Edgewood Farm Organics CSA Newsletter - Crookneck Squash

(Pictured: Edgewood Farm Organics bee boxes are intentionally placed just a stone's throw from the CSA garden.  These honey bees help to pollinate the CSA veggies, this guy is headed for the flower of a yellow crookneck squash plant)

Happy Delivery Day!

Summertime is truly here along with fresh variety for our taste buds. The Edgewood crew had a blast celebrating Independence Day and hopefully the same goes for all of our CSA members! There is absolutely nothing wrong with a four day work week, congrats, the weekend is just around the corner!

The weather was relatively pleasant last week and the overcast days were a treat. Last year the fourth of July weekend was the first time we experienced sunshine in seemingly a month; this year I imagine most of us were totally fine with clouds overhead. By Tuesday the clouds had moved on and we were back to blue skies, and heat. Looking at the blue sky all day, I questioned the forecasted thunderstorms on the way. The storm was moving fast though, and by the middle of the night it swooped into Bureau Valley, leaving nearly 2 inches of rain in a short amount of time. The drip irrigation will not be necessary for a while, especially with the possibility storms brewing through Thursday.

In the field the variety of insects is increasing simultaneously with the variety of crops that are growing!  The main target victims are the cucumber, summer squash and tomato plants but with a little extra attention and care they will all be fine. The summer squash is producing prolifically, and the yellow crookneck variety is sure to please with this week’s delivery. On the grill they are amazing but please try a few pieces raw, the flavor is incredible. My favorite report from the field is the little tiny peppers forming and the many green tomatoes on the vines. Good fertilization and consistent watering will keep those plants maturing right along.

In the greenhouse trays are being filled with potting mix and seeds are on their way towards germination. Fall Broccoli, Cabbage and Cauliflower were started Tuesday and will be treats in the fall CSA boxes! 

Enough talk about work, CSA Summer Hoedown is happening!

When:  Saturday, August 13th is the date, 12 - 4pm is the time (or camp to spend the night)

Where: Edgewood Farm Collective - 17803 Backbone Rd, Princeton, IL 61356.  

Why: Come celebrate the growing season with us!

Who:  All you wonderful folks, your families, and friends of Edgewood.  

The culinary theme is Mexican cuisine and beverages for all ages will be provided.  All of the food will be sourced from Edgewood and other local organic farms!  We will tour the entire farm, indulge my brother Johnny in the history of this land, explore the field that supports your weekly box deliveries, harvest veggies to fresh from the field for our meal, and get to know each other and the farm as we indulge in fun! For the adventurous type, there are many great campsites to be found on the farm and we welcome families and friends to camp with tents or campers!

Please email me to confirm attendance, how many in your party (including any children attending), and if you plan on camping.  Don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions/concerns.  Please RSVP with the info requested above by Monday Aug. 8th. to edgewoodorganicscsa@gmail.com.

**Princeton Pro-Tip: For those members that are “chomping at the bit” to get out of the burbs earlier on that Saturday for the Hoe-Down, the Princeton Farmer’s Market is from 8:30-1pm and our dear friends run the best coffee shop ever, The Flour House, on the north end of Princeton’s main street.

For delivery this week I plan to arrive at Garden Ave. between 2-2:30pm, then Lunt, then Campus between 3-3:30pm.

*Please collapse boxes if possible, and I will always take plastic zip lock bags back for personal use.

*Always wash your CSA produce before eating. Although they are rinsed they still need to be washed before indulging.*

What to expect in the box July 7, 2016:

  • Summer Squash – Yellow Crookneck
  • Cucumbers
  • Garlic
  • Kale – Lacanato, Red Russian and Curly varieties
  • Basil
  • Calendula Flowers – edible flowers, great for topping salads of all kinds or dry them for tea!

Recipe ideas:

Look online for Korean pancakes made with summer squash, the possibilities are endless!

Try this with the fresh cukes:

http://natashaskitchen.com/2015/08/08/creamy-cucumber- salad-recipe/

Happy meal adventures to everyone! Enjoy the new, fresh tastes and have a great weekend.

“Grow, inspire, repeat.”

With kindness,

Edgewood Farm Organics