What’s Available

This week we have baby lettuce, pea shoots, green curly kale, baby chard, bunched chard, parsley, French filet green beans, zucchini, summer squash, salad turnips, new potatoes, basil, red beets, yellow beets, garlic scapes, cucumbers, cabbage, kohlrabi, microgreens, tomatoes, shiitake mushrooms, and broccoli! 

basil, photo by Adam Ford

basil, photo by Adam Ford

Bulk Buying Opportunities!

Whenever we have plenty to offer bulk buying discounts, I let our CSA members know about veggies available if you do any preserving. If you are interested in any items when I list them, send me an email and I will get them packed up for you to pick up when you pick up your share. Bulk availability comes and goes, so if you are planning on doing preserving, don’t wait: they get spoken for quickly when I tell everyone about them. This week we have:

  • green zucchini, yellow zucchini, summer squash: $17 for 10 pounds or $30 for 20 pounds (specify whether you want to mix and match or have all of one kind) *shred and freeze for zucchini bread or zucchini pancakes all winter long or slice and dry to add to soups*

  • parsley: $14 for 10 bunches or $22 for 20 bunches *pesto and chimichurri*

  • garlic scapes: $20 for 10 bunches or $35 for 20 bunches * garlic scape pesto*

  • slicing cucumbers: $18 for 10 pounds or $30 for 20 pounds *slicing cucumbers can still be used for pickling… I lacto ferment batches of slicing cucumbers whole*

  • rainbow chard: $25 for 10 bunches or $40 for 20 bunches *we use this like spinach, freeze in small batches for winter quiches, omelettes, pasta dishes, etc*

  • green curly kale: $25 for 10 bunches or $40 for 20 bunches *we use this like spinach, freeze in small batches for winter quiches, omelettes, pasta dishes, etc*

Ryan’s flower garden always in bloom, photo by Adam Ford

Ryan’s flower garden always in bloom, photo by Adam Ford

CSA Details

You can pick up your share at the farm on Thursdays and Fridays from 8 am to 7 pm. (Veggies will be displayed in the cooler to pick out.) Walk into the barn, check off your name on the right, and turn left to find all your veggies in the cooler.  You can pick up your share from the Rutland Farmers' Market on Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm. You can pick up your share at the Ludlow Farmers’ Market on the Okemo Mountain School Lawn between 4 pm and 7 pm. Please do not come before 4 pm: The market has challenging neighbors and the entire market’s permit will be revoked if products leave the market before 4 pm.

manero ripe on the vine, photo by Adam Ford

manero ripe on the vine, photo by Adam Ford

Farm News

It’s rare for me to do back to back newsletters where I provide a photo tour of the farm rather than an update, but I am wildly behind my work, and just have to rely on Adam’s picture story telling right now:

Ryan assembling bows for the new high tunnel going up at the end of this week, photo by Adam Ford

Ryan assembling bows for the new high tunnel going up at the end of this week, photo by Adam Ford

beautiful lines, photo by Adam Ford

beautiful lines, photo by Adam Ford

Dan removing the old plastic from one of the high tunnels that will be re-skinned while we put up the new tunnel, photo by Adam Ford

Dan removing the old plastic from one of the high tunnels that will be re-skinned while we put up the new tunnel, photo by Adam Ford

Soraya turned 1 this week, which completely blows my mind… both the kiddos are now officially toddlers. At the same time. Ask if I am tired, photo by Adam Ford

Soraya turned 1 this week, which completely blows my mind… both the kiddos are now officially toddlers. At the same time. Ask if I am tired, photo by Adam Ford

we don’t want the ground in the new tunnel to get wet before we put it up… totally just kidding…. we are tarping this ground to reduce weed pressure in the new tunnel before we plant it to winter greens in about a month! photo by Adam Ford

we don’t want the ground in the new tunnel to get wet before we put it up… totally just kidding…. we are tarping this ground to reduce weed pressure in the new tunnel before we plant it to winter greens in about a month! photo by Adam Ford

after a long afternoon of biking, a toddler chills out by checking out the fall cabbage planting, photo by Adam Ford

after a long afternoon of biking, a toddler chills out by checking out the fall cabbage planting, photo by Adam Ford

Have a great week!

-ESF Team: Kara, Ryan, Sam, Sam, Cindy, Dan, and Taylor



Cucumber Lime Aid

This is so wildly refreshing on the hot days! Makes a half gallon, but you will drink that fast!

image from foodgawker.com

image from foodgawker.com

2-3 cucumbers

1/2 cup lime juice

1/2 cup honey

water

Melt 1/2 cup of honey with 1/2 cup almost boiling water. Let that honey water cool. Meanwhile chop cucumbers into 2-inch chunks and put in the blender or food processor with about a cup or so of water. Blend until smooth. Pour through a colander to remove pulp and save the liquid. Once the honey water is room temperature mix together the cucumber water, honey water and lime juice in a half gallon container. Fill the remaining container with water and put in the fridge. Shake well before serving and serve over lots of ice. (This recipe is a bit concentrated and it’s so refreshing with enough ice melting as you enjoy it!