2017 CSA ~ Week 13

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

GREEN BEANS!

We have a gleaning opportunity for members…if you love green beans, you can come to the farm this week to do some gleaning. We will open the field to members from 3-7pm this week….bring your baskets and fill them up with green goodness! In case you arrive and there aren’t any crew around to help you, I’ve drawn a little map to show you where to go! If you drive down, please park along the edge of the field on the right side so the road is clear….when you’re finished, you can drive a little further on the dirt road and there will be a place to turn around by the outhouse. Please only pick from the yellow flagged rows to the South…we are still harvesting from the rows to the North. Enjoy!

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LAMB SHARES!

The Overbaugh family is proud to offer their Lamb shares again this season and they are taking reservations now. All of their sheep are hair sheep, Katahdins and Katahdin Dorper crosses. Hair sheep shed their fleeces in the spring and they do not produce lanolin, which gives lamb its traditional musky flavor. Their lamb meat is milder that traditional lamb, tender and delicious. All of the flock is grass fed and finished. This makes their meat high in omega fatty acids and since they are not given grain, their meat is healthier for you. Please call/email the farm office if you would like to receive the info.

PORTER’S MELONS!

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Porter Overbaugh “wrangling” his melons

Porter Overbaugh has grown another fabulous crop of delicious melons! He has red watermelon, orange watermelon and cantaloupe, and I can attest that they are sweet and delicious! You can order them to have them brought along with your CSA Share…the cost is $1.50/lb.

WHAT’S IN YOUR SHARE THIS WEEK:

  • Corn
  • Carrots
  • Swiss Chard
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Lettuce
  • Red Onion
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes

SOME SITES ONLY

  • Eggplant
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Sweet Peppers

RECIPES:

Raw Corn & Zucchini Salad

Quick Pickled Corn

Corn Fritters

Bucatini w/Swiss Chard & Garlicky Breadcrumbs

Herb, Chard & Feta Soup

Parmesan Roasted Carrots

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Between the fire down on the coast in Brookings, the fire in Mt. Jefferson Wilderness, and the fire out in Lowell, there was no escaping the smoke today. Usually we are fortunate to have the coast breezes to blow away the smoke, but not this week. Sure makes you appreciate what the folks who live even closer to the raging fires are experiencing….our thoughts are with them while we worked through the day, feeling like we smoked a whole pack of non filter cigarettes!

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I spent part of the morning attending the first Wellness Fair for the Fern Ridge teachers, at Elmira High School, in the brand new auxiliary gymnasium! Both my son and daughter, as well as the farm kid’s,  attended Elmira High School and it was quite a surprise to see all of the upgrades and changes that occurred there this year. It was a pleasure to share our information about our farm and CSA program with our local audience…I’m still amazed at how many people don’t know about our farm, even though it’s been here feeding the community since 1980! I saw a few familiar faces and met many of the new teachers who will begin their new year next week. Best of luck to you all!

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Kiegan and Jesse emerging from the corn field, packs laden with fruit

CORN! The corn is on with a vengeance and you will all be receiving it in your boxes this week….it is so yummy! I went out to visit the harvest crew, and am continually impressed with the corn harvest. They wear these packs on their backs, and disappear into the corn field, only to emerge a short time later, laden with their packs full of corn ears! They are so heavy, and yet they make it look so easy.

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Chad unloading his corn pack into the waiting tote

Once the packs are filled with the gorgeous, bulbous ears, the packs are lifted onto the back of the harvest truck (no easy feat!), and the ears are unloaded and counted into a tote.

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Keegan, Chad and Jesse heading back out into the corn field

Then, out they go once again….thousands of ears are  harvested to provide the CSA members with their share, and to bring to our market stands. In this heat and smoke, the crew looked a bit down trodden, but kept marching on…..we are so lucky to have such wonderful team members!

We  hope that you all enjoy the week ahead, which for many of you will be the last week of summer vacation before school begins after Labor Day. We’re glad our food can be

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We planted a row of sunflowers this season and the bees are loving them!

a part of it all….hope you enjoy your veggies this week!

Linda and all of your Winter Green Farmers

 

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