From the Farmer
Looking to make pickles? Pickling cucumbers are available for $1.25/lb (10 lb minimum). Please email the farm at firstname.lastname@example.org to order. Please give us 24 hour notice and we’ll have them ready for you when you arrive.
Here’s a great recipe…..
Easy Refrigerator Pickles from MyRecipes.com
6 cups thinly sliced pickling cucumbers (about 2 pounds)
2 cups thinly sliced onion
1 1/2 cups white vinegar
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1. Place 3 cups cucumber in a medium glass bowl; top with 1 cup onion. Repeat procedure with the remaining 3 cups cucumber and remaining 1 cup onion.
2. Combine vinegar and remaining ingredients in a small saucepan; stir well. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute. Pour over cucumber mixture; let cool. Cover and chill at least 4 days.
3. Store pickles in the glass bowl or transfer to jars with lids. Pickles may be stored in the refrigerator for up to one month.
This week we will host Emasscraft
The purpose of the organization is to train farmers, farm workers and apprentices in the craft of small-scale sustainable agriculture with emphasis on food production. Through the collaboration of many farms, like ours, they provide a broader learning experience than can’t be received on one farm alone. The group gets together every other Wednesday during the season to learn about another aspect of agriculture. It goes along way in developing the aspiring new farmers and apprentices, allowing for the exchange of ideas and experiences.
This week’s topic is on cultivation. Since we started the CSA, ten years ago now, we have been able to acquire some awesome cultivation equipment. This equipment, along with our awesome crew are keeping the fields looking great this season. Believe it or not all the hand work here at the farm is done by 7 farm crew members, a production manager and a tractor driver. Pretty impressive for a farm that is growing 40 acres of vegetables. If you want to learn more about this group go to www.easternmasscraft.wordpress.com.
Speaking of vegetables look at these onions.
What a difference a year makes! These are some Walla Walla onions that will be showing up in the share this week. The rain of course has helped but also the ability to fertigate ( organic fertilizer and water through drip irrigation). Our next hurdle, will be to find a place to store them all for the winter. They are going to be a great for our Winter Share!
Flower Arranging Class
If you haven’t signed up for the flower arranging class please don’t wait any longer. It’s this Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM and we only have four spots left. Email us or call the farm to sign-up. Also right around the corner is the Pickling and Canning Class on Wednesday, July 26th at 7:00 PM and it’s FREE to all CSA members.
Pickling and Canning Class
Thanks again for all your support. The CSA seems to be running smoothly. If you have any questions, concerns or comments, send me an email at email@example.com or stop me while you are here for pickup. Enjoy this week’s bounty, especially those tomatoes.