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CSA Week 13-2012

Posted 8/10/2012 4:43pm by Larry Brandenburg.

Friends,

If you don't have patience, don't take up farming.  You can't rush or manipulate mother nature and sometimes you just have to adjust to her time schedule.  As I shared with you recently, our small (cherry) tomatoes and the large heirlooms are doing very well.  The medium sized tomatoes (green zebra, garden peach, Illini gold) just seemed to be sitting there.  Now they have decided to take off so we are happy to be able to share a mixed quart of these with you this week.  Green Zebras are a green tomato that stay green.  They don't taste like a typical "green" tomato as in fried green tomatoes, but taste like a fully ripe tomato that has green flesh.  Very tasty.  The Illini Gold are an orange paste tomato. Garden Peach is a mild, yellow tomato that is wonderful in salads.

Also new this week will be Dragon Langerie Beans.  Sometimes called Dragon Tongue, they are have a white pod with purple streaks. They are kinda flat like a Roma bean.  You can treat them just as you would a green bean, but, like the Royal Burgundy you had earlier, the purple streaks will go away when cooked.

Since we know that the cherry tomatoes don't usually make it back to your car, we thought we would give you three pints this week.  Maybe at least one pint will make it to your home this week.  Some of our farm pick-ups have them all eaten before they walk out of our house!

Going to have to a little more patience for the okra and eggplant.  Have enough to sell a little this week but not enough for equal distribution to the CSA.  Maybe the cooler temperatures this week will help.

The Organic Farming Research Foundation has just released a report on the benefits of organic farming.  This seventy six page report is available as a PDF download on their website.  I know that I am preaching to the choir, but this is a very important document as it presents some convincing scientific results about the health and environmental advantages of organic farming.  I encourage you to check it out.  It will make you feel good about what you are doing and maybe it will give you some info you can share with your friends.  We need to spread the word.  If we can get enough people demanding organic food we truly can have a significant impact on the world.

Thank you for being a part of the organic community.  Keep the faith.


Larry


 

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