This week's share consists of delicatta winter squash, tomatoes, mesclun lettuce, arugula, radish, mixed Asian greens, chard, onions, parsley, and a dill flower that's about halfway from becoming dill seeds. Some people eat them, others just enjoy looking at them. I like looking at them while eating them. The delicatta squash is thin walled so it cooks up much faster than most other types of winter squash. Their skin is edible.
We are into harvest season.....the summer crops wont quit, and the fall crops wont wait. This weeks share consists of beets, salad turnips, Asian greens, broccoli, red cabbage, cauliflower, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cilantro, scallions, garlic, and lots of lettuce----(so please share your homemade salad dressing recipes!)
This weeks share consists of potatoes, leeks, dill, beans, arugula, tomatoes, chard , lettuce, kohlrabi, and salad turnips.
First Light Farm would never have gotten off the ground without help from Liz and Peter Mulholland at Valley View Farm in Topsfield. They helped us find land where we could grow our veggies, and they also shared their farm with us so we could distribute our veggies.
Valley View Farm makes artisan cheeses from their own herd of nubian goats, all of which are born and raised (by hand) on their farm.
Please check out this link to their Cheese Cave Project. World Class Cheeses grown and crafted in Essex County. Kinda makes you proud.
This weeks share consists of melons, tomatoes, arugula, mixed asian greens, tatsoi, beets, collard greens, scallions, garlic, and cilantro. Also, depending on how much they grow, there may be some zucchini and/or eggplant. These are the little things that make eating locally and seasonally so exciting!
Collard greens are under-rated. If you have a good recipe, share it on facebook.
The fall/winter share signup will be available in a few weeks. I'm still trying to figure out how much food we'll have...
Beets with nice looking tops! There are virtues to having such variable conditions in our fields. Our farm has many microclimates. This provides us with several different growing conditions within our small plot of land. This moist shady spot is ideal for raising cool season crops through the heat of summer.
This weeks share consists of beets, carrots, lettuce, bok choi, savoy cabbage, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and/or patty pan summer squash, a small sack of potatoes, fresh dill, and an ornamental amaranth flower- the floppy red thing.
The tiny amaranth flower seeds may fall out and get on your vegetables (or counter), but don't worry, they're actually an edible cereal grain. People all around the world grind them up to create a flour that is gluten free and high in lysine. One large seedhead contains up to 500,000 seeds.