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This Week's Bounty*:

arugula
basil
beets
carrots
chard
cucumbers
green onions
lettuce
parsley
peppers, hot & sweet
new potatoes - yukon gold
summer squash

 
* Saturday and Wednesday shares may differ slightly week-to-week, though we do everything we can to make them equal over the season.

Salad with New Potatoes

 2# yukon golds
1/2# green beans
4 medium radishes
3 green onions

vinegarette: 
1/4C olive oil
4Tbsp whole-grain mustard
2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Place potatoes in a medium saucepan and cover with one inch of water. Bring to a boil and cook for about 15 minutes, until soft enough for a knife to pierce. Drain the potatoes and let them cool until they’re almost room temperature.

Refill the saucepan you used for the potatoes (here’s to fewer dishes!) with salted water and bring it to a boil. Prepare an ice bath, a large bowl with ice and water in it.  Add the beans to the boiling water. Two minutes later, drain them and dump them in the ice bath until chilled. Drain the beans.

Slice the beans into 1/2-inch segments and place them in a large bowl. Chop potatoes into moderate-sized chunks and add them to the bowl. Cut the radishes thinly. Cut the green onions into thin slivers and add them to the bowl.

When you’re ready to serve the salad, or an hour or two in advance, whisk the dressing ingredients and toss it with the vegetables, to taste.Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Try adding fresh dill or parsley, too!

sowing seeds

It takes a better estimator than I to guess just how many seeds we've planted so far this season. Safe to say, it's at least hundreds of thousands. As we tend to plants we seeded in March and April (basil, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes), we are awaiting the germination of our some of our newly-seeded Fall crops (rutabaga, carrots, beets, Napa cabbage, and more). Not only is figuring out a season's worth of seeding a great act of planning, it can also be an act of ethics and intention - and autonomy for that matter!
 
The word "sovereignty" is gaining some momentum in the world of food.  It refers to an individual's or a people's ability to securely provide food for themselves.  A piece of this "food security" concept includes "seed sovereignty," control over the secure sourcing, acquisition, production, and use of our seeds.  This is an increasingly pressing issue as we see the consolidation of the seed supply to fewer and fewer corporations.  

To answer to this pressure, Community Farm has been very intentional in the sourcing of our seeds.  We make sure to support seed companies such as Turtle Tree and Fedco whose values and practices mirror our own.  We often save our own seeds from crops such as tomatoes, squash, and beans.  Speaking of squash, we also have the privilege of helping to grow out a very rare and ancient squash grown by Native American tribes in the Midwest region. Click here to read a story done by NPR on the revival of this very squash!

Farm intern Anthea recently returned from a visit to the Seed Savers Exchange conference, filled with inspiration at the great group of people dedicated to preserving these important pieces of our culture, our history.  Seeds have stories to tell and communities to build!  As many of you have your own gardens at home, we hope you'll explore the vast possibilities of seeds - and experiment with saving and sharing your own.  We're happy to help in the process!
 
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH: AN EVENING OF FUN AND MUSIC AT CORNMAN FARMS
 
Our Fall Fundraiser, a community event to support our Student Intern Program, is fast approaching. We'd so appreciate your help in making it a success. There are lots of ways to contribute:

* Contact businesses for silent auction donations. 
* Spread the word about the event. And make sure to buy tickets for your family and friends, too!
* Create signs & bid sheets for auction items.

If you'd like to get involved, e-mail Kaitlin at kpedri@gmail.com  for more information.  Thanks!
 
Upcoming Events:
Saturday, Aug 20th, 1-3 : August Member Meeting

Information about Ongoing Events including Plant Studies and Weed & Sings can be found here.
 
Long-term Calendar: 
August 26 - 28: Hollerfest at Frog Holler Farm
Thurs, September 15th: CFAA's Fall Fundraiser
Saturday, October 1st: CFAA's Fall Festival!
 
As members, you know Community Farm better than anyone!  Please consider helping us to spread the word by posting an online review of your experiences with the farm on the following sites:  Google places and local harvest  Thank you!
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