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This Week's Share: Tomatoes, Squash and More

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Note and photo sent in by Dave: This was quite an impressive feat a couple of weeks ago.  That wasp was (barely) able to lift the grasshopper, whom it had already dispatched.  Neither were small.  We watched the wasp struggle vertically up the side of the cinderblocks supporting the table before moving onto the easier-to-navigate cardboard.



And with that bit of action from the farm, let's talk this week's share!

Here's what you'll find in Week 16 of the CSA:

  • 1 head garlic. Word of advice, squeeze the garlic when you grab it out of the basket to make sure it’s firm.
  • 6 pounds total combination tomatoes + squash
  • 1 1/2 pounds total combination okra + eggplant + peppers + beans + hot chili peppers

 

Recipe Ideas!

This Fire & Smoke Gazpachot from Washington Post has come highly recommended. 

And over on my blog, we featured a recipe for Smashed Okra recently for those of you who want a different take on fried okra. 

 

On U-Pick this week:

If you want to come and u-pick, you can find a map of the fields and locations at the Wash Station when you arrive at the farm, denoting where to find the fields listed below. Here's what's on offer this week. 

  • Full-size tomatoes. 
  • Cherry tomatoes. 
  • Ground cherries. They're sweet and still a good amount of them. 
  • Tomatillos (these are dwindling)
  • Chiles (lots)
  • Celery. The celery is too tough to eat raw, but it's great for cooking. 
  • Swiss Chard. It will improve as the weather cools. 
  • Beans are in two fields as of this week. Lots in C1. The ones in B3 are more suitable for shell beans.
  • Okra -- there's lots of okra right now. Come and pick it! Especially on a Monday or a Friday -- we want you to pick it and enjoy it. 
  • Herbs: Basil (in the high tunnel). Plus Oregano, sorrel, parsley, onion chives, coriander, dill seed, stevia, lemongrass, anise, Mexican sour cucumbers, thyme, lemon balm, sage, garlic chives. 
  • As always, any flowers are always fair game.  

 

A preview of what's to come:

  • No potatoes this week but they'll be back next week!
  • Our tomato plants look bad, so we're not sure how many more weeks we'll have tomatoes. This is definitely the last week of abundant tomatoes. 
  • Our greens are looking great -- we hope to have salad greens in last week's share! 

 

Enjoy this week's share, and let us know if you have any questions about your produce or how to use it! 

Have a great week,

-- Clay

 


This Week's Share: Potatoes, Tomatoes, Eggplant and More

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The herb garden on a rainy morning, via TheBittenWord.com 

 

Hello, Clagett subscribers!

We're all set for today's pick-up. Here's what you'll find in Week 15 of the CSA:

  • 1 head garlic. Word of advice, squeeze the garlic when you grab it out of the basket to make sure it’s firm.
  • 6 1/4 pounds combination tomatoes + potatoes
  • 1 3/4 pounds eggplant + beans + okra + peppers + chiles

 

On U-Pick this week:

If you want to come and u-pick, you can find a map of the fields and locations at the Wash Station when you arrive at the farm, denoting where to find the fields listed below. Here's what's on offer this week. 

  • Full-size tomatoes. We picked the fields pretty clean today, so don’t expect to find these in any great quantity, but you're welcome to take what's there. 
  • Cherry tomatoes. 
  • Ground cherries. They're sweet and in abundance. 
  • Tomatillos 
  • Chiles 
  • Celery. The celery is too tough to eat raw, but it's great for cooking. 
  • Swiss Chard. 
  • Beans are in two fields as of this week. The ones in B3 are more suitable for shell beans.
  • Okra
  • Herbs: Basil (in the high tunnel). Plus Oregano, sorrel, parsley, onion chives, coriander, dill seed, stevia, lemongrass, anise, Mexican sour cucumbers, thyme, lemon balm, sage, garlic chives. 
  • As always, any flowers are always fair game.  

A preview of what's to come:

Next week should be a lot like this week. We have some lettuce coming soon, and we’ll update you on that. For a longer term look, here are a few updates:

  • The winter squash is looking great, but the sweet potatoes are looking awful because of the dry weather and the groundhogs.
  • The fall greens and roots like radishes, turnips and carrots are looking good. Broccoli and cauliflower perished, unfortunately.
  • And cabbages are looking very good. 

