Fun at Ciderfest.

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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.
ADD-ON ITEMS

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.

Home Town Hummus – $5 per tub.
Free-range eggs – $4 per dozen.
Minnesota Wildflower Honey – 1-lb jar $6, 2-lb jar $12
Organic Maple Syrup – $15 per 17 oz. bottle, $65 per gallon

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.

Keep up with what’s happening on the farm with our Sapsucker Farms Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter @SapsuckerFarms. This email will also be posted on the website as well.

Enjoy,
Debbie

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CSA Week 12: Late Summer Goodies.

Week 12

It’s hard to believe that it’s already mid-August. While it means there are only a few more weeks to get a summer vacation in before the kids go back to school, it also means that the garden has lots of summer favorites ripe for the picking. Here is what you’ll find in your box this week:

Pattypan squash – If you’re not familiar with these saucer-shaped summer squash, they are a lot like zucchini. Very mild flavor, and can be harvested as baby size or full size. These are the full sized pattypans. The best way to serve them is sliced and grilled or stuffed and baked. Here are a few recipes to try.

Sweet onions – These are Walla Walla sweet onions.

Zucchini You’ve had some practice with this already this summer. You’ll find two zucs either green striped, yellow, pale yellow or ridged.

Sage – This is a savory herb that can be used in many different dishes, and is especially good with chicken. There are a couple of simple recipes for sautéed zucchini with sage on the website that would be good for you to try.

Peppers – you’ll find a combination of bright red, green, or yellow, hot and sweet.

Sweet corn six cobs, and this is the last of the harvest for the summer.

Swiss chard – my favorite way to serve chard is to simply chop it up and sauté it in olive oil and garlic.

Broccoli florets – a small bunch, but full of nutrition.

Cucumber of course.

Vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes a big tray of various sizes and colors.

ADD-ON ITEMS

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.

Home Town Hummus – $5 per tub.
Free-range eggs – $4 per dozen.
Minnesota Wildflower Honey – 1-lb jar $6, 2-lb jar $12
Organic Maple Syrup – $15 per 17 oz. bottle, $65 per gallon

Don’t forget to return your box, cooler pack and tomato trays so I can refill them for next week. Also, I could use egg cartons if you have any laying around.

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, around 2:30 or 3:00
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.

Keep up with what’s happening on the farm with our Sapsucker Farms Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter @SapsuckerFarms. This email will also be posted on the website as well.

Enjoy,
Debbie

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CSA Week 11: Zucchini to the Rescue.

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It’s been pretty dry here at the farm, so when we got two inches of much-needed rain, the veggies were celebrating. I could actually hear the zucchini slurping and glugging as the rain came down. True. And after a couple of days, it’s amazing how quickly they grow. In fact some were HUGE. Which is exactly what I needed to fight the ground squirrels in the hoop house.

I discovered a six-inch hole in the ground under the peppers. And whatever took up residence there starting feasting on the tomatoes. Of course, this critter chooses the biggest, prettiest, plumpest tomatoes on the vines too, ARGH!

As it happens, the huge zucchini were just the right diameter to plug the critters hole. I know, it’s a temporary fix, but perhaps this little monster will be full by the time it chews it’s way to the surface. I’ll keep you posted as the saga continues.

Soooo…. you probably guessed that you’ll be finding zucchini in your box this week, eh? Some of you will.

Big Pattypan or Zucchini – Some of you will find a pattypan squash in place of your zucchini this week. These are round, flat summer squash that can be used in place of any zucchini recipe. Or you’ll see zucchini, which you’ve had lots of experience with so far. There are more pattypans on the way, so for those of you who didn’t get one this week, you’ll see them again in the future.

Sweet Corn – It’s just starting to ripen up, you’ll find six ears to enjoy.

Cabbage – one regular head of cabbage.

Red Onions – two of them in your box this week.

Artichoke – This is an experimental crop for me this year. I planted only a few plants, just to see how they did. And guess what, it worked! But since I only planted a few plants, I only have a few of them to share, so there will only be one in the box this week. For those of you who share a box, I suggest you start practicing your rock-paper-scissors strategies to see who wins the artichoke.

Broccoli florets – Since the big heads have now been harvested, the plants continue to sprout some small florets. Therefore the portion size this week is small, but that’s ok, because I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to fit everything into the box this week.

Swiss chard – these are the big green leaves that’ll be tucked in the top of the box. If you’re not familiar with chard, here are some recipes to try.

Vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes – a tray full of different sizes, colors, and summer delight. I could really use the trays back again to reuse too.

Cucumbers – of course.

ADD-ON ITEMS
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.

