Down on the farm:
Last week was one of those weeks where someone in your
family may have looked in the box and said "We're paying HOW much for
this?" One of the worst-and sometimes best-things about a CSA is that
there is so much variability in what and how much is in the box. And, one of
the basic ideas of a CSA is, when the farm doesn't have a lot of some items
available, they should put in more of what they do have. That often doesn't go
over too well. By this time, many are tired of eggplant, summer squashes, and
baby kale, and most don't want too many green peppers.
So, there's always a question about how much more of something we should add.
(Yes, we know that some of you will tell us that there is no upper limit on any
of the veggies-and we are so glad that you are subscribers to our
program!) But others get very discouraged trying to find ways to use extra
vegetables. While we wait for red peppers and tomatoes, this week should be
better: finally there are more cucumbers and some radishes to add variety to
your salads and sandwiches. And soon we will be picking green beans and more
corn-just in time for Thanksgiving.
As you can probably tell, we are harvesting our summer
squashes now. There still isn't much, mainly because almost all of the yellow
squash in this crop has been pulled out because of virus on it. You may have
noticed that some of the zucchini is bumpy. That is also a symptom of virus
infection. Of course, those would be thrown away if we were growing for
the commercial markets, but I often take them home and cook them and have
not found any problem with them. I've always thought that they didn't
store as long as unaffected squashes, but I have never seen any actual research
Santa and Angelica seeded lettuce for two weeks in a row,
but I decided not to do anymore last week (when the nights got even warmer).
However, we're going to start it again this week since, even though
temperatures are still warm, decreasing daylengths can help to slow bolting
(flowering) in lettuce. Some of those early transplants (which were germinated
in our cooler) look pretty and are ready to go in the field. So, we'll hope
that the shorter days, along with some slightly cooler temperatures (when??)
will help to give us some decent tasting lettuces. Yes, the lettuce growers
inland from us-in "The Glades"-and some smaller growers in
Loxahatchee, are harvesting lettuces, but their night temperatures are 5-10
degrees cooler than ours (an advantage for them now, but an advantage for us on
those rare nights when temperatures get down towards the freezing mark).
This is probably the last week for butternut squashes. Hopefully you've saved
some for Thanksgiving or for soups in the "winter".
Sage is one of the less popular herbs, although it seems
that a couple more of you are using it this season. The one time in the whole
year that we include sage in all the boxes is just before Thanksgiving. And,
since this Friday will be the last box that the Friday B subscribers will
receive before Thanksgiving, we plan to include it on Friday. Then the rest of
you will also see it in your box when you receive your last box before this holiday.
By the way, besides putting sage in your turkey dressing, try using it in a
butternut squash dish. Or look up how to make fried sage-it can be a unique
And some good news for us and for those who pick up their boxes here: the new
cover for the pickup tent (We call it the "casita".) arrived weeks
earlier than expected. So Charlie and the crew will get it on early this
week-hopefully before any more boxes get wet.
What's in your box:
baby kale (large boxes only)
cabbage (large boxes only)
'D'Avignon' French breakfast radishes-small, elongated red and white radishes
Enjoying your vegetables: It's pretty widely known that root
crops, such as radishes, beets, and turnips, will keep better if the greens are
cut off. Then the greens can be used as greens and the roots can be stored for
a much longer time, if needed. So this season we'll cut the greens off the
radishes for your boxes. Radish leaves are very rough and often bitter, so few
people want to eat them. However, if you do want us to leave them on your
radishes, please let Donna know.
Long-term subscriber Cheryl reminded me to tell you that, if
you haven't tried the easy method of slicing cherry tomatoes between two
saucers or lids, look it up-you'll love it! And, since Rachel Ray was one of
the people who made people aware of that method, Cheryl also sent along a
suggestion for her kale pesto that was in the Parade magazine last
We'll have lots of big kales (curly and Tuscan) ready for harvest beginning in
a few weeks. (We can't plant the curly ones too early, because whiteflies love
to feed on them.)
A little housekeeping: We're sorry that there will be no Seed to Bloom
flowers this Thursday and Friday, due to medical issues (not with the flowers!)
We expect to have them back by next week.
An early reminder: the only change in the boxes during Thanksgiving week is
that the Thursday boxes will be made on Wednesday. And, if your box is
delivered to a business or school that is closed on that Wednesday and/or
Friday, please make other arrangements with Donna before that week.
