What’s in the Box:
Beans, Cucumbers, Red Potatoes, Zucchini,
Artichokes, Cherry Tomatoes & 1 Bouquet of Flowers.
Red Potatoes, Turnips, Zucchini, Cucumbers,
Green Peppers, Artichokes, Cherry Tomatoes & 1 Bouquet of Flowers.
Beans, Red Potatoes, Zucchini, Turnips, Cucumbers, Arugula,
Artichokes, Cauliflower, Cherry Tomatoes & 1 Bouquet of Flowers.
Please remember to take: 1 Bouquet of Flowers
As I write this, the morning air is already hot and the sky hazy. The weather forecasters are predicting mid-nineties today. This time of year is known as the ‘dog days of summer,’ and for the farmer, it presents challenges which mark the realities of our work. The long days of high temperatures take their toll on all of the vegetables, even the heat-loving plants. We irrigate frequently to keep things fresh and lush. Insect populations are also at their peak this time of the season. Needless to say, we are working especially hard to maintain the abundance and quality you see in your boxes.
And on this note, your boxes reflect the high summer varieties of produce. The cucumbers and squashes are abundant and beautiful this time of year. The peppers, eggplant and tomatoes are just starting to ripen.
Here at the Farm, we have tried many varieties of vegetables and often grow some of the best tasting, though less familiar ones. One example of this is our striped zucchini, better known as Italian zucchini. These keep a little better than the green ones which everyone is so used to seeing. Many of us think they have a better, nuttier flavor than the green variety. They also hold up better in cooking, which makes them a great addition to sauces, pastas and stir-fries.
Another example of this is our snap beans. We grow 3 varieties here—yellow, green and purple. Which ones end up in your boxes depend on the ripening time and abundance of each crop. They all have that good ‘ol beany flavor, though each is slightly unique with its’ own very individual qualities. We hope that your experience as members of Boistfort Valley Farms’ CSA program, will give you a chance to expand your palate and explore varieties of vegetables you may not otherwise find at the supermarket.
We are already on Week #9 of our 2014 Summer Season but there are a few shares available. Tell your friends! Have a great week and enjoy the warmth of summer!