Home Town Hummus – Sorry, the hummus maker is enjoying vacation this week, so there will be no hummus available this week. But start dreaming about the humus you may want next week.
Free-range eggs – The chickens also seem to be taking a vacation too. They tend to slow down egg production during hot weather. This week I only have enough eggs to fill the existing pre-orders. But now that the weather has cooled off, they should get back into their routine.
Minnesota Wildflower Honey – 1-lb jar $6, 2-lb jar $12
Organic Maple Syrup – $15 per 17 oz. bottle, $65 per gallon

Don’t forget to return your box and cooler pack so I can refill them for next week, plus I could use egg cartons and tomato trays 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.

We continue to expand our distribution of Yellow Belly hard cider. It is now in over 120 stores in the Twin Cities, plus now on tap at a few restaurants too. Also available in St. Cloud, Duluth, Cambridge, Braham, North Branch, and of course, Mora. Here is a complete list of retail and restaurant locations.

Keep up with what’s happening on the farm with our Sapsucker Farms Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter @SapsuckerFarms. This email will also be posted on the website as well.

Cheers,
Debbie

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CSA Week 10: Slight Schedule Change this Week.

Week 10

Hi CSA Members,

Please note that the delivery to Made of Mora will be on FRIDAY this week instead of Thursday. Jim and I will be out of town on Thursday, which is why we will be switching the delivery date to Friday. Everyone else… (St. Cloud, metro area, and Cambridge) it’ll be the usual schedule.

This week may be a bit of a deja vu from earlier boxes this week. So hopefully you’ve had some experience with these veggies from previous boxes, and get some extra practice in refining your favorite dish using these ingredients. Or you can always browse the list of recipes available on our website.

Mint – This is the new item this week. This herb is versatile herb that can be used to make mint tea, add to iced tea, or liven up a salad. Or you can just munch on it to freshen up your breath.

Vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes – A hefty tray of a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Remember DO NOT REFRIGERATE your tomatoes.

Beans – a random combination of either purple, yellow, dragons’ tongue, or green beans.

Kale – a fist full of dino/tuscan, and Russian frill, just like last week.

Scallions – Either/and/or purple or green scallions. Combine them with the tomatoes, peppers, and your favorite seasonings and you’ll have some pretty sassy fresh salsa.

Cucumbers – a couple of them for you to enjoy. My favorite way to enjoy them is sliced and dipped in Home Town Hummus.

Zucchini – They just keep on coming. And just like the cucumbers, I enjoy them sliced, and dipped in Home Town Hummus.

Broccoli florets – various sizes of florets, tender and tasty.

Peppers – A combination of sweet and/or hot.

ADD-ON ITEMS

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.

Home Town Hummus – $5 per tub.
Free-range eggs – $4 per dozen.
Minnesota Wildflower Honey – 1-lb jar $6, 2-lb jar $12
Organic Maple Syrup – $15 per 17 oz. bottle, $65 per gallon

Don’t forget to return your box, tomato trays, 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 – FRIDAY by 11:00 a.m.
Sapsucker Farms – 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.

YB bottles

Keep up with what’s happening on the farm with our Sapsucker Farms Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter @SapsuckerFarms. This email will also be posted on the website as well.

Enjoy,
Debbie

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CSA Week Nine: What a Fun Week.

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Hi CSA members,

Most of the local CSA members already know this, but for those of you in St. Cloud, Cambridge, and the Twin Cities… We are happy to announce that we have been named the Kanabec County Farm Family of the Year. It is not only an honor for us to represent our county at Farmfest in Redwood Falls next month, but it has been so much fun here in Mora. We were presented with our certificate at the Kanabec County Fair, then we had our own float in the Mora parade – an antique hay wagon pulled by a beautiful 1955 John Deere 70LP. And here is a fun article that was published in the Kanabec County Times, in case you’re interested.

Anyhoo…. back to CSA business…

Week 9

Here is what you’ll find in your CSA box this week:

Vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes – they made their debut with the full-share members last week. They are by far my absolute personal favorite thing I grow. A few things to know about heirloom tomatoes: 1.) the skins are fragile. Since they are ripened on the vine, the flavor is exceptional, but the skins are fragile. They easily split when harvesting, or while in transit. So if you see cracked skins, they are just fine. 2.) They’re gnarly – you’ll often see funny, bumpy, odd shapes. That’s one of the reasons it’s rare to find heirloom tomatoes in the grocery store. 3.) Do not refrigerate them. Never refrigerate your tomatoes, it will drastically impairs their flavor. 4.) Kids love them – You’ll find many different shapes, sizes, and colors, and kids especially like the cherry tomatoes. 5.) Trays are re-useable – the trays your tomatoes are delivered in can be reused throughout the season, so you can just put them inside your box when you return them.

