Greetings from a soggy Dancing Hen Farm!
CSA Week 7 ordering is now underway and will end on Sunday at 6 pm. Week 7 is an egg week. Hopefully everyone is enjoying their Week 6 boxes.
Wow! What more can I say about all the rain this week? I don't have an amount for here on farm, as our rain gauges are, as Farmer Don would say, "having opportunities right now". But, I do know Monday was by far one of wettest ever. We all owe Farmer Don, Stacy, Jane, Joyce, Ann and Lori a huge thank you for bringing in the harvest and then packing boxes under a leaky roof. Three solid days of heavy showers has left the farm (and the farmers!) a little soggy. But, today the sun was shining and already our upper fields are drying out. And even though the amount of rain was excessive, some of our crops did benefit from this rain.
So, our crops. Our tomatoes are finally starting to ripen and we expect our cherry tomato (including sungolds!) to become available in larger numbers next week. Larger tomatoes will need a few more weeks and some warm sunny days before they color up for harvest. We continue to harvest summer squash and cucumbers although both of these plantings are slowing down a bit. Our next planting of summer squash is looking good and we will be harvesting off of those plants soon. Asian greens are looking good, as are our snap beans. I anticipate greens to be available first, followed by beans. Our winter squash plantings are looking good.
Before I forget! If you are looking to make some pickles, please contact us at the farm for case pricing on cucumbers.
Our kitchen is still focusing on meat and zucchini on the grill, with either a cucumber or a green salad. Although tonight we had our first cherry tomato salad! I mixed in some cucumber as well to stretch the tomatoes a bit, but I think the transition to tomatoes is beginning. Soon I will be talking about sliced tomatoes and tomato sandwiches! Last week Farmer Don did get a bit more creative in the kitchen. He pulled out one of our Deborah Madison cookbooks and made some really delicious braised fennel over saffron rice.
For any of our members and farm friends who are on social media, the farm has a facebook page, a pinterest page and a blog! I post farm updates, these newsletters and pictures to our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Dancing-Hen-Farm-111155465564952/) and to our blog (http://dancinghenfarmcsa.blogspot.com/). Please follow along!
With summer in full swing and vacation season upon us, time for some quick housekeeping notes. If you are expecting chicken or a buying club order, please remember to check any coolers at your drop site for your items. If you are going on vacation and won't be picking up your box, please let know so we can donate your share. Our drop sites are unable to store or keep items refrigerated for you.
Yes, a bit of a short newsletter this week. Sorry, I think spending 3 days fretting about all the rain has me tired out! So, I will say, until next week. And enjoy those veggies!