|14th Harvest Week||June 26th - July 2nd, 2006||
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the cat's away, the mice will work their little butts off."
What’s in the box this week: (content differences between Family and Small Shares are underlined/italicized)
**mostly from our farm, but some may be from Lakeside
Extra Fruit Option:
Aug 25, 26, 27
Sat. Sept. 23
Sat. Oct 21
Hi Everybody! Tom’s away this week, taking a well-deserved vacation (river rafting in Colorado with his son, nephew, and a good friend, away from all connections to civilization), so Amy, Juan, and I are taking charge while he’s gone. Guess who got to write the newsletter? ;-) In a few weeks (mid-July) the tables will turn and it is I who will be gone for a week, leaving newsletter, membership management and packing lists to Amy and Tom (I’ll be reminding you of this when the time comes).
I’d like to take this opportunity to remind people that the “What’s in the box” list at left will not always map exactly to what you get in your shares. It is just the nature of the beast; Tom does his best to determine what in the fields will be ready for harvest later in the week, but circumstances in nature can change so very quickly – a hot or cold snap, a pest invasion (one year we had deer chomp up a substantial portion of our tender butter lettuce!). So if you think your share is missing something based on the list, look and see if you don’t have something else in your box that’s not on the list. Tom will always try to see you get your value’s worth, even though the contents might be different than you were expecting.
Meanwhile, ready for some amazing news? For the first time in our 11-year CSA history (drumroll)... Live Earth Farm has sold out of CSA shares! On June 1st we stopped taking new signups and started a waiting list. We’re at capacity now with 550 members, and so are only adding members if current ones drop out or choose not to continue after their trial. I see this as a testament to the power of knowledge; once people learn the truth about where their food comes from and learn of the value of CSA, they seek out a farm to belong to. Members come to us from so many sources now I’ve lost count. And we’re not alone; Two Small Farms CSA is near capacity too, and other, smaller CSAs have sold out long ago. I find it hopeful and encouraging, because a greater demand for local, sustainable, organic agriculture should compel more of our agricultural land to be converted out of conventional production to this healthier model for all. So thanks everyone, collectively you are making a difference! - Debbie
• From CSA member Heddi Craft: “Last fall I started the Educational
Resource Center, a lending library of educational toys, games, and learning
materials. Many of my friends and I wanted to get educational toys for
our children, but they were so expensive and they were quickly outgrown.
A few of us were also homeschooling (or planning to) and realizing how
many things were out there, like microscopes, that would be great to have
access to but not to own. Some informal sharing of toys between friends
gave me the idea of creating a resource center as a vehicle for building
a community of families living a learning lifestyle with their children,
pooling our financial resources, and sharing learning toys with each other.
The Resource Center works on a membership model, with families paying a
quarterly or yearly fee so they can check out up to five items for a month
at a time. (There are some work/trade scholarships available, too.) We
have everything from microscopes to board games to an inflatable solar
system to Spanish and French learning materials. We just moved to a permanent
location at 224 Walnut Ave. Suite A, in Santa Cruz, about a block from
the central branch of the public library. Hours are Wednesday and Saturday
from 10am to 1pm and Thursday from 2 to 5pm. Come by to check it out or
for more information, contact me, Heddi Craft, at 818-8178 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.”
from Debbies Kitchen . . . . .
. . . Have a recipe youd like to share? Contact
Member Heather Zimmerman sent me this recipe, saying, “In case anyone else has more strawberries than they know what to do with here is my mom's famous fresh strawberry pie recipe.” I bet if you have frozen any of your berries, you could use the frozen berries for the ‘mash’ and save your fresh berries for, well, you’ll see. - Debbie
Fresh Strawberry Pie
1. Place the best looking strawberries whole into the baked pie shell
Looks like we’re getting the first of the summer squash this week! Here are a couple interesting recipes I found online, each modified somewhat to suit our CSA shares.
Miso-carmelized summer squash
Grilled Thai Summer Squash
Combine all ingredients but squash to form a marinade. Place cut squash in a baking dish and pour marinade over them, letting them marinate 1 to 2 hours in the fridge. Grill squash on a not-too-hot grill (or near the edges) for 10 to 15 minutes, turning and brushing with marinade a few times. Remove squash from grill when golden brown and tender.
*Click Here* for a link to a comprehensive listing of recipes from Live Earth Farm's newsletters going back as far as our 1998 season! You can search for recipes by key ingredient. Recipe site is updated weekly during the season.