Late Summer Farm Update

Dear CSA Members,

I wanted to say how much we appreciate all our members. Connecting with CSA members is often challenging but this year has been especially difficult with the virus lockdown. Normally a good number of members come to the farm for one of our 4 events but not this season. Not getting to interact with any CSA members is hard.

Despite not being able to personally connect, I think about the CSA almost constantly. Between making the CSA crop list and thinking about what needs to be planted so we won’t have weeks where we are short and checking the progress of crops to make sure they are growing well and will be harvestable I am always thinking about what the CSA needs and how to improve it.

For years I have been working on growing melons better. One of the things we noticed was the plants usually only made 2-4 melons per plant regardless of the size of the fruit. Different melons are bred to be different sizes. I decided that if we were only getting a few per plant that I might as well grow some of the large varieties since the production cost is the same. The first planting of melons is finishing, and the second planting of the larger variety is just starting. I think all 500-600 will ripen over the next 10 days! This evening I picked some seven-pound melons which are the largest we have grown. The heat and the variety have contributed to some great tasting large melons.

The peppers are out of control with 20 per plant on many of the plants. We are having a hard time keeping up with the picking. There are over 80,000 peppers to be picked!!! Some of the shishito peppers produce more than 50 per plant. Due to the heat, crops started early but might finish a little earlier than normal. This should be fine but was not something I expected and did not build into my crop plan.

Our first planting of corn was mostly eaten by red-winged blackbirds, so you did not get much. The second planting did not come up well and the third and fourth plantings are doing well. We should have some sweet corn again next week and then more in mid to late September.

I hope you are enjoying your shares. The crew have been doing a great job of getting shares picked and packed.

Thanks,
Wyatt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in 2020, Farm, Newsletter

CSA Week 16

Hello CSA Members!

Here is what we *hope* to bring you for Week 16 of our CSA:

REGULAR SHARE
Onion
CHOICE: Beans OR Potatoes
Beets
Pepper CHOICE (Possibly Carmen Peppers OR Jimmy Nardello Peppers OR Spicy Pepper Mix)
Zucchini
Tomatoes
Roasted Chiles

LARGE SHARE ADDITIONS
Herb CHOICE (Possibly Basil OR Squash Blossoms OR Parsley OR Edible Flowers)
Carrots
Two Extra Items

FRUIT SHARE
Peaches

Posted in 2020, Farm, Newsletter

CSA Week 15

Hello CSA Members!

Here is what we *hope* to bring you for Week 15 of our CSA:

REGULAR SHARE
Beets
Potatoes
Pepper Choice (Possibly Bell Peppers OR Shishito Peppers OR Spicy Peppers)
CHOICE: Bok Choi OR Zucchini
Tomatoes
Onion
Melon

LARGE SHARE ADDITIONS
DOUBLE Pepper Choice (Possibly Bell Peppers OR Shishito Peppers OR Spicy Peppers)
Herb Choice (Possibly Basil OR Squash Blossoms OR Parsley OR Edible Flowers)
Beans
One Extra Item

FRUIT SHARE
Peaches

Posted in 2020, Farm, Newsletter

Roasted Kohlrabi

This is an fast and easy, “goes with anything” side dish. I had some onion dip I made last week and served with the roasted kohlrabi and it was delicious we had it with BBQ ribs.

They just look like potatoes when they are cooked don’t they?

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They are kind of weird looking not cooked.

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I have other recipes here you can have a look at, kohlrabi makes great slaws and stir fries. I’ll add this simple roasted kohlrabi recipe to the list.

  • Preheat your oven to 400F
  • Peel the kohlrabi, I use a knife. You can use a vegetable peeler if you like.

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Cut it into bit size pieces and toss it with oil and salt

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Roast it for 20-25 minute, it will look like this when it is done. I could have roasted it a little longer, but I like it a little crunchy.

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That’s it. Tasty and simple.

I hope you try it.

Have a great week. See you at pickup.

Mo

 

 

Posted in 2020, Kohlrabi, Recipes

CSA Week 14

Hello CSA Members!

Here is what we *hope* to bring you for Week 14 of our CSA:

REGULAR SHARE
Onion
Tomato
Beets
Melon
CHOICE: Kale OR Kohlrabi OR Bok Choi
Pepper CHOICE (Possibly Bell Peppers OR Shishito Peppers OR Spicy Pepper Mix)
Herb CHOICE (Possibly Basil OR Parsley OR Edible Flowers OR Squash Blossoms)

LARGE SHARE ADDITIONS
Zucchini
Beans
Roasted Chiles
CHOOSE TWO: Kale OR Kohlrabi OR Bok Choi

FRUIT SHARE
Peaches

Posted in 2020, Farm, Newsletter | 1 Comment

Grilled Onions and Grilled Onion Dip

Ahhh, the humble onion.

