Diaper Change Again
Smells like we're gonna have to do another diaper change…
(4 pm start in Poughkeepsie this week)
Saturday June 7th
Greenpoint Reformed Church
136 Milton Street, Greenpoint NY
White Plains Presbyterian Church
39 N. Broadway
Tuesdays 6/17, 7/1, 7/15, 7/29, 8/12, and 8/26
Hitchcock Presbyterian Church,
6 Greenacres Avenue,
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Jewish Community Center
4:30 to 5:30pm
Sam Sutty's and Son
713 Warren St
Hudson, NY 12534
This Week's Harvest:
Tomatoes, Summer Squash, Eggplants, Peppers of various sorts, Carrots, Beets, Salad Radishes, Beans, Herbs, and more!
Dear CSA Members, Neighbors, Friends, Family,
Change is in the air. In the past couple weeks, I've been spotting those initial tiny bursts of flaming color appearing in this tree, on that branch. It never ceases to surprise me to see burning orange Maple leaves in mid August. And now, with August very nearly over, the patches of color are slowly spreading to include a few yellows and crimsons. Not to worry, though – there is still plenty of summertime green, and the height of fall color generally holds off until mid-October. The nights have been a steady low 60s of late, with daily highs holding in the sunny low 80s.
One lovely late summer phenomenon greeted us in the early mornings last week, as we drove to the farm through such dense fog one could not see a full 20 feet ahead. Warm soil and cool air, perhaps? I would share a photo, but it just looks white!
The Delicata and Sweet Dumpling Squash are safely cured and tucked away, awaiting your culinary delight in the coming weeks. The Acorn Squash have been cut from their dying vines, and await our gathering them from the fields. Delicatas are generally ready to eat first, while Acorns require a few weeks curing before their sweetness arises, and Butternuts take longest of all that we grow. The Butternuts are just now ready to be cut from their vines, then to keep and feed us all well through the winter (depending on how long you hold off from eating yours!). There are varieties, though we do not grow them, that only mature in flavor after months of storage. I always get a craving to grow a wide and wild variety of winter squashes; their flavor profile descriptions just reel me in the way tomatoes get most people. We did a trial patch of White Cushaw this year, a couple dozen plants, and you might run in to a few of these large white-ish squash come November – purported to have an aroma of pumpkin and cantaloupe, with superb sweet orange flesh, I'm really looking forward to cutting one open.
Sam was happily crawling along the sandy pathways this week, as I pulled and topped a bed of beets to save them from foraging deer. Apparently he does not appreciate summer squash harvest, though, as that turned into a grumpy endeavor. Probably just my timing, really – pushing to finish a task when he was ready for another nap. He is also working on another top tooth – his fifth already! and it seems like he just started cutting teeth a few weeks ago. Which I guess, he did.
The summer is absolutely flying by for me, this year. After this week, only 10 distributions remain! I am working up a mid-season survey for y'all to tell me about your experiences with us as your farmers. Please be candid, and wordy, as that is the a great way we figure out how to improve!
Jen, Jon, and Baby Sam
| Debbie's Borscht Recipe (see below for another recipe, too)
4 large beets, washed, peeled and chopped in large chunks
1 med. Onion, peeled and chopped
5 cups cold water
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 Tbl. Sugar
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Optional garnish: sour cream, yoghurt, chopped chives
Put beets, onion, water in 3 quart pot.
Bring to boil, simmering for about 15-20 min, skimming as foam rises.
Add salt, sugar, lemon juice and remove from heat and puree.
Can be served cold or hot (with diced cooked potatoes instead of sour cream or yoghurt).
And bonus -
Debbie's Tomato Leek Soup Recipe
(she says this one is excellent frozen for winter eating)
2 Tbl. olive oil
2 leeks, mostly white parts, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 large clove garlic. crushed
2 lbs. fresh tomatoes, coarsely chopped, about 4 cups
6 oz. can tomato paste
5 3/8 cups broth
1 Tbl. chopped fresh basil
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil in 4 qt. saucepan. Add leeks and garlic. Cook 5 min., stirring frequently
Add tomatoes and paste. Cook 5 minutes, stirring often.
Add broth and seasonings and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 20 min.
Remove from heat and remove bay leaf.
Puree. (I use a food mill to take out the tomato skins.)
May be served cold or hot.
Makes 8-10 servings.
First divesting ourselves of worldly goods, as St. Francis teaches,
in order that our souls not be distracted
by gain and loss, and in order also
that our bodies be free to move
easily at the mountain passes, we had then to discuss
whither or where we might travel, with the second question being
should we have a purpose, against which
many of us argued fiercely that such purpose
corresponded to worldly goods, meaning a limitation or constriction,
whereas others said it was by this word we were consecrated
pilgrims rather than wanderers: in our minds, the word translated as
a dream, a something-sought, so that by concentrating we might see it
glimmering among the stones, and not
pass blindly by; each
further issue we debated equally fully, the arguments going back and forth,
so that we grew, some said, less flexible and more resigned,
like soldiers in a useless war. And snow fell upon us, and wind blew,
which in time abated — where the snow had been, many flowers appeared,
and where the stars had shone, the sun rose over the tree line
so that we had shadows again; many times this happened.
Also rain, also flooding sometimes, also avalanches, in which
some of us were lost, and periodically we would seem
to have achieved an agreement; our canteens
hoisted upon our shoulders, but always that moment passed, so
(after many years) we were still at that first stage, still
preparing to begin a journey, but we were changed nevertheless;
we could see this in one another; we had changed although
we never moved, and one said, ah, behold how we have aged, traveling
from day to night only, neither forward nor sideward, and this seemed
in a strange way miraculous. And those who believed we should have a purpose
believed this was the purpose, and those who felt we must remain free
in order to encounter truth, felt it had been revealed.
— LOUISE GLÜCK, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author, most recently, of “A Village Life”
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