Monday, July 28, 2014

Letter from John Krueger

Hi Folks, 
Tomato season has begun! Yippee!  Probably only a couple of fruits for this week but quantities will increase week by week. Melons have also begun to ripen so we will be shipping to some groups as availability allows. There are a lot of Korean melons an oblong yellow type which looks like an overgrown cucumber. These are very sweet and have a crisp flesh, not as soft as other melons. We also have some yellow fleshed watermelons.  We will be sending our multicolored carrots again this week. We have a lot of these, and they tend to be a bit on the wild side (hey baby…), meaning they get woody if left in the ground too long. In general they are tougher that the orange carrots and are best cooked. We still have some radicchio left but not quite enough for everyone so we will offer it as a choice with dandelion greens. I know from market that these bitter greens have their fans, although for most they are just too bitter. I would never send them for all members, but if you enjoy them let one of your core group members know and we can send them as extra from time to time.
The weather has been copacetic. Such mild temperatures for July are a real blessing. We received 0.4 inches of rain Sunday night which was much appreciated for the seeds I have been planting and the fall brassicas which we have been transplanting.

The share for this week will be: Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, string beans, choice of radicchio or dandelion greens, lettuce, cukes, summer squash, red onions, choice of kale or chard, rainbow carrots, choice of an herb and maybe melons.   
Enjoy!   
Farmer John

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Fennel 101

Fennel is a flowering plant belonging to the Apiaceae family which also includes celery, carrots and parsley. It is a hardy perennial herb with yellow flowers and feathery leaves. Fennel is a native plant to the shores of the Mediterranean and is widely grown the world over in the dry soils near sea coasts and riverbanks. Fennel is a highly aromatic and a flavorful herb used in cooking and  for medicinal purposes. The bulb-like stem base is the vegetable for culinary purposes and widely used in Italian cuisine. Fennel is often compared to Anise and both are key ingredients in Absinthe. Click here to learn more about Fennel.

To Store

Store fresh fennel in the refrigerator crisper, where it should keep fresh up to 10 days. It is best to consume fennel sooner than later. As it ages, Fennel tends to gradually lose its flavor. While fresh fennel can be frozen after first being blanched, it will lose much of its flavor during this process. 

To Nourish

Fennel is known for its unique Phytonutrients with Antioxidants benefits including Flavonoids and Anethole which is a component of Fennel’s volatile oil. In studies, Anethole has been shown to reduce inflammation with anti-cancer effects. Fennel is an excellent source of Vitamin C and contains Fiber, Folate and Potassium for Colon and Cardiovascular health. Click here to learn more about the health benefits of Fennel.

To Prepare

Fennel can be eaten raw and cooked in almost all manners possible - sauteed, roasted, grilled, braised and steamed. Click here and here to learn different methods for preparation and cooking fennel.

To Try 


To Use

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

This Week's Shares -- July 25, 2014

Vegetables
Lettuce (2 heads again!) green cabbage,  fennel, rainbow carrots, sweet onions, green peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, summer squash, choice of kale or chard, beans (green, wax or purple), choice of an herb an possible broccoli or cauliflower. We will also be sending mizuna and other mustard greens as an extra.
Fruit

Blueberries
Plums

Eggs

Poultry 

Full Share Members/Half Share Members

Pasta

Cider

Pies
Half Share Members

The September 19th canning classes at the Kings Cooking Studio in Short Hills are beginning to fill up. For more detail and how to sign up click here



We will have Farm and Fork Society Tees at pick up for purchase. Made of 100% Organic Cotton and soft to the touch, you can own your own and show your support for your local farmers and CSA community! Available for $12 and in Adult sizes only - S, M, L