CSA Week #9

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IN YOUR CSA SHARE THIS WEEK:

  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Walls Wall onion
  • Strawberries

Some Sites Only

  • Green Beans
  • Eggplant
  • Cherry tomatoes

RECIPES:

Garlicky Green Beans w/Pine Nuts

Green Beans w/Honey Mustard Glaze

Penne w/Green Beans & Tomatoes

Tofu & Broccoli Stir-Fry

Broccoli w/Garlic Butter & Cashews

Eggplant Caviar

And, suddenly, it’s August!! Last week was certainly a warm one, and watching our crew out there wilting in the heat, I’m glad that this week is starting off a little cooler. We’re starting our day at 6am now, to be sure to get all of those fragile crops in before the day heats up….. there is so much to harvest these days, that we’re rarely getting off the farm by 3:30pm, but our steadfast crew carries on regardless of the heat and long hours…we’re so fortunate to have them!

August 1st was an important date in the days of old….of course back then, you couldn’t just go to the grocery store, or participate in your local CSA or Farmers’ Market. You had to grow everything yourself, or go hungry.

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The 1st of August is one of the cross quarter days, between the main events of the Equinoxes and Solstices. It is known as Lammas, which translates to “loaf mass”, and was traditionally a time to give thanks for the blessings of the harvest. In civilizations back nearly to the beginning of time, grain became associated with the cycle of death and rebirth. The first sheaves of grain were cut by the farmer, and by nightfall his wife had made the first loaves of bread of the season!

By celebrating Lammas as a harvest holiday, we honor our ancestors and the hard work they must have had to do just in order to survive. This is a good time to give thanks for the abundance we have in our lives, and to be grateful for the food on our tables. And, of course, our farmers!

The 2016 Perseid meteor shower will appear to radiate out from the constellation Perseus as shown in this sky map from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. The Perseids will peak on Aug. 12, 2016.

This is also one of my most exciting times of the year…it’s time for the Perseids Meteor Showers!! The peak of activity is Aug. 12, but you can already see its streaks of light showing up in  the sky. Though the meteor shower is an annual event, according to the Space.com website, the Perseids are in outburst this year. That means that rather than 80 meteors per hour, we might see 150 to 200 per hour, according to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke. “This year, they will be in what we call ‘outburst’ — their rates will double, because we’re running into more material left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle.”

The Perseid meteor shower occurs when Earth moves through the trail of dust and debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle as it orbits the sun; the debris hits Earth’s atmosphere and burns up, creating the white-hot streaks we see in the sky. Most of the pieces of debris, which move at 37 miles per second (59 kilometers per second), are about the size of a grain of sand, NASA has said.

The moon will be full six days after the meteor shower’s peak, which might wash out the vivid streaks across the sky. So it might be a good idea to look earlier on, before the peak, to see the brightest streaks and fireballs, and to go to the darkest location you can, Cooke said. All of the meteors will appear to stream away from the constellation Perseus — that apparent source is called the shower’s radiant — but will materialize all across the sky.    So grab your blanket and get out there!

And lastly, a reminder that we will be offering Blueberry Flats next week….please place your order by this Friday, August 5th, and we’ll deliver them to your site next week. Since we’re using a new grower this year, we would really appreciate some feedback on the berries this year!

We hope you all have a wonderful week, and of course, enjoy your veggies!

Linda and all of your Winter Green Farmers

 

 

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