Tuesday, July 1, 2014

In July

Sugar Snap Peas
Garlic Scapes
Red Stemmed Turnips

Some of the things on this week's harvest list for the CSA may be unfamiliar. Most of the share is best eaten raw this week. Which may work out well, given the warm temperatures. Sugar snap peas are meant to be eaten pod and all. They are picked at their peak of sugar content so the sweetness for a vegetable is unparalleled. The mizuna is an Asian green best eaten raw. It loves to be incorporated into salads or made into a slaw. It can be cooked, but anything beyond a wilted preparation comes out slimey. The red stemmed turnips are a spring turnip that is sweet and tender and can be eaten raw in a salad or as part of the mizuna cole slaw. You can roast the turnips as well. The strawberries....well shortcake is the quintessential 4th of July dessert so I guess you could say Mother Nature timed it well this year.

For those of you who are wondering, we will be harvesting and distributing produce on the 4th of July, which is this Friday. We will start distribution early, at 12:00, on Friday.

Mark your calendar for an evening of music and summer fun July 31st. We'll be hosting the Strangely Possibles. Bring a picnic, bring the family, bring some friends. Most importantly, bring your dancing shoes. There is no cost to join us for this mid-summer celebration. I'm sure Alex, one of the band  members of the Strangely Possibles, and a board member of the Scarborough Land Trust, who owns the property, will probably encourage you to make a donation to the Land Trust, which is always appreciated. It helps keep the barns looking spiffy and enables the land trust to preserve more properties, including the Benjamin Farm, on the other side of town.

 So, come on by and visit us this week. The stand is stocked with greens and berries and peas. There are flowers by the bucketful coming out of our fields. Its the season that gives back, here in Maine. And, I must say after that long winter, it feels so nice to be in July.

Blessings on the meal-

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