Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Week Eleven: Drought Continues

Hello everyone! I'm back from a very relaxing vacation with my family. We had a great time in Ontario, including "Inviting Ontario Home for Dinner" at a local farmer's market and of course relaxing on the beach.
I hope everyone's been enjoying the wonderful food that the CFK workers prepared in my absence. It looks like it was really a fabulous menu and I really appreciate having such great workers that I can go off and relax for a week in high season!
At the farm, things are going well but we're still desperately needing some rain. It's very interesting because it looks like this year's harvest will have exactly the opposite strengths and weaknesses from last year, when we had a drought in July. This year's drought is having a bad impact on summer fruit crops such as sweet corn, tomatoes, and melons. Although we'll be getting some of those crops, we'll won't see the abundance of previous years. Instead, thanks to plenty of rain during germination in July and ongoing irrigation, the fall root crops (carrots, beets, turnips, etc.) and brassicas (Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, etc.) are looking really good. This is all part of being in a CSA, of course, and I hope you'll enjoy all the veggies we get!
With that in mind, this week's harvest is:
Yellow cherry tomatoes - 2
Baby Oriental greens - 1 lb
Swiss chard - 3/4 lb
Parsley - 1 bunch
Sweet peppers - 2
Summer squash - 2
Lettuce - 2 heads
Cucumber - 3
Hot peppers - 2
Baby squash - 1
Basil - 13 tips
Melon - 1 piece
Tomatoes - 1 1/4 lb
Radish - 1

Gazpacho (house recipe)
Gold Medal Chinese greens with carrots and radishes stir-fry from Greens Glorious Greens p. 112 (renamed in honor of the Olympics!)
Gratin of Greens from
Sarah Haggett's Zucchini Orzo salad (recipe learned at Pendle Hill)
Lighting Bolt Salad with lettuce and radishes and whatever else is still around at the end of the day--cucumber? green pepper?
Fresh tomato

Photo explanations: 1. Mary and sisters sailing on the Georgian Bay. 2. Good harvest at an Ontario farmer's market 3. Mary relaxing while CFK workers work overtime! 4. Community Farm tomatoes getting washed at the Kitchen

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