Dear Farm Partners,
I know it is not my usual day for posting, but it has been such a busy week that I have not been able to get to it until now. August is our most active month on the farm; because it is the peak of the growing season, there is a lot of harvesting to do. Keeping up with summer’s bounty is plenty of work, but on top of this, August is the month during which we prepare many of our fall and winter crop beds and transplant the little starts that will grow through the winter. So we’re not only in the thick of summer, but embarking on autumn as well.
However, the sight of all these beautiful, fresh little beds offer much encouragement; all of the work is actually bearing fruit, and soon, summer will be finished and we can settle into a somewhat calmer rhythm with autumn. In fact, we just passed the highest pitch of summer harvest. It is Week 12 of the Harvest Baskets season, which means that we’re halfway through already! Thank you to all of you for joining our farm community, and whether it is your second season or your second week with us, we hope that you continue to enjoy summer’s offerings in your basket this week.
Mesclun, Hungarian Hot Wax Peppers, Tomatoes (Heirloom and Beefsteak), Red Radishes OR Carrots, Cucumber, Zucchini, Onion, Lettuce
The only really notable item* this week is the Hungarian Hot Wax Peppers, which as the name belies, are on the hot side. Be cautious when preparing them, because they can leave hot oils on your skin (in other words, wash your hands well and don’t touch your eyes). They are wonderful when stuffed with cheese and baked until meltingly delicious. If you are not partial to spicy foods, the heat can be neutralized by finely chopping them and using them sparingly (or indeed, as much as you want) in Mexican foods, for instance in taco meat and fajitas. They really add nice flavor to a variety of foods. Amusez-vous!
Note that you received EITHER radishes OR carrots, but not both.
Fun fact: After all of this talk about getting ready for fall, the mesclun and radishes are actually harvested from the new beds which we prepared for fall and winter! They’re already producing.
Enjoy the rainy day (I know I am),
*I should say, item that you haven’t had before. Because really, what isn’t notable about those luscious tomatoes, or peppy little radishes, or elegant mesclun…?