Week 10

What’s in the box?

Sweet Corn

Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes

Sweet Ailsa Craig Onion

Red Potatoes

Cucumbers

Yellow Squash

Garlic

Basil

Green Bell Peppers

Storage tips

Peppers like to be held at about 50 degrees. This may sound kind of exact, but they refrigerate well but in a warmer part of your fridge.

Garlic on the counter.  Everything else we covered last week.

Now, some of you may be backing up on Potatoes, these guys store well out of the sun, and in a high moisture environment. We keep them in our basement. But I imagine a Pantry would work as well. They also will hold well in the fridge, in an open bag.

If your family isn’t like ours (we eat at least a dozen ears of sweet corn EVERY DAY during the time when it’s in season), then you would probably like to know that corn is super easy to freeze.  We just cut it off the cob and put it in freezer bags and freeze it.  We don’t even blanche it and it comes out great.  Just defrost and heat it up in a pan with a little butter when you are ready to eat it.  Or put it in soups or bake with it or…..  Just make sure to love the sweet corn while it’s here.  It will be over before you know it.

Recipes….

Another great one from 101cookbooks!  Spiced Tomato Gratin. It calls for Yukon Gold Potatoes, but the red ones work just fine.

And this one from lottie and doof (another favorite) for Pasta with Fresh Corn Pesto!

If you feel like turning on your oven, make a from scratch pizza.  Make (or buy) your dough, spread on some olive oil and top with crushed garlic, fresh sliced tomato, onions, squash, bell peppers, and some parmesan cheese or fresh mozzarella if you like.  I’ve also heard about grilled pizza.  That sounds like a fine way to not get your kitchen too hot.

Or, if heating up the kitchen doesn’t sound great there’s always veggie sandwiches.  Nick who’s working on the farm made one tonight and I believe he said it was the best sandwich he’s ever eaten.  I think it had cream cheese, tomato, basil, onion, green peppers, and cucumbers on it.

Try having some sliced cucumbers and tomatoes with a fried egg and whole grain toast for breakfast.  It’s one of the few breakfasts that keeps me full until lunch.

On the farm….

Now we get to complain about the weather. Last night we got 4.5 inches of rain. On top of the 3 inches we got last week. So this morning we picked your sweet corn in ankle deep mud. And then hauled all 70- 50 lb bags of corn out  from the field on the only firm ground which was about 200 feet away. So I really hope you like this corn. Same with the peppers. There is standing water all over the fields. If we lived near a river bottom we would be flooded. Fortunately the only thing flooding is the Basement, which had about 4 inches of standing water in it this AM, but is slowly being pumped out.

So I’m going to make a list of things that all this rain has ruined for us and you.

The second succession of Cucumbers, not so bad. But cucumbers will be coming to an end shortly.

The melons are drowning and dying from wet feet. So, no melons.  Believe it or not, melons are a desert crop and require well drained soil and not much water to thrive.  Not this season….

The heavy rain last night and a few weeks ago washed out a planting of salad mix, and beets, spinach and darn near 40% of the carrots, and is currently drowning about 20% of the broccoli. Fortunately with the carrots and broccoli we over planted, so there should be plenty to go around still.

It has all but wiped out the tomatoes with Early Blight and Septoria Leaf Spot. We might have 3 more weeks of picking, and it will get thinner from here out.

It has prevented a lot of weeding, so weeds are everywhere. That’s nothing new, just worse that usual.

It give us purple spot in the onions, which didn’t allow them to size up all the way before we had to make a mad rush on Tues to pull them all out of the ground while it was dry enough. This probably set our yields back by about 30% or more. But you probably won’t feel a shortage of onions.

We had a crop of lettuce planted for harvest this week, but it was mostly rotten from not getting a chance to dry out properly.

It completely wiped out the Potato vines with Blight and leaf spot as well. Which set back yields by 30% or more.

Along with spreading blight from the tomato plants not being able to dry out, it causes many of the heirlooms to split.  It also made the ground so soft that all of our tomato staking and trelacing to keep them off the ground has proven to be in vain.  Almost all of the stakes are flopped over onto the ground leaving the tomatoes vulnerable to the munching of critters and worms.  We try to only get you the nice ones, but sometimes an ugly one may sneak in.  Sorry about that.  Cut the bad spot off and eat the rest right away!

Of course we can’t blame all of this on the rain, the high humidity and the heat help these diseases spread as well.

So the moral of the story here is. Despite our best efforts, the rain has thwarted lots of them for the fall plantings. It is cutting some of the greatest crops of summer (tomatoes and melons) down to almost nothing.  We will do our best to keep the veg rolling, but know that we tried if the boxes start to lighten up.

Oh… and it has made us get stuck with the tractor way more times than I care to mention.

6 Comments »

  1. Mary Walters said

    My family and friends have been enjoying everything in each of the bi-weekly boxes. The beauty and deliciouslness of everything harvested has been well received.
    Thank you for your hard work this season and know that it is appreciated very much.
    Mary

  2. Melinda said

    😦
    Hang in there. Sounds like a good time for a mud wrestling tournament!
    Our basement flooded too – we feel your pain.

  3. Jill said

    Some of the best tasting corn ever!
    Thanks!

  4. Tina said

    I was super excited to get my box filled with corn and tomatoes this week; I was looking forward to it all day. I arrived at Sunnyside in Minneapolis to pick up my box at 7:05 pm, since I knew that they were open until 9 (I had checked the hours when the deliveries started in June). I was so upset to find that they had changed their hours to close at 7pm! No one was around and I couldn’t get my veg! When did the hours change? Would have been nice to get a heads up. I’m hoping that they will hold them until tomorrow morning. This is extremely frustrating!!

    • Tina said

      Also, I wanted to add that I’ve loved every box I’ve gotten and am really enjoying all the wonderful produce! Thanks for all your hard work on the farm!

    • turniprock said

      Oh no! We also didn’t know that SunnySide changed their hours. Sorry about that. Please let us know if you were were able to get your box or not. If not we will make it up to you…

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