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What a week!

The rain has been a game changer.

The fields had been getting quite dry. We do irrigate our fields, but we can only do one field at a time and have to rotate through the entire farm. And nothing quite beats a true rain. I'm convinced plants like real rainwater better than irrigation. You can imagine our extreme excitement when we got around three inches of rain a few days ago! Not only do our crops benefit, but we benefit from not having to lug around irrigation equipment all day.

The upcoming forecast for rain has also played a big role this week. With just enough time since the last rain, the soil dried out (barely in time) for us to prepare the soil for planting cover crops. We planted oats and peas where we're going to plant our garlic in the fall and we underseeded white dutch clover in the fall brassicas. We also put in more successions of fall vegetables, like turnips, radishes, more spinach and more salad mix. We've been working especially hard to get it all in the ground in time for the rain Wednesday night. It reminds me of the excitement of spring, rushing to beat the rain, working within the short windows of opportunity. On days like today, it's exhilarating to pull energy from who knows where and put the pedal to the metal to reach your goals. 

The pigs have been enjoying delicious produce, and they just love it. One of my favorite tasks on the farm is dumping all of the 'seconds' of produce in the pig pen. Usually they're the bruised fruit, squishy, and extra juicy. The pigs love to roll in it. It's obvious they look forward to fresh produce. Lucky pigs they are. Stay tuned for an opportunity to purchase some pork.

The picture on the right is of a weird cross of summer squash and zucchini. We start to see weird crosses like this near the end of the squash plants life. It's kinda fun that mother nature can make such crazy things.
The first of the sweet corn is just starting to come in. I just had my first ear the other day, roasted over a bonfire out at the farm. I also enjoy harvesting an ear and eating it raw-they are so sweet they don't even need to be cooked! I'm not sure if there will be enough for every box, but we'll try to flip flop so everyone gets some. There will also be sunflowers in this weeks box! The sunflowers come from a living fence we planted at the beginning of the season between Mainstreet Chicken Coops and our apple trees.
The yellow storage onions (not the Sweet onions you've been enjoying in your boxes) have finally tipped over, meaning it is time to harvest them and cure them. Here's Olivia in the field grabbing them up, and on the right they're tucked in the greenhouse  to cure for a few weeks.
The fall crops are looking good. Under this remay we have arugula growing. We put it under remay so the flea beetles don't chomp on it, they've been especially present this summer... On the right you'll see the fall brassicas bumpin' since the last rain!
Recipe of the week: Tomatillo Salsa!

You'll be seeing tomatillos in your boxes this week, and I have a fun recipe to share with you. I like to eat this with corn chips, on top of enchiladas, or as a dressing for a salad with tons of veggies, cooked beans, and rice.

1 lb tomatillos-husks removed
1 onion
a bunch of cilantro (Unfortunately, we just tilled in our cilantro...)
2 cloves of garlic
1/2-1 jalapeno (keep in mind the seeds are the spiciest-add as much as you desire)
1 lime, juiced
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 cup water
Salt and Pepper to taste

Put everything into a food processor and blend until it's saucy like. Then transfer to a saucepan and simmer it for 20ish minutes until it looks relish-y. A lot of the liquid should have evaporated out by now. Transfer it to a bowl and stick it in the refrigerator. Enjoy
In your box you will likely find:
  • Tomatillo
  • Tomato
  • Jalapeno
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Sunflower
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Eggplant/pepper/corn
  • Summer squash-try grating it raw and adding it to to stir frys, pasta sauces (saute it with the onions), or chop it lengthwise and grill it with olive oil!
  • Kale/collard/chard
  • Herb bundle

Please come to the farm, 6903 115th St E, Northfield MN from 6:30-8:30ish for a fun night. Please park on the dirt road (115th St) and walk out to the tables. If you have any questions or get lost, feel free to call me at 507 581 9453.

The crops are at their peak right now and we're excited to share them with you. Come down and see where your vegetables have been growing and meet other CSA members. Meet the crew, too! Come on a farm tour led by us or walk the fields on your own. Give the pigs a tasty treat from the fields and watch them wallow in their mud. See the chickens expresse the essence of chickens, and the turkeys devour a grasshopper. Check out the community garden plots, the hay fields, and the agripreneur training center. Come have fun at the farm!

Please bring a dish to share, your own plates, silverware, cups, napkins, and beverages of your choice. I'll plan on making a scrumcious kale salad for the group and providing as much fresh farm water as you can guzzle up. I'll have plenty of tables and chairs for everyone.

It isn't necessary to RSVP, but I would appreciate it if you knew you were coming, if you could drop a line in my inbox saying so. That way I can make sure I have enough tables and chairs for everyone :)

I genuinely hope to see you!
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