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CSA Week 9: Sweet August

Hello Members, Hello August! Where the late July evenings and mornings flowed so softly into August; the crickets chirping, the air warm, the sunflowers in full bloom and every morning and evening the sky a perfect peach, or raspberry, mixed together into a perfect summer palette. These are my most favorite days of the year. On the farm, our garlic is curing in the warmth of the mini hoop house, tomatoes are ripening almost as fast as we can pick them, fall kale, broccoli, chard, lettuce and spinach are going in the ground and the out of control beds are slowly getting weeded. As farmers, the hectic days of July are overwhelming and hard, with the weeds, the bugs, the heat, the everything, but with August and September comes a sigh of relief. The days aren't so long so the plants don't grow quite as fast, the air is *sometimes* cooler and the longer season crops start to come in to ripeness (think melons and popcorn!) We are enjoying cleaning up the farm for fall crops, watching the bees and butterflies in the flower patch and working together with so many community members out on the farm to harvest, weed, wash and pack. One final note. Are you interested in getting mushrooms with your share each week? We have CSA members who own Woods and Weiland and produce mushrooms! We are considering offering mushrooms each week but would take pre-orders like we do for bread. Mushrooms may vary week to week. If this is something you are interested in please email us so we can gauge interest. Thank you! 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 Double Dark Chocolate. 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 Cippolini Onions - incredibly sweet, coin shaped, beautiful onions. Ideal for caramelizing! Make sure to store in the fridge. Cauliflower - this is our first attempt at cauliflower and it looks a little funny. It has gotten too much sun so is slightly yellow and may have brown spots but still tastes delicious! Just cut off brown parts and enjoy. 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. Beets - mostly red, some yellow. Saute, roast or make into hummus. Zucchini (green, yellow and patty pan)- chop and sauté with oil and salt and add to any bowl, sauté, salad etc. 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). Sweet Bell and Frying Peppers - a rainbow of sweet peppers. The long skinny ones are good frying peppers, all are great eaten raw or lightly sautéed. Purple and white peppers have a milder flavor than the classic green. Pick Your Own This Week - chives, parsley, thyme, rosemary, sage, lemon balm, chamomile and flowers (zinnias, marigolds, cosmos, calendula, sunflowers, strawflower, you name it!) 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: This weekend I had a friend visiting which was a great excuse to make some delicious meals with our veggies. We had these buffalo cauliflower tacos one night and I was impressed. I also sauteed onions, kale and frying peppers (all in your share this week!) for a topping, grabbed some goat cheese and tortillas from the store and it was a delicious and complete farm to table meal. 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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