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Box Contents Week 11 – Summer 2011

Well this week marks the beginning of the second half of Farm Share. Take a minute to think of your experience so far. Did you try something new, discover a new favourite or decide a certain veggie just isn’t for you?

Perhaps you have had to throw away some things that never made it in a meal. May I just encourage you to make deciding to eat better easier on yourself. I recommend washing, drying, and sometimes even chopping off your produce right away so they are quick to grab. You will likely eat what is available and easy, especially when you are tired, so if you have already done the prep work, then that’s one more healthy eating victory you are likely to have.

Please feel free to offer your feedback on this blog, facebook or via email.

This week I am excited to include corn (a first for Zephyr Organics) and cabbage, a fall (gasp!) staple. It seems wrong to even think about the fall right now, but indeed there is an abundance of great produce coming your way soon. Unfortunately the broccoli is not going to win any beauty contests this week (the heat has discoloured it a little) but it still tastes good and you will find that there are 11 items in the half share this week. Zucchini and cucumbers are likely done for the season, so savour them.

Here are the contents:

Half Share
– beets
– green cabbage
– rainbow swiss chard
– corn
– broccoli
– saladette tomatoes
– romaine
– assorted sweet peppers
– zucchini
– cucumber
– carrots

Whole Share
– beets
– green cabbage
– rainbow swiss chard
– corn
– broccoli
– saladette tomatoes
– romaine
– assorted sweet peppers
– zucchini
– cucumber
– carrots
– eggplant
– raspberries
– spinach
– tomatoes
– chives

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Week 11 – Summer 2010

Hello everyone,

The nights sure have been cooling down lately and we can feel that we are getting to the end of summer. On the farm right now all of the seeding and planting is done – our focus now is on weeding the crops (much of which has to be done by hand) and harvesting the produce.

I have been trying to get you all some melons for your boxes but so far we are losing much of our crop to animals like groundhogs. That’s the difficult thing with organics – the animals find our food good to eat also! We will try our best to keep what we can and hopefully we will have a lot more next week.

Something we do have new this week is celery, which is just ready in the fields right now. I have tried to keep you informed about seasonal veggies by what I place in your box and by letting you know about things that are ready early because of the greenhouses. Most if not all of the leafy green vegetables are ready for almost the entire growing season in the fields.

Thanks again for your support of the farm and bon appetit!

Jennifer

(Quick note from Heather: I added in a few recipes that you might want to try, I made the spinach puffs and also the maple glazed carrots, they were both great! Also, I found a fantastic website that lets you add in what you have on hand and it gives you a selection of recipes you can make — visit supercook.com to check it out!)

Half Share
-broccoli (quick sauteed broccoli)
-spinach
-red leaf lettuce (leaf lettuce salad with honey dijon dressing)
-green leaf lettuce
-grape or saladette tomatoes (pasta with grape tomatoes)
-rainbow carrots
-green beans (potato and green bean salad)
-potatoes (new)
-sugar snap peas (quick ginger sugar snap peas)
-heirloom tomatoes
-celery (new)

Whole Share

-broccoli
-spinach (spinach and feta puff pastry bites)
-red leaf lettuce
-green leaf lettuce
-grape or saladette tomatoes
-rainbow carrots (maple glazed carrots — yum!)
-green beans
-potatoes (new)
-sugar snap peas
-heirloom tomatoes
-celery (new)
-cabbage (cabbage rolls, I add onions and green peppers!)
-yellow beans
-snow peas
-cauliflower (great recipe with almond, raisin and caper)
-green onions
-green peppers