Summer Subscription 2020 Week 17A

One thing I love about the subscription program is how things can change so much from week to week. Just last week we were enjoying the bright colors of late summer, and this week we've transitioned more to the deeper, greener hues of autumn. I'm especially excited about this box because there are a few new items that have inspired me to try some new recipes. The combination of eggplant, mint, and cucumbers feels very Mediterranean, while the bok choy invokes inspiration for Asian cuisine. I love that this process creates opportunities to enjoy completely different dishes from one night to the next.


SAVE THE DATE!

On October 4th, we will be opening enrollment for our 2021 subscription season. It seems early, but Randy and I are hoping to use the winter to plan our season out even better. This year, Randy mapped fields, purchased seeds, and planted for the CSA program and markets that we typically run, but those quickly changed changed due to COVID. Next year, we are hoping to accept 250 members into our main season program, and this will require us to purchase, map, and plant differently. Details about 2021 are up on the website! Click the 2021 Veggie Subscription tab. Most aspects will stay the same with a few changes.


Our current program runs through October 17th. We have 20 weeks in all.

This week, our focus quickly shifted from succession planting to covering crops to protect them from frost. Sunday, September 20th we received an alert that if the wind died down, it could bring in a light frost. Frost typically settles when the air is still, whereas the wind keeps it moving. Randy waited to see what would happen, and around 2 p.m. didn't feel like he could risk it any longer. We called both of our dads and our neighbor Frannie, and they were here to help gather up rocks to cover all of the crops with a giant piece of Reemay cloth. It took until about 8:00 at night, but Randy felt so relieved once it was done. He said that if it had been mid-October, he probably wouldn't have bothered; but with 12 weeks left in our subscription season, it was too early to risk losing everything.


When we woke up the next morning, we had gotten a light frost, which ironically made Randy really happy to know that he had put in the work and made the right decision. All crops were okay, just cold and in some cases wet. We'll continue to take the Reemay off during the day so we can harvest the eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, squash, zucchini, and cucumbers underneath, and then cover them back up at night so that they stay warm.


Here's the video of succession planting I had planned to focus on this week. It's all still true, though it's incredible how fast the gears start shifting and turning here once the word frost is mentioned.


One of our best friends Meg (sister of Katelyn from Rustle Floral Co!) took some amazing photos of us for our website. I'm hoping to redo it for next season to change it up. Meg takes photos under her business name Locust and Honey Photography & Design. She does amazing mini sessions which are perfect for fall and holiday time that you might want to check out! https://locustandhoneydesign.com

Here's a little sneak peek of the ones she did for us:


P.S. Katelyn's flowers are in the store every Saturday and typically mid-week and should continue to be until we have a hard frost. They're gorgeous! Here's a sample photo.


Pumpkins are here! Traditional jack-o-lantern pumpkins are $0.50 per pound, gourds are $2 per pound, and specialty pumpkins are $1.00 (cooking pumpkins and anything dark red, tan, white, etc.) Mums should be ready next week!


Just a friendly reminder to make sure that you're wearing your mask properly upon entering our store (over the mouth AND nose). As cases begin to rise again, we want to make sure that we are all protected from the spread of any illness. We sanitize in the store often and take our temperatures daily, and we believe that mask wearing is integral to the success of keeping case numbers down and keeping our little store a nice alternative to grocery stores. Thank you for your understanding.


Here are a couple more pretty shots of the farm. Looking forward to seeing you all soon!



A Message from Randy:


The Uncrating:

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

Small:

  • 1 head of bok choy

  • 1 bunch of mint

  • 1/2 lb. of beans

  • 1 lb. of cucumbers

  • 1 large eggplant

  • 1/4 lb. bag of salad mix

  • 1/2 pint of ground cherries

Large:

  • 1 head of bok choy

  • 1 bunch of mint

  • 1 pint of shishitos

  • 3/4 lb. of beans

  • 1 lb. of cucumbers

  • 1 large eggplant

  • 1/2 lb. bag of salad mix

  • 1 pint of husk cherries

DISCLAIMER: At this point in the season, because of these abnormally low temps, these shares are subject to change.

Caring For Your Share:

  • Store the eggplant, bag of beans, shishitos, and cucumbers in the fridge as is. You may want to transfer the shishitos to a ziploc first. Wash when ready to use.

  • Keep the husk cherries out of the fridge. Dump out into a bowl and store out of direct sunlight, like on a counter. Wash cherries before using.

  • Store bok choy or chard in plastic bags in the fridge. Shake out excess moisture first. Use within a few days.

  • Wrap mint in a damp paper towel and place it in a Ziploc bag in the fridge. You can also freeze it in ice cubes for refreshing water or let it dry out to use later.

LGF Cooking Club:

Use this Greek Yogurt Sauce with Garlic and Mint as a dipping sauce for protein. We've got plain Stani yogurt you can use as the base: https://www.cookinglight.com/recipes/greek-yogurt-sauce-garlic-mint


White Chocolate Mojito Cheesecakes (with mint!): https://www.taste.com.au/recipes/white-chocolate-mojito-cheesecakes/bb93e493-a4af-42ca-b1a6-0f83854f1a30


Broiled Eggplant with Mint Vi