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Fox Creek Farm CSA Newsletter, week of July 2, 2018
In this newsletter:
  • Farm News
  • Recipes: Diakon salad, Butter braised kohlrabi. And a note on garlic scapes.
  • U-pick update
  • Farm events
Please note that the Saturday, July 7 Kids tour has been cancelled, as only a couple of families expressed interest in attending. 
 

Farm News

Well, it's hot! Good for all the summer crops out on the farm, a little hard on the farmers and crew. It takes getting out in the fields really early to get the tender greens in the cooler before they wilt. 

We're chasing the water pumps - even after the very welcome rains of last week, this heat makes short work of drying up the fields. Having about 30% of the fields on drip irrigation isn't a bad thing, after all, as with this weather getting the water right at the crop roots saves lots of water and energy.

To a good 4th of July holiday, 

Raymond and Sara

Diakon Radish made its return to the Fox Creek Farm CSA crop plan. We found a somewhat shorter variety that is easier to handle in the field. And as this might be a new vegetable to some of you, Emily Davis shared the following Diakon Radish salad recipe with us:

Recipe: Diakon radish salad

Shred daikon and salt it. Put in a colander and drain excess liquid.Rinse off salt and towel dry. Put in a bowl and top with the following marinade.
 
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup oil
1/8 cup soy sauce
a shake or two of sesame oil
 
Let the daikon sit for 24 hours and serve in a salad or as a side dish with stir fry.


Recipe: Butter-braised Kohlrabi

With its turniplike flavor, this member of the cabbage family takes well to a slow simmer on the stove with chicken stock, butter, and thyme. Serve this dish with roast chicken or grilled pork chops.

Ingredients

2 lb. kohlrabi, trimmed and peeled and cut into 1″ cubes
1 cup stock
4 tbsp. unsalted butter
12 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
 
Instructions
 
Put kohlrabi, stock, 2 tbsp. butter, and thyme into a 12″ skillet over medium-high heat. Season with salt and pepper and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, until kohlrabi is tender, about 15 minutes. Uncover, remove pan from heat, and add the remaining butter, swirling skillet until butter melts. Serve warm.

(adapted from www.saveur.com)

And a note on Garlic Scapes
 
Garlic Scapes are the flower of the garlic. When immature, the flower bulb and stem can be eaten. Later both bulb and the yellowing end of the stem should be broken off like asparagus and discarded (where it snaps easily). Usually scopes are eaten cooked wherever garlic is needed. Very mild, one scape is equal to about one clove of cured garlic. You can even throw them on the grill and eat them whole! If minced fine they can be eaten raw.

Garlic Harvest Party, Saturday, July 21

On Saturday July 21, you are invited to our farm to help us with the harvest of our 2018 garlic crop. This is a family friendly event, with a potluck lunch. We barter garlic for your help! Come for the day or for an hour, and join the fun! More information in next week's newsletter.

Saturday, September 1 or 8: Garlic work party (all day)

Friday, September 21: Farm Potluck Dinner (evening)

TBA: gleaning work parties

In this week's share, U-pick update

This week, every full share will receive lettuce, kohlrabi, garlic scapes, and arugula. We are rotating summer squash, broccoli, diakon radish, kale, and cucumber. 

U-Pick update: Thank you for waiting! The U-pick is open. There is a nice selection of herbs ready for harvest in the U-pick. Oregano, thyme, chives, parsley, basil, leaf fennel, and summer savory.

We just ask you to 'cut to come again', i.e. to take a branch and not the whole plant (so it can regrow), and to harvest with the consideration that the U-pick is shared with all the other CSA members.

Your farmers are here to help

Thank you for your support of our farm! We pride ourselves in providing our CSA members with an outstanding experience. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any of your questions or concerns regarding the farm. 

If you know of a friend who would like to participate in our CSA, please let them know we still have shares for this season available. We'll make adjustments to the share price to reflect missed shares. Information to sign up is on our website!

Sara and Raymond Luhrman, Fox Creek Farm CSA
182 Fox Creek Farm Road, Schoharie, NY  12157
(518) 872-2375
farmer@foxcreekfarmcsa.com

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