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This Week's Share: Melons! Potatoes!

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Here's CSA member Carolyn Woods picking greens at the farm. Thanks Carolyn for submitting a photo!

 

Happy Wednesday! Here's what you'll find in this week's CSA share:  

  • 1 melon
  • 3 pounds potatoes
  • 1 3/4 pounds tomatoes + peppers
  • 2 1/2 pounds squash + eggplant
  • 3/4 pound, combined total:  tomatillos, okra, garlic, onions, beans, hot chiles, cucumbers  

Note:  We do our best to pick only the melons that are ripe and sweet.  But we can't be 100% sure without cutting them open.  So if you get home and find that your melon is not good, please let us know next week at your pick-up so we can make it up to you. 

What's On U-Pick: 

  • Beans.  (We think the beans are a little tough this week.)
  • Basil
  • Herbs: parsley, sorrel, mint, lemon balm, sage, onion chives, garlic chives, lavender (no flowers), marjoram, stevia, thyme, Thai basil.  
  • Husk cherries (also called ground cherries). Pick them when the husk is yellow or brown.  The fruit inside should be yellow and sweet.
  • Flowers (Gladiolas, zinnias and more)
  • Swiss chard
  • Tomatillos.  Pick them when the fruit fills out the husk.  The fruit inside should be green and taste like a tart, unripe tomato. 

 

Recipe Suggestions: Okra!

Not sure what to do with okra? Here are three ideas: 

  • and for those of you looking for some fried okra: Smashed okra

Have an okra recipe you love?  Share it with members by emailing us

 

Questions? Comments? Let us know here on the blog!

 


This Week's Share: Green Tomatoes, Okra and More

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This photo & great advice from Billy & Gail: There is more beauty to harvest with your eyes at Clagett Farm; just relax and enjoy your visits. Thanks Billy & Gail!

 

Before we get to this week's share, we wanted to offer a few announcements. 

UPDATE: Canning workshops are full - thanks to everyone who expressed interest!

3 Slots Left for Canning Workshops - Get Them Before They're Gone!

As announced last week, Susan Sanders - a fellow CSA member - is offering canning workshops in her home in August. There's 1 slot left for Sunday, August 4, and 2 slots left on Sunday, August 18. All the details are below. If you're interested, grab a slot ASAP by emailing Susan at the address below.

When:  Sunday, August 4 OR Sunday, August 18 at 2pm.  Plan to stay at least until 4pm, or later to see a little extra. 

Where:  Susan lives near Dupont Circle in DC.  We'll give you more details when you sign up. 

Sign up by sending an email to Susan with your preferred date.  Classes are limited to 6 participants each. 

Cost:  Susan only charges a $5 fee for supplies, which includes some photocopies and a jar of something you've made.  Keep in mind that no one is licensed, insured, or paid for this activity. Susan offers this class to you because many of our members have asked over the years, and she is willing to do it.  Thank you Susan! 

 

Snap a Pic? Send It Our Way!

We love showing off member photos of produce or their visits to the farm. Have you snapped some photos this season? Email them to us and we'll feature them here on the blog! 

 

What's in this week's share:

Here are all the details of this week's share, including u-pick information.

5 1/4 total pounds, including choice of:

  • Melons - 3 varieties of watermelons (most are red flesh - the one we tasted at the farm was very sweet - they all have seeds) and honeydews. The melons average 4 pounds. 
  • Okra
  • Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Eggplant (1 pound or 1 eggplant max -see details at pick-up)
  • Peppers (1/2 pound max)
  • Beans (1/4 pound max)
  • Red Tomatoes (1/2 pound max)
  • Green tomatoes
  • Tomatillos

 

What's On U-Pick: 

  • Kale and collards are still in the field.
  • Beans.
  • Basil.
  • Herbs: parsley, sorrel, mint, lemon balm, sage, onion chives, garlic chives, lavender (no flowers), marjoram, stevia, thyme, Thai basil.  
  • Husk cherries (also called ground cherries)
  • Flowers. 

 Other notes:

  • There are Nigella flower seed pods in the flower garden. Help yourself!
  • The dill has gone to seed, which means there are plenty of dill seeds to be had -- perfect for pickles!
  • The cilantro has also gone to seed, so there are cilantro seeds aplenty. You may know cilantro seeds better as coriander.

 

Recipe Suggestions: Green Tomatoes

We have ample green tomatoes this week. If you're looking for ideas on how to use them, here are a few suggestions:

Have a recipe that you love? Or another suggestion for green tomatoes? Share it with members by emailing us

 

Questions? Comments? Let us know here on the blog!


This Week's Share: Summer Crops Continue to Ramp Up

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(This photo: Mazarm on Instagram)

Before we get to this week's share, we wanted to offer a few announcements. 

Canning Workshops - Sign Up Now!

