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Newsletter, June 14, 2021

Good afternoon CSA members,

I’m sure most of you have heard the old saying that “Time waits for no one”.  Our springtime days will     soon be a thing of the past and the summer solstice, which is the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere, will take place on June 21 and on this date summer technically begins. Then before you know it, we will be celebrating Independence Day!

For us farmers, our summer begins when our field tomatoes, free-stone peaches, okra and cantaloupes starts being harvested. The tastes and flavors of summer are hard to beat!  At our farm we had quite a storm last night but today, the sun is beating down. Just what we need to make things grow.  Once things begin to be harvested, it’s very important to store vegetables and fruit in CSA shares the right way and to always eat the most perishable items first.

How long will they last?
The days listed below are only approximates and could vary based on your refrigerators temperature and the area where your foods are stored inside. The list will give you general ideas however,  to help you maintain the quality of your food. There are no preservatives added to the food in your CSA share.

Shelf Life of Fruits and Vegetables

1 to 3 days: Collard greens, corn, green onions, summer squash, strawberries, raspberries, pears, and peaches.

3 to 5 days: Cauliflower, broccoli, bell pepper, asparagus, blueberries, cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash

5 to 7 days: Tomato, radish, lettuce, green beans, cucumber, watermelon, potatoes.

 7 or more days: sweet potato, winter squash, cabbage, and bulb onions,

This week the “Fruit Lovers Shares”  will get early peaches-the variety is the Early Red Haven peach. This is a Cling peach which just means that you have to either eat around the pit or, cut the flesh from the peach. The Early Red Haven in spite of that, is a really delicious peach. Be sure to let these peaches hang around on your kitchen counter for 2 to 3 days to ripen and soften a bit. Just keep a watch on them.

Here is a link to a springtime treat the whole family will love using fresh fruit. Yogurt Swirl Pops:

https://www.womansday.com/food-recipes/food-drinks/recipes/a12330/fruit-yogurt-swirl-pops-recipe-wdy0714/

What’s in your shares this week?
Cucumbers, bulb onions, summer squash, zucchini, “Conehead” cabbage, green beans, beets, lettuce, sweet corn. By the way – if your corn should have a few worms in the top, this is not unusual. That is an indication that it hasn’t been sprayed.  Simply remove the worms, rinse it off and enjoy it. It is delicious even though the season for corn is still early.

Tomatoes that you have received so far have been grown in high tunnels on the farm.  (in the ground under cover vs. field grown).  These are now gone. We are now waiting for the field tomatoes to ripen. When they get ripe you will be getting them in your shares.

Until next week,

Judy,