If you pick up your box here at the farm, please always read the instructions
on the cooler(s) that are there. We usually know how many bags of greens are in
the cooler, and how many boxes are out there, so, we know that sometimes some
of you don't take what you are supposed to. This happens most often if there is
a substitute person picking up a box. So, if you are sending someone else to
get your box, please explain to them that they need to check the cooler and
take what goes with your box.
On the other hand, there have also been a couple days this
season when some greens have disappeared without payment. We are glad when you
choose to buy some extras, but please leave us some money OR a note in the
mailbox there so that Donna can charge it to your account. The other
possibility is that someone else (other than a subscriber) is taking them, so
we are trying to watch for that.
Weekly extras: What are "extras"? This means that we
either have an extra large supply of some of the items we grow, or we purchased
or grew some items just for extras (for instance, flowers, honey or okra). The
best way to order extras is to email Donna at email@example.com.
For most extras, please order by 2 PM the day before your
box. If you are ordering later than that, please call 561-638-2755 and
leave the message on the machine. (Those ordering for Monday boxes need to call
and leave a message, since you don't receive this list in time to order by
email.) Flowers and sprouts require earlier orders since we have to order
them from other farms. For more information, please check the "Weekly
Extras" section on the subscriber pages of our website.
Some people order particular extras as a "standing order". For
instance, you may choose to get cut flowers, sprouts, or even extra tomatoes or
lettuce each time you get a box-whether it is weekly or biweekly. Contact Donna
if you want to set up a standing order of anything.
Locally grown Flowers (for Monday and Tuesday boxes, order
by noon on the Friday before your box; for Thursday and Friday, order by noon
on Wednesday). For information about these flower growers and some pictures of
their flowers, check the Subscriber Business Links on our Subscriber section
This week: Tuesday only. Seed
to Bloom, Loxahatchee: colorful mixed bouquets-whatever is in season $10.00
each (Not available for Monday boxes.)
Namwah bananas (short and plump) from Yagnapurush Farm in
Loxahatchee. (These can look black on the outside and be white inside. I know
that because I get to take home the ugly ones that no one will buy, so that I
can slice and freeze them.)
1 lb. $1.50
3 lbs. $4
McCoy's Honey-raw, unfiltered, locally
produced Good supply now!http://www.mccoysfloridahoney.com/ 1 lb. glass jar $5.00
palmetto, or orange blossom)
3 lb. plastic jug $14.00 each (wildflower,
palmetto, or orange blossom)
1 lb. glass jar Orange blossom honey with comb included $6.50
Honeybee pollen 8 oz. $12
Pict" Honey We still have a few jars of the honey produced by the bees which did
the pollinating on our farm this spring. Then the honey will be from his hives
1 qt. jars $16
Herbs (some are from our farm, some from Pontano Farms)
opal (purple) basil
mint (This generic mint is actually spearmint.)
specialty mints (chocolate, apple, pineapple, peppermint)
Greens Microgreens $2.50 sandwich bag (mix may contain radishes,
arugula, kale, and/or purple kohlrabi leaves)
Baby arugula $2.50/8 oz.
Baby kale $2.50/8 oz.
Mustard greens. These are delightfully spicy-they almost taste like
Swiss chard (the red stemmed one) $3/bag
Collard greens (young leaves about 8-10") $3/bag temporarily out: Tuscan (lacinato)
Other Veggies from our farm NEW! cherry tomatoes-mixed red,
yellow-and a few purple starting to appear. sandwich bag $3
Spaghetti squash $1.50/lb. (Only a few available. Virus diseases kept
the plants from producing enough for even the large boxes.)
Butternut squash $1.50/lb.
Okra $3.00/lb. (last week)
Hot peppers: mix or match these 2; sandwich bag of 4-5
Jalapenos-this is the 'Jalafuego' variety. Our
"official" hot pepper testers tell us it's hotter than most
jalapenos. Cherry bomb peppers-round, red, also
Sprouts from Universal Living Sprouts in Royal Palm Beach (www.ulsprouts.com):
These delicious sprouts are too perishable and expensive for us to keep them in
stock, so please be sure to pre-order them if you would like to try them. You
will need to order them about a week before the day of your box-or you can
place a "standing order".
The first 4 are more like microgreens-they are growing in
flats and then cut off. The beans are more like sprouts-with the tiny roots. Sprouted greens 8 oz. $7.00
Buckwheat Sprouted beans 4 oz. $3.00 Adzuki
Pea beans-sprouted peas
Mixed (Adzuki, Lentil, Mung)