 

 

Enjoy this week's share, and let us know if you have any questions about your produce or how to use it! 

Have a great week,

-- Clay

 


This Week's Share: Potatoes, Tomatoes, Fennel and More

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(This photo via CSA member Christina)

Good afternoon!

I hope everyone is having a great Tuesday. Here's what you'll find in Week 14 of the CSA:

  • 1 head garlic
  • 6 1/4 pound total potatoes + tomatoes
  • 1 pound total fennel + okra + peppers + chard + squash + beans + chiles + basil

On U-Pick this week:

If you want to come and u-pick, you can find a map of the fields and locations at the Wash Station when you arrive at the farm, denoting where to find the fields listed below. Here's what's on offer this week. 

  • Full-size tomatoes. 
  • Cherry tomatoes. 
  • Ground cherries. They're sweet and in abundance. 
  • Tomatillos 
  • Chiles 
  • Celery. The celery is too tough to eat raw, but it's great for cooking. 
  • Swiss Chard. 
  • Beans are in two fields as of this week. 
  • Okra
  • Updated: Herbs: Basil (in the high tunnel). Plus Oregano, sorrel, parsley, onion chives, coriander, dill seed, stevia, lemongrass, anise, Mexican sour cucumbers, thyme, lemon balm, sage, garlic chives. 
  • As always, any flowers are always fair game.  

 

A preview of what's to come:

No eggplant in the share this week but it will be back soon. This should be the beginning of more squash -- so look forward to that. Lots more potatoes to come. We should have an abundance of tomatoes over the next few weeks. Okra will continue to be in the share. Beans will be in the share, but in smaller quantity. This is the only week for fennel -- this was the first time we've grown it on the farm, so it was interesting to see how it performed. Overall, our summer crops have been more unpredictable than normal, due to the heatwaves. We're optimistic for the upcoming weeks!

Enjoy this week's share, and let us know if you have any questions about your produce or how to use it! 

Have a great week,

-- Clay

 


Share and U-Pick Update: Tomatoes and Saturday

 

We have two quick updates to yesterday's share announcement:

Tomatoes are on u-pick! There's no longer a 4 tomato limit. And there are two fields with tomatoes. You can find all the information at the wash station when you arrive at the farm. You can see everything else on u-pick in yesterday's post

Saturday Update: For those of you picking up your shares on Saturday, please note that there will be no corn available. We'll make it up to you with other vegetables, but we wanted to give you the heads up that this is the case in advance of you arriving at the farm. 

Let us know if you have any questions!

 

-- Clay 


This Week's Share: Corn, Potatoes, Tomatoes. Plus Ground Cherry Recipes.

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(This image via CSA member Krossbow on flickr)

 

Good afternoon!

The harvest has just been completed for today's shares. Here's what you'll find in Week 13 of the CSA:

  • 1 head garlic
  • 3 1/2 pounds combination corn + potatoes
  • 2 1/2 pounds combination eggplant + okra + chile peppers + sweet peppers (limit 1/4 pound) + beans (limit 1/4 pound) + possibly small quanitities of a few other items thrown in
  • 4 pounds tomatoes

On U-Pick this week:

If you want to come and u-pick, you can find a map of the fields and locations at the Wash Station when you arrive at the farm, denoting where to find the fields listed below. Here's what's on offer this week. 

  • Update: Full-size tomatoes are now on u-pick. 
  • Cherry tomatoes.
  • Ground cherries. They're sweet and in abundance. Find recipe ideas below. 
  • Tomatillos
  • Chiles
  • Celery. The celery is too tough to eat raw, but it's great for cooking.
  • New: Swiss Chard. 
  • Beans are in two fields as of this week.
  • Herbs: Basil (in the high tunnel). Plus Oregano, sorrel, parsley, onion chives, coriander, thyme, lemon balm, sage, garlic chives, dill seed. 
  • As always, any flowers are always fair game.  

How to Use Ground Cherries

Ground cherries are available in abundance on the farm. They're very sweet and we encourage you to try them if you come out to u-pick. Here are three ideas for putting them to use in your kitchen:

If you pick them, let us know how you use them!

A preview of what's to come:

Purple beans will likely enter the share next week. More tomatoes are on the way. This is the last week for corn, and watermelon has also ended.

Enjoy this week's share, and let us know if you have any questions about your produce or how to use it! 

Have a great week,

-- Clay