Rolling Acres Farm

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New Veggies in Your Basket

 Dear All,

It is very hard to believe that this is the last week of July. The weatherman said last week that the temperature has reached 90 only once during this month.  On the one hand, that is fabulous, at least for the cool weather crops. On the other, the warm weather loving crops continue to grow but not flourish. Rain is predicted for the next twenty four hours so I will write this in haste in order to get out to plant and harvest.

This week the bounty continues to expand with the addition of leeks, eggplant and shallots. Now those are three veggies that are not usually on ones plate! So what does one do with them? There is an incredible recipe for Warm Potato and Green Bean Salad with Summer Savory that you will find in the following pages. Every vegetable in that recipe can be found in this week’s basket. I have not made it yet, but will soon. It makes my salivary glands salivate just to think about this tasty dish.

This year I tried a common but unusually shaped vegetable – Eight Ball Zucchini. Some of you have already received this last week. You use it the same as a regular zucchini. This veggie has yet to get away from us – can you imagine a bowling ball size?

Another vegetable that is new to the farm is the shallot. Many of you use them already, I have not. I am anxious to use them in my cooking as I have always thought of them as exotic.

The sweet corn is done for this round. The next started to tassel last week. According to authorities, it takes 18 to 25 days after tassel to be ready to eat. The first round of sweet corn was enough to satisfy the desire for that first bite.  The next ripe corn add to the ambiance of summer.

This morning as I walked around the garden to decide what will be put in the baskets today, I couldn’t help but pick a few under ripe tomatoes. They are almost ripe, but I could resist giving you a teaser about what is to come. The crop looks very good. Last year I was hardly able to grow any type of tomato. This year is a different story. We have all sorts of colors, sizes and varieties. The ones you will be getting today are the standard Celebrity and Beefsteak. These first ones are a little small but the ones coming have nice size to them.

As I mentioned last week – we are now getting into the “meat and potatoes” part of the garden bounty. Sometimes gardens get off to a slow start, this year was one of those years with the continuing cool weather. Your patience will now pay off with loads of fresh, nutritious, healthy food. Thanks for being a member.

Preparing and eating the vegetables you get from the farm will help you meet the “five a day” fruits and vegetables required by USDA to have a healthy lifestyle.

Until next week…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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