Update from the Garden

We are excited to announce that we will be inviting and hosting our CSA members for our first ever, drop-in Coffee & Cake and Garden Tour! That means YOU are invited to join us on Sunday July 31st anytime from 1:30pm – 3:30pm, for a European style Coffee and Cake in the garden with a chance to wander and see where we are growing all the veggies you receive each week. My dad will have the tractor and wagon out for anyone, young and old, who may be interested in taking a hay wagon ride around the fields. There is no set itinerary. I understand that summer is a busy time of the year for most, so feel free to incorporate a stop in at the farm on your Sunday and bring your family out for a visit to the garden!
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Delicious Heritage Pork has arrived at the farm and is available in 8lb and 10lb boxes for purchase. Have you ever tried a heritage variety of pork, where the pigs live outside year round? The taste is simply incredible and much more juicy. My friend Allison is raising free range Large Black pigs near Sudbury and we make a large order each year to share with CSA members. The great thing about Allison is that she does all breeding and birthing on farm so she can keep more control over the treatment and quality of her pigs from beginning to end. Let me know if you would like to pick up a box!

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10lb box for $100 includes:
4 packages of ready to eat, sliced Black Forest ham
2 packages of bacon
4 packages of chops (2 per package)
2 packages of Mild Italian sausages (4 per package)

8lb box for $80 includes:
2 packages of ready to eat, sliced Black Forest ham
2 packages of bacon
2 packages of chops (2 per package)
3 packages of mild Italian sausages (4 per package)

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This Week’s Share of the Harvest
1 bag Spring Mix
1 bunch Carrots (!!)
1 bunch Garlic Scapes
1 bunch Hakurei Turnips (sweet salad turnips)
1 head of Barese Chard (related to Swiss Chard – use like Swiss Chard)
1 bunch Red or White Scallions
CHOICE item: Chinese Cabbage OR Savoy Cabbage OR Kale OR Bok Choy
Large Shares: pick up an extra Spring Mix and a box of Zucchini

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All lettuces and spring mix are hand spun by yours truly.

How to use this week’s share
A former CSA member posted a yummy photo of a quick pickle Hakurei turnip and she was kind enough to share the recipe with us today! Our friend substituted honey for the sugar and used apple cider vinegar instead of rice vinegar and it was also delicious. Give it a try if you like!

Hakurei Quick Pickle
1 bunch hakurei turnips, greens removed (save them for sauteeing!) and thinly sliced
1 cup warm as it will come out of the tap water
½ cup rice vinegar (white wine vinegar could be substituted)
optional: 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
6 Tablespoons sugar
2 ¼ teaspoons salt

Pack the sliced turnips into a quart jar, leaving about one inch of room at the top.

Dissolve sugar and salt in the warm water, and add vinegar.

Pour the liquid mixture over the top.

Refrigerate for 24 hours and serve.

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Savoyed cabbages growing beautifully.

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