While we’ve had a relatively mild summer, and cannot really complain, I have to say that all of us a Lost Corner are ridiculously grateful that the heat seems to have broken. Last week was pretty miserable in the fields, even in the barn, and although we try to eat well on the farm, I’ll admit that quite a few icy pops were consumed on the loading dock in the afternoons. Today was beautiful farming weather, with the cool air, and overcast skies. I could tell the crew was much happier, evident by the impromptu rotten tomato fight I caught a glimpse of while taking pictures in the pumpkin patch. If I hadn’t had so much to do, I would have joined in — and lost miserably no doubt!
This week our members are enjoying the following fresh produce:
- Purple Potatoes
- Yukon Gold Potatoes
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Lima beans
- Fortex pole beans
- Lunchbox Peppers
- Sweet Corn
- Bell Peppers
- Red Raspberries
Our CSA members will see some new items in their basket this week, which makes me happy. First, they'll find purple potatoes in their burlap sacks. Yes, they are purple! You’ve probably seen purple potato chips at this point, but there’s a good chance you’ve never actually had them in their natural form. They are super yummy — and a bit muddy. The dirt helps to protect them, so we leave it on, and while Steven always jokes we should charge more for the soil, since it’s so rich and fertile, I promise it’s yours for free! Purple potatoes can, and likely will, turn grey when you cook them, so be prepared. But remember, cooking is an adventure, so don’t let a little grey scare you away!
There are raspberries in our shares this week, as well! This is great news, as we hope it means we’ve beaten the dreaded spotted-wing drosophilia, the worst fruit fly we’ve ever seen. I mentioned this pest a little while back, and how it was shredding up the blackberries, causing us to ditch the harvest early and cut down most of the bushes. Well, we were genuinely afraid that this minuscule, yet mighty, bug would destroy our raspberry harvest, so the fact that we have some to share this week means we might just save the season after all.
Another bean is ripening this week — Lima beans! These pole beans are pretty high maintenance, so we won’t have a ton of them to go around for long. But we’re happy we could get our members a decent amount to try. They do need to be shucked, unlike the other pole beans we’ve given throughout the season, so please don’t try to eat the pod. Just pop them open, and push out the beans — it’s a great chore for the kids, or perhaps with a glass of wine for the adults.
The corn will be coming to an end soon, in fact this might be the last week, so I hope everyone thoroughly enjoyed every ear as much as I did. It’s difficult when you realize how spoiled you’ve become, and that you’ll never be satisfied with anything but Steven’s corn again!