Edgewood Farm Organics Newsletter

Happy Delivery Day!

First of all, thank you to everyone that made the journey out on Saturday.  The weather was amazing and the food wasn’t burnt so it was a total success!  Edgewood CSA members are above and beyond and I know that many other CSA growers yearn for this type of experience.  Next year we hope to announce the Hoedown date at the beginning of the season to allow more folks to attend.

In the field the tomatoes are slowing way down, the classic Red “Better Boys” are continuing on but the heirlooms are surrendering to the elements.  I’m sure this does not produce too many sad faces after the large amounts of tomatoes that were delivered in July.  Winter Squash are possibly facing downy mildew, a severe threat to the plants life.  Large scale pumpkin and winter squash growers have been warned about this spreading problem and they will have to take immediate effective action or face a huge crop loss in a very small amount of time.  On a brighter note, I am seeding many unique varieties of radishes, turnips and greens in the field in order to broaden our veggie adventures over the next couple of months.

In the greenhouse I am once again seeding fall kale, chard, and broccoli and hoping they will mature quick and strong to help create bounty for us towards the end of the season.  I’m attempting to grow green onions and several other short-season crops, these are varieties that mature within 30-60 days! 

*Please pass on any veggie suggestions for the fall.  If they are quick growing varieties than I will do my best to plant the seed and deliver the crop this fall.

As for the lil’ Russians, Timmy turned 8 years old on Monday, (reminder, these are not my children but my brothersJ). School has begun and we are wishing for passionate, patient teachers for both of them!  Every child deserves a teacher that cares and will go the extra-lengths to provide a meaningful experience for them.  I will holster my other requests for the educational system as this is a farm newsletter.

We have 11 deliveries left for the year!  I am striving to provide an excellent finale and crave input from everyone.  I was able to visit with some members on Saturday and inquire about their personal opinion on this year’s CSA.  For those folks that I was unable to reach please email feedback anytime!  I learned how to handle “constructive criticism” in 6th grade; my English teacher engraved that ability in me…. unless it’s my Dad delivering it. Haha!

****Next week many folks will be swinging away at the annual golf tourney, the delivery day will be moved up to Wednesday!  Pick up boxes on Wednesday, same spot, same time.

What to expect in the Box on August 18, 2016

Tomatoes – Better Boy Red variety and Fence Row grape tomatoes

Peppers – assortment of bells and Italian peppers

Spicy Salad Mix – when greens are cooked the spice goes away (braising mix)

Red Watermelon – Coneflower Farm, TIskilwa, Illinois

Patty Pans – baby and big patty’s

*Always wash produce before consuming.

*I plan to be at Garden Ave. by 2pm, then Lunt then Campus between 3-3:30pm.

 

Recipe ideas

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/tomato-watermelon-feta-skewers-mint-lime

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/slideshow/watermelon-recipes#1

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/245079/orzo-rice-pilaf-with-patty-pan-squash-and-bell-pepper/

*Always use Organic broth if recipes call for it!  That’s what I would recommend……

To all the children out there, bring your teacher a juicy tomato and straight A’s will follow!  Have a great weekend and enjoy all of the fresh organic treats!

 

“Grow, inspire, repeat.”

With kindness,

Edgewood Farm Organics

Edgewood Farm Organics CSA Newsletter - Get well soon Laura!

Happy Delivery Day!

First and foremost, I want to say, “Laura you are an amazing, strong and courageous woman! Keep on pushing through these unexpected forces. You are extremely loved and admired, we are praying for your healing and hoping that you are feeling our love embracing you!” I will continue sending Sue Stout funny pictures that she can share with Laura……and everyone else do their part to show a fellow CSA comrade how much we look out for one another.

Summer is certainly here and the spring weather that we thought was hot doesn’t seem so bad now!  The rain came down quick and hard last week, leaving the field very saturated and the muggy temperatures and lack of wind have done little to dry it out. The extreme heat that is on the near horizon is sure to dry everything and more! Personally I am planning on staying out of the crazy heat this weekend and taking the opportunity to begin canning some veggies for winter storage; a perfect excuse to stay in for a day. If planning on being outside this weekend make sure that it’s time spent in a pool, lake, pond, etc. Otherwise, stay inside and start canning as well! Our grandmothers would approve.

In the field, “Be vewwy, vewwy quiet...I'm hunting wabbits! KILL THE WABBIT, KILL THE WABBIT!!" At least that’s what’s going through my head. This is the first year that “wascally wabbits” have been an issue in the field. The main crops targeted, (now that they ate all the Chard), are the onions and low hanging tomatoes. They munched the tops of the onions and pulled them out of the ground, leaving tiny onions that won’t grow anymore. Timmy, my youngest brother was munching happily on “little baby onions” as we collected them, and I had to remind him often that we need to save them for CSA members! Enjoy the world’s smallest onions in the box this week.

On a brighter note, there are many green tomatoes on the vines, as well as gorgeous bell peppers that are truly weighing down the plants. Each box will find one bell pepper in the box as it was important to harvest some of the peppers that were hitting the ground. With the extreme heat on the way, the fruiting crops will be changing colors soon!

In the greenhouse, thanks to the help from the Gardeneers, there are many trays of head lettuce germinating! More brassicas were just seeded, in hopes of having plenty of kale this fall, and by the time they are ready to be transplanted into the field I will have all the wascally wabbits taken care of…..or at least my electric fence working properly.

The little Russians have been super helpers lately. Timmy is back in the farm game and making sure to taste all of the veggies before we put them in the boxes. He’s our new QC man. He only eats raw veggies, and lots of them, rest assure the veggies that go in the CSA box have been tasted and approved for delivery by Tim Clarke. Joe is the mowing master, whether it’s the little rider mower or the big tractor pulling the huge deck mower behind, he is getting it done. He stops for food breaks and to check on how everyone else is doing, other than that he is getting those grasses maintained! Good luck to Joe this week with the big baseball tournament. Go for the gold Joe!

*”I am creating an “Evite” for the Summer Hoedown to help make it easier on everyone and will send it out by the beginning of next week.

*Please collapse boxes when dropping them off, and I will always take plastic zip loc bags back for personal use.

* 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. between 2-2:30pm, then Lunt, then Campus between 3-3:30pm.

What to expect in the box on July 21, 2016

Kale – kale is still limited but local farmers markets are sure to have more if there isn’t enough in box

Onions - the wabbits harvested these prematurely. Tiny but delicious

Cucumbers - 2-3 varieties

Green Bell Pepper - 1 per box, needed to harvest the low-hanging ones)

Tomato - just a taste of the first, little ripened ones, before the wabbits got to them

Cabbage – possibly one little cabbage head

Garlic

*FreeBee Box: I know everyone is over the yellow crooknecks, and I am giving you permission to toss what you have left of those to chickens or compost! The newest variety of summer squash I am picking very small and tender. They are so delicious they can be enjoyed raw dipped in (organic)ranch! There are a few in each box but the rest will be at the pick-up location for those who want more.

*There will also be mint and/or basil for people to take if they please. I know that mint is abundant for many but for those that don’t have it readily available there will be some to take home. Dive into adventurous meal with family and friends this weekend, get the grill going, keep the oven off and remember to drink lots of water and other tasty beverages. The heat is on……

“Grow, inspire, repeat.”

With kindness,

Edgewood Farm Organics

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