What’s In The Bag, Tuesday, July 31

Today wraps up the 7th week of the Summer CSA with just 1 more week to go! We’re well into preparations for the fall, packing the greenhouse with germinating seeds of winter squashes and hardy greens. With the heat still scaling into the 90’s it is difficult to imagine harvesting butternut squashes and kale (I associate the two with warm socks and plaid flannel).

Our oyster mushroom endeavor is budding nicely as well! For the first time last Saturday, we brought a few handfuls of mushrooms to the Chatham Mills Farmers Market! You can expect to see oyster mushrooms in your CSA bags this fall.

The Fall CSA begins at the very end of September or first thing in October, depending on your pick-up day. It’s not too late to sign up! Go to our CSA page for more details about pick-up locations, schedules, and pricing.

And don’t forget we’re also at the Chapel Hill Farmers Market Tuesday afternoons from 3pm-6pm. You can find us in the parking lot of University Mall behind A Southern Season.

See you there!

What’s In The Bag:
* Golden Beets
* Squash/Zucchini medley
* Eggplant
* Potatoes
* Tomatoes
* Basil
* Cilantro

What’s In The Bag, Sat/Sun, July 28/29

Peppers!

This weekend’s CSA bags will include a variety of peppers for your internal heat meters to explore. You will receive some assortment of sweet peppers – Yellow Sweet Banana, Gypsy, or Nardello Red. They are the peppers packed loosely inside the thermal bag.

You will also receive an assortment of peppers with some heat. They are inside a small plastic bag packed within the thermal bag. The Hot Banana Pepper will hold the least heat but also the largest in size. The other large pepper is the Anaheim, carrying a little more heat. The Jalapeno jumps to 10-15 times more heat, followed by the Serrano pepper which will increase in intensity as it stays on the plant longer.

For those of you whose heat gauges know no mercy, we are growing a Caribbean Red Hot! The Serrano pepper – the hottest in your bag this weekend – can get as hot as 23,000 SHU (Scoville Heat Unit). But the Caribbean Red Hot can reach 445,000 SHU!

If you would like a Caribbean Red Hot in your bag next week, send Meredith an email and we will happily share with you.

What’s In The Bag:
* Sweet & hot pepper medley

* Watermelon–small personal size “Little Baby Flower” variety–eat quickly, this variety doesn’t hold well!

* Eggplant, lots of it

* Squash/and or Zucchini medley

* Tomatoes

* Potatoes

With all the peppers, zucchini and tomatoes in your bag, you are well on your way to making homemade pizza! Pizza doughs do not have to require yeast and therefore demand lots of your time. Rather, mix the items below for a quick, impromptu pizza night:

2c flour (all-purpose white or whole wheat)
2t baking powder
4T olive oil
pinch salt
* add dried herbs! thyme, rosemary, cumin, basil…
* add water until it reaches a dough-like consistency
Spread dough on a pizza sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes (developing a crust, but not browning)
Take out of the oven, add toppings – sliced tomatoes, zucchini, squash, peppers, and mozzarella cheese
Bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the cheese has lightly browned on top.

Bon Appetit!

What’s In The Bag, Tuesday, July 24

Farming sure keeps life full of surprises. As stated in a previous blog, the best laid plans are no contest to Mother Nature if she so calls for something different. Although we planted cantaloupe and watermelon in successions so as to have them ripen at different times throughout a period of several weeks, they have all recently ripened in synchronicity and all early.

So we roll with it! We’ve been pulling all the melons out of the ground and getting them into the CSA bags and in the hands of market shoppers as quickly as possible. The least pretty ones get eaten in our household and those that cannot be saved are fed to the chickens.

We recommend you cut your melons open sooner rather than later. The cantaloupe continue to ripen off the vine and the watermelons are ready to go.

Without a doubt, farming provides practice in receiving the unexpected with grace and humility and doing the best you can to turn it into a gift. Enjoy your melons, CSA peeps 🙂

What’s In The Bag:
* Watermelon
* Cantaloupe
* Okra
* Eggplant
* Tomatoes
* Cilantro
* Basil