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Doe Run Farm CSA Newsletter 6-22-2020

Good afternoon CSA friends,

We hope that all the Dad’s had a wonderful Fathers Day yesterday and got to go fishin’- play golf, swim or just do nothing at all, if that’s what he wanted!

Our children’s Dad worked most of the day yesterday on a project, so he didn’t celebrate much other than celebrating his project being finished!  He did get best wishes from our three children by phone yesterday, and enjoyed catching up with them. With this Covid 19 going on, our visits have come to a screeching halt.  I am praying for a treatment, and sooner rather than later.

Here are two links to a Food Safety site that I refer to often and possibly you do as well, but just in case you haven’t visited it recently, it’s worth a look see.  I have found both links to be very helpful on more than one occasion. In fact, I keep the Food Keeper app under a magnet on my refrigerator.  https://www.foodsafety.gov/keep-food-safe/foodkeeper-app  AND https://www.foodsafety.gov/keep-food-safe/4-steps-to-food-safety  I never cook meat of any kind without the use of my handy-dander meat thermometer.  The digital ones are terrific I think.

As you might have guessed, strawberries for us this season are now history.  For members receiving Fruit Lover’s shares this week-or Combo’s, we have beautiful Peaches available in the place of Strawberries, and Blueberries this week too! Sweet, and they are so good. Bet ya’ can’t eat just one!

I advise letting your Peaches set on your counter for a day or so for them to ripen, if they are too firm when you receive them. Keep watch though because they will ripen before you know it!  These are the early Red Haven peaches (not freestones), but other than their wonderful flavor,  one thing I love about them is the ease with which they peel. The skin comes off so easily without having to blanch them if you are freezing them for later, or to just enjoy eating without the peel.  The “freestone” peaches will probably be ready around mid July or a bit earlier even if we’re lucky!  We hope you love the peaches and blueberries too, as much as we do around here.  I made some strawberry-peach ice cream last night and it was delish! If you have a countertop ice cream/frozen yogurt maker, now’s the perfect time to get that baby out!

What’s in the box this week?  Cauliflower, Cabbage, Squash, Green Beans, Onion, Zucchini, Broccoli Florets, Beets, Lettuce and crunchy Cucumbers!  (Some but not all will be in your shares)

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If you haven’t roasted beets yet, give that a try.  Just wash well, dry thoroughly and toss in olive oil, salt and pepper, then wrap in foil and roast until fork tender in a 425-450 degree oven.  (Just trim off the roots, don’t cut into the ends of the beet before roasting). When done, let cool thoroughly and take a paper towel and just rub off the skins.  Season to taste.  They take on a sweetness you don’t get in other ways of cooking.

In closing, Please continue to wear a mask to pick up, and if you haven’t in the past, Please do it for us starting this week.  As I have mentioned before, both John and I are in high risk groups and we want to stay well.  We will continue to wear a mask to prevent us passing along anything to you.  

We hope you will have a wonderful week, be safe and do your best to stay well!

Until next week,

Judy