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From the Fields of Freedom Valley Farm 8.2.2017

Posted 8/2/2017 6:28pm by Jim Baughman.

Hi Folks,
Well here we are, well past the midway part of the season (week 13 0f 20) and I have failed to express my mid season thank you to all of our CSA members. So a big THANK YOU to all for supporting our farm and supporting the local food movement. At mid season plus I have to say the farm is doing pretty good this year. The farm crew is a little battered and torn (nothing too serious). Chip has been having some back spasms and had an 'off farm' laceration to his leg that required a few stitches, Dayton has been fighting off (think he has it whipped) a sinus infection for about 2 weeks, and I keep chugging along sometimes don’t quite know how. All in all we seem to be managing even though it is one of the busiest times of the season with the all consuming tomatoes this time of year. The weather has been pretty good and seems to have settled into a pattern of just enough rain every week (at least around here). As I have said before it is the CSA and our CSA members that keeps the sense of urgency high at the farm, which is a good thing. I feel our CSA keeps us growing a diverse selection of crops along with a little more variety then we would if we were a market only farm. We are always thinking and responding in ways that evolve around next week’s or next month’s share. Having a CSA and a loyal membership definitely contributes to the success of our farm and to that again I say 'Thank You'.

Planted this week: Fall zucchini succession crop. We seeded our fall early winter kale. Also seeded was a late succession crop of cucumbers.

In your shares this week: All Blue Potatoes - these blue skinned blue fleshed potatoes are great for roasting or frying. Eggplant - see this week’s recipes for Eggplant Tomato Bake or grilled Eggplant. Also there will be Slicing Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, and a Lettuce Greens Mix.

I hope you are enjoying the taste of summer.
Thanks,
Jim

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