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Summer Share Box 5 Crop List
Clockwise starting with the summer squash:
- Summer Squash/Zucchini – All shares
- Green Cabbage – All shares
- Swiss chard – Full shares
- Shell Peas – All shares
- Raspberries – Single shares; Rochester/Austin/Chatfield/Racine Full and Half shares
- Parsley – All shares
- Basil – Full and Half shares
- Napa Cabbage – Full and Single shares
- Scallions – All shares
- Cauliflower – All shares
- Romaine Lettuce – All shares
- Kohlrabi – All shares
- Next weekend July 26-28 is our annual ‘camping weekend’ on the farm. Come for one night or 2, or just come down for a farm visit – more in our farm article.
- The heat-loving summer crops like tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, eggplant and sweet corn are loving these hot and humid days.
- Cauliflower is a very versatile vegetable that is getting more and more recognition. Use it for pizza crust, roast it, mix it in stir fry, puree it into a soup, pulse it to make ‘rice’, steam and whip it up like mashed potatoes, or use it raw in a cold salad.
- Lots of veggies this week for kimchi (see recipe below): cabbage, napa, kohlrabi, scallions.
- Fresh scallions can be chopped thinly and used in about any cold or hot dish.
- These hot days are great for salads, slaw, chimichurri (see recipe below), kimchi, or tossing the kohlrabi fries/summer squash/cauliflower/scallions on the grill!
- Check out our article and recipes for summer squash/zucchini.
- Wash all of the produce before you eat it.
- Please return our ice packs and boxes each week.
- We hope everyone is having a fantastic summer!
One of the pillars of the Community Supported Agriculture model is that folks who eat the produce – you, the members – have the chance to get to know the people and the land that produces some of your food. It is no small thing really, given the food distribution system that most of us are accustomed to. And we your farmers certainly recognize and appreciate our responsibility to be transparent and available to our members. We do some of that through our online presence, our newsletters, and, of course, the weekly food that we deliver to your neighborhood.
Another attempt to build connections is to open our farm up for family and group visits, and to offer events to ‘lure’ members out to visit us. Here are a few things that we are offering for this season:
- Camping on the farm – July 26-28. You can come for one night or two, or just come down to tour the farm. You can mix it into a day at Lanesboro, a trip to Forestville for hiking/caving, biking the Root River trail or a visit to the destination town of Decorah. We have shower/bathroom facilities, a large lawn for games, a campfire, and plenty of fresh produce for grilling! Please rsvp.
- Member work opportunity – Friday August 9th. This is fairly open-ended, but is designed to get families out into the fields to get their hands dirty. We usually share an outdoor lunch. Come as you are able and stay as long as you desire … maybe tear up the town of Rochester that evening, HA!
- Summer Farm Party is a new twist on our usual Fall Harvest Celebration – Saturday September 7thanytime between 2-8. This year we are centering it around tomatoes as we will be canning tomatoes/salsa and will be having a spaghetti dinner. There will also be farm tours, crafts, lawn games, tractor rides, bonfire, and whatever you decide to bring along to drink. Feel free to bring a tent along and stay the night! Definitely get this one on your calendars!
We are your farmers. You are members of Earth Dance Farm. We want to celebrate this connection – we would love to have you join us!!! Do not hesitate to contact us for more information on any of these events.
Crop of the week – Summer Squash/Zucchini
The summer squash has come into season on the farm and boy are they busy pumping out squash for all of you! You could sit out in the fields and watch them grow!
Squashes are part of the Cucurbita genus of herbaceous vines which also includes pumpkins and gourds. Summer squash is distinguished from winter squash because they are harvested when they are immature and the rinds are still tender and edible (winter squash have harder rinds that are generally not eaten). Summer squash are considered to be parthenocarpic, which means that some cultivars are able to fruit without being pollinated. The vegetable is high in vitamins A, B6, and C, folate, magnesium, fiber, riboflavin, phosphorus, and potassium. Yellow squash is also rich in manganese, which boosts bone strength and helps the body processes fats and carbs.
We grow a variety of summer squash on the farm, including the familiar zucchini, patty pan – which looks kinda like a flying saucer, crookneck – a yellow, bumpy squash named for its bulbous bottom and thin, curved neck, Zephyr – easily recognized by its two-toned coloring: light green on the bottom and yellow on top, eight ball zucchini – very similar to zucchini in flavor and texture but in ball form, and last but not least: yellow squash, true to its name.
Summer squash are the perfect accompaniment to any cookout and can be grilled up, sautéed, made into fritters (see the recipe below), zoodles, bread, soups, oven-baked or just eaten raw. We hope you enjoy the season of this bright, tender vegetable!
Some recipes to try: