Saturday, September 16, 2017
New this week: Delicata squash. This squash has won our affection over the last few years. Delicata is the most accessible of the winter squashes since the rind is not too difficult to cut and the skin can be eaten. Our favorite way to eat it is to slice it into half moons and roast it on a pan with a little olive oil. Roasted Delicata. It is also delish cut in half longwise and stuffed. Stuffed Delicata.
It has been our pleasure to grow produce for you this year. Thank you for your support and encouragement!
Saturday, September 9, 2017
New this week:
Gala Apples: From Schober's in Monroeville. I'm so excited about local apples. Yum!
Butternut Squash: is a winter squash very similar to pumpkins. Butternut squash is wonderful roasted, pureed in soup, or mashed to mix into casseroles, bread, or muffins. Here is a link to my favorite butternut squash soup. I tailor the recipe to suit me by -- only using butternut (no acorn squash, I like butternut flavor better).
The butternut squash is from Sam Tomarchio, a grower in Mullica Hill. Normally this time of year we are swimming in several varieties of winter squash, spaghetti, delicata, kabocha . . . but this has not been a normal year. We had bad timing and placement for our poor winters squash plants and they pretty much all died in the excessive rains we have endured.
KiwiBerries- are a small variety of the kiwi fruit with an edible skin. If you have walked back to the field for pick your own cherry tomatoes and flowers, they are the things on the trellis! IMPORTANT: They are best eaten when the skin is wrinkled and they yield to pressure. Really, the softer the better. As they soften they get more and more sweet. Leave at room temperature to ripen.
Saturday, September 2, 2017
We are thankful for these lunchbox peppers. They just keep producing. The variety is called Yummy Orange. They have been strong producers though the heat and the rain and the rain and the rain. They're becoming one of our favorites. How about you? What has been your favorite crop so far?
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Adirondack Red Potatoes are a potato variety with red flesh and skin. The Adirondack varieties are unusual because both the skin and the flesh are colored and have high levels of anti-oxidants. Very good boiled, good for potato salads and mashed; excellent pan-fried and roasted. Baked, they will be moist.
Quick update about the farm. It's been an exceptionally rainy August. All the rain has been a bit too much for some of our crops. The tomato plants are suffering from foliar diseases and the tomatoes have cracked. The watermelon and cantaloupe are in a similar situation and most of the fruit is rotten. We're still optimistic that we will have some more tomatoes at some point, but it will be a week or two. Meanwhile, we're glad to have these potatoes! The potatoes you're receiving are grown by us. It's our first time growing potatoes and, while it wasn't a super crop, we're thankful for what we've got. The quality seems good so far.
This next week marks a turning point for the farm. All of our student workers are going back to school. We have had a great bunch of students this year. They've worked very hard through some hot days and they have every reason to be proud of what they've done here. We with them well as they head back to the classroom and we hope they enjoy sleeping in a little since they won't have to be here at 6am!
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Saturday, August 12, 2017
New this week:
Red Cubanelles- We had their green counterpart 2 weeks ago. Now the green has matured into a beautiful red to make the peppers sweeter! Here is a link to my favorite way to eat red cubanelle peppers. . . stuffed with cheese.
Adirondack blue potatoes- Deep purple skin with solid purple flesh that hold their color when cooked. Very high in antioxidants. They have a nice thin skinned so peeling is not necessary. Roast 'em, mash 'em, or fry 'em. Yum!
Peaches- Yellow peaches from Larchmont Farm Elmer, NJ. Juicy and sweet!
Sicilian Eggplant- can be used the same way as regular eggplant. Maybe a little sweeter. So beautiful!