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Week 13 July 18th – July 20th, 2017

Week 13 July 18th – July 20th, 2017

Do you know anyone who stops at a farm stand day after day all summer long? They might be interested in “The Heart of the Highlands”, our CSA option that lasts just into the middle of September. It is time to welcome those CSA members who are joining us now as we start to harvest what is considered true summer produce. These are the fruits and vegetables that we all wait for and cannot get enough of here in New Jersey every year.

We will see more fruit in our shares this week. Along with blueberries, peaches will be in for the first time. Remember that they are an early variety and will be cling stone where the fruit clings to the pit. There may be a split in the fruit near the stem, and the pit may split if you cut the fruit open. These are all natural characteristics of early peaches. Some of you will have sugar plums that you will probably enjoy just eating out of hand. Some of the shares will have the first of the apples. This always makes me a little nervous. Fall fruit in the summer means that the season is really moving along, I want the summer to go by more slowly! This apple variety is called Lodi. Lodi apples are best when first picked so if your plan is to just cut them to serve raw you want to do that in the next couple of days. Lodi apples however are best known for applesauce. I like to start with a little cider, peeled and cored apple chunks or slices are simmered until tender. Add a little cinnamon and sugar to taste and serve.

Have you taken a look at the Facebook page? There are so many great ideas. I am including a recipe posted by Kim DeMaria for Zucchini Meatballs. Crystal Lynn posted a recipe using roasted cauliflower and I could not help notice a post by Christine Sullivan for beet pancakes. Her four year old loved them. Getting kids to eat beets, what could be better? The color is fabulous, I want to serve them with lots of berries.

It was a great first week of camp. We had the run of the farm. Campers picked zucchini, cucumbers, lettuce, peas, beans, greenhouse tomatoes and peppers, late strawberries, raspberries, and peaches. We planted pea shoots in the green house. We didn’t have a lot of time for cooking but we did manage to prepare the blueberry crumble bars. I had planned to take a picture to post but they were served and eaten before I had a chance!

The time has arrived for us to meet in person. I hope to see many of you next weekend at our CSA Members breakfast on Saturday or Sunday. Bring along the recipes and ideas that you want to share with us. We look forward to seeing you! Until then keep in touch with me, jenn@alstedefarms.com and as always, enjoy the freshness!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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