Summer Subscription 2020 Week 11A



What a crazy week it's been! We hope you're all safe and sound after that storm. We had a few trees down on fences - but nothing that caused any damage, just a nuisance. We also lost power for a few days, which made us nervous about running generators through the night so we wouldn't lose product. We are counting our blessings and hope you're doing okay.

The cooler up and running after a few days without power. Phew!


This week we give a fond farewell to Randy's cousin Ryan, whose final days of delivering will be this Tuesday and Wednesday. I'll take over for him for a little while after that. So many of you gave him well wishes, which he really appreciated. Ryan was really good at delivering and somehow never forgot anything, which is more than I can say for myself. We wish him the best at UConn. Maybe he'll be back next summer...


And while we're spotlighting special people, meet Terry, who is a subscription member. We got to know Terry through the Shelton Farmer's Market and she joined our program this year. We love so much when you all come to pick up. Over the weekend I told Randy how much I enjoy being in the store, seeing you all, chatting, and making connections. I know that Dawn and Amanda feel the same way.


Corn has arrived! Randy is feeling very discouraged about his corn crop. Critters have been knocking it down and eating it. The tips haven't been fully pollinated... the list goes on and on. Randy tried to simplify this year and just grow a bicolor variety. He reports that he feels worried about not having enough to put into shares. Hopefully over the next week or two we'll get a better sense of what's going on.


P.S. We see a lot of advertising for non-GMO sweet corn. Sweet corn is RARELY GMO - there's just not great reason to grow genetically modified corn to eat. To be clear, GMO sweet corn does exist, but is not typically the norm. "Field corn" is typically the kind that is GMO, which is grown for animal feed, used to make corn meal and corn chips, and used to make ethanol (fuel) and polymers (like plastic).


While we always encourage you to ask your farmer for clarification about what they're growing, it's worth knowing that sweet corn is not usually GMO, as ours is not.


Are you a fan of autumn?! Personally, I'm all about summer, but I do get excited about harvest time. These are baby mums that we hope are ready in time for your fall planting at home. Katelyn of Rustle Floral Co. took these mum cuttings off of our plants from last year. How cool is that? We are hoping to sell these online by pre-order, which I will keep you updated on as they grow.


This week you're all receiving green peppers. Did you know that red, orange, and yellow peppers start out green and turn to those colors? It's actually part of the decomposition process believe it or not. This is why colored peppers cost more - it takes longer to grow them, and many, many are lost along the way with rot spots as farmers wait for them to change color in the field. The green peppers you're receiving were all harvested off of one row in the field. The other 2 rows of bell peppers are left to change colors, and then we have hot peppers in the field as well. I'll do a video about colored peppers as they progress later in the season so you can see better how it goes.


Plum tomatoes are starting to arrive! We have a waiting list for 25 lb. crates that are perfect for canning. Crates are $25 for 25 lbs. As the season progresses, I'm hoping to put them onto the online store, but I'm working my way through the waiting list first so that they don't get snatched up online. If you want to be added to the list, please send us an email at laurelglenfarm@gmail.com so that we can count you in.


How pretty are these "currant tomatoes?" They're like cherry tomatoes, but smaller and somehow even prettier on the vine.


When you pick up this week, visit the table up against the farm store (or around the side, depending on where the shade is) to grab a few extra "seconds" tomatoes for free. "Seconds" may have some splits, soft spots, or blemishes, but are still edible.


Can you believe that Randy and I are already starting to talk about next year's program?! We're definitely writing down ideas, so if you have any suggestions, we are SO happy to consider them. This week when you pick up, we have a survey question for you to answer. How do you feel about the size of your share? Is the portion too large, too small, or just right? We've been thinking about scaling since we've kept sizing pretty constant over the years, but need to ask for your opinions.


Also, next up to do is to finalize our list of fall program members, and launch a very special endeavor for the fall for those of you who missed the sign up. What could it be?!



A Message from Randy:

(Terrible quality thanks to his old phone, but a great piece of equipment!)

The Uncrating:



Contents (In approximate order from shortest shelf life to longest):

Small:

  • 1 lb. of tomatoes

  • 2 medium eggplants

  • 1 bunch of carrots

  • 1 lb. of peppers

  • 1 bunch of scallions

  • 1/2 lb. of cucumbers

  • Garlic

Large:

  • 1 lb. of tomatoes

  • 1 pint of grape tomatoes

  • 1 bunch of radishes

  • 2 medium eggplant

  • 1 bunch of carrots

  • 2 lbs. of peppers (may be bell or frying peppers)

  • 1 bunch of scallions

  • 1/2 lb. of cucumbers

  • Garlic

Caring For Your Share:

  • Store the cucumbers, peppers, and eggplant in the fridge as is. Wash when ready to use.

  • Remove the greens from the carrots and radishes and store them in Ziploc bags in the fridge.

  • Place the scallions in a Ziploc bag and store them in the refrigerator.

  • Keep the tomatoes out of the fridge and pour the cherries or grapes out into a bowl. Store out of direct sunlight, like on a counter. Wash before using.

  • Keep the garlic in a cool, dark place out of the fridge, such as a pantry, where it will have air flow.

LGF Cooking Club:

Chargrilled Scallion Salsa Verde (serve on flank steak, grilled chicken, or fish): https://food52.com/recipes/38083-chargrilled-scallion-salsa-verde


Portobello Tacos with Charred Scallion Salsa Verde:

https://dishingouthealth.com/portobello-tacos-with-charred-scallion-salsa-verde/


Eggplant "Meatballs" (Thanks, Norma!) https://www.skinnytaste.com/eggplant-meatballs/


Easy Sweet and Sour Carrots with Green Bell Pepper: https://www.thespruceeats.com/easy-sweet-and-sour-carrots-3052475


Tomato Scallion Shortcakes with Whipped Goat Cheese: https://www.stephiecooks.com/tomato-scallion-shortcakes-with-whipped-goat-cheese/


Healthy Carrot Muffins (If you want to keep the Breakfast Club going!): https://cookieandkate.com/healthy-carrot-muffins-recipe/


Baba Ganoush (An eggplant dip/spread): https://cookieandkate.com/epic-baba-ganoush-recipe/


Eggplant Burgers:

1 eggplant, cut crosswise into inch-thick slices

¼ cup olive oil, divided

½ cup balsamic vinegar

Slices of mozzarella cheese