Ah, it's finally the time of year where all I do is eat fresh tomatoes prepared in a variety of interesting and delicious ways. Fried green tomatoes? Check. Tomatoes with basil, mozzarella and olive oil? Check. sungold tomato jam? Check. Salsa? CHECK. Tossed with hot pasta and herbs? Check. It's all just so good, so we try to do it all.
We hope you are all doing that as well! We are currently enjoying a bumper crop of tomatoes from our 600 + plants, which fill 10 hundred foot rows in our field.
Speaking of the field, you should come and u-pick if you'd like to can or preserve any for the cold, Ithaca winter, where sweet, home made tomato sauce is like a burst of sunshine on snowy morning.... Anyways, big discounts on price for you folks, it's a very affordable way to can. And please don't can, freeze or dry vegetables from the CSA share, it's meant for fresh weekly use only.
Anyways, we are quickly shifting into fall crops as we hit September next week! Looks for turnips, radishes, rutabagas, potatoes and winter squash in the coming weeks, as well as more broccoli and cabbage and delicious fall greens again!
(hint: arugula, tat soi, chinese cabbage, dino kale, collards)
Finally, a little housekeeping: for those of you who haven't fully paid yet, the full share price is due by next week's CSA pickup. Please let us know if this won't work for you for financial reasons and we can figure out a payment plan. Also if you'd like to know your balance let me know and we can send you that.
Here's what's coming in your shares this week:
Tomatoes (several different kinds -- beefsteaks, cherokee purples, baby romas, rose de bernes, pink brandywines.)
Candy Cane Beets
Kale (two kinds this week -- flea beetles are going into hiding)
Sweet Annie (this is a big, bushy plant that smells AMAZING. It sort of smells like a crisp, fall day, mixed with a stroll through a field full of wildflowers and the smell of the person you love. Very nice aroma. We have some for you.)
Sunflowers (for the smiles on the kids faces)
Aaron and Kara