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August 7, 2012

Okra Flower, a beauty in the field before it makes a pod on the plate.

The past week has brought a lot of new items to the stand. The kitchen has been putting out some stellar take away meals like lobster and homegrown corn and chard risotto and arugula pesto summer vegetable pasta.

Chef Todd is finally getting his hands on some of the abundance from the fields and really putting some signature touches on it. Be sure to check out  the refrigerated chest in the stand for some of these easy and delectable meals.

The greenhouse has many beautiful fall annuals on the way, bright colors to replace the victims of neglect, drought, or time in your garden.

Cubanelle Peppers make a frying start to the week.

We have really started to bring in substantial numbers of summer vegetables from the field this week as well.  With heavy picks of summer squash and cucumbers from our second crop of the season you will start to see some odd squashes from time to time as well : patty pan, papaya pear, and eight ball for example. We are starting to keep an eye out for early fall squashes as well like Delicata and Acorn, but they are still a little ways off.

Purple Blue Jay Peppers, ivory Dove peppers, and Blackbird peppers add some early color to our pepper display.

Our green bean selection is continuing to grow. We are offering 5 types of green beans on the stand this week, not counting wax, romano, and waxy romano. Keep buying by variety and keep letting us know your preferences. Your opinion really has a direct correlation to what we plant next year so it is worth vocalizing your thoughts in addition to your purchase. We really do care.

Turkish Orange eggplant is back this year and producing like mad. Give it or our Dancer and Zebra varieties a shot for something different this summer.

Peppers are expanding their selection too. Hot peppers should be available homegrown shortly. Green, Purple, White and Black peppers are regularly available now. Plus the first pick of the season on Cubanelle Peppers, a light green elongated frying type.

Eggplant is also producing in bulk, with two types of Classic Aubergines, one is Epic, our standard and the other is Black Beauty, a squatter multi-lobed fruit. We grow a half-dozen specialty eggplants with origins in the Dominican Republic, Asia, Africa, Italy, and a fairly new one to us that passed last years trial stage, Turkish Orange.

The tomato harvest is in full swing, we brought in 87 bushels today which is close to breaking all recent records for  a single pick.  More impressive is that these tomatoes are collected from over 30 varieties. We should have enough heirloom production to start selling by variety by next week so you can really get to know your favorites or find them again.

And of course there are the new items that just have to peek their heads in. Our Komatsuna Asian green has been off to a sluggish start, but for all you bok choy fans out there this is a great and more than serviceable hot weather replacement. Much in the way that our New Zealand Spinach is not quite the same as our regular Spinach, but can serve a similar purpose, it is worth working with what the season brings you. Kale sales are shooting up, so it is a good time to remind you greens fiends to give our new Collard Greens a shot. Not sure how to prepare them? Pretty easy, more or less just add bacon, or is that just me?

Collard Greens, add a taste of southern hospitality to your next BBQ.

If all this harvest influx wasn’t enough, you know we are thrilled to announce the return of Apple Season. We have gotten Early Macs, Paulareds and Ginger golds in from Sunnycrest Orchards, which is a good start but barely the beginning of a long and luxurious season I hope. You can always check in on our Apple Page to know what’s in this week. It is accessible from the top of the blog or from our Now Picking Page.

Ginger Gold apples arrived today, Stop in soon for a spicy start to a wonderfully long apple season.

Since we are talking about our other local farmers, in addition to Sunnycrest Orchards in Sterling MA, we expect to see fruit from Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis NH soon as well. Those two farms, with over 320 years of growing experience between them provide the majority of our tree fruit in the summer and fall.

We are also maintaining old and establishing new partnerships with other nearby farms to provide interesting locally grown foods we aren’t growing yet. We have gotten some gorgeous items from Ward’s Berry Farm in Sharon this week, including local potatoes, local Galia and Cantaloupe melons, and  a few types of cherry tomatoes we aren’t growing this year.

Upcoming events:

Luscious Galia melons from Ward’s Berry Farm in nearby Sharon. We’ve never been melon proficient here, so be glad we know who to go to to find your local sweets treats.

This Thursday, August 9, Cones and Trombones, join the Beantown Brass Quintet for a free concert at the Ice Cream Stand at 7 pm

Saturday August 11, Taza Chocolate will be by midday to sample their Somerville made specialty chocolate

Thursday August 16, Second Dinner in the Field, 6 pm

Saturday August 18, Farm Field Day and Customer Cooking Contest, Details to come, Enter contest with cashiers

Harvest time means we are getting to see sunrises and sunsets lately, happily they have been as beautiful as this, sending us home satisfied with a days work.

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