Farm news: Labor Day weekend. This week's produce. And a recipe for roasted Adirondack Red and Blue potatoes with garlic.
Fox Creek Farm CSA Newsletter, week of August 24, 2020
Please note: We are our usual produce deliveries also on Labor Day, Monday September 7.
In this newsletter:
Farm News: Labor Day Weekend
About this week's harvest
Recipe: Roasted Adirondack Red and Blue potatoes with garlic
Run, one of Fox Creek Farm's farm cats
Labor Day weekend already. The unofficial end of summer. At the farm, we are slowing down on harvesting summer crops like the sweet corn, to move towards harvesting the late season greens. The weather was hard on the summer crops. With all the turmoil that surrounds us it might be hard to remember the drought and heat in May and June, but the six-week stretch of unusual hot and dry weather did a job to our harvest plans. The first of the cucumbers with the second delivery, but also a garlic crop that clearly shows that it did not like the heat! There are always two sides to the medal (that is the best colloquial I can think of right now).
We are looking for a more ‘normal’ and balanced weather this fall. We have a lot of beautiful crops growing in the field to make for spectacular late season deliveries. And after all, who can’t use just a little bit of normalcy, anyways?
To another week of exceptional produce,
Raymond and Sara
Seeding cover crops - to harvest soil health and fertility in a new growing season!
About the produce in this week's share
This week we are harvesting specialty potatoes: Our Adirondack Red and Blue mix. Those potatoes are, as the name implies, red and blue throughout. They are best roasted or cooked!
The lettuce is coming in nicely, and of course is part of the share, as well as the fresh yellow onions, and garlic. Also expect to receive either Swiss chard, kale, or spinach.
We also continue to harvest all types of tomatoes (expect heirlooms, and/or slicers, and/or saladettes).
On top of that, we are rotating sweet corn (we are picking the last planting, and this late in the season you might find some European Corn Borer in the tip of the ears – it’s hard to control this pest organically. Just discard the tip – the rest of the ear is perfectly fine), and the last of the melons. We are also rotating peppers, cilantro, basil and parsley, and cauliflower.
Cover crops in action: Flowering buckwheat
Recipe: Roasted Adirondack Red and Blue Potatoes with garlic
We really like oven roasted potatoes in the late summer. The crisp outside, and the tender inside of the potatoes that come out of the oven make for a nice side dish. And the red and blue potatoes make for a fun visual effect. Most of the work is in the washing and cutting. And in 45 minutes they are done!
1.5 lb. Red and Blue potatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup olive oil
Salt and black pepper
(other herbs are optional, like rosemary, thyme, and/or oregano)
Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.
Wash the potatoes and cut them in similarly sized wedges. In a large bowl, toss the potato wedges with the garlic, salt and pepper, and optional herbs. Add the olive oil and toss again.
Transfer the potatoes to the sheet pan, and slide in the oven. Cook for about 50 minutes until done, stirring the potatoes about halfway through.
Fall Crop Collage (Kale, Cabbage, Broccoli, Spinach)
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