July 8 TapRoot Farms 2014 CSA Newsletter

Hello!

Welcome to Week 15 if you are a 50-week member, or Week 1 if you have just joined us as a 36-week member!

The farm is a busy place these days, with summer, weeds, and post-Arthur cleanup.  We have been without power since Saturday at our production site in Canard-- to the right is where your shares and share contents are being stored while we have no cooler facilities.  Luckily the farm at Church Street still has power, and that's where I am sending this newsletter from.

Josh has written an update for you this week post-Arthur, as I am already getting lots of questions about how we (and the veggies!) pulled through the storm, so check that out below.


IMPORTANT NOTICES:


Post-Arthur Update from Josh

On Friday with the storm on the way, we decided to leave tunnels up, and on Saturday morning it was obvious that they were not going to make it.  So, we took 'em down in high winds-- Scary!  The tunnels at Church Street seem to be okay except the cuke tunnel.  The plastic ripped off and then we cut the strings holding the cucumbers up so they would not get as damaged (which they didn't!).  But, the tunnel itself was damaged. 

The rest of the tunnels at Church Street did not come down until 6:30 pm on Saturday.  This was CRAZY!!!  The wind was 100 km/hr gusts.  We were successful, but were 30 minutes too late as all of them have some damaged parts.

Field crops here were windblown bad.  The early corn is flat, squash plants rolled up in a ball, pepper leaves stripped, apple and cherry trees lost some limbs.

At Canard we have no power, which means:

All of the plants look beat up, but they hopefully will be fine.  Time will tell if other problems will arise from their injured leaves and stems.

Photo: The last tunnel being taken down, photo from Patricia


Faces of the Farm: Meet the TapRoot Team who grow your food!

Meet Justine  |   Meet Brodie   |   Meet Louise   |   Meet Richard   |   Meet Calvin

Lots more faces to meet on our blog, and new ones added each week, so check back often!


Upcoming Fruit Crops to be excited about: Note from Noggins

Arthur put an end to the idea of raspberries in this week's share, however, we are hopeful for next week!

Cherries are about 2 weeks away.

Plums, Peaches, and Early Apples will be ready near the beginning to mid-August.

<--Photo: I checked the TapRoot Blueberry patch.  They are still a ways off!


Veggie Share Cooking and Storage Tips

GARLIC AND GARLIC SCAPES

Garlic scapes form out of the top of the garlic plant in early June.  If left on the plant they form small purple bulbils at the tips.  Garlic bulbs are harvested in the middle of July and  can be stored for use all winter. 

Storage Tips

Culinary Tips

ROMAINE LETTUCE

Not only is our romaine lettuce large: personally, I think it is the crunchiest, juiciest, most delicious lettuce around!

Storage Tips

SUGAR SNAP & SNOW PEAS

Eat these peas in the pods.  They are best just after they are harvested before the sugars turn into starch.  They are a good source of vitamins A, C, K, and the B’s, along with being high in vegetable protein, carbohydrates, and fiber.

Storage Tips

Culinary Tips

SPRING (BABY) TURNIPS

Turnips are in the brassica (cabbage) family.  They are one of the most ancient and globally used vegetables.  The baby turnips in the spring are sweet and their greens are tender and delicious.  Both the root and the greens are good sources of vitamins and minerals.

Storage Tips

Culinary Tips

CHARD

 Chard is harvested as a green, leafy vegetable.  Chard is in the spinach family but contains no oxalic acid which makes it easier for us to absorb the nutrients from the chard.  These greens are high in vitamins A, E, & C and the minerals iron & calcium. 

 Storage Tips

Cooking Tips

CUCUMBERS

Cucumbers are mainly water and once they are harvested they tend to shrivel very fast (for this reason, most commercial cucumbers are sold waxed).   Cucumbers help replenish the fluids & minerals we lose during the hot summer months.  Cucumbers can be an effective skin conditioner because they are high in vitamin E.  Try rubbing an end slice or a peeling to your face for a refreshing experience.

Storage Tips                

Culinary Tips

KOHLRABI

Kohlrabi is in the cabbage family and tastes like a mild turnip or slightly like broccoli.  The white flesh is reached by peeling the outer skin, which is quite thick and requires a knife (not a vegetable peeler).

Storage Tips

Kohlrabi bulbs will keep in your refrigerator’s veggie drawer for several weeks.  Note that the bulbs tend to become woodier the longer you store them. Remove the leaves before storing. If your kohlrabi have the leaves attached when you buy them, wrap the leaves in damp paper towels and store no longer than 2-3 days, as they lack the staying power of the bulb.

Culinary Tips


Shares Deliveries: Sunday, July 6, 2014 - Saturday, July 12, 2014

Egg Share 2014

Staple Share - 25 bi-weekly deliveries - 2014

Staple Share - 18 bi-weekly deliveries - 2014

20 Week Flower Share 2014

16 Week Flower Share 2014

50 Week Fruit Share 2014

36 Week Fruit Share 2014

50 Week Veggie Share 2014

36 Week Veggie Share 2014


Have a great week!

--The TapRoot Team