Tuesday, August 7, 2012

BOX 8 - August 8th, 2012

TOMATOES!!!!!!!  We have been harvesting some really beautiful and flavorful tomatoes this last week.  We planted 5 different varieties (4 of them are heirlooms) this season and all are doing very well.  We have included a picture and description of each variety below.  We will be giving out plenty over the next few boxes but please let us know if you are interested in purchasing more and we will sell them to you at our wholesale rate. 

The rainfall has been a blessing and we are very pleased with the germination rate of our fall successions.  We should have plenty of spinich, radishes, carrots, and beets among other tasty treats to come. 


Black Hungarian Hot Peppers
Dragon's Tongue Beans (yes, they are supposed to be flat!)
Genovese Basil
Listada di Gandia Eggplant (Winona, Trempealeau)
Famosa Savoy Cabbage (La Crosse, Rochester)

We will be hosting a mushroom inoculation workshop again this summer.  Those of you who are interested in learning how to grow your own mushrooms please let us know as we are giving CSA members a discounted rate.  We will post details on this blog as well as on facebook and twitter soon.

Also, don't forget that we are always looking for volunteers!  If you would like to come out for a half day or even a few hours let us know and we will schedule something.

Thanks for your continued support!

Your Farmers,

Bryan, Katelyn, Ayden, Katie and James


Brandywine Beefsteak Tomato  Organic Brandywine Tomato - HEIRLOOM Big and beautiful! This classic variety was one of the first to bring recognition to the heirloom label. Known for its perfect balance of sugars and flavor. Dark pinkish-red flesh is smooth and juicy, so make sure to have a napkin handy! Fruits are very large, weighing 1 lb or more.

Copia Beefsteak Tomato

Organic Copia Tomato - A great tomato for farmers’ markets and a must-have for selective tomato growers. Unique fine-lined stripes of golden-yellow and candy-red make this tomato amazing to look at. Large beefsteaks average 12-16 oz with sweet, juicy meat and swirling color throughout. Stabilized by Jeff Dawson from a cross between Green Zebra and Marvel Stripe and named in honor of COPIA, the American Center of Food, Wine and the Arts in Napa, CA.
Red Pear Tomato

Organic Red And Yellow Pear Tomato - HEIRLOOM Unique pear shape.  Plants put out high yields of perfect pear-shaped tomatoes and keep producing right up until frost.

Rose de Berne TomatoOrganic Rose de Berne Tomato - HEIRLOOM Dark rose-pink hue and well-loved heirloom flavor that is not too tart, nor too sweet. A tomato taste test topper at Phillies Bridge Farm Project in New Paltz, New York as well as in the HMS trial gardens. Round fruits are 4-8 oz with meaty flesh perfect for slicing. Soft-skinned, but not overly fragile and holds up well against cracking.

Moskovich TomatoOrganic Moskvich Tomato - HEIRLOOM High quality, early-season heirloom tomato that rivals the hybrids. Excellent producer of 4-6 oz red tomatoes in just 60 days. Fruits are round to slightly flattened with a deep red color and luscious, rich flavor. Great eaten fresh or for processing. Highly resistant to cracking, making it a great pick for the greenhouse too. Like all Russians, Moskovich can stand up to cool conditions.


Mark's Sweet and Spicy Squash
(From Asparagus to Zucchini)
2 tablespoons olive oil
3-4 cups summer squash, cut into 3/4 inch pieces
1/2 cup diced onion
1 leek, chopped
2 Hungarian hot peppers, diced
3 tablespoons honey
salt and pepper

Heat oil in skillet; add squash, onions, leeks and peppers, and saute until tender.  Drizzle honey over vegetables.  Stir in salt and pepper to taste.  Turn off heat, cover, and let stand 3-4 minutes.  Makes 4 servings

Easy Blender Salsa
This is Kate's sister, Molly's, go to salsa recipe.  You can substitute a pound of fresh tomatoes for the canned and add more salt. 

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