CSA member Suzanne snapped this photo of an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on a tiger lily (so many tigers!) at the farm a couple weeks ago. Thanks for sending it, Suzanne! Send us your photos or post them to Instagram with the hashtag #ClagettFarm!
Happy 13th Week of the CSA season, everyone! This is the half-way week of the harvest season, and it's a good one.
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
Canning Classes: One class had to be postponed to August 28th, 2-5pm, and we have some open slots for that class.
- Where: In Susan's kitchen 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.
- What You'll Learn: The basics about canning tomatoes, making jams, relishes and how to deal with high acid foods.
- 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!
Save the Date: Burgers and Brews is Sunday, September 25th. Last year the Chesapeake Bay Foundation hosted this fun, ticketed event at the farm. More details to come, but mark your calendars!
Send us your photos! Each week, we aim to feature a CSA member's photo in our updates. It can be a photo you snap of the vegetables you receive, a photo of a dish you make with the share (like the one below), or photos from a visit to the farm. There are two ways to get them to us: email us your own photos or post them to Instagram with hashtag #ClagettFarm. We'll feature them here!
THIS WEEK'S SHARE
- We're doing it a little different this week because the melons are widely varying in size. Your share is 10 pounds total. You should choose your items and make sure all the items listed below (including melons and tomatoes) add up to a combined total of 10 pounds.
- Melon (1 fruit maximum)
- Tomatoes (3 pounds maximum)
- Garlic (1 bulb maximum)
WHAT'S ON U-PICK:
- Herbs (Parsley, sorrel, sage, chives, tarragon, oregano, thyme, mint, lavender, various kinds of basil, savory, leaf celery, anise hyssop, and more.) The BASILhas been especially great this summer, but it won't be forever. If you're planning to freeze some pesto, do it NOW.
- Flowers There are lots! Come help yourself!
- The following are in a field surrounded by an electric fence. We must leave the fence on to keep the deer out. If you can't shimmy in without touching the fence, step on it. The electric current will not pass through the soles of your shoes.
- New this week! Sun gold tomatoes! These are the sweetest tomatoes ever. Please note that the other tomatoes in this field are NOT on the u-pick list yet.
- Tomatillos: Look for fruits with dried, papery husks. The fruits should be large enough to split open the husk.
- Okra: We pick okra on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, so you'll find the most if you harvest on Tuesdays and Fridays. Be careful not to confuse the flower buds (inedible) with the small okra pods (delicious). If you are an inexperienced picker, we recommend using pruners so you don't accidentally snap off the top of the plant. We also recommend wearing gloves, long sleeves and long plants because the foliage can irritate your skin.
- Ground cherries: The fruits fall to the ground when they are ripe. Select the ones with brown, dry husks. Inside, the fruit should be orange-yellow. These are also known as golden berries, physalis, cape gooseberry and husk cherry.
That's week 13! Let us know if you have any questions!
~ The Clagett Farm Team