Beans – You’ll find a random combination of either/or purple, yellow, green, or dragon’s tongue beans. But no matter what the color, they can all be used in any of your favorite bean dishes, or eaten raw as a snack. Here are a few recipes to try.

Kale – Two different varieties this week- you’ll find either both or a combination of tuscan/dino, which is the long, dark green leaves, and russian frill which is a purplish leaf with a frilly edge. Kale is especially popular among really cool people. So if you’re really cool, you’re going to love kale. And here are some recipes to try if you’re stumped.

Peppers – Some are sweet, some are hot.

Broccoli florets – the big full-sized heads have all been harvested, but the plants keep on giving. The secondary florets are now popping up, and even though they are smaller, they are still as tender and tasty.

Zucchini – a couple of them for you, any combination of green, yellow, striped or ridged. If you need some inspiration, here are some recipes to try.

Basil – A nice big bouquet of basil, including Italian, Lime, and Thai basil. Now that you have heirloom tomatoes, it’s caprese salad season. There is also plenty to make pestotoo.

Cucumbers – making an encore appearance.

ADD-ON ITEMS

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.

Home Town Hummus – $5 per tub.
Free-range eggs – $4 per dozen.
Minnesota Wildflower Honey – 1-lb jar $6, 2-lb jar $12
Organic Maple Syrup – $15 per 17 oz. bottle, $65 per gallon

Don’t forget to return your box, tomato trays, 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.

YB bottles

Keep up with what’s happening on the farm with our Sapsucker Farms Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter @SapsuckerFarms. This email will also be posted on the website as well.

Enjoy,
Debbie

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2015 Kanabec County Farm Family of the Year.

IMG_6346Awe shucks, that’s us. We are so honored to be the 2015 Kanabec County Farm Family of the year. When we moved up here to Mora in 2000, we never dreamed we would have started a farm from scratch and build it up to the farm it is today. It couldn’t have been done without the love and support we have received from this amazing community of Mora.

The highlight of all of the events was being in the Mora parade which is the grand finale for the Kanabec County fair.

IMG_6313This was our float – an antique hay wagon pulled by a 1955 John Deere 70LP

IMG_6318Queued up for the parade

IMG_6320Jim’s sister Meridith joined us on the float too!

IMG_6331Our delightful chauffeur, Lloyd Erickson, owner of the tractor and wagon.

IMG_6327And the parade begins.

IMG_6339IMG_6344IMG_6345And ends at the fair grounds, home of the famous Dala Horse.

A super fun day!

 

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CSA Week Eight: Lots of Color.

Week 8

Greetings CSA members,

This week I’m pretty sure every color of the spectrum will be included in your box this week. Green, yellow, orange, red, purple, and every color in between.

Just a quick reminder, be sure to wash your veggies before you consume them. Since they are certified organic, you don’t need to worry about any nasty chemicals, but they have only been field washed to remove dirt and little critters. But I can’t guarantee that I cleaned off all of the grit and grime that is natural in the garden. So here is what you will find in this week’s box:

Vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes – You will find a variety of sizes, colors and flavors. This is by far my favorite produce of all.

Purple and yellow beans – Viking fans will like these colors. But no matter what color they are, they can be prepared just like regular green beans, and here are some recipes to try.

Artichokes – This is the first time I’ve ever grown them, and they’re pretty darn cute. They’re small, but the small ones are the most tender and tasty. I’m hoping there will be enough for all of the boxes this week. But if you end up not getting them this week, you will definitely be getting them in another box in the future. The only way I prepare them is to steam or boil them for about 45 minutes until they are tender, then enjoy.

Swiss chard – Beets and Swiss chard are from the same plant family. So if you’ve been successful in preparing beet greens, then you’ll be successful in preparing Swiss chard. If you’re not sure what to do, here are some recipes to try.

Broccoli – You can plan on seeing a lot more of this throughout the season.

Kohlrabi – One large or two small ones this week. And if you’re still not sure how to prepare them, here are some recipes to try.

Zucchini – Two zucchinis this week, a combination of either yellow, pale yellow, dark green, striped or rigged. As always, here are some recipes to try.

Cucumbers – You’ve had some practice with this already, so you’ll know what to do with them.

ADD-ON ITEMS

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.

Home Town Hummus – $5 per tub.
Free-range eggs – $4 per dozen.
Minnesota Wildflower Honey – 1-lb jar $6, 2-lb jar $12
Organic Maple Syrup – $15 per 17 oz. bottle, $65 per gallon

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.

