Week eight CSA
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Hello members! We're your farmers who are happy to grow food for people who care!

We finally got a photo of our crew wearing our snazzy new Minnesota Grown Hats. Let me introduce you to Dan (who loves to hold chickens) on the right, Margaret in the purple, Bill in the blue, and me, Becca, on the left. Even though our full time team is small, it's neat to think that a few people can feed 100 families and hundreds of college students (we also sell produce wholesale to the colleges in Northfield). And several hundred people who frequent the food shelf in Northfield and around the metro as well!

Thank you for your trust in us to grow nutritious food for you and your friends/family. It allows us to fill our summers doing what we are passionate about, growing food.

This week on the farm:
Harvest days have turned into multi day events as the harvests have been getting bigger. We've been spending a lot of time moving produce out of the field in preparation to distribute it. We planted another succession of radish, kohlrabi, spinach, arugula, lettuce, and mixed greens for the fall. We continually weed established crops to reduce competition. We gave the pigs bigger pasture. We've been busy getting all the garlic out of the field and into the greenhouse to cure.  We've also been turning in old crops to get the fields ready for cover cropping. Lots of fun!

Tomatoes are here! I'm sorry to scare you with the Early Blight news. The truth is we have plenty of splendid tomatoes. The window that they will be available will be smaller, that's all. Check out that tomato next to the sunglasses (no, those aren't childrens sunglasses either!)
I want to remind you of our CSA member potluck on August 21st. An event not to miss! Come down and enjoy an evening on the farm. Share a meal with like minded folks, share your food scraps with the pigs after dinner, see where your produce is grown, meet your farmers, and start out your weekend right! Come with a dish to share and enjoy farm life.
Please remember to fill out the mid-season survey. Your feedback helps us out immensely. We want your CSA experience to be AWESOME! But we can't serve you best unless you let us know how you'd like to be served best...

So, here's the link: It only takes 3 minutes tops, one if you're quick. Or copy and paste this:

Thank you in advance.
I saw a recipe in a Martha Stewart magazine awhile this week and it looks awesome. I'm going to make it tonight, so I haven't tried it personally, but Martha has.

Roast in the oven: Cut two eggplants in half lengthwise, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and roast at 425 until mushy. Also roast 2 tomatoes cut in wedges and sprinkled with oil and salt. In a foil packet, roast 1 onion and 3 cloves of garlic, also with oil and salt. 

Puree: Scoop out insides of eggplant and puree with the roasted onions and garlic, 1/2 cup tahini, a handful of cilantro, juice of 1 lime. Salt and pepper to taste.

Toss with pasta and roasted tomatoes and ENJOY!
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