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Share Contents – week 9

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Blueberries -Sustainable
Summer Squash -Sustainable
Broccoli -Sustainable
Cauliflower -Sustainable
Savoy Cabbage -Sustainable
Snow Peas -Pesticide Free
Iceberg Lettuce -Pesticide Free
Green Oak Leaf -Pesticide Free
Garlic -Sustainable
Blueberries -Sustainable
Summer Squash -Sustainable
Broccoli -Sustainable
Cauliflower -Sustainable
Savoy Cabbage -Sustainable
Sugar Snap Peas -Pesticide Free
Iceberg -Pesticide Free
Green Oak Leaf -Pesticide Free
Scallions -Organic
Collards -Sustainable
Garlic -Sustainable
Blueberries -Sustainable
Red Raspberries -Sustainable
Lodi Apples -Sustainable
Plums -Sustainable
Summer Squash -Sustainable
Broccoli -Sustainable
Yellow Beets -Organic
Cauliflower -Sustainable
Savoy Cabbage -Sustainable
White Carrots -Organic
English Peas -Pesticide Free
Iceberg Lettuce -Pesticde Free
Green Leaf Lettuce -Organic
Garlic -Sustainable
Mint -Sustainable
Please note that from time to time you may receive different items in your box than what is on the list. This is due to the natural growing process and at times we may experience shortages of specific produce, and may have substituted the items for other produce.
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Blueberries -Sustainable
Summer Squash -Sustainable
Kohlrabi -Sustainable
Cauliflower -Sustainable
Red Cabbage -Sustainable
Snap Peas -Pesticide Free
Red Bibb Lettuce -Pesticide Free
Green Leaf -Pesticide Free
Garlic -Sustainable
Blueberries -Sustainable
Summer Squash -Sustainable
Broccoli -Sustainable
Cauliflower -Sustainable
Green Cabbage -Sustainable
Sugar Snap Peas -Pesticide Free
Red Leaf Lettuce -Pesticide Free
Green Leaf -Pesticide Free
Scallions -Organic
Collards -Sustainable
Garlic -Sustainable
Blueberries -Sustainable
Red Raspberries -Sustainable
Lodi Apples -Sustainable
Plums -Sustainable
Summer Squash -Sustainable
Broccoli -Sustainable
Yellow Beets -Organic
Cauliflower -Sustainable
Red Cabbage -Sustainable
White Carrots -Organic
Snow Peas -Pesticide Free
English Peas -Pesticide Free
Red Bibb Lettuce -Pesticide Free
Green Leaf Lettuce -Pesticide Free
Garlic -Sustainable
Basil -Organic
Please note that from time to time you may receive different items in your box than what is on the list. This is due to the natural growing process and at times we may experience shortages of specific produce, and may have substituted the items for other produce.

Letters & Information

  • Letter From Farmer Kurt – Week 9
    The Week of July 1, 2012 Highlands Harvest Club Share #9 Hello Highlands Harvest Club Members! Well summer has certainly arrived here at Alstede Farms. While we are still very busy planting crops we are starting to realize a transition into more crop care and more fruit...
  • Highlands Harvest Club – CSA – Week 9
    Alstede Farms – Highlands Harvest Club-CSA Week 9 July 1-5, 2012 Now we know it is summer, this week our favorite summer celebration, July 4 th. Of course it is a symbol of our freedom and we will all spend some time at a commemoration, parade, and...

Recipes

  • Italian Pork Chops with Kale
    1 bunch of kale 1/4 cup olive oil 2 large cloves of garlic, minced 4 thick pork chops 1 teaspoons fennel seeds 1 cup simmering water Soak kale and rinse it thoroughly then simmer for 20 minutes in pot of...
  • Beet Risotto topped with Fish or Chicken Filet & Lemon Beurre Blanc
    Beet Risotto topped with Fish or Chicken Filet & Lemon Beurre Blanc 4-6 small red beets Zest from 1/2 orange 1 bay leaf 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons white wine Salt & pepper 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive...
  • Collards & Kale Recipes
    Collards and Quinoa 1 cup dry quinoa 2 c Vegetable broth 1 bunch collard greens, stems removed and coarsely chopped ½ t salt Put quinoa broth into a 2-quart saucepan and bring to a boil. Add greens, and stir, and...
  • Beet Recipes
    Italian Style Beet Greens 1 bunch of beet tops Salt 1-2 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons olive oil Lemon Wedges or Parmesan cheese Strip leaves from the stems, while roughly cutting the leaves into one inch wide slices. Cut the...
  • Arugula Salad with Beans
    1 cup diced tomato 1 15 ounce can of cannelini beans drained and rinsed 6 cups torn arugula ½ cup thinly sliced red onion 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese ½ cup thinly sliced basil 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind 1...

Letter From Farmer Kurt – Week 9

The Week of July 1, 2012
Highlands Harvest Club Share #9

Hello Highlands Harvest Club Members!

Well summer has certainly arrived here at Alstede Farms. While we are still very busy planting
crops we are starting to realize a transition into more crop care and more fruit and vegetable
harvest. Peaches have just begun, summer apples are ripening, summer squash is now being cut
each day, and likely we will see home grown sweet corn in another week or so. Your shares are
going to reflect some of this seasonal change that we are experiencing and shortly there will be
major changes coming. For this week be sure to enjoy more blueberries, the 1 st summer squash
of the year, more peas, and some home grown garlic. Our garlic bulbs are smaller than normal
this year owing to the late planting date last year that resulted from the excessive fall rain and
snow that we experienced. Yet for garlic lovers, such as myself, I am sure that you will enjoy the
flavor!

