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Fox Creek Farm CSA Newsletter, week of July 22, 2019
In this newsletter:
  • Farm News
  • This Saturday: Garlic Harvest Work Party at Fox Creek Farm
  • Pickled beets recipe & beet top cooking suggestion
  • This week's share & U-pick update 

Farm News

A little warm, maybe, but beautiful growing weather! It's not very often that a field of winter squash goes from "still some bare ground to be seen" to "fully covered with foliage" in just a couple of days. But this weekend that's just what happened.

Needless to say, we've been irrigating a lot - to get those just seeded crops to germinate, or to see if we can put some more growth on our tomato plants. With weather like this, plants can take up lots of nutrients as long as they have sufficient available soil moisture to work with!

The heat of the last week also gave the garlic a last change to do it's all it can for this growing season. This weekend is our annual Garlic Harvest Work Party. If you like to try your hand at some real farm work, this is your opportunity!

Enjoy this week's share,

Your farmers,
 
Raymond and Sara

This Saturday, July 27: Garlic Harvest Work Party at Fox Creek Farm!

The Garlic is ready to come out of the ground! As we planted about 24,000 cloves late October, we have a lot of work to do to get the garlic out of the ground and into the greenhouse for curing.

So it's time for our annual Garlic Harvest Work Party - this Saturday, July 27. We're starting at 8:00, and hope to be done around 1:00 (Potluck lunch to follow). Last year we started curing garlic in the greenhouse with great success - it foregoes the process of tying the garlic in bunches to hang them to dry in the barn.

This truly is a fun, hands-on event for everyone - and we're rounding the hours of hard work off with an always fantastic potluck lunch.

Come for the whole event, or just for a couple of hours. We'll provide a mid-morning snack & coffee/tea. Please bring a dish to share for the potluck lunch, as well as your favorite beverage.

Did we tell you that we barter garlic in exchange for your help?

We are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Recipe: Refrigerator pickled beets 

As we harvested the first beets for this CSA season, we thought a pickled beet recipe would be in place.

Ingredients:

1 cup cider vinegar

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

1/8 teaspoon pickling spice

1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds

1/4 onion, halved

3/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

1/4 bunch fresh dill

About 1 pound of beets (without tops)

Directions: 

Bring all ingredients except beets to a boil in a 2- to 3-quart saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Cover and simmer 30 minutes. (*)

Meanwhile, cook beets in a saucepan of boiling salted water until tender, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Drain and cool. Slip off skins and cut into 1/2-inch pieces.

Stir together beets and marinade, then marinate, covered and chilled, 1 day.

(*) If you don’t like the spices in the pickled beets, you can let the marinade develop its flavors in the refrigerator for one day, and then pour the marinade through a sieve. Then combine the marinade with the cooked beets the next day, and let the beets marinate, covered and chilled, for 1 more day.

A note on beet tops: Don't throw out your beet tops! They can be used like you would use Swiss chard. Greens and beans, steamed, sautéed, stir-fried, etc.

In this week's share, and U-pick update

This week's share, Beets with tops, cabbage, and lettuce. In rotation, summer squash, cucumber, hot pepper, basil and parsley, baby Nantes carrots, eggplant, kale and Swiss chard.  

The U-Pick is looking beautiful! Lots of herbs and flowers, and the hot peppers are starting to come in.

Thank you for your support of our family farm!

We pride ourselves in providing our CSA members with an experience that exceeds your expectations. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any of your questions or concerns regarding the farm. 

Sara and Raymond Luhrman, Fox Creek Farm CSA

182 Fox Creek Farm Road, Schoharie, NY  12157

About the pictures - top: finishing up transplanting fall brassica. Second picture: garlic! Third picture - Brussel Sprouts. Fourth picture: our Stanhay precision seeder. Last picture: some of the oddest cloud formation we've seen yet above the farm - this happened Saturday early evening. 

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