One of our amazing CSA members, Susan Sanders, has offered canning workshops for members for several years now. The workshops are small, happen in Susan's home, and in the past, members have found them extremely useful. Susan is a wonderful teacher and will help you learn the basics of canning for items like tomatoes, jams and high acid foods. We're offering two dates this year. Space is extremely limited. If you're interested, we suggest you sign up asap! 

When:  Sunday, August 4 OR Sunday, August 18 at 2pm.  Plan to stay at least until 4pm, or later to see a little extra. 

Where:  Susan lives near Dupont Circle in DC.  We'll give you more details when you sign up. 

Sign up by sending an email to Susan with your preferred date.  Classes are limited to 6 participants each. 

Cost:  Susan only charges a $5 fee for supplies, which includes some photocopies and a jar of something you've made.  Keep in mind that no one is licensed, insured, or paid for this activity. Susan offers this class to you because many of our members have asked over the years, and she is willing to do it.  Thank you Susan! 

 

Have Your Photos Featured Here on the Blog

We love showing off member photos of produce or their visits to the farm. Have you snapped some photos this season? Email them to us and we'll feature them here on the blog! 

 

What's in this week's share:

Here are all the details of this week's share, including u-pick and a preview of next week. 

  • 2 3/4 pounds total combination squash, cucumbers and cabbage
  • 1 pound total combination beans, chard and peppers
  • 1/2 pound total combination garlic and shallots

 

What's On U-Pick: 

  • All the greens. Note that the kale and collards have gone bitter in the heat. 
  • Beans.
  • Basil.
  • Cucumbers. 
  • Herbs: parsley, sorrel, mint, lemon balm, sage, onion chives (flowering), garlic chives, lavender (it's flowering), chamomile, marjoram, stevia and thyme.  Basil (in the high tunnel) and Thai Basil.  
  • Flowers. 

 

Other notes:

  • There are beautiful Nigella flowers and seed pods in the flower garden. Help yourself!
  • The dill has gone to seed, which means there are plenty of dill seeds to be had -- perfect for pickles!
  • The cilantro has also gone to seed, so there are cilantro seeds aplenty. You may know cilantro seeds better as coriander.

 

Recipe Suggestions

Struggling to use a vegetable and need a good recipe? Our blog archive is filled with great recipe suggestions. Just visit the blog and look in the left-hand column. 

Have a recipe that you love? Share it with members by emailing us

 

Questions? Comments? Let us know here on the blog!


This Week's Share: We're Back! With lots of new items

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Clagett cows, soaking up some summer sun. This photo was sent in by CSA member Monette! Snap a photo at the farm, the pick-up, or of something you made with the produce? Email it to us! 

We hope you had a great past week and that you're ready for this week's share! 

 

Fact of the Week: The farm has harvested 18,000 pounds of garlic this season! 

 

What's in this week's share:

  • 1 head garlic
  • 1/2 pound total combination Tokyo Bekana  + collards + kale + chard + beans + chili peppers + basil
  • 1/2 pound total combination fennel + beets + peppers + tomatoes + eggplant
  • 4 1/2 pound total combination green cabbage + summer squash + cucumbers + bunching onions 

 

What to expect in future weeks:

What you'll see more of either next week or in the following weeks: chard, beans, peppers, basil, tomatoes, eggplant, green cabbage, summer squash, cucumbers and a bit more beets. 

New items coming into the share over the next few weeks: Bulb onions, shallots, potatoes and purple cabbage. 

Crops that are ending: Tokyo bekana, fennel, bunching onions. 

 

What's On U-Pick: 

  • All the greens. Note that the kale and collards have gone bitter in the heat. 
  • Beans.
  • Basil.
  • Cucumbers. 
  • Herbs: parsley, sorrel, mint, lemon balm, sage, onion chives (flowering), garlic chives, lavender (it's flowering), chamomile, dill, stevia and thyme.  Basil (in the high tunnel) and Thai Basil.  
  • Flowers. 

 

Questions? Comments? Let us know here on the blog!


Reminder: No Pick-Up This Week. But....

Just a quick reminder - there is no CSA pick-up this week for Wednesday, 7/3 or Saturday, 7/6. We'll resume the pick-ups next Wednesday, 7/10. 

But....

This is a great week to visit the farm and u-pick. Grab some cucumbers and make some pickles (this is the best week to do it). Pick some basil (please!) and make some pesto (it freezes beautifully). 

The full u-pick list is included below. 

Enjoy your holiday weekend and we'll see you back next week!

 

What's on U-Pick (Sunday, June 30 through Sunday, July 7):

  • Tokyo bekana
  • Ruby Streaks
  • Beans
  • Swiss Chard
  • Basil
  • Kale
  • Collards
  • Bunching Onions
  • Bok Choy
  • Turnips
  • Peas
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Kholrabi
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumbers