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Newsletter, August 1, 2022

Greetings!

Just like me, I’m sure you have been looking for bell peppers in your shares. I’m sorry to say that our green pepper crop has pretty much been a failure this year-most have succumbed to what looks like blossom end rot that you see often see on tomatoes. The county extension agent has been to the farm whose peppers were affected, and we are waiting to see what he finds may have caused the problem. In all our years of working with this farmer, this is a first for him. His peppers have always been beautiful.  We are hoping that he can salvage some but we aren’t holding out a lot of hope.

We had a lot of rain yesterday and today and we are thankful for it – we needed it desperately, but due to the heavy gully washers, bean fields were soaked and we didn’t want to risk them getting moldy by picking them when they were wet.  (Ask me how I know about this)

Hopefully the rain will help out the corn crop, the dry weather has not been good for corn.  The kernels don’t fill out well when they don’t get enough rain. Until yesterday, it’s been very dry in our area. It would be nice if everything growing right now would get synchronized with our weather!  Ahh, farm life.  (Still love it though).

”What’s in my share this week?” Tomatoes, banana peppers, squash, zucchini, potatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, and okra. The Combo share this week get Tomatoes.

Just for fun—Our next full moon – the full Sturgeon Moon, should reach its peak on August 11 according to the Old Farmers Almanac.. It will be the last supermoon of the year! It’s called the Sturgeon Moon because the giant sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this part of summer. 

Home Delivery members-don’t forget to put out the cooler on your delivery day-it’s going to be hot again this week!

Anyone have any experience using an Instant Pot Duo Crisp? I’m late to the IP party but I’d like to know what you get good results with, using your Instant Pot.

We hope you have a wonderful week, stay healthy and enjoy the rest of summer. Until next week,

Judy

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter July 25, 2022

Greetings from the farm!

This week in your shares we have a versatile medium starch potato for you. Kennebec is the variety and they have a creamy texture and a rich flavor. They hold their shape when cooked without being dense. Demand for medium-starch potatoes during the past decade has increased in part because they adapt easily to the roles played by high and low-starch counterparts. They can be used to make any number of fried potato preparations such as steak fries, hash browns, shoestring potatoes, French fries, potato skins, chips, and Hasselback potatoes. Kennebec potatoes also maintain their shape when cooked, they’re perfect for potato salads, curries, soups, and stews. We like using them for Oven-Roasted Rosemary Potatoes, Here is how we fix them at our house:   Courtesy of Ina Garten

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut the potatoes in half or quarters and place in a bowl with the olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and rosemary; toss until the potatoes are well coated. Dump the potatoes on a baking sheet and spread out into 1 layer; roast in the oven for at least 1 hour, or until browned and crisp. Flip twice with a spatula during cooking to ensure even browning.
  3. Remove the potatoes from the oven, season to taste, and serve. (I use dried Rosemary)

What’s in our shares this week? Some of the following will be in your shares: Lettuce, Cucumber, Okra, bulb Onions, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Cantaloupe, and Potatoes. Good eats!

Here’s also a link to a quick, delicious summertime recipe for the  members who ordered a Fruit or Combo share.  Jane’s Grilled Peaches: https://thrivinghomeblog.com/janes-grilled-peaches-recipe/    These are delicious – and because our peaches right now are Freestones, slicing these peaches in half is a breeze!  I think you will love them. You may have guessed—the Combo this week is fruit (Peaches)

This week we will be posting some vegetables and fruit for purchase through the online Country store. Please be sure to place your order online by Sunday evening and it will be delivered with next weeks share. To order go to our website,  doerunfarms.com

We were blessed with a rain shower yesterday, and of course we hope it’s not too dry at your home. Many places need a bit of relief and some places need a lot of relief! My heart goes out to all the farmers whose farms water supply has been restricted. It has been devastating to many.

Until next week stay well and love one another,

Judy

 

 

 

Newsletter July 18, 2022

Howdy CSA friends,

We hope your weekend was enjoyable, and that you’re ready to tackle the new week. Hopefully we will get some much needed rain.

In your CSA share this week we are planning to have the following in the mix for you: Lettuce, Tomatoes, Onions, Squash, Cucumbers, Yukon Gold potatoes, and Okra!   Combo shares this week: Tomatoes.

Being a native Kentuckian, I want to pass along a recipe using the lettuce that’s in your share this week. Mind you this isn’t a recipe you can make often-it isn’t the healthiest recipe around but it’s so good occasionally! In Kentucky we call it “Wilted Lettuce”. Give it a try!

