Things are going better here at the farm, there has been some rain and no more heat waves, and so we're just about satisfied with climactic conditions, which is rare indeed for a farmer. However, if it doesn't rain this weekend I will again be cranky and so will the vegetables, so let's all hoot and holler and rain dance if you think of it! Rain dancing is very simple, just dance outside anywhere, to music or not, and if enough people do it it shakes loose the rain from those obstinate clouds.
Crop update: we will not have cucumbers for a few weeks, but we do have two new plantings in so if all goes well we should have a smorgasbord ready for you all by around september....
Tomatoes are starting to come in heavily, and peppers are beginning to tinge red! Our husk cherries are beginning to ripen up, look for them soon, and our second planting of beans and zucchini is coming online slowly. Pretty soon we'll put out more of our fall cabbage, kale, turnips, arugula, etc, just as soon as the flea beetle invasion lessens. Flea beetles have left quite a mark in our fields, if you look at our kale leaves you'll see what I mean! Still great to eat but not at pretty to look at....
We will have some sweet corn this week, it is not the hugest, juiciest sweet corn ever, but that's what happens in a drought, you know? However, there is quite a variety of stuff this week, so we think you will all be excited!
Anyways, here's our recipe for fresh salsa that you should all make because it is AWESOME on a hot summer afternoon, preferably with a cold beer.
4-5 Fresh tomatoes (mix of heirloom, beefsteak cherry is great!)
1 hot pepper, if you like it hot
apple cider vinegar and salt to taste.
chop and mix together, or blend, and then let sit for an hour or so before serving, but if you can't wait and just have to eat it immediately, it will still be awesome.
Kara likes chopping the veggies more than blending, for reasons of texture and crunch, while I prefer blending because I can make ten times as much salsa by the time she's finished chopping the onions. It's up to you, both are delicious.
Also, bruschetta is delicious, and we will be giving you all the ingredients for it!
salt and pepper
chop it all up, mix together, and top toasted pieces of baguette with this mixture. just about heavenly.
OK, here's what will be in your shares this week:
Red, white cabbage
baby candycane beets
I just finished writing that all down and realized that there are 18 items to choose from this week! Wow. See you all tonight/monday!
Aaron and Kara