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Lincoln/Boston CSA Newsletter

In the Share

Onions
Onions
 Salad mix/spicy salad mix
Onions
Kale or Cabbage
Melon
Lettuce/Escarole
Garlic
Mix n' Match: Scallions, basil, fennel, Hakurei turnips, summer squash, cukes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, hot pepper
U-Pick: Edamame, herbs, raspberries, flowers, green tomatoes

News from the farm

First week of school! Want to know what to pack for your school lunches? We'll take a look at our lunch ingredients in the fields. It's looking good for those sandwich standbys such as lettuce, spicy greens, and complimentary crunchy root crops like hakurei turnips, radishes, and carrots. Cucumbers have just started kicking, so throw them in those sandwiches while they last! Your salad has no need to fear, especially if you don't mind getting adventurous and chopping up some kale finely or throwing in a little extra spicy green now and then.

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Lincoln/Boston CSA Newsletter

In the Share

Lettuce and Salad mix
Chard, Collards, Turnip Greens or Kale
Garlic
Leeks
Pesto Basil
Melons!
Mix and Match: carrots, eggplant, peppers, fennel, summer squash, scallions, cucumbers, potatoes

In the Field

Herbs
Flowers
Raspberries (!)
Edamame (baby soybeans)*

(*Note on cooking edamame: pull the pods off the plant and boil or steam the whole pod until the pod is tender enough to squeeze the beans out easily (usually about ten minutes). Add a little salt and enjoy! Eat the beans and not the pod.)

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In the Share

Lettuce and Salad mix
Chard, Collards or Cabbage
Garlic
Sweet Alisa Craig Onions
Pesto Basil
Mix and Match: carrots, eggplant, peppers, fennel, summer squash, scallions, cucumbers

In the Field

Green beans
Herbs
Flowers
Raspberries (!)
Edamame (baby soybeans)*

(*Note on cooking edamame: pull the pods off the plant and boil or steam the whole pod until the pod is tender enough to squeeze the beans out easily (usually about ten minutes). Add a little salt and enjoy! Eat the beans and not the pod.)

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In the Share

Lettuce and Salad mix
Chard, Collards or Cabbage
Garlic
Sweet Alisa Craig Onions
Mix and Match: carrots, eggplant, peppers, fennel, summer squash, potatoes

In the Field

Green, wax and flat beans
herbs
flowers
taste of cherry tomatoes

News from the farm

Japanese Eggplant
Japanese Eggplant
 Summer seems to have set in. Our eggplant continue to grow and the peppers seem to be catching up. Every few days we venture into the melon field to check on the swelling orbs of sweetness and crack one open to see how they are progressing. We're expecting them any day now in this heat. It looks to be a good melon year after all. Even though the melon sweetness of summer has yet to be tasted, we are focused on fall this time of year.

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News from the farm

This week we say goodbye to our Summer Youth Program. These 60 high school students have transformed our farms with all their hard work removing weeds, harvesting thousands of pounds of produce and bringing their work ethic on hot sticky days and cold rainy ones. The noise decibel at lunch time has risen exponentially over the last six weeks as strangers grew into friends. For some this program was only the beginning of their time with The Food Project; many will return for our Academic Year Program and someday you might meet them as interns helping you at the CSA.

Goodbye SYP and thank you for all your hard work and great energy.

Fruit Shares Are Coming!

Shares for all sites will be $74 for 9 weeks of fruit from Autumn Hills Orchard in Groton. You'll receive 1/2 peck of fruit per week. The share will consist mainly of an exciting variety of apples with a few pears and plums in the mix. On Farm CSA members need to specify which day (either Tuesday or Thursday) you'll be picking up your fruit.

Sign up for your share online today!

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Lincoln/Boston CSA Newsletter, Week 9

Update: information on the tomato blight has been moved to this post.

Fruit Shares Are Coming!

Shares for all sites will be $74 for 9 weeks of fruit from Autumn Hills Orchard in Groton. You'll receive 1/2 peck of fruit per week. The share will consist mainly of an exciting variety of apples with a few pears and plums in the mix. On Farm CSA members need to specify which day (either Tuesday or Thursday) you'll be picking up your fruit.

Sign up for your share online today!

Sign up ends August 21st. Fruit shares will go from the first week of September through the last week of October.

CSA Potluck

Thanks to all of you who came out for the CSA potluck last week. Even under rain-threatening skies, we had a great dinner shared by all. The kohlrabi cook-off was a huge success with many tasty dishes being offered. Check our blog next week for the recipes!

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Lincoln/Boston CSA Newsletter, Week 8

CSA Potluck

The CSA Potluck will be this Thursday, July 23, on the Baker Bridge Farm, at 5:30pm.
80 Concord Road in Lincoln.

The insects we don't love

Insects seem to be thriving this year. Unfortunately for us that means the mosquitoes and cucumber beetles are going strong as are the dragonflies and ladybugs. Insect pest pressure has reached frightening levels in many crops but the worst has been the hungry hordes of Colorado Potato Beetles which reduced our early potato varieties to skeletal stalks, old testament-plague style. This wasn't a complete loss as we had planned to harvest some varieties as tiny new potatoes anyway. Thankfully, our later varieties are faring better, retaining some of their leaves, though they will likely end up smaller than they would have been.

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