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July 27, 2020 Newsletter

Good morning CSA friends,

We hope you aren’t sweltering in this hot weather, for it doesn’t look as though we will be catching a break any time soon.  The humidity is what is hard for me to deal with this time of year, and after an occasional brief thunderstorm the humidity is even worse!  In any case, stay hydrated. Somewhere along the way I learned that when you get thirsty you are already dehydrated, so keep cool water handy and drink up! Make sure not to forget the kiddos.  They start playing and often forget to hydrate.

Did you know that your summer veggies go a long way in keeping you hydrated too?  Cucumbers have the highest water content of any vegetable.  Cucumbers contain about 97% water, those crunchy radishes contain 95% water and tomatoes are 94%water. So the addition of veggies like these, in addition to drinking water should keep you well hydrated.  Many times in the heat of summer if you begin to get a headache, that’s a signal that you may be dehydrated.  Drink a cool glass of water or make your self a good old Tomato sandwich! (or do both)

FYI:  (1) This week’s Food Lover’s COMBO share is Fruit.  (2) Be sure to check the online Country Store as we are adding some bulk items for purchase such as pickling cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, peaches and bell peppers.  (3) Deadline for ordering from the store is the Sunday evening prior to your delivery day if you want it delivered with your next CSA share.  If you order after the deadline, you can still place your order, but delivery will be one week later.  (4) At this time, we only deliver bulk items from the online Store, to our pick up locations.  

What do I do when I want to suspend my CSA share and receive credit? 

  • Notify the farm 48 hrs in advance of your delivery in an email. (don’t give the information to your driver, we make all changes)
  • Tell us where you pick up your share.
  • What date do you want to suspend your share & what date should we resume your deliveries?
  • Tell us if you want to use your credit by receiving a make up share later this season or, do you prefer to use your credit in the online country Store this season?
  • If you want a make up share, tell us what date you’d like it.

What’s in the box this week?  Sweet Corn, Eggplant, Squash, Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, Banana Peppers, Onions, Kennebec Potatoes.

A little information for those of you who may not be familiar with Kennebec Potatoes. Kennebec potatoes are best suited for cooking by baking, mashing, or roasting, but their best virtues are displayed through frying. They can be used to make any number of fried potato dishes such as steak fries, hash browns, shoestring potatoes, French fries, potato skins, chips, and “Hasselback” potatoes. Kennebec potatoes also maintain their shape when cooked, perfect for potato salads, curries, soups, and stews. Kennebec potatoes should be stored in a cool, dry location away from direct sunlight. If you have ever eaten at an In-N-Out burger spot,  Kennebecs are their “go to” for  french fries.  If you’re familiar with Claim Jumper restaurants, they feature them in their potato-cheddar soup.

We visited with a few of our partner farmers that harvested today and they asked us to do a rain dance for them.  They need a respite from the heat I think.  Still, we picked up some lovely vegetables from them today and we are grateful for their efforts. They work hard to bring all of us a wide variety of beautiful, seasonal, nutritious food. They are a wonderful group of farmers and they pick up the slack for us during the  summer since we don’t grow a lot on our farm during the summer. We moved our high tunnels closer to our home and are hoping to get them back up again over the winter season. We plan to resume growing again in early spring.

We hope that you are enjoying your CSA shares, and we thank you for choosing to support our farms with the purchase of your shares.

Thank you for continuing to look out for those of us at your pick up site, by wearing your mask to pick up.  We will have ours on for you when we place your veggies in your trunk.

Until next week,