Edgewood Farm Organics CSA Newsletter - Getting by with a little help from my friends!

Happy Delivery Day!

I hope the summer varieties satisfied everyone last week. The juicy watermelon, colorful beans and fresh picked sweet corn were enjoyed by the Edgewood crew over many tasty meals. I certainly aspire to growing sweet corn and melons like that in the near future! We are fortunate to have such a kind and welcoming farm community in Bureau County and I will keep my eyes open for more varieties from them during the next three months! Thank you for the bakery support too, Baker Susan obviously knows what she’s doing when it comes to cinnamon rolls but make sure to eat vegetables before indulging. Balance makes perfect.

The weather is warm, muggy and quite summer like; go figure….the rain was light this week, except for the numerous down pours experienced during delivery last Thursday. The forecasted moisture seems to be scattered so the drip irrigation is back on and the crops are drinking it up.

In the greenhouse the plants have been moved out into the “hardening-off” preparing to be transplanted into the field on Friday. The empty greenhouse tells me that I need to get in there and start more seeds for fall production.

In the field tomatoes and peppers are turning colors and ripening quickly. They are facing pressure from insects but there are still a lot of beautiful fruits that will shine in the boxes this week. The patty pan summer squashes are ready for delivery and the cucumbers and zucchini continue to produce so they will reappear this week as well. Many onions (although small) are ready for consumption and will compliment any squash or tomato dish. Winter squash are setting fruits, and I imagine the Delicata variety will appear in the box within the next month. Also in the field, carrots, beets, winter radishes and salad mix were directly seeded into raised garden boxes and will be a part of the fall harvest.

A few extra thanks must be given to some kind people that helped check a lot off the endless to-do list last weekend. My cousin and his friend helped me re-electrify with the electric fence in order to keep the rabbits out, they also helped mow, weed-wack and drink beers. Sweet success! A heartfelt thank you goes to my friend Keri for showing up on Saturday, with a broken toe, and weeding her heart out. The Brussels Sprouts are extremely grateful and looking great now that we can actually see them! Keri is helping me with whatever she can, and her awesome spirit keeps me charging forward with a positive attitude. We need more Keri’s in the OG farming world. 

What to expect in the box on August 4, 2016

Tomatoes – assortment of sizes and varieties

Peppers – 2 types of green bell peppers

Cucumbers – this may be the last time…..

Patty Pan Summer Squash – might be the only harvest we will get from these!

Onions – little baby onions

Sage – culinary herb

Recipe Ideas:

http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2006/07/patty-pan- squash-stuffed- with-cajun.html

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/tomato- onion-and- cucumber-salad- recipe.html

http://chocolateandzucchini.com/ingredients-fine- foods/45-things- to-do- with-fresh- sage/

http://easteuropeanfood.about.com/od/polishmaincourses/r/Polish-Stuffed- Kohlrabi-Kalarepki-Faszerowane-Recipe.htm

*For those that order bakery goods, they will be in the pick-up room with your name on it! Please give Jamie the money today before 2pm. Make checks payable to: Susan-Marie Elemendorf or cash is great too. All items are $2.00 each. Thank you! We will continue to do this and expand weekly options as long as we have folks interested!

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

*I plan to arrive at Garden Ave. by 3:00pm, then Lunt, then Campus between 4 pm.*

**** Special CSA member offer**** Please look for an email from me later today! We are ready to release a very special farm creation to all of our members; cinnamon rolls are great but I think we have something even more exciting! I will let the suspense build on that and send an email with informational attachments very soon. Have a great weekend everyone! Adventures with fresh food await!

“Grow, inspire, repeat.”

With kindness,

Edgewood Farm Organics