CSA Week #7

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

We are now able to offer flats of Strawberries! Let us know if you would like to order some and we’ll supply them on a first come, first serve basis. The cost will be $32 per flat of 12 pints. Blondie’s Blooms can also offer flats of Blueberries the week of August 8th and the cost will be $50/10 lb. flat. Call or email to reserve your flats…..

  • Tomatoes
  • Cabbage
  • Lettuce
  • Swiss Chard or Red Kale
  • Carrots
  • Green Onions
  • Basil
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries

Some Sites Only

  • Zucchini
  • Cucumbers

RECIPES:

Best Blueberry Cobbler Ever

Blueberry Zucchini Bread

Mini Blueberry Galettes

Peanut Tofu Cabbage Wraps

Mexican Coleslaw

Roasted Summer Vegetable Pizettes

After the morning meeting today, I took a ride over to Simpson Field, the field we rent about 2 miles from the home farm. With our 6 year rotation program, we grow some of our crops over there….we are coming to the point in the rotation where many of our crops are back on the home farm, of which we are all really glad, and many fields in Simpson Field will go into pasture rotation. Last week one of your fellow members inquired about the status of the corn, so I ventured over to take a look.

I love mornings on the farm….so quiet and serene, and the expanse of the field allows for spectacular views of the hills beyond.  The gentle whisper of the Long Tom River barely audible above the trills of the birds flying overhead, in perfect harmony with the industrious bees dancing between the many blossoming vegetables. The laughter and conversation of the harvest crew mingles in and out with the breezes. What a glorious way to start the day! Ahhh, but the corn…..

IMG_0059It’s getting there…..the old saying “knee high by the 4th of July” is pretty right on, and ours is about waist high now…we still won’t be seeing it in the boxes for a while yet, but we’re all excited for it to come.

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Can you see the tassels beginning to emerge?

I walked around to see what other crops would soon be appearing in your shares….

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Potatoes flowers! These are Desiree, a red potatoe and these will be harvested in a couple of weeks as new potatoes.

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If you look closely you’ll see a couple of out most industrious crew….the bees! They’re busy pollinating to ensure there will be plenty of fruit this season.

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Andrea harvesting cherry tomatoes……Andrea works on our farm 3 days a week, and then on her own Ambrosia Farm the rest of the week…she is one busy woman!

One exciting aspect of Winter Green Farm is ushering in the next generation of farmers….from the 20-30 year olds we hire on each season, some who stay with us for many seasons, to the Overbaugh boys who are so well integrated in all areas of the farm. Both Alden and Porter were born, and have been raised on the farm, and can tell you what every piece of equipment is, and what it does, what implements fit on which tractor, and love to be the first ones to find the earliest ripened tomato or strawberry while touring the farm on their bikes. Porter (age 8) is growing his melons again this year…..a hundredth of an acre! His crops will be a heritage green fleshed cantaloupe called Rocky Ford, an orange fleshed cantaloupe called Halona, and the Little Baby Flower red fleshed watermelon.

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The first of the melon crop that Porter and Alden are growing this year.

The Overbaugh family also raise sheep and this year Alden, age 11, will be showing his first 4H lamb name Maggie, who is a White Faced Dorper, at the Lane County Fair this week.

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Alden, Porter and cohort Jade cultivating the melon patch.

We hope you all have a great week, and enjoy your veggies this week!

Linda and all of your Winter Green Farmers

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