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173 130th Street • Deer Park, WI 54007
507.923.6251 • sweettopfarm@gmail.com  
www.sweettopfarm.com
CSA Newsletter: Week Nine
10 August 2016
scroll down to read what is in your CSA box, storage tips, recipes, and see photos of the farm this week

A Lot of "Good" Goes a Long Way

On Monday afternoon, we were greeted by a van load of kids--not summer campers or school kids but Megan’s older sister Alison and her family.  Like a clown car at the circus, out came the Good family one by one. Trevor, Megan’s brother in law, came first. Then, starting with the youngest at age 2 (well almost) came Sophia, followed by Tessa (5), Damien (7), Eliza (8), Trina (10), and last was 12 year old Zoe.  Even after these city kids had been camping for 4 days (and the oldest girls for two and a half weeks), they were all smiles. After a quick tour around the farm and a sampling of cantaloupe, they were ready to get to work.  The youngest kids played with a very excited cousin Edith and the older ones headed to the potato patch to help dig and then wash this week’s spuds.   

After a nice dinner picnic on the front lawn, we were treated to a surprise visit from our bee keeper Mark Adams.  He was very gracious and gave an educational and exciting demonstration of what a bee keeper does and how bees make honey. Everyone got to try some fresh honey, see a queen from one of the hives, and even hold a male bee called a drone (thankfully they don’t have stingers).

Even after helping harvest watermelons until 8:30 the night before, the Good kids were ready to go the next morning. They washed cucumbers, squash, and zucchini, brushed dirt off of this week’s watermelon, set up CSA boxes and then loaded them with potatoes and melons—all before 11am. We’re starting to see the value of large farm families! Not only did the oldest girls wash and pack but they did it while keeping tabs on the youngest kiddos.

As their departure neared, we couldn’t let them leave without a photo op with the star of the farm Belle.  If you are curious how many kids you can fit on a Belgian Draft horse take a look at the photos of the week below (and we still could have fit more if the Edith and Sophia had gone up). 

Sometimes I am impressed with how much produce we manage to fit into the CSA box each week, often times filling every nook and cranny with something. However that’s nothing comparted to watching this family pile into their minivan for an eight hour ride back to Chicago with a week’s worth of camping gear, six kids, 4 car seats, a whole bunch of pillows, 2 watermelons, a sack of potatoes and a variety of other fresh vegetables. Filling every empty space with something was an Olympic feat worthy of a Gold Medal.
 
Week Nine marks the official halfway point of the Summer CSA.  We finished planting the last of the Fall Broccoli for the October boxes and started plowing up pasture that will become new fields for next summer’s vegetables.  We will direct seed some more turnips, lettuce, and spinach within the next two weeks and that will put an end to the planting for the 2016 season, except for the garlic which gets planted in October. This is a milestone we look forward to every year as we can then just focus on weeding, harvesting, and maintaining the crops that are in the ground.

Please read the details below about individual vegetables in your box this week. Enjoy this week’s harvest.

Your Farmers,
Megan, Adam, and Edith

What's in your box and
where does it go?

 
  Fridge? Bag?
cantaloupe yes once cut, in container
carrots yes plastic
cucumbers yes plastic
garlic no countertop
green beans yes plastic
kale yes plastic
new potatoes no paper
pepper-bell or Italian yes plastic
red onion no countertop or fridge
summer squash yes plastic
watermelon yes once cut, in container
zucchini yes plastic
Recipes
 
A Really "Good" Kale Salad
(thanks Good Family)

 
1 bunch Kale, chopped
3/4 c grated carrots
1/3 cup toasted sunflower seeds
 
Dressing
1/4 c mayo
1 T soy sauce
1 1/2 T rice wine vinegar
1 T sesame oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 T minced ginger
1/8 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp cumin
salt to taste

Whisk together dressing is a large bowl. Add kale and gently massage into dressing. Fold in carrots and top with sunflower seeds. Enjoy!

Recipe from Alison Good

Watermelon Cucumber Salad
 
Soak 1/2 thinly sliced red onion in cold water. Pat dry 4 cups diced watermelon and 1 seeded and sliced cucumber; toss with a handful of thinly sliced mint. Drain the onion, squeeze dry and add to the salad along with some chopped cashews. Add 1/4 cup olive oil and the juice of 1/2 lemon; season with salt and toss. Top with crumbled goat cheese.

Adapted from Foodnetwork.com
 
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Clockwise from the top: The Good kids atop Belle; Hauling potatoes to the packshed; Circled is the queen bee--longer and lighter than the other bees; The Good kids, the Greesons, and Belle; The oldest, Zoe, and the youngest, Sophia, holding the drone bee. 
Details about today's
CSA box
 
Cantaloupe
We harvest melons when the stems slip from the vine. Give them a sniff--when they smell sweet, it's time to eat. 

Carrots
This is the first harvest off the second succession of carrots. They are beautiful!

Cucumbers
Cukes are back in full force! There are five in your box this week. Cucumber sandwiches, cucumber salad, cucumber water...Have a recipe you like? Please share!

Garlic
This particular variety-Krautini-seemed a little off when we harvested it.  Although it seems fine now, we don't think it will store through the winter months very well. 


Green Beans
The storm last Thursday morning blew four rows of green beans to the ground. Luckily, they survived, but the beans are a little curvy as a result. The beans are a bit more slender than we prefer, but better than the opposite--too fat.


Kale
The first harvest on the fall planting. Leaves are very tender and probably best in a raw salad.  Try this week's recipe. You might notice a little 


New Potatoes
This is a new variety for us called Dakota Pearl. Let us know what you think.


Pepper-Bell or Italian
Mostly green peppers, some that are purple or have a streak of gold or red.


Red Onion
The big onion harvest is just around the corner. This is a fresh onion but you can keep it on your counter if you want to.

Summer Squash and Zucchini
Running out of uses for squash and zucchini? Shred and add to a quiche or frittata, substitute 1 cup of zucchini for basil when making pesto, thinly slice and put on top of pizza instead of (or with) pepperoni, or try this week's recipe.


Watermelon
Don't be surprised when cut into this melon and see that it is yellow inside. We love yellow watermelons and find that they are sweeter than red fleshed watermelons. Next week, there will be a red melon, so you can compare the two and see what you think.
A NOTE ON TOMATOES: Our tomatoes were off to a good start this year until late June when we noticed that every plant was showing leaf deformities on old and new growth (see photo on left). We sent information and photos to UW Extension and they suspected herbicide drift but were not completely sure. The closest soybean field is over 400 feet away with a young spruce tree line between the soybeans and our pasture--far exceeding the 30 foot buffer required for organic farms. Everyone agreed that drift so far away is odd, but not entirely impossible. We didn't see any other crops affected, so I suppose we will never know. The new growth looks great (photo on right), but the tomatoes just recently put on blossoms. That means that tomatoes will be late this year (end of August). Cherry tomatoes are starting to ripen, so as soon as we have enough, we'll start putting them in the box.
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