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Newsletter July 20, 2021

Good afternoon friends,

A pretty day on the farm, at last! Hope you’re enjoying nice weather where you are too.

What’s in the box this week? Sweet corn, redskin potatoes, eggplant, onions, zucchini, squash, bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce , banana peppers.

A Kitten Tale: A few weeks ago John was going to mow our pasture and when he lifted the bush of, a pretty cat took off across the field. On looking closer, he saw 6 newborn kittens lying there. He moved them to a spot nearby and placed them in a box for her to find. She returned for 3 days and each day she took a kitten. On the 4th day by 6 o’clock, she hadn’t returned for the remaining three kittens. We know we have raccoons, possums, coyotes and who knows what else on the farm, so that coupled with them screaming for food led us to be worried about their safety overnight. Our neighbor Elaine took them home with her and takes care of them with the exception of Thursday when I watch them. In a few weeks they will have a vet visit for their shots and exam. They are very cute, and they have done well with their bottle feeding and litter box training. We hope to find “furrever” homes for them in the next few weeks. If you know of anyone or if you would love a little kitten, let us know. We would like them placed with someone who would like the companionship of a kitten, and who would be a responsible pet owner. So that’s the story of our latest adventure here. I can send photos.

Crop Updates: Crops are really coming in good now, and okra should be coming soon. I love okra. I even like to wash it well and snack on it raw.

Thank you to everyone that replied to my question about whether you are enjoying the tomatoes so far this season.

Cantaloupes: Our grower has been growing the same variety of seeds for the past 15 years and bummer-he cannot get these same seeds this year so he ordered a different variety. We are holding our breath until the grower starts harvesting them to see how the new variety tastes. What a screwey year!

The peach variety this week are Loring. They are just right for making a good peach cobbler!

Here is a link to a recipe for using up more of your corn this week: 

https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1022409-arepas-de-choclo-with-avocado-salad?action=click&region=Sam%20Sifton%27s%20Suggestions&rank=1