This past Saturday, we participated in the first-ever Ciderfest event in St. Cloud. Over 1500 cider fans attended the event at the Joe Faber ball park in St. Cloud where they had a chance to taste 34 different hard ciders, including our Sapsucker Farms Yellow Belly. We had a really fun time, and a shout-out goes to Daniel Lynch, our sales representative who was able to speak louder than the live country music band that played throughout the event. Also thanks to our Mora friend, Max who mastered the tap and poured samples to all who attended. Attendees then voted for their favorite cider for the “People’s Choice” award from among the 34 ciders they had a chance to taste. We learned that we came in second place, missing first place by only ONE vote. Congrats toes to Milk & Honey for earning the prize.
Ok, so today we got back to the business of harvesting vegetables for the CSA. And here is what you’ll find in your box this week.
Beets with greens – a bundle including gold and red. The greens are also delish, and here are some recipes for you to try..
Beans – a little over a pound of a combination of green, yellow, purple, and dragons tongue.
Kale – two varieties – dino (long dark green leaves) and Russian Frill (curly purplish leaves)
Onions – red and sweet yellow.
Parsley – a small handful to use in your favorite recipes or as a breath freshener.
Peppers – a combination of hot and sweet, and a random combination of colors: red, green, yellow, or orange.
Vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes – a tray full of a combination of beefsteak, slicers, and cherries of all different colors. Remember, heirloom tomatoes are quite fragile. When they are vine-ripened, they are even more fragile, which is one of the reasons why you don’t see a lot of heirloom tomato varieties in your local store. Some varieties are really prone to cracking skins while still on the vine, such as Black Krim or Brandywine. The skins can also crack in the process of picking, or while being transported to your delivery location. So if you see cracked skins in your tomatoes, fear not, they are still just fine, and very delicious.
Zucchini – the yellow varieties seem to be really abundant this week. But you may also find green, striped, ridged, or even green/yellow hybrids. The yellow/green varieties are actually a cross pollination between the green and yellow zucchinis. If the honeybees go from one to the other, this dual color will happen. I think it’s kinda cool.
If you are interested in any of these items this week, please let me know ASAP so I can include them with your delivery, and I can coordinate payment with you as well.
Don’t forget to return your box and cooler pack so I can refill them for next week, plus I could use egg cartons as well. Here is the delivery schedule this week:
St. Cloud Offices – Tuesday morning around 10:30 am
St. Cloud Good Earth Co-op – Tuesday mornings between 10:30 am and 11:00 aam
Spring Meadows – Tuesday, between noon and 12:30.
MB25 – Tuesday, around 1:00
Vital Images – Tuesday, between 1:00 and 1:30
Made of Mora – Thursday by 11:00 a.m.
Sapsucker Farms – Thursday or Friday anytime after noon.
City Center Market Co-op in Cambridge – Friday mornings by 10:00 a.m.
You can find our Sapsucker Farms Yellow Belly hard cider at these retail locations.