on Tuesday August 1st. The final 8 weeks of summer CSA will resume Tuesday August 8th. Farm Store Cherry Tomatoes The farm store is stocked with lots of delicious produce including cherry tomatoes. A gentle reminder when you are buying a pint of cherry tomatoes, please do not take tomatoes from other pints to fill yours more, they are full when we stock them. 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. Swiss Chard - beautifully rainbow and so tender. Head Lettuce - red and green leaf heads. Kohlrabi - purple! I have to admit I am new to kohlrabi, both to growing and eating, but these Kohlrabi Fritters I made 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. 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. Salad Turnips - sweet snacking turnips make a comeback! Cherry Tomatoes - mixed pints of colorful cherries. Early season we all know the best way to eat these...on the way home! Eggplant - purple and some striped. Roast or saute with your summer squash and top a bowl or salad or make baba ganoush. Hot Peppers - poblano, shishito, jalapeno, try them all! Green Peppers - the first of the sweet peppers harvested green. Delicious raw or sauted and lots more to come. Summer Squash - yellow and some green zucchini. Great chopped and sauted with oil, salt and pepper. Available for Pick Your Own -

  • Basil

  • Cilantro

  • Parsley (flat and curly)

  • Mint

  • Lemon Balm

  • Oregano

  • Sage

  • Tulsi

  • Chives

  • Lavender

  • All flowers

Recipes Ideas:

Eggplant, summer squash and cherry tomatoes are the highlights of shares recently. This veggie bowl is quick and uses all of these ingredients. Pick your own basil to make the sauce and you are good to go. I highly recommend Dishing Up The Dirt website for recipe inspiration. She is a farmer and separates recipes by vegetable. Send us your recipes if you tried something and loved it! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! We are excited to be growing for you.

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