CSA Newsletter Week #9

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Hello CSA members,

The sun is back, hooray!  It was starting to feel like fall around here. There does seem to be a shift in the weather in mid-August in the NW. The mornings are cold and the sun is rising a little later.  But August is definitely still summer. The blackberries are ripening and the fields are full of so many vegetables that I wait all year to eat. Like cucumbers, tomatoes and sweet onions; a favorite summer-time salad, chopped up and mixed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

We spent our lunch break today discussing plans for our CSA Farm Party, scheduled for Saturday September 5th. If you haven’t already, mark your calendars.  It’s going to be a blast and a great opportunity to see the farm and meet the folks growing your vegetables.

You will find several new items in the box this week: eggplant, fingerling potatoes and lemon cucumbers. The eggplant is a variety called Diamond, originating from the Ukraine; it is slender and elongated with a smooth, buttery texture.  Fingerling potatoes are long and thin, shaped like, you guessed it, fingers.  This is our first year growing fingerlings, the variety is Austrian Crescent. They are delicious cut into rounds and roasted with olive oil, garlic and salt or chopped up in potato salad with dill.  Lemon cucumbers are an heirloom cucumber that somewhat resemble lemons.  They are very crisp and sweet. They resemble lemons in beauty not flavor.

In your box this week you will find:

Green Romaine Lettuce, Fingerling Potatoes, Summer Squash, Carrots,  Heirloom Tomatoes, Lemon Cucumbers, Eggplant, Sweet Onion, Spinach, Garlic, Dill, Curly Parsley

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This year we are growing 12 different varieties of tomatoes.  Seven of those are heirloom slicing tomatoes, of which you will find a mix in your box this week. A couple of my favorites are Paul Robeson and German Green.  Paul Robeson is a “black tomato” similar to Cherokee Purple (which we also grow).  It’s not really black; it has smoky, brownish-purple skin with dark green shoulders and red flesh. It’s named for the operatic artist who was a forerunner of the civil rights movement. He was admired world-wide, especially in the Soviet Union where this tomato originates. It is described in the seed catalog as having “luscious, earthy, exotic flavors and good acid/sweet balance.”  My newest favorite is the German Green. This is a tomato that stays green when ripe.  It will blow you away.  The flavor of this one is described as “sweet and tart, rich and spicy.”  Try a blind taste test and tell us what you think.  The other heirloom slicing varieties that we grow are: Cosmonaut Volkov, Green Zebra, Black Zebra, Cherokee Purple, and Persimmon. We are also growing 2 heirloom paste varieties, Striped Roman and Amish Paste.  Let us know if you would like to place a bulk order for putting up sauce. As always, feel free to call us with any questions or comments, 360-273-7597.

Enjoy,

Liza and the Wobbly Cart crew

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