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CSA Week 11

Posted 7/23/2010 7:25pm by Larry Brandenburg.
Hope you are enjoying the nice warm weather we have been having!  Remember these days when we are beset with snow and ice storms in January and February.  We had just gotten home last Saturday and unloaded the last of the market stuff when the clouds burst forth with an inch of rain in less than twenty minutes.  This was accompanied by seventy mph wind.  In fact, some places in Shelby County got ninety eight mph wind.  Needless to say, there has been a lot of damage here in our county.  Shelby and Pike counties were the only two in Kentucky declared disaster areas.  Many farmers here lost a large percentage of their crops to wind and hail damage.  Barns were destroyed and several houses lost their roofs when trees were uprooted and blew over on them.

Here at Harmony Fields Farm we spared most of the damage but we did have all of our corn blown down.  That's the bad news.  The good news is that we were able to salvage about forty percent of it.  So, this week all half-shares will get five ears of corn.  I had hoped to wait till later to pick it, but I feel really fortunate that we were able to harvest this much.  The raccoons would have loved getting it since it was down on their level.

Corn is very difficult to grow organically.  I think we are the only organic CSA in Kentucky that provides it for their members.  There are no cost efficient organic controls for the worms that inevitably get into the ears.  Be warned, you may find a worm or two.  They are usually at the top end and all you have to do is cut that part off.  The rest of the ear will be fine.  Also, some of the ears are smaller than I would like but they will be just fine.  We have two more succession plantings of corn, so hopefully you will get more next month and then again in September.

We started digging the Fingerlings today.  If this is your first experience with Fingerling Potatoes then you are in for a treat.  These are considered to be gourmet potatoes and they are best when roasted.  Have fun experimenting with different ways of cooking them.  You will get two quarts of potatoes this week and will be able to chose from two Fingerling varieties and either Yukon Golds or Red Norlunds.

Also this week we will have more Yellow Squash, Zucchini and Patty Pan Squash.  We are going to let you bag your own Basil (Genovese) this week.  This way you can choose your own amount. 

The tomatoes are looking good, they just aren't ready yet.  We did pick a few pints of cherry tomatoes but not enough yet to share with the CSA.  I do speak to them in a gentle, yet encouraging voice each day.  I don't think they are listening.  

We love getting to visit with each of you when you pick up.  Sometimes it can be a little hectic at the market when we have other customers trying to buy stuff, and it can even be hectic here on the farm as we are still finishing up harvesting.  However, it is the personal relationship that makes it all worthwhile.  A part of us goes home with you each week and the memories of your smiling faces keeps us going when it feels like 100 degrees out in the fields.

Next week I am going to start a four part series on local, organic food that will go out to our general mailing list. So, don't be surprised if you get two mailings from me next week.  

Thank you very much for being the kind of people you are.  You are different.  And because of this -- you are making a difference.

Larry 
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