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GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • Share in the work to create a farm that is economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable
  • Share the risk and share the bounty
  • Make decisions together
  • Ensure that the size of the farm holds in balance considerations of land, community, and farm viability
  •  Work together to nurture a friendly and creative community

Week #7 Tuesday, August 20 – Friday, August 23, 2019

Farm News

Every Tuesday and Friday is mini work day at the farm. It’s a day when several households make their way out to the farm and work together to make sure each farm member expecting a bag of vegetables actually gets one. The way we approach the day has evolved over the years. In the beginning, when there were just about 20-40 shares to pack each week, we did all the harvesting, washing and packing on the day the vegetables were delivered. As we added more shares and purchased a walk-in cooler, that changed. Tender greens are harvested the day before delivery giving them a chance to cool before their trip to the city. Many vegetables – zucchini, cucumbers, broccoli, beans and melons – benefit from being picked more frequently than the twice a week delivery days. They are typically picked every other day and stored in the cooler. Some vegetables are still picked the day of delivery, but are often harvested before people arrive while temperatures are still cool. They stand ready to be washed, trimmed, or bagged as more hands arrive. Herbs are an exception. It’s not unusual for a group to head to the field to pick and bunch basil or parsley. In addition to the all the work we do together in the pack shed, cleaning up onions and scallions, bagging beans and carrots, making the garlic look beautiful, there is often a work project ready to go for those interested in some field work.

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Recipes

THIS WEEK…

Zucchini Quesadillas

6 quesadillas (smittenkitchen.com) 

  • 3 Tbsp. Olive oil, plus more for frying quesadillas 
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 
  • ½ tsp. Mild (Aleppo) or hotter red peeper flakes (or mince a jalapeño) 
  • 1 ½ lbs. zucchini or other slim summer squash, halved and thinly sliced 
  • Kosher salt 
  • 1 lime, halved 
  • 6 oz. grated Monterey Jack cheese 
  • 12 6-inch tortillas 
  • Sliced avocado, chopped fresh cilantro, additional lime, and thinly sliced jalapeño to finish. 

1. Heat a large skillet over medium. Once hot, add oil. Once oil is hot, add garlic (and jalapeño if using) and cook, stirring, until just golden at the edges, about 1 minute. Add zucchini, 1 tsp. Kosher salt, and red pepper flakes (if using) and increase heat to medium high. Cook, turning over occasionally, until zucchini becomes soft and starts to break down, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat slightly and cook 7 to 10 minutes more, at which point the zucchini will be jammy and very tender. Taste for seasoning – add more salt if needed. Add the juice of half your lime and scrape the mixture into a wide bowl. Let cool slightly while you prepare any toppings or grate the cheese. 

2. Add cheese to zucchini mixture and mix. Lay out six of your tortillas and divide the filling between them, going all the way to the edges. Place remaining 6 tortillas on top. 

3. Use the large skillet or a non-stick skillet. Heat the skillet of your choice over medium heat and add a couple tsp. Of oil. Transfer your assembled quesadillas to the skillet and cook until deeply golden and crisp underneath. Flip the quesadillas and repeat on second side. Serve halved or in wedges with additional ingredients. 

Green Bean and Potato Salad 

Serves 4 (love and lemons.com) 

  • 6-8 small potatoes (about ¾ lb.) 
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil, more to taste 
  • 1 clove garlic, minced 
  • 1 heaping tsp. Capers 
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard 
  • 2 big handfuls of green and/or yellow wax beans 
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon 
  • 2 scallions, chopped 
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped 
  • ¼ cup fresh oregano leaves 
  • ¼ tsp. Red pepper flakes 
  • Sea salt and freshly ground clack pepper 

Optional: 

  • ½ cup cooked chickpeas 
  • ½ cup cooked burger, quinoa, or millet 
  • Soft boiled eggs 
  • Pickled onions 

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Scrub the potatoes and slice them into 1-inch pieces. Add the potatoes and cook until knife tender, about 15 minutes. 

2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic, capers, mustard, and generous pinches of salt and pepper. Use a rubber spatula or wooden spoon to mash the garlic and capers into a paste at the bottom of the bowl. When your potatoes are done, scoop them out of the water (leave the water boiling for your green beans), transfer them to the bowl, and toss to coat with the dressing at the bottom of the bowl. 

3. Prepare a bowl of ice water and place it near your pot of boiling water. Add the green beans to the boiling water and cook until tender but still vibrant, about 3 minutes. Scoop beans out of boiling water and into ice bath to cool, about 1 minute. Drain well and toss into bowl of potatoes. Add lemon juice and zest, scallions, parsley, oregano, and red pepper flakes and toss to coat. 

4. Taste, add more salt, pepper, lemon juice as needed. If salad is dry, drizzle with more oil and toss again. 

5. Add optional ingredients if using. 

Ratatouille

serves 4 (epicurious.com) 

  • 1 onion, sliced thin 
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 5 Tbsp. Olive oil 
  • ¾ lb. eggplant, cut into ½-inch pieces (about 3 cups) 
  • 1 small zucchini, scrubbed, quartered lengthwise, and cut into thin slices 
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped 
  • ¾ lbs. ripe tomatoes, chopped course (about 1 ¼ cups) 
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano, crumbled 
  • ¼ tsp. dried thyme, crumbled 
  • 1/8 tsp. Ground coriander 
  • ¼ tsp fennel seeds 
  • ¾ tsp. Salt 
  • ½ cup shredded fresh basil leaves 

In a large skillet cook onion and garlic in 2 Tbsp. Oil over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened. Add remaking 3 Tbsp. Oil and heat over moderately high heat until hot but not smacking. Add eggplant, cook the mixture, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes or until eggplant is softened. Stir in zucchini and bell pepper, stirring occasionally, for 12 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and cook for 5-7 minutes, until vegetables are tender, Stir in oregano, thyme, coriander, fennel seeds, salt and pepper, to taste, and cook the mixture, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in basil and combine the mixture well. The ratatouille may be made 1 day in advance, kept covered and chilled, and reheated before serving. 

Recipe Links

Beets!!! https://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/slideshow/roast-em-fry-em-grate-em-38-ways-cook-eat-beets https://www.foodnetwork.com/topics/beets https://www.thekitchn.com/beets-recipes-tips-and-ideas-22928209 

More Recipes Featuring Vegetables We Grow…

Arugula | Basil | Beets | Bok Choy | Braising Mix |Broccoli | Broccoli Raab | Brussels Sprouts | Cabbage | Carrots | Cauliflower | Celeriac | Chard | Cilantro | Collards | Cucumbers | Eggplant | Fennel | Garlic | Green Beans | Jalapenos | Kale | Kohlrabi | Leeks | Lettuce | MelonOnions | Parsley | Parsnips | Pea VinesPeppers | Potatoes| Pumpkins | Radishes | RhubarbRutabagas | Scallions | Spinach | Sugar Snap Peas | Sweet Potatoes | Tomatillos | Tomatoes | Turnips | Winter Squash | Zucchini  |

Harvest Day

Sign up for Your Harvest Day

Not only does your visit to the farm increase the sense of community we all enjoy, but the harvesting/packing/transport of veggies is an essential part of our success. We truly rely on your participation! Many members report appreciating connecting to the land where their food is grown as well. The sooner you sign up the better (more options and helps out our delivery coordinator).

  • Check the sign-up calendar. Find a date where there are openings.
  • Contact the delivery coordinator. Let them know your name and the date.. It’s also helpful to know the size of your vehicle and how many people will be coming with you.
  • Mark this date on your calendar!
  • Consider arriving a little early for Meet & Greet.

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