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Tomato Taste Test with a delicious farm dinner

Tomatoes

Did you know we have 20 different varieties of tomatoes growing on the farm?  Clearly a taste test is in order.  And as long as we're sampling tomatoes, why not also enjoy a mouth-watering meal, some wine, and a beautiful view of the pastures and flowers?  One of our volunteers, Alexis Starkey, is a professional caterer (farmtofeastcatering.com), and she will be lending us her magnificent culinary skills for an evening meal on the farm.   

We have to act fast, since the tomatoes are in full swing now, but not forever.  The Tomato Taste Test will be Monday, September 9th, which is in just over a week.  6:00-8:00pm.  $30/person.  Space is limited! 

You can buy tickets at the next pick-up with cash or a check made out to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.  Or you can make a reservation by e-mail (clagettfarm@cbf.org), and then pay at the door.  With your reservation, please tell us if you have any food allergies. 

We hope you can make it!  

 

Photo above via TheBittenWord.com


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

Laura Ground Cherries Mexican Sours
Laura sent us this photo of ground cherries and Mexican Sour Cucumbers! So many of you have been sending in great photos -- thank you and please keep them coming! Submit your own photos when you snap them and we'll feature them here!

Here's this week's share info. 

What's in the share: 

  • 1 pound combination chiles + okra + tomatillos + garlic
  • Choice between: 3 pounds potatoes or 3 ears of corn
  • 1 3/4 pound combination eggplant + peppers
  • 6 pounds tomatoes 

 

What's on U-Pick: 

  • Tomatoes! All the tomatoes fair game all 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. 
  • Chile peppers (we have ancho poblano, black Hungarian jalapeno, Hungarian Hot Wax, Big Jim Anaheim, Joe's Long Cayenne, Chinese Five Color, Maya Red habanero). This week, we have the most poblano, and the least habanero. 
  • Beans are still on the list, but those that are available are a far walk at the back of the farm. 

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

 Have a good week, everyone!

 

 


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

Cindy peppers
This photo is from CSA member Cindy, featuring  peppers from the farm. Thanks Cindy! Submit your own photos when you snap them and we'll feature them here!

Here's this week's share info - and a bonus photo below! 

What's in the share: 

  • 3 ears of corn or 1 melon
     
  • 2.5 pounds total: eggplant + squash
     
  • 5 pounds of tomatoes 
  • 1 pound total: okra + sweet peppers + beans 
  •  1 head garlic

 

What's on U-Pick: 

  • Tomatoes! All the tomatoes fair game all 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. 

 

Questions? Comments? Let us know here on the blog! And before we go, here's a bonus photo that was snapped by Holly of a groundhog scurrying around the farm. Thanks Holly!

 Have a good week, everyone!

Holly groundhog


This Week's Share: Okra, Squash and Plenty of Tomatoes

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CSA member Rebecca snapped this photo of a butterful while she was picking up her share at the farm. Have you snapped any photos at the pick-up? Email them to us and we'll feature them on the blog!

August is plugging along. Here's what you can expect to find in this week's CSA share:

What's in the share: 

  • 1 pound total: okra + sweet peppers + beans + garlic
  • 2.5 pounds total: eggplant + squash
  • 4 pounds tomatoes
  • 1 melon

What's on U-Pick: 

  • Tomatoes! All the tomatoes in C1 Field are fair game. The tomatoes in D Field may be picked Weds - Thurs, and Saturday afternoon - Sunday.
  • 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. 

 

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

 


This Week's Share: Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers, Eggplant!

Fredbeans
CSA member Fred submitted this photo of beans growing on the farm. Thanks Fred!

It's that time of the week! 

Here's everything you need to know about this week's CSA share. 

What's in the share: 

  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 1/2 pounds potatoes
  • 3 pounds total: squash + eggplant
  • 2 pounds tomatoes
  • 1/2 pound sweet peppers
  • 1/2 pound total: okra + beans + tomatillos 

What's on U-Pick: 

  • 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. 

 

A Look at What's Ahead

In the next couple weeks, expect to see more watermelon, sweet corn and cucumbers.

 

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