Keep up with what’s happening on the farm with our Sapsucker Farms Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter @SapsuckerFarms. This email will also be posted on the website as well.

Enjoy,
Debbie

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CSA Week Seven: Yay! Rah! Rah! Let’s give a cheer for Antioxidants!

Week 7

Meet Mara, our new WWOOFer. She’s giving us a cheer with pom-pom sized broccoli.

You’re probably wondering “what the heck is a WWOOFer?!” WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. It is an international organization that matches volunteers with organic farms. This is our third season as a WWOOF host farm and we have hosted so many wonderful young people. Mara will be here for the month of July and she is off to a roaring start!

This week the box is bursting with antioxidants. Something you probably didn’t know, is that when plants get a little munched on by bugs, they respond by creating more antioxidants to protect themselves. So even though you might see some tiny little bites in your plants, they have actually been naturally enhanced with antioxidants. So rather than being turned off by a vegetable just because it’s not perfect, you should be happy, knowing it’s even better than a perfect-looking veggie.

You will see that I don’t have a photo of the box right now. That’s because I forgot to take a photo after the harvest. And now I’m all cleaned up, in my jammies and too comfortable to go out to the pack house to set up the shot. So I’ll add a photo to the website later this week.

So here is what you’ll find in your box this week. Although, I’m still trying to figure out exactly how I’m going to fit it all in the box, but I’ll make it happen some how:

Red cabbage – These are usually small heads. You can always use red cabbage in place of regular cabbage in your favorite dishes. Here are a few recipes you can try.

Scallions – a small bundle of green and purple onions.

Peppers – A combination of sweet and hot peppers.

Sugar snap peas – There aren’t a lot, but there are enough for a nice snack.

Kohlrabi – this is a unique veggie, one of my personal faves (although I admit, I have a lot of personal faves… in fact… everything I grow is my personal fave… but I digress…). If you’re not familiar with it, kohlrabi is like a combination of a big radish and a small cabbage. We had it for supper tonight, just peeled it and sautéed it in olive oil with a little salt… including the leaves. Or you can simply slice it thin, add some salt, and nosh on it raw. You can get a little practice this week since next week you’ll be seeing more. And here are a few recipes you can try.

Beets with greens – a bundle with a combination of red and golden beets. You will see that greens have some bug-munched holes in them – don’t throw them out! These holy greens have an extra dose of antioxidants because of the bug bites. Beet greens are delicious, and here are some recipes to try.

Broccoli – Some of the broccoli heads are so huge, they fill the entire box. So some of those gigantic heads will be cut in half, just to allow room for everything else in the box. So if you get a half-head, that is on purpose.

Cucumbers – One or two, depending on the size and variety.

Zucchini – I have several different varieties and colors – yellow, green, striped, even kind of curly.

ADD-ON ITEMS
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.

Home Town Hummus – $5 per tub.
Free-range eggs – $4 per dozen.
Minnesota Wildflower Honey – 1-lb jar $6, 2-lb jar $12
Organic Maple Syrup – $15 per 17 oz. bottle, $65 per gallon

Don’t forget to return your box and cooler pack so I can refill them for next week. Also, I could use egg cartons so if you have any laying around, I’ll be happy to take them off your hands. 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, around 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.

Keep up with what’s happening on the farm with our Sapsucker Farms Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter @SapsuckerFarms. This email will also be posted on the website as well.

Enjoy,
Debbie

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CSA Week Six: Brassicas and Cucurbits.

Week 6

Hello CSA Members

This week, the box is full of brassicas and cucurbits. Brassicas are the cold season crops, which are all related to the cabbage family. Cucurbits are the warm season crops that are related to melons and squash. And this week prominently features both of these veggie families. Here is what you’ll find:

Broccoli – A brassica… you’ll find a GIANT head of broccoli. You saw this last week, and I promise you’ll be seeing a lot more of this throughout the rest of the season.

Kohlrabi – Also a brassica… this is a unique veggie, one of my personal faves (although I admit, I have a lot of personal faves… in fact… everything I grow is my personal fave… but I digress…). If you’re not familiar with it, kohlrabi is like a combination of a big radish and a small cabbage. We had it for supper tonight, just peeled it and sautéed it in olive oil with a little salt… including the leaves. Or you can simply slice it thin, add some salt, and nosh on it raw. You can get a little practice this week since next week you’ll be seeing more. And here are a few recipes you can try.

