Week of July 8th – CSA Newsletter Week #5

I hope that you all had an enjoyable holiday weekend. It was a fairly quiet week on the farm because the students had a couple of days off while the college was closed. We kept busy though getting some transplanting done, as well as getting our hot peppers potted up into larger pots in the greenhouse. Last year, we experimented successfully with growing our hot peppers in pots indoors and so we’re doing it again this year and added about 100 more plants. The plan is to start making our own TC3 Farm hot sauce that will be available in the fall. Hopefully we’ll have a batch available before the CSA season is over.

Since it was a quiet week here, I wanted to take the time to mention a program that the TC3 Farm participates in. We are one of several partner farms in Healthy Food For All. This is a subsidized CSA program that makes fresh local produce available to families that otherwise would have some difficulties joining a local CSA. Food access is near and dear to me and it is something that is extremely important if we are to have a just, equitable local food system. There are ways that you, as members of the TC3 Farm, can participate, as well. Healthy Food For All has many fundraising events throughout the season that folks can attend. There are two fundraising Harvest Dinners coming up that are truly a wonderful dining experience. If they are within your means, I highly recommend the experience.

Alright, let’s talk about this week’s CSA share. There are a bunch of new items in this week’s choice. This week there will be sugar snap peas, the first summer squash/zucchini, basil, rosemary and fresh garlic. There may even be a few cucumbers in the mix, as well. If you’ve never had fresh garlic before, it’s just like the garlic that you buy in the fall, except it hasn’t been cured (dried) yet so it should be kept in the fridge. I like to keep the stems a little longer in case folks want to leave it out to dry. The longer stems help to pull the moisture out and speed up drying. The garlic is quite small this week but very tasty. We had a couple of our beds that just kind of petered out and needed to be harvested. Their leaves started dying back and the plants weren’t going to grow anymore. In addition to the new items this week, there will also be kale, rutabaga, purple top turnips, black radishes, head lettuce, snow peas and lettuce mix.

Have a great week, folks!

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