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Week 16 August 8 – August 10, 2017

Week 16 August 8 – August 10, 2017

With all this rain we’ve had recently, it is quite amazing that anything is growing. Farming is always a challenge and this summer is certainly living up to that difficulty at best. This much rain and the cooler weather with cool nights is taking its toll on some of our crops. Everyone is talking about tomatoes. “Where are they? When are we getting them in our shares?” They are out there and the plants look great, we just don’t have a large quantity that are red just yet. Once they come along, we will have more than we know what to do with. A few of you will have tomatoes this week, then let’s all hope that we will have plenty for next week.

That being said, you are in for a treat this week. Last year you will recall we did not have nectarines in the shares. There were very little to harvest due to the late spring frost. This is our second week with these precious fruits. Along with the nectarines we will also have one of the most coveted fruits known as the donut or Saturn peach. If you have never had one, be prepared to have a new favorite. For those of you who have been waiting for them, this is the week. I don’t think that there is another local farm that grows these heirloom peaches so I feel extremely fortunate!

On Facebook last week I noticed a post about pepper identification. For those of you who are not on Facebook
I did mention that if you have your “Membership Information Book” or you go onto our website, you will find that there are pictures and tips about the hot and sweet peppers and all of the other crops that we grow. My share had quite a variety of hot peppers. I had a long hot pepper, jalapeno, and some serrano peppers. Long hot being the most mild of those and serrano the most hot and spicy. These are all pretty low on the heat index or the Scoville Scale. Capsaicin is responsible for the heat and it is concentrated in the ribs, seeds and veins of the peppers. You may choose to wear gloves while working with these peppers if not, wash your hands as soon as you complete the task. If you are not sure what to do with these peppers, it is time to prepare a salsa, this week with peaches, add them to a stir fry, or one of my favorite recipes, suggested by a CSA member a few years ago, using your favorite recipe, prepare a hot tomato sauce using all the different varieties.

This week I had a chance to read some of the feedback forms that were left for us at breakfast. I will try to address them a little at a time. Some of you would like recipes that are simpler, 5 ingredients or fewer. Generally that means that there are up to 5 major ingredients and salt and pepper, and a fat are not included. We have been trying to run some recipes that are a little easier in the time saver portion of the handout. We will continue to try to keep them simple while at the same time I challenge all of you to send to me your favorite “5 ingredient” recipe. Send to jenn@alstedefarms.com. Until next week, enjoy the freshness.

 

 

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