“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves.”
- Sweet Corn – All Shares
- Potatoes – All Shares
- Slicing Tomatoes – All Shares
- Mini Tomatoes – All Shares
- Fennel – All Shares
- Lettuce – All Shares
- Dill – All Shares
- Kale – All Shares
- Melons – Full & Single Shares
- Eggplant – Single & Half Shares only
- Bell Peppers – Half Shares Only
- Cilantro – Full Shares Only
- Summer Squash/Zucchini – Full Shares Only
We set a new record in our area recently by having 2 consecutive days with the high temperature staying below 50 degrees. For early September that is indeed noteworthy. Like I told the interns, “I am happy to get that system now and have the lows stay in the upper 30’s then to have it come in 2 weeks and get an early freeze.” Many of our summer crops like the peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, melons, beans and such are done for once a hard frost hits. We always hope for that to happen later in September or even in October. Most of the fall crops like carrots, kale, beets, broccoli, cabbages, leeks, kohlrabi, rutabaga, and even the winter squashes sweeten up once the cooler temperatures arrive and they can consolidate their sugars. This is normally an especially fun time on the farm as the weather is usually(not this week) great for outdoor working and the harvest is plentiful. We hope that you are enjoying the last of the hot summer crops and are looking forward to the fall harvests coming down the pike.
~Norm the Farmer
Dill is perhaps best known for its iconic role in “dill pickles”, but there are many uses for this little herb. It belongs to the Apiaceae family of plants, which includes other familiar veggies, like celery, fennel, carrots, and parsley.
Dill is marked by its feathery blue-green leaves and bold fragrance. If left to grow, dill plants can reach heights of 3 to 5 feet tall! Here at the farm, we harvest dill at any height. As long as the leaves are bright green, they are fresh and full of flavor. If the fronds are left unpicked, the plants will produce large yellow flower heads. These attract pollinators and beneficial insects, like black swallowtail butterflies. If flower heads are left to die, flat brown seeds will emerge. These seeds can be harvested and used as an aromatic spice in cooking.
Uses of dill: Originating in Asia, early uses of dill date back to 1400BC. Centuries later in Eastern Europe, a dill-featuring stew called Borscht was created. Today, dill weed and seed can be found as a light addition to salads, fish dishes, sauerkraut, vegetable recipes, vinegars, breads, and soups. Do not try using the leaves and seeds interchangeably, as the leaves have a much milder flavor. Likewise, dried dill is milder than fresh dill. A helpful metric to remember is:
1 dried teaspoon dill weed = 1 fresh tablespoon dill weed
When used in cooking, dill weed will lose flavor the longer it is cooked. Thus, it should be added at the last minute only. The opposite is true for dill seed, which develops more aroma and flavor when heated. Recipes often call for dill seed to be toasted in a hot frying pan before being added.
A common question about fresh herbs is, “How should I store it?”
If you plan on using dill within a day or two, wrap it loosely in plastic, and store it in the refrigerator. If stored for much longer than this, it will get wilted and slimy.
If you intend to use the dill within a week, place the bundle in a jar of water — as you would a bouquet of flowers — then cover the top with plastic and refrigerate.
As was noted previously, dill doesn’t keep much of its flavor if you dry it. However, it does freeze well. To freeze it, put the leaves in a blender or food processor. Pulse to finely chop the leaves, then add just enough water to just turn the chopped leaves into a paste. Spoon the paste into an ice cube tray, freeze, transfer the resulting cubes to a sealable plastic bag, and store in the freezer. Add a dill ice cube anytime you want a burst of fresh dill flavor to soups or stews!
We encourage you to explore a new recipe this week using dill and other vegetables from the share!
Some recipes to try: