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Fresh Earth Farms Newsletter 8-17-2010

It has been very busy here on the farm.  So busy I don’t have time to write a bunch of stuff.  So let me focus on the important things. 

First, we’ve been digging garlic every chance we get.  We are about 2/3rds of the way done.  Hopefully we will finish by the end of this week. 

Second, we will be giving out garlic with this week’s share.  The first garlic will be Czechland Race.  It is a smaller garlic with a strong flavor and a bit of bite when eaten raw.  We grow it as an indicator as to when the garlic should be harvested.  It is the earliest garlic we grow so if it is ready, the rest of the varieties will be ready shortly.  You should notice when you try to peel it that it is more difficult than older garlic.  It also will have more oil.  This is because it is very fresh!

Third, we are switching to our last planting of sweet corn.  The Bodacious we have been eating lately was getting a bit long in the tooth.  It tasted good but by this past Monday it was losing its crunch.  The next variety is a super-duper sweet corn (I added the duper in there) called XtraTender 270 (or is it 275?).  It has smaller kernels that pop with flavor.  It also stores much better than the previous sweet corns, but don’t let that stop you from eating it the day you get it.

Fourth, we finally planted the fall broccoli and kohlrabi.  I hope we are not too late.  With the hot weather we’ve had for the last few weeks it was not conducive to planting cool season crops.  This brief cool spell has given us a chance.  We will be planting fall salad mix and maybe baby bok choi later this week.

Fifth, here is my best guess as to what we will be harvesting this cycle: Tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers, garlic, sweet corn, carrots, fennel and basil.  There should also be a few beets, some leftover potatoes, maybe eggplants – though they seem to be forgetting to set flowers, and maybe squash – though they seem to be pretty well done.  Oh, and we will check the melons to see if they are ready.

FruitShare
There is FruitShare this week.  Colorado peaches.  Be sure to pick-up your fruit at your usual pick-up place.

CheeseShare
There is cheese this week.  I believe we have cheese curds, churned butter, bromfield cheddar and tomato/basil gouda.  As in the past, we may not have the cheese here by the time we fill the boxes but we will get your cheese to you at the next delivery.

EggShare
There is always EggShare.

MeatShare
No MeatShare this week.

I think that pretty much covers it.  If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.

Ok, one more thing.  Last week I roasted garlic on the grill.  It was fabulous.  To roast garlic first clean the bulb.  Next cut off any roots.  Cut the top off the bulb so that each clove top is exposed.  Pour a little olive oil over the garlic.  Place the bulb on the grill upright.  Grill until the bulb is soft.  Remove from the grill, squeeze out the soft garlic onto bread, spread and eat.

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