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Fresh Earth Farms Newsletter 8-4-2010

I am a bit behind in getting information out this week so here goes.

This week we will have tomatoes, tomatillos, cherry tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, sweet peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, summer squash, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, basil, onions and sweet corn. 

The potatoes are a great tasting variety called Nicola.  They are a yellow potato with a thin skin.  Great for roasting on the grill.  If you put the potatoes in a sealed aluminum foil bag on the grill the potatoes will steam.  If you put them on the grill in an open aluminum container they will roast.  Two different tastes and textures.  Try them both!

We are moving into the second planting of corn.  This variety is call Bodacious.  It is quite sweet and tasty. 

We are picking several varieties of tomatoes including New Girl (standard red hybrid), Cherokee Purple (dark red/purple flesh with green sholders), Hungariam Heart (larger pink tomatoe frequently heart-shaped), San Marzano (roma type tomato) and Big Beef (a red beefsteak tomato).  Be aware that many of the tomatoes we grow are heirlooms that are not necessarily red and not necessarily round.  It is best to determine when they are ripe by feel.  They should give a little to pressure (though please don’t squeeze the tomatoes when you are selecting them here on the farm — they bruse easily).  In the near future we will be giving out Evergreen tomatoes.  They stay green when ripe.  We harvest tomatoes a bit under ripe so they can last a few days on your counter.  Dead ripe tomatoes would need to be eaten immediately.

Speaking of tomatoes, we grow four different varieties of cherry tomatoes: Sun Gold, Purple Cherry, Sweet Olive and Sun Sweet.  The Sun Golds are ripe when they are gold.  Cherry tomatoes sometimes crack.  They still taste good if they are cracked but should be eaten soon after discovering the crack.

The hot weather is not favorable to growing any of the brassicas (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, etc.) however we should have a few more weeks of these.

The first planting of beans are done.  We may have a brief gap before the second planting starts producing.  Then again maybe we won’t.

FruitShare
We have a mixed box of fruit this week plus there are pluots to replace the peaches from two deliveries ago.  For drop site members the pluots will be in your veggie box.  On-farm pick-up members can grab some when they get their fruit.

Speaking of peaches: the next delivery of fruit (in two weeks) will be Colorado peaches.  These are some of the best peaches I have ever tasted.  If you like peaches I would highly recommed getting a box or two.  A single layer box (16-24 peaches, approximately 9 lbs) is $39.  A double layer box (the number of peaches and weight is left as an exersize for the consumer) is $63.  Let me know if you would like to order some.

CheeseShare
There is cheese this week.  Is arrived Wednesday evening.

MeatShare
MeatShare arrives this Friday.  Plan to pick-up at the farm during our normal business hours or email to schedule an alternative time.

EggShare
There is always EggShare.

I think that is all for now.  If I think of anything else I will let you know!

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