Crop List: Cosmic Mix, Garlic Curls, Mirlo Head Lettuce, Bok Choy, Dill, Turnips, Maybe Swiss Chard, Collards, Tomatoes and/or Radish
Summ-ah-time!!! Oh it feels so good to look at a weather forecast that is only calling for warm dry weather. These are the days I dream of when I am perusing seed catalogs mid-winter. The warm dry weather has us anticipating vegetation mildly browning and drying by the end of the week. The Big Hole Mountains are still holding a little bit of snow visible from Victor. It will most likely be gone by the end of the week. I love watching the lingering snow disappear while thinking about our water. Cosmic Apple's irrigation water comes from Teton Pass. Some of the snow you may have skied on melts into Game Creek, which is where our "irrigation district" gets its water. Fresh pure snow melt. We think it is one of the reasons our veggies taste so good! Clean water is something we cherish. Think about how much water veggies retain. The crunch in that Bok Choy?...that is all snow melt!
Many things are getting close to ripe in the garden. Sugar Snap peas just need some time to plump up. The tomatoes are trickling in. We may not have enough red delicacies in the first couple of harvests to spread them CSA wide. Please rest assured we keep accurate records to make sure everyone gets the same amount as the season progresses. We will soon be removing row cover from the zucchinis, yellow squash and cucumbers so the flowers can be pollinated and the plants can start yielding!
The weeding continues. We will have some extra hands to help this week and hope to get a big chunk done. We also bought a really cool tractor implement this year to help weed. Two people ride on it and move the arms as these things that remind me of jellyfish spin and remove weeds. I have named it the Green Machine, although it's real name is the Eco-Weeder. Here is a link if you want to see it in action: http://www.hillsidecultivator.com/?page_id=39 (the video shows the single model, but we have a two seater!) Something that amazes me is this video was filmed at a place called Shenk's Berry farm. It is 10 minutes from where I grew up. I used to pick berries there as a kid. My mom still gets berries from them to make jam! We have purchased another implement from them in the past. It amazes me how little interest I had in farming as a kid (top secret info...I started going to college with an interest in fashion design. HA!). Now when I go home I am enamored by the small farms, the ingenuity to come out of the history of farming there, and the old barns. Gosh, I love old barns. I wonder what treasures are hidden in them. How many old barns are harboring half built weeding machines? I am so glad the Green Machine was fully developed, it is fun to have a tie to the homeland. And it is even more fun to have a weeded garden!
Farm lunch this week: Roasted Garlic Curl hummus on sandwiches with radish, bok choy, Lifeline cheese and lettuce.
Recipe Idea: Chard Patties, Super Simple Chard (this is a great hamburger topping!), Easy glazed Turnips, Beer Baked Turnips
The coolers at your site are stocked with Lifeline cheese and a selection of the beef and pork listed below. If you know you want something, please email me and I will make sure it is in the cooler, reserved for you. I don't send every cut every week, they simply won't all fit!
Beef Available: Tenderloin, New York Steak, Ribeye Steak, Sirloin Steak, Eye of the Round Steak, Round Roast, Sirloin Tip Roast, Liver, Ground Beef, Patties, Stew, Kabobs, Hot Dogs and Bratwurst
Pork Available: Neck Bones and Fat
WASH YOUR VEGGIES!!
Bring Bags to pick-ups!
If you can't make it to pick up your veggies, send a friend!
Missed shares are forfeited for the week.
Members get 20% off at the Farmer's Markets!
The People's Market: Wednesdays 4-7
The Driggs Market: Fridays 9-1
Jackson Hole Farmer's Market: Saturdays 8-1 (Starts 7/11)
Farm to Fork Festival: October 3rd 11-4 Center for the Arts
Questions? Comments? Recipes to share? firstname.lastname@example.org