Cucumbers – This is a cucurbit. I’m sure you are already familiar with this, and you will be seeing a lot of them this season. This week you’ll have at least two, maybe three in your box. I have several varieties that I’m growing, some long and skinny, some short and chubby, and everything in between. So if you see different sizes and shapes, fear not, that’s on purpose. My favorite way of enjoying cucumbers is to slice them up and dip them in Home Town Hummus.

Zucchini – Another cucurbit family member, and this is by far one of the most versatile veggies I’ve ever met. It can be eaten raw, grilled, served as a side dish, or even a dessert. Plan on seeing a lot of zucchini this season, in a variety of forms – green, striped, yellow, big or small. Here are some recipes for you to try.

Romaine – I know, I know, I know, I said last week that you’ll probably not see lettuce until fall. But I was able to manage to eek out a few more heads of romaine for this week.

Garlic scapes – You found these in your box last week, and I still have a few more that I was able to harvest this week. These are the flowers on the garlic plants, so you can really just pretend they are garlic. Just slice them up and add them to a dish that you would normally add garlic to, and enjoy.

ADD-ON ITEMS
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.
Home Town Hummus – $5 per tub.
It’s no surprise that this has received rave reviews. It is truly a one-of-a-kind delicious hummus, and we are so proud that it is made right here in Mora.
Free-range eggs – $4 per dozen.
Minnesota Wildflower Honey – 1-lb jar $6, 2-lb jar $12
Organic Maple Syrup – $15 per 17 oz. bottle, $65 per gallon

Don’t forget to return your box and cooler pack so I can refill them for next week. Also, I could use egg cartons so if you have any laying around, I’ll be happy to take them off your hands. 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, around 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.

Keep up with what’s happening on the farm with our Sapsucker Farms Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter @SapsuckerFarms. This email will also be posted on the website as well.

Enjoy,
Debbie

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CSA Week Five: A Fragrant Combination.

Week 5

I really enjoy the harvest this week. The sweet and savory fragrances of the produce was pure delight. My fingers smell sweet and even the walk-in cooler has the aroma of fresh herbs and garlic. Now I’m craving some Italian cuisine for supper tonight.

So here is what you’ll find in your box this week:

Garlic scapes – These are the long, curly flowers that the garlic plants sprout as they are close to being ripe. The scapes can be just sliced up and used in dishes in place of garlic, and it has just a slightly sweeter, milder flavor than a garlic cloves.
Radishes with greens –  The most popular way to eat radishes is to slice and eat. But don’t toss out the greens. They are equally tasty, can be used as a substitute for arugula, can be added to salads, used as a pizza topping, or sautéed as a side dish. You can try out some of these recipes on our website.
Romaine This is definitely the last of the lettuce until late summer, August or September.
Basil – You will find a combination of four different kinds of basil: Genovese or Italian basil; Thai basil which has an anise fragrance; lime basil, and purple basil which has the same flavor profile as Italian basil only it’s purple. The best way to serve basil is to makepesto, and here are a few recipes on our website. Or you can always just put it in a vase and enjoy the aroma.
Broccoli – The full-size heads of broccoli are now ripe. Once I cut their heads off (uffda, that sounds harsh…) the broccoli plants will still produce an abundance of florets throughout the rest of the season, so you’ll be seeing more of this as well.
Cucumbers and/or Zucchini (some boxes) The cucumbers and zucchini are just starting to emerge. It won’t be long until every box each week includes both of these cucurbits. However, for the first harvest of the season there are not enough for all boxes, But there are more than I can eat myself so I opted to just dole them out randomly and have a little surprise for whoever gets those boxes. One thing I can guarantee is that you will be seeing a lot of both of these cucurbits throughout the summer, so you might want to start studying the zucchini recipes and the cucumber recipes on our website because these veggies are by far the most productive plants in the garden.

ADD-ON ITEMS
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.
Hometown Hummus – $5 per tub.
It’s no surprise that this has received rave reviews. It is truly a one-of-a-kind delicious hummus, and we are so proud that it is made right here in Mora.
Free-range eggs – $4 per dozen. You will notice a price increase. Due to the many Minnesota farms that have been impacted by the avian flu, eggs are now less available and in high demand. Therefore the price for a dozen eggs has been increased to meet this demand. However, for those of you who have pre-paid, you are all set.
Minnesota Wildflower Honey – 1-lb jar $6, 2-lb jar $12
Organic Maple Syrup – $15 per 17 oz. bottle, $65 per gallon

Don’t forget to return your box and cooler pack so I can refill them for next week. Also, I could use egg cartons so if you have any laying around, I’ll be happy to take them off your hands. 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, around 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.

Keep up with what’s happening on the farm with our Sapsucker Farms Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter @SapsuckerFarms. This email will also be posted on the website as well.

 

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