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Amy reminded me the other day just how delicious and versatile grilled onions are.

They complement any grilled dish and really round out a meal. Plus they are dead easy to make.

Just a little oil and salt and grill to your liking.

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I really like to cut the onions thick and carefully grill them so they don’t fall apart (you can put a skewer through them to help hold them together) and right before they are done I like to put BBQ sauce on them and grill them just a little longer.

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These make great toppings for burgers or grilled vegetable sandwiches.

I wasn’t planning on posting a dip recipe, but I made an onion dip with some of the grilled onions I made and-oh-my-gosh was this good.

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I used;

  • 3 small grilled onions chopped up
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
  • a little less than a 1/2 teaspoon each of dried garlic powder and white pepper and salt.

I mixed it all up and 4 of us ate almost all if it. You should make this.

Have a great week. I’ll see you at pickup.

Mo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in 2020, Onions and Leeks, Recipes

CSA Week 13

Hello CSA Members!

Here is what we *hope* to bring you for Week 13 of our CSA:

REGULAR SHARE
Tomatoes
Melon
CHOICE: Beets OR Carrots
CHOICE: Zucchini OR Kohlrabi
Pepper CHOICE (Possibly Bell Peppers OR Shishito Peppers)
CHOICE: Onions OR Eggplant
Bunched Green (Possibly Kale OR Collard Greens OR Chard)
Herb CHOICE: (Possibly Basil OR Sorrel OR Parsley OR Squash Blossoms OR Edible Flowers)

LARGE SHARE ADDITIONS
Beets AND Carrots
DOUBLE Pepper CHOICE (Possibly Bell Peppers OR Shishito Peppers)
DOUBLE Bunched Green (Possibly Kale OR Collard Greens OR Chard)
DOUBLE Herb CHOICE: (Possibly Basil OR Sorrel OR Parsley OR Squash Blossoms OR Edible Flowers)
Garlic
One Extra Item

FRUIT SHARE
Peaches

Posted in 2020, Farm, Newsletter

Are Red Wagon Onions Safe?

In a word–yes! Have you seen the news about the salmonella outbreak in onions from California? This is the problem with our food system. You have contaminated onions from one farm go to a huge processing facility. The contamination spreads to everything in that facility and then the contaminated onions get shipped all across the country and we have a national outbreak. (As if we needed another huge outbreak!)

You completely avoid this when you buy your food directly from your local farm. Our onions go straight from our fields to you. Nobody handles the onions other than the Red Wagon farm crew.

That’s not to say it’s impossible to have food from a local farm that’s contaminated. But the fewer hands that touch your veggies, the better. It’s also best to avoid having your food go through a huge processing facility. When you buy directly from your local farm you know you are safe from any national food outbreaks that you read about in the news!

Posted in 2020, Farm, Newsletter

Tomato Egg Drop Soup

This is a fast, easy to adapt dish that can pull anything you are having for dinner together. I like it with rice or any grain to make it into a meal. I also like to throw any leftover vegetable in at the end, corn is especially good. Chinese dumplings or won tons are good too.

I sometimes leave out the sesame oil and soy sauce and add Parmesan and tortellini, so good, not authentic, but really tasty.

Oh and it is good hot or room temperature. I prefer any leftovers at room temp for breakfast or lunch.

I added rice and some chard today.

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The recipe/method is super easy and found here, on this great website. You need just a few pantry ingredients and about 5 minutes.

Chop up a tomato, beat an egg and make a slurry out of cornstarch and water.

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Cook the tomato and add the other ingredients and stir in the beaten egg and then the cornstarch.

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Do taste it carefully at this point. It will need salt and maybe more pepper.

Keep it simple.

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Or make it more of a meal.

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Have a great week.

See you at pick-up.

Mo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in 2020, Recipes, Soups, Tomatoes

CSA Week 12

Zebra Tomatoes

Hello CSA Members!

Here is what we *hope* to bring you for Week 12 of our CSA:

REGULAR SHARE
Carrots on Tuesday and Wednesday, Beets on Thursday
Onions
Zucchini
Bunched Greens (Possibly Kale OR Collard Greens OR Chard)
Tomatoes
Herb Choice (Possibly Basil OR Sorrel OR Parsley OR Squash Blossoms)
Extra Item

LARGE SHARE ADDITIONS
DOUBLE Bunched Greens (Possibly Kale OR Collard Greens OR Chard)
DOUBLE Herb Choice (Possibly Basil OR Sorrel OR Parsley OR Squash Blossoms)
Kohlrabi
Garlic
TWO Extra Items

FRUIT SHARE
Peaches

Posted in 2020, Farm, Newsletter