The Sunny Side – Week of 8/16/14

The Sunny Side – Week of 8/16/14

In this week’s box you will find:blooming thistle

  • Cucumber
  • Summer squash
  • Swiss Chard (Thursday)
  • Tomatoes
  • Cippolini Onions
  • Red and Green Lettuce
  • Bok Choi
  • Purple or Green Basil (Thursday)
  • Baby leeks (Sunday)
  • Red Russian Kale (Sunday)
  • Purple Basil Plant (Sunday)

In the Field

P1000913 The image of the tractor is iconic to American agriculture – ask a person to list things you might find on a farm and a tractor will surely be one of the first mentioned. Of course, we all know intellectually that there was a time, before the combustion engine, when draft animals or humans provided the power to till fields, move wagons, and harvest grains. But in the US, we all seem to be three or four generations removed from that historical time period.

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The Sunny Side – Week of 8/9/14

The Sunny Side – Week of 8/9/14

In this week’s box you will find:

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  • Cucumber
  • Summer squash (Thursday)
  • Lacinato or Red Russian Kale
  • Tomatoes
  • Big Red Onions
  • Tokyo Bekana
  • Celery
  • Purslane
  • Purple Basil Plant (Thursday)
  • Arugula (Sunday)
  • Carrots (Sunday)

 


In the Field

July was a rather dry month this year, but we have had some good rain in the past week, which has made the vegetable fields very happy and made the turkeys and chickens a little damp and muddy.

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The Sunny Side – Week of 8/2/14

The Sunny Side – Week of 8/2/14

In this week’s box you will find:carrot harvest

  • Cucumbers (green and/or lemon, or yellow)
  • Red or Green Kale
  • Tomatoes
  • Big Red Onions (Thursday)
  • Arugula (Thursday)
  • Summer Squash or zucchini (Thursday)
  • Carrots (Thursday)
  • A Basil Plant
  • Garlic (Sunday)
  • Red Long of Tropea Onions (Sunday)
  • Mirai Sweet Corn (Sunday – from Twin Garden Farms – not organic, but very local and non-GMO, and widely renowned)

In the Field

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Photo by Lisa Beth Anderson

For some reason, I always assume that people sign up for the CSA mostly because of the allure of home grown tomatoes. Almost everyone loves a good, vine-ripened, garden-fresh tomato, and a person can really only get such a tomato from a local farm or a backyard garden. This is one fruit/vegetable whose grocery-store counterpart can be so disappointing as to put a person off of tomatoes forever. In fact, Nick, who grew up in Alaska, had never had a home-grown tomato until he moved to the lower 48 after high school; consequentially, he thought he hated tomatoes his whole life. Of course, he changed his mind when he met the kinds of tomatoes that the Midwest has to offer. No fruit is as engrained in the ethos of the Midwestern truck farmer as the tomato.

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