Ingredients:  6 slices bacon,1/4 c. diced green onions, 1/2 cup vinegar, 4 tsp. sugar, and Lettuce that’s been torn into bite size pieces.

Cook bacon till crisp, drain, crumble and set aside.  Reserve drippings from the bacon and place in a skillet if you used a method other than frying the bacon in a skillet,  that can hold the liquid dressing.

Add onions to drippings and cook till tender. Then to that mix add the vinegar, 1/4 cup water, sugar, +1/2 tsp. salt and the crumbled bacon to drippings then bring to a boil. Turn off heat and place the lettuce in heat proof bowl and pour the hot dressing over lettuce and toss. Add sliced radishes and sliced boiled eggs if you like just before serving. Enjoy!

Stay well friends-

Until next week,

Judy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter – July 11, 2022

Greetings friends!

I don’t know about you but I’ve had just about enough heat to last me for awhile.  These high 90’s and 100 degree temps don’t agree with me, much less put me in a good mood.  I look forward to the high 80’s these days, and I bet most of you do as well! We have had a few storms at the farm the latter part of last week and ended up with over two inches of rain, which was a blessing for sure. I would welcome a bit more rain.

Thanks go out to our home delivery members for being diligent in getting coolers with ice blocks inside set out on your delivery days. We get concerned when we drive up and don’t see a cooler setting out.  Summer heat will ruin your vegetables and produce if left outside.

What’s in my share this week?  We plan to have a wonderful share for you this week:  Yukon Gold potatoes have been harvested along with green beans to go with those potatoes. We should have more onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, plus eggplant, lettuce, zucchini and yellow summer squash.  Okra should be coming to you soon!

A “shout out” to our caring group of Coordinators at our delivery locations and also to our Neighborhood hosts and Delivery drivers!  Thank you for assisting our farm’s CSA members every week and getting everyone’s share to them.  You’re the best!

Most all of us can find something in our lives to be grateful for every day.  Every morning we get a new beginning – a chance to start over, the opportunity to grow as a person, to learn new things and to serve others even in small ways. Here at the farm, we are grateful for you, the members of our CSA community.  You give us the opportunity to earn our living by growing and delivering to your family, some of the best vegetables, fruit and produce available in our area.

For our CSA members who  have a few plants growing at their homes, especially a tomato plant or two.  If you haven’t seen these little beasts yet on your tomato plants, count yourself very lucky.  If you have seen them as they appear in the first photo, get out the BT and use it on them according to the directions.  BT is perfectly safe and we rely on it when they show up.  If you see the beasts (tomato hornworms) looking like the second photo, count yourself lucky because parasitic wasps have parasitized the worm and will kill it for you. So, just let it be.  You can also just pick them off when you see them – let the kiddos do it for you especially the boys, they will love it!

#1.  Photo credit: Treehugger

62 Tomato Hornworm Photos and Premium High Res Pictures - Getty Images

#2.

How Baby Wasps Can Save Your Tomatoes

Have a great week, and enjoy your CSA share!

Judy

 

 

Newsletter, July 4, 2022

 Happy 4th of July Friends!

It sure looks as though we are in for another week of steamy temperatures in the Tennessee valley.  We hope you are being careful if you must be outdoors in this heat, it can be very dangerous.  (Look out for your pets too).

This week, I will cut right to the chase to let you know “what’s in your shares” this week – our best guess anyway as of today.  It’s always kind of “dicey” making a guess this early in the week but we try so you can menu plan with a base at least.  Cucumbers, Onions, Tomatoes, Green Beans,  Redskin potatoes (aka new potatoes), squash, zucchini, eggplant and bell peppers.

Here is a link to a few recipe variations from U-tube using eggplant that look and sound delicious. Be sure to click on the  “more” text below the video to see the three recipe’s posted and not just the video.

https://youtu.be/KzY-xrGHIAo

Let us know if you try any of these and how you like them!

It will soon be time for “freebies” to begin showing up at your pick up locations, so hope and pray that we have some this season.  Some seasons it’s sparse, but we always try to bring them when we have them.  I don’t know of any stores that ever give you anything free from their veggie-produce departments, so we love to share our extras with you.  Please remember we ask you to get your CSA shares loaded into your car first, then pull away from the line of cars waiting to pick up their shares, then come and get “freebies”.  We want everyone to be safe when picking up your shares.  

Home Delivery members, don’t forget to put out those coolers with last week’s ice block in it – your veggies won’t last long out in this heat if they are outdoors!

Picking up at your workplace?  Be sure to keep a cooler and and ice block or two in it if you must take your CSA share to your car while at work.

We hope you’ve had nice holiday weekend.

Until next week,

Judy

Happy 4th of July!