I hope you had a really great Fourth of July yesterday! And I also hope you didn't get a ton of destruction from the terrible weather we had over the weekend. My road was almost washed away, and the farm measured 5+ inches of rain from Friday afternoon through Saturday evening. That's a ton of rain! A lot of trees went down in Cazenovia, and the soil erosion was really extreme. But that's what happens when you get that much rain in such a short time.
All in all, this has been a really difficult spring and summer so far. And it's starting to show with the crops. Some things were damaged and took a set back from the hail and the rain, some things are slow from the unusually cool then unusually warm weather, and then some things were simply washed away. So it means we don't have the usual array of vegetables that we would be offering this time of year. But when you're farming, you just have to roll with the punches. And the things that were protected inside the greenhouses are looking good, and might even just be ahead of schedule. The tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant are looking great! It won't be too long, now...
So thanks for hanging in there with us! Farming is always an adventure, and you never know what the next week will bring. But we'll do our best to get you the very best of whatever bounty the season delivers.
And in lighter news, Sue and Claude caught a snapping turtle this morning! It was crossing the driveway and heading towards the road, so they managed to usher it into a box, and then delivered it to a turtle-friendly pond nearby. Hopefully she will be happy there and go about her turtle business without needing to cross another road.
This week's veggies:
Rainbow Swiss Chard
Red Pearl Onions
We went out and dug some early garlic for you - it will be another couple of weeks before it will bes ready to all come out and get hung up to dry, but it's really tasty, even when it's not fully mature yet. Enjoy!
A long-time CSA member and excellent cook sent me this recipe the other day- it looks amazing! I can't wait to try it!
This one came from some friends of mine who tried it out with the garlic scapes, but they would also work great with the pearl onions (aka Spring Onions). If this recipe is too complicated (the Romesco looks a little ingredient-heavy), just try grilling the onions or any garlic scapes you still have kicking around your fridge.
This looked super quick, easy, and healthy.
All the best,
for Lucky Moon Farm