August 16, 2016
What is in the VEGGIE BOX?
Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Parsley, Jalapeño Peppers, Garlic, and Onions, along with some of the other normal stuff; potatoes, Chard and Cucumbers.
What is in the FRUIT BOX? Figs, O’Henry Peaches Grapes and Plums
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This Week on the Farm
It is a bit hard to pick and pack a summer box that doesn’t look the same as all the other weeks of the summer. Eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, squash over and over again. The trick is to figure out how to eat them in different ways to make it interesting. My mom loves Frank’s hot sauce over her baked chicken-lots of it, so I had an eggplant in the refrig, and I sliced it up and nestled it around the chicken, and when it came time to add the Franks hot sauce, the eggplant got it too. You know it was really good-that eggplant is so good at soaking in the juices of what it is cooking with and just blending in. We have been enjoying grilling the eggplant and squash marinated in a bit of olive oil and soy sauce-plus as much garlic as you like. Well I sliced some potatoes like French fries and added them to the grill too, and boy they were so good-that is my new way of cooking our potatoes-fries in the oven or on the grill, just with a bit of olive oil coating and salt, and yes garlic but no deep fry.
So today in searching for a bit different twist to your box we have a salsa making box with lots of slicing tomatoes, peppers, and alliums all to make your salsa. I am in the habit of buying salsa, and at one point a few weeks ago, actually around the peach party I realized that is crazy with all the ingredients here to make salsa-except the cilantro. I think my main problem is that I don’t seem to have a great recipe that I really like, but then salsa isn’t an exacting science, more like put in it what you have in the proportions you want. So I thought that I would put in a few different, but really not too different recipes one that is a cooking type and the other a fresh salsa recipe. But more than anything I would love to have a salsa tasting contest-but that is hard, so how about you send in your favorite salsa recipes??? Then instead of just putting in two hot peppers that will probably wiggle out the bottom holes of the box, we thought we would send an entire basket of jalapeño peppers. These are hot puppies, so you do need to be careful around those seeds. So now you have a full basket of hot peppers minus two for the salsa, and I thought-POPPERS! You can skip the bacon if you like and just stuff the peppers with the cheese and broil them-but do make sure to remove the seeds (with gloves) before stuffing.
This will most likely be our last week of peaches-sad to see them go; Seeing the peaches go is definitely bitter sweet, this means the season is shifting once again and we all can move on to getting ready for the fall plantings. The peach harvest keeps us so busy that much of the maintenance of the fields gets left behind especially the weeding. I spent all afternoon yesterday making my fall flower seed order, Francisco started planting broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage for the greenhouse and today Ali is going to do the CSA run again so that Jeff can get to the ground work prepping for those baby transplants and seeds. I have to say it is not easy to get up the gumption to shift gears and start planning for the next season, I think I really just want to sleep with this heat. We have reached the crescendo of the summer for sure, and I find it a struggle to do anything but want to leave Dodge. And if I can reach back into my memory bank I will have to admit it is the same every summer about this time-even when I was younger, and you know even in those first years I remember saying to Jeff around this time-I am never going to do this again! Well maybe it is a bit like having a baby, all that physical pain to bring your baby into the world, who would want to do that again??? The rewards of that new life and what it brings to you during that first year; watching them grow into beautiful beings eventually heals the exhausting sleepless nights and pain of birthing. Thus it is similar with a new season when it comes we will have new energy for another round of possibilities of planting a new flower, or taking better care of the fruit trees, or waiting for the fox to peek out of the hedgerow-I love to see that fox, or watch our dog Rue chasing the shadow of butterflies. Inwardly I know that I am at a low point right now-it is part of the summer season cycle, I am pretty sure this too will pass as I slow down a bit, take a second nap in the day and work on keeping going the best I can as my body rejuvenates. The seed order was really fun, I just hid in the office pouring over my catalogues, not giving orders to the crew, just not being available to make decisions or being a part of the social interworking of people- and go into the world of finding new flower varieties, searching out the sweetest most fragrant sweet pea from a New Zealand plant breeder, or looking for a heirloom carnation varieties, or a new Earl Grey Larkspur that I had seen on the Floret Farm web site-sleuthing the world for new flower seeds! Hoping to add to the continuing wonders for this farm for next year. Have a great week!~Annie