Farm news: From lands known as 'The Homestead of Peter Zeh'. Expected harvest. A recipe for an easy heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad.
Fox Creek Farm CSA Newsletter, week of August 24, 2020
In this newsletter:
Farm News: From the 'Homestead of Peter Zeh'
About the produce in this week's share
Recipe: A simple heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad
Mike Warner's Heirloom Tomato Portrait #2
We do not know about you, but the developments in 2020 are starting to take a toll on us. All the changes we have implemented here on the farm to keep on going considering the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The complexities that come with planning a simple trip to the gas station, the bank, or for going out for groceries. Hand washing. Face masks. Social distancing. The politicking surrounding the upcoming Presidential elections. Plus, worries about Sara’s family near the SCU and SZU Lightning Complex wildfires in California. And what about the reopening of the schools, in just a few weeks from now?
With all the changes over the last 5 months, it is interesting to know that the lands of Fox Creek Farm have been farmed through the Spanish flu, the world wars, the civil war, the presidencies of Nixon, Roosevelt, Coolidge, Bush, Clinton, Wilson (to name just a few, in no particular order).
The earliest deed we found so far on the website of the Schoharie County Clerk is the transfer of the land known as ‘The homestead of Peter Zeh’ from the Murphy family of Binghamton to Jesse Ostrander in 1913 for $1,950. According to that same deed, John Ostrander, the father of Jesse, sold the land to the Murphy’s in 1912.
There is something to say for the soothing effect of continuity in turbulent times – as farmers, we are glad to continue the tradition of our ancestors. To plant and harvest. To work through the heat of summer and enjoy the slower times in the winter.
We hope you all have found ways to cope with the unprecedented circumstances we are all facing.
To another week of beautiful summer vegetables,
Raymond and Sara
Sweet corn - can you find our wind generator?
About the produce in this week's share
For the week of August 24, everyone will receive Carola potatoes, yellow sweet onions, tomatoes (saladette,and/or red slicers and/or heirloom), and garlic.
We are rotating lettuce or Swiss chard, summer squash, the peppers (hot/sweet/bell), basil, parsley, cilantro, sweet corn, and melons.
Barryton harvesting sweet corn
It is tomato season at Fox Creek Farm. Heirlooms, red slicers, saladettes. Time to put away some tomato sauce for the winter, maybe? Freezing is not too difficult, and canning is kind of fun. We really like to go by the “Ball Book of Canning and Preserving”, because some scary things can happen between the time you seal the lid and open the preserves for consumption if you are not careful.
Johanna (age 6) with her heirloom tomato & mozzarella salad
Recipe: Easy Heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad
This is a great recipe to get younger kids helping in the kitchen! When Johanna was 6, we had fun putting together this fabulous tomato salad. Please keep in mind that this salad doesn’t keep well: just make enough for one meal! (Recipe adapted from: Serving Up the Harvest by Andrea Chesman, Storey Publishing).
3 large heirloom tomatoes, sliced
8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
8 large basil leaves, torn
½ red or sweet onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon sherry, balsamic, or red wine vinegar
Salt and black pepper to taste
Fan the tomatoes and mozzarella in alternating slices on a platter. Sprinkle the basil and onion on top. Drizzle with the oil, then the vinegar. Season with pepper and salt and serve (serves 4-6 big salad eaters).
Questions? Concerns? A recipe to share? Contact your farmers!
Thank you for your kind emails, requests, and recipes. We always welcome your feedback. The farm crew loves to hear from you, too! Email is best, but if you would like to leave us a message on the phone we will return your call at our earliest convenience (518-872-2375).