“Just living is not enough…one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower”
-Hans Christian Andersen
- Summer Squash (All Shares)
- Cucumbers (All Shares)
- Cone Cabbage (All Shares)
- Napa Cabbage (All Shares)
- Beaver Dam Peppers (All Shares)
- Mini Magenta or Romaine Lettuce (All Shares)
- Kale (All Shares)
- Savory (All Shares)
- Scallions (Full and Single Shares)
- Shelling Peas (Single and Half Shares)
- Salad Mix (Full and Single Shares)
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- Last of the shelling peas, next week we have snow peas and then sugar snap peas in late August
- Savory is like a marriage of thyme and sage – it is great in soups, with beans or meat, to flavor butter, or on pizza, in eggs etc.
- Peppers are Beaver Dam, medium heat. Capsaicin is a chemical compound that is the ‘heat’ of the pepper and is strongest in the white ribs/pith that holds the seeds, then the seeds and least pronounced in the flesh of the pepper. Cook it, stuff it, or put it in salads or stir frys
- Great week to continue with summer salads: napa cabbage, lettuces, peas, peppers, cucumbers, kale, scallions …
- Summer squash is great sliced and grilled until caramelized – this is our crop of the week
- We have several types of cucumbers – marketmore and general lee are slicers, an elongated Asian variety, and a pickling one
- Cabbage is great cut up and sautéed with salt, pepper, and oil/butter – so simple
- Please wash all of the produce before you eat it
- Please return our ice packs and boxes each week for reuse
Crop of the Week: Summer Squash
Summer Squash is a warm-season crop that grows abundantly here on the farm during the months of July and August. With that being said, you can expect a plentiful amount of it in the coming weeks!
Summer squash is different from winter squash in the sense that it is harvested while it is young, or “immature,” while the skin is thin and edible as well as the seeds, whereas winter squash has a much harder flesh and their seeds generally need to be discarded before eating. Most summer squash have a bushy growth habitat, unlike the rambling vines of winter squash. We get out in the field to harvest these babies many times per week in order to get them at the perfect stage, as they grow very fast and lose their tenderness as they age. We grow quite a few different varieties here at Earth Dance Farm, you can find a picture down below with the names of each kind!
Unlike winter squash, summer squash do not have a very long shelf life and should be used up sooner than later. The best way to store them is in a plastic bag(to maintain humidity) in the crisper drawer of your fridge. There are many many ways to use up this crop but some of the ways we like to use up summer squash here at the farm is by simply grilling it up with some salt and pepper, making it into soups, or using it in a bread recipe as you would Zucchini. We will be sure to give you some recipe ideas in our newsletters, but aside from that we are wishing you plenty of inspiration with utilizing this crop as the season progresses!
Some recipes to try: