Fox Creek Farm CSA Newsletter, week of August 30, 2021
In this newsletter:
Farm News: Summer harvests
In this week's share
Recipe: Heirloom tomato salad
Delivery policy update
Days are getting shorter - good to have lights on the tractor to finish chores!
Summer harvests are here! We are harvesting lots and lots of great produce, with the picking starting at 6:00 AM, and ending around 5:00 PM. Loading the trucks for deliveries is now our morning exercise routine!
It’s amazing to see the commitment and diligence of our farm crew – without them, it would be hard to imagine where Fox Creek Farm would be today. It takes some very special people to work consistently through heat and cold, and to keep putting forward their best of efforts.
We hope you are thoroughly enjoying the fruits of our and their labor – heirloom tomatoes, crisp lettuces, sweet corn, beautiful peppers. Finding yourself daydreaming about how to better your favorite ratatouille recipe, does that sound familiar?
Enjoy this week's harvest,
Raymond and Sara
Anneka and Karin packing beans
In this week's share:
Lettuce, Onions, Garlic (porcelain), Adirondack Red and Blue Potatoes, and tomatoes (either slicers, saladettes, or heirloom).
We are rotating: Cauliflower, Eggplant, Beans, Sweet corn, Cucumbers, Melon, Basil & Parsley, Cilantro & Hot pepper, Bell peppers (Yellow, Green, and Red), Sweet peppers, and summer squash.
U-Pick quote of the week:
"We made our first U-Pick trip last week - what a generous treat for you to provide - It was perfect and lots of fun and we will come back again! Your land / farm is picturesque!!"
We are so glad to have reopened the U-pick after a year hiatus - it's so nice to see you all out here at the farm. And the (so far) unanimous consensus is that the garden is well worth the trip. The flowers, herbs, cherry tomatoes, hot peppers, tomatillos and more don't disappoint!
The U-pick is open from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM daily, no appointment necessary. The garden is complementary to your Fox Creek Farm CSA membership. No additional charge – we just ask you to pick what you will use, and to keep in mind that the garden is shared with a lot of other CSA members.
There is enough space to keep 6' social distancing.
Bags and harvest scissors are available at the garden!
Recipe: Heirloom Tomato Salad
We grow 9 different varieties this year: Black Brandywine, Brandywine, Carbon, Cherokee Green, Cherokee purple, German Johnson, Jubilee, Persimmon, and Striped German.
The flavors and texture of these ripe heirloom tomatoes come out really well in this simple tomato salad.
About 2 lbs heirloom tomatoes, cored, and sliced about ¼ inch thick
Extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling
2 tablespoons finely minced onion
2 tablespoons chopped basil
1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Arrange the sliced tomatoes on a platter. Sprinkle with salt and drizzle with oil. Scatter onion, basil and cheese on top. Serve with some nice crusty bread.
We’re working with the SiCM food pantry in Schenectady, and Capital Roots in Troy to find good homes for the produce of shares that are not being delivered. We’re making sure that harvested produce doesn’t go to waste!
From Sharon DiLorenzo, Capital Roots: “Thanks so much for supporting our Squash Hunger program with a donation of CSA shares (…) and providing fresh local food to area food assistance programs”.
Policy update: Delivery mutations
As you know, last year we debuted with our home delivery program. In 2020, there were very little requests to not deliver for a week, but over the last month, we have noticed a big increase in ‘temporary suspension requests’, enough so that we want to share with you the following policy update:
Starting the week of September 6, all requests for suspending deliveries need to be done by email, to firstname.lastname@example.org. As planning of the routes takes a lot of time, your request needs to be received by the Saturday (noon), preceding the delivery week. This will make our planning of the routes and arrangement of donations a lot easier. Thank you for your understanding!
Of course, if one of your neighbors would love to try the share during your absence, we are happy to make the delivery to your home, and the neighbors can simply pick the share up from your cooler. It’s a great way to introduce them to our exceptional produce!
Questions? Concerns? A recipe to share? Contact your farmers!
We encourage you to share your questions, concerns, or recipes with us: we love to hear from you! 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).