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We are settling into the middle of summer, so the box will contain summer vegetables.  I hope you all are enjoying cukes because they are going crazy, and there are more coming this week.  There is still one variety you haven’t seen that is coming on slowly, and they will be in next week’s box.  They are small round yellowish cucumbers called Lemon Cukes.  They are delicious.  The tomatoes continue to frustrate me with the cracking due to the weather.  I have tried to harvest them under ripe in the hopes of getting them before they crack and have not been very successful.  No one took me up on the offer of blemished fruit that needed immediate attention last week, so I made a big batch of tomato soup out of this weeks blems last night.  There will be a recipe page coming soon, and I will put the tomato soup recipe there.  Did anyone sample the whey pickles?  What did you think.  As I have mentioned before you can preserve almost any veggie with that simple recipe of salt, water and whey.  Maybe if you thought of it as preserving instead of pickling it would be more appealing?  I have pickling cucumbers available.  Let me know if you would like some!

The Crop Mob of Jefferson County is going to take a swipe at the Farm at Kraut Run this Saturday at 8 A.M.  We will work for four hours and then share a meal at noon.  Let me know if any of you want to join us or better yet go to the Crop Mob Facebook page and click on events and then click on “will attend”.  We will be serving cucumber sandwiches, potato salad, corn and tomato salad, pork steaks and plenty of cold drinks.

    Your box this week includes:

    1. Tomatoes
    2. Potatoes- This is a real nice variety called Bintje ( pronounced beench).
    3. Cucumbers- Poona Kheera
    4. Summer squash-There are three varieties out there, but they are still not coming on very fast.
    5. Onions- These are the larger bulbs from the same planting that provided all the early scallions.  They should be used up and not stored for a long time.
    6. Garlic
    7. Pork sausage- This is seasoned with red pepper and sage.
    8. Eggs
    9. Green Beans- Only half the boxes will get beans.

    Enjoy,

    Chris

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    The Box you will pick up today 7-22-10 will contain:

    • Tomatoes- there will be some that need to be used right away available
    • Cucumbers- Poona Kheera and a long Asian variety
    • Summer Squash- some large for Ratatouille or baking and some young
    • Carrots
    • Blackberries
    • Green beans
    • Garlic
    • Basil- I will send enough to make pesto
    • Eggs
    • Cheese- I tried a new recipe this week and I won’t know until I take the bags down this morning if I am going to send it out or not.

    I will add a recipe page this afternoon to include a pesto recipe and one for cucumber sandwiches with herbed cheese.

    I also will have samples for tasting at the pick up table in the barn.

    Enjoy

    Chris

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    This Week’s Box

    The box picked up Thursday 7/15/10 contains:

    Tomatoes- two early varieties (Red Siberian and Buckbee’s New)

    Potaotes- Red Thumb and Austrian Crescent Fingerlings

    Cucumbers-Poona Kheera is yellowish turning brown and is for fresh eating

    – Northern Pickling Cukes are green turning yellowish can be used fresh or pickled (better peeled if used                            fresh

    Blackberries

    Summer Squash- one larger zuke, patty pan or yellow squash and 2-3 young mixed squash

    Garlic

    Herbs- Spearmint

    – Lemon Balm

    Split items- Eggs, cheese and green beans were split up.  Whatever you did not get this week you will get soon!

    I would like to hear feedback on what you are receiving.  More specifically I would like to hear about how or if you are using the whey.  You will be receiving lots more cucumbers, garlic, okra and other veggies perfect for pickling.  Just like the recipe I shared with you from “Nourishing Traditions” for pickled beets there are very similar recipes for pickling okra, garlic, cabbage, cukes and lots more using whey.  Whenever I make cheese I have plenty of whey to share.  Let me know if you are interested.

    Containers:  I would love to see any and all containers returned.  I will refill the whey jars and popcorn jars when I see them again.  What did anyone think about the popcorn?

    The following links are to recipes for using the lemon balm and cukes in your box.

    http://www.preferredconsumer.com/food_drink/articles/lemon_balm_recipes.html

    http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/homemade-refrigerator-pickles/Detail.aspx

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