Posted by: csacrownheights | July 28, 2009

this weeks veggies 7/28/09

2 heads red Shanghai Choy
1 bunch fresh Genovese basil
1 pound fingerling potatoes
1 red Boston lettuce
1 bunch Tatsoi greens
1 pound beans
1 head green iceberg
2 pieces red kohlrabi bulb with leaves
1 pound baby summer squash
2 pieces summer garlic
2 piece field harvested cucumber
1 bunch Ong Choy Chinese water spinach
1 pound fingerling potatoes
1 bunch Tatsoi greens
1 pound beans
1 pound baby summer squash
1 head Red oak lettuce

Message from the farmers

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Last week just after I sent the your CSA note out, we received 2 inches of rainfall, either that evening or over the next day.  This is the amount that I measured in our rain gauge here at the farm.  Some areas of eastern Long Island received more and some less.  For the new CSA members/science buffs out there, you may know that is approximately equal to 54,000 gallons of water per acre.  And if you haven’t read any of the local papers lately or have been away on an Antarctic expedition, I’m simply saying that this isn’t the first time this season that we’ve had a lot of rainfall around these parts.
Some of our vegetables like the Bok Choys and Lettuces have done better than others with all the wet field conditions, hence the preponderance of these in your CSA box.  Some of our root vegetables like Carrots and Beets have not done as well.  While we have had some of these items at the farm stand and at the farmer’s markets, we haven’t had sufficient quantities from any of several plantings to be able to give everyone in our CSA a bunch thus far.
As a Certified Organic Vegetable grower, we are faced with even a greater challenge to produce disease free vegetables under these circumstances.  I am happy to have both the quality and quantity of vegetables thus far. Our goal has and will continue to be to provide as much diversity in high quality vegetables in your CSA boxes.  We will continue to give our best efforts to make your CSA experience with us the best anywhere.
Be well,
Fred & Karen
PS.  For those of you that haven’t had Ong Choy before, it is a mild tasting lettuce like leafy vegetable.  It pretty much takes on what ever dressing flavor or garlic/ginger flavoring it is sautéed or Stir-Fried with.  As with other leafy greens, like the darker green Tatsoi heads, everything from the bottom of the stems, to the tip of the leaves can be eaten cooked or raw in salads.
The Fingerlings are the first of the season and are wonderful tasting spuds.   Hope you enjoy them pan fried with onions or roasted with Olive oil and Rosemary.  They are simply great any way you can prepare them.

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