Summer also ushers in summer camp season. I was very active in Boy Scouts when I was a
youngster and loved going to camp. Back then we didn’t yet have the Patriot’s Path Council,
rather it was the Morris-Sussex Area Council. We went camping everywhere including High
Adventure Back Packing and Canoeing at the Floodwater Mountain Scout Reservation in upper
New York State as well as the renowned Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. I even made it
to the 1977 National Scout Jamboree held at Moraine State Park in Pennsylvania where we all
enjoyed a final evening campfire program hosted by Burl Ives. I know that now I am really
putting some age on myself but I must tell you he put on one great show! Closer to home we
visited Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation in nearby Byram Township. Camp Allamuchy, as
we all called it, is still very much in operation today it was there that I did my first “Polar Bear”
swim club appearance, hunted for snipes, qualified as a sharpshooter with a .22 rifle, swamped a
canoe, and slept under the stars in the middle of the forest. What could be better for a young boy?

Actually I have an answer to that question and while it may not be better it is certainly
equal…and that is our Alstede Farms Summer Farm Camp Program! Farm Camp starts in just
another week and we still have openings for enrollment if you are interested in sending your child
or children. Rest assured our goal is not only for the kids to have a great time, which they will,
but to also learn and experience first-hand agriculture in the Garden State. Be prepared…the kids
are going to get dirty! Participants in our program are going to participate in planting, growing,
and harvesting our fruits and vegetables. Even more, they are going to get a chance to ride in a
large farm tractor, move around in a “Gator,” go fishing, and prepare for lunch the fruits and
vegetables that they will be harvesting each day. Alicia, our Farm Event Manager, and her staff
of counselors are prepared to offer your children a fun and safe environment for each of them to
learn, grow, and enjoy in. As a special treat our CSA food and nutrition expert, Jennifer Borealo,
will also be there each day helping the children prepare their meals with their harvest and
teaching them about the value of good nutrition and the importance of a diet filled with fresh
fruits and vegetables. Also of note is the fact that our Farm Camp Program is a “Certified Camp”
by the State of New Jersey and all of our staff and counselors have extensive training in many
areas including first aid and CPR; and all have received broad background checks. There are four
different weeks of camp available starting on July 9th and there are spaces available for all four
weeks. What better way to enhance your Highlands Harvest Club experience than to have your
children participate in our Summer Farm Camp program? Give us a call…we are waiting for
you!

Finally I wish you all a wonderful Independence Day week. My grandfather immigrated from
Germany into the USA. I was fortunate to have a very close relationship with my Grandfather
into my college years and I clearly understood why he chose to leave his family and homeland to
become an American. It was to realize the opportunities and freedom that only exist here in the
USA. He worked hard to make it here and his hard work laid the foundation for my father and
me. I am always grateful for his decision to come here as I am also grateful to our founding
fathers who risked their honor, their fortunes, and their lives in order that we might become a free
nation. I hope that you will all join me in celebrating this week and God Bless the USA!

Highlands Harvest Club – CSA – Week 9

Alstede Farms – Highlands Harvest Club-CSA Week 9 July 1-5, 2012

Now we know it is summer, this week our favorite summer celebration, July 4 th.
Of course it is a symbol of our freedom and we will all spend some time at a commemoration, parade,
and of course fireworks. We will choose clothing that shows off patriotic colors and when it
comes to food we will plan a picnic, cookout or barbeque or we will be invited to one. I have
noticed that we already have Jersey Corn, South Jersey of course ready for the holiday. That
has to be the earliest in memory. A festive colorful part of any meal is the dessert. I have
included a dessert and some sweet ideas that I hope will fit perfectly into your 4 th of July
holiday plans.

Summer is coming on in the shares as well. As we have said before, “this season is weeks
ahead of previous years.” I am sure that the heat this week has added to the progression of
many crops. There will be raspberries in some of the shares and some of you may even have
plums. Some shares may have one of the first apples of the season, Lodi Apples. Lodi apples
are known for being ready in the summer. I am sure you are thinking that apples are a part of
the fall season. We will have many varieties of apples along the way. I guess they will all be a
little earlier than usual this year. Time will tell. Lodi apples are a greenish color. Keep them
refrigerated until you are ready to use them. Applesauce is the best recipe for Lodi Apples as
they tend to break down and become mushy when cooked. They are not a good apple for
pies. Try to use them within this week.

The shares had a great variety last week. As I unpacked my share I was thinking about what I
would prepare. I quickly cleaned and steamed the cauliflower and broccoli so that it would
be ready for Cavatelli and Broccoli. I shelled the peas added them to the salad that evening
and I cleaned and dried the tougher greens and roasted them while I was preparing dinner so
that I would have a snack for a few days. I decided to cut the kohlrabi in ½ peel it and slice it
and I put that out sprinkled with just a little salt. I find that I am hungry while I am preparing
dinner and I will reach for whatever is easy to grab. Instead of a piece of cheese or something
I should not be eating, I have been eating radishes, now kohlrabi, in my forever quest to eat
better all the time. If Paula Dean can lose 30 lbs. it should be easy for us who actually know
better and have the tools to work with.

This past week we received a note from one of our members along with a recipe. The recipe
will give all of those salad greens a little twist. You will actually be able to cook with them.
One of the aspects of a true model of a CSA is that of members are all in some way working
together as a part of the farm community. We love to hear from you with your best recipes
and tips. Imagine if every one of our members would take a few minutes to send us a quick
tip or a favorite tried and true recipe. We would have our own personal CSA collection. I for
one do not collect cookbooks. The best recipes that I have and use have come from someone
I know who was willing to share.

Send us your ideas when you can, jenn@alstedefarms.com or Trish@alstedefarms.com.

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