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CSA Week 18: Last Box of the Season.

Week 18

I can’t help but notice that the items in this box are mostly red and green… the colors of the end-of-the-year holidays. Hmmmm…. perhaps the holiday season colors are inspired by late-season veggie harvest? Something to think about.

Anyhoo… It’s always a bittersweet time of year when the last box is packed and delivered. While it’s sad to see the growing season coming to a close, the soil, plants, and farmers are ready for a break after all of the hard work throughout the season.

So here is what you will find in your last box for 2015:

Apples – A random combination of multiple varieties that are ripe right now: Empire, Chestnut crab apples, Honeycrisp, Red Baron, and many more.

Baby beets with greens – some tasty small beets with a nice bunch of greens attached.

Peppers – Mostly it’s the small-sized peppers varieties that are still producing. Some sweet, some hot.

Broccoli florets  I believe that broccoli is the MVP for the 2015 season.

Lettuce – Coming full circle, some heirloom butter crunch lettuce, which was also in your very first box of the season.

Arugula – This spicy, peppery green is back for an encore appearance.

Kale – The trendy green that all of the cool kids love to eat.

Onions – A couple of red, a couple of sweet yellows.

Vine-ripened heriloom tomatoes – savor the last of this delightful summer fruit (although, personally, I believe that tomatoes are a vegetable, not a fruit).

What to do with the boxes and cooler packs?
They are yours to recycle, or reuse as you desire.

ADD ON ITEMS
Last chance to order these items.

Home Town Hummus – $5 per tub.
Free-range eggs – $4 dozen
Organic Maple Syrup – $15 per 17 oz. bottle, $65 per gallon

Here is the delivery schedule this week:
St. Cloud Offices – Tuesday morning around 10:00 am
St. Cloud Good Earth Co-op – Tuesday morning around 10:30
Spring Meadows – Tuesday about noon.
MB25 – Tuesday, around 1:00
Vital Images – Tuesday, between 1:00 and 2:00 pm.
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.

I hope you will get a chance to enjoy our Sapsucker Farms Yellow Belly hard cider at these retail locations.

And as always, even during the off season, you can 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.

Thank you for supporting our farm this season, and may God bless you always.

Debbie

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CSA Week 17: It’s Officially Autumn.

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AND this is the last CSA box for the half-share members (one more week for full-share members). Can you believe it??! My how quickly the time flew by?!

Even though CSA season may be coming to a close, the apple-picking season will continue for a few more weeks. We are thankful that our apple crop this year is beautiful and abundant. Soon we will pressing apples for fresh cider, as well as for making our Yellow Belly hard cider.

Last weekend we hosted an apple-growing workshop, co-sponsored by Sapsucker Farms, the U of M Extension and the Pine and Kanabec County Master Gardeners. The workshop was free and we were thrilled to have such a large turnout with 70 people attending. Here is an article in the local newspaper, that has a quick recap of the event. Minnesota apples are in high demand, so we continue to encourage anyone in our area who has an interest in being an apple grower to consider doing so.

Thank you for supporting our farm.
I don’t know about you, but I sure enjoyed this season. It made me happy to know that Sapsucker Farms was able to fill up your CSA boxes each week for 18 weeks with fresh, 100% certified organic produce. The majority of the crops planted this year were a success. There are, however, a few crops that didn’t make it… which is why you didn’t see any brussel sprouts, melons, radicchio, fennel, turnips, and rutabagas in your box this season. Each one of these crops have a story behind them, so I’ll spare you the details. But that’s farming… it’s risky business, and I thank you CSA members for sharing in the risk along side our farm this year.

We want your feedback.
As we close out the season, I really want your feedback. In your box you will find an end-of-season survey, along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope for your mailing convenience. It’s a very short questionnaire so it’ll only take a few minutes to complete. I really do take to heart your comments, so I would really appreciate.

What to do with empty boxes.
One last bit of housekeeping… half-share members, if you could please return your boxes and cold packs to the place where you pick up your boxes, then I will pick them up next week when I deliver the last box for the full-share members.

What’s in your box this week.
So, here is what you’ll find in your box this week:

LEEKS If you’re not familiar with leeks, they look like monster scallions. There are a number of different ways to prepare leeks and you’ll find some recipe suggestions on my website. One of the most popular ways to prepare them is potato leek soup. And as you see, you have potatoes this week too. How convenient is that?!

GRAPES – These are not your typical table grapes. They’re small with seeds, and they have a very intense grape flavor. They’re delicious, and it only takes a few grapes to satisfy your grape cravings.

POTATOES – A combination of red, white, blue, and yellow, ranging in size from extra large to teeny tiny little tater nuggets.

PUMPKIN or SQUASH – you’ll find either a small pie pumpkin, a butternut, or buttercup squash. If you’re not sure what to do with a pumpkin, remember that it is not only good to make it into a pie, but you can prepare it using any of your favorite squash recipes too. My favorite squash or pumpkin recipe is to simply cut it up into small pieces, roast it until tender, then top it with butter and maple syrup. REAL maple syrup of course, and if you happen to be out of the real stuff, well I will be happy to deliver some to you this week. See “Add on items” below.

ONIONS – Sweet white ones and some red ones

LETTUCE – Back for a repeat appearance, the fall succession planting of heirloom butter crunch lettuce is ready just in time for the half-share members’ last box.

KALE and/or CHARD – These are the hearty greens of the fall season, and this year’s crop was bountiful.

EDAMAME – Just boil ’em, salt ’em, and eat ’em.

VINE-RIPENED HEIRLOOM TOMATOES – It’ll be a smaller portion this week. Now that the weather is cooling down and the days are getting shorter, the tomatoes are taking a lot longer time to ripen.

ADD ON ITEMS
As always, 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 The hen house ladies seem to be back in business again, so I’ll have a few extra dozen this week.
Minnesota Wildflower Honey – sold out, but I’ll be harvesting 2015 crop soon.
Organic Maple Syrup – $15 per 17 oz. bottle, $65 per gallon

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 2:00 pm.
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.

I hope you will have an opportunity to enjoy our Sapsucker Farms Yellow Belly hard cider. It can be found at these retail locations, and we continue to expand our distribution every week.

Even though our CSA season is coming to an end, you can always keep up with what’s happening on the farm with our Sapsucker Farms Facebook page, on Twitter @SapsuckerFarms. as well as on our website.

Cheers,
Debbie

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CSA Week 16: Technical Difficulties…

Week 16

Technical Difficulties….

NOTE: Photo above was not included in the email newsletter… as explained below.

I’ve been working on this newsletter for over an hour now, and for some reason, Mail Chip (the online newsletter software) is not letting me post any photos. So I’m sorry to say that this week the newsletter will be without any photos at all. But I will post this same newsletter on the website so you can go there to see the photos I intended to post in this newsletter.

So… imagine if you will… a photo that shows these items in your CSA box this week….

Potatoes – red, white, blue, and yellow. Did you notice that the blue potatoes stay blue when you cook them? how cool is that?!

Edamame – Another big bag full this week.

Baby beets with greens – This is the last of the harvest for the season, and don’t forget that the greens are also tasty.

Swiss Chard – Did you know that Swiss chard is in the beet family? True. So however you prepare beet greens, you can also  prepare Swiss chard the same way. And vice versa. Better yet, combine your beet greens with you Swiss chard and double the fun.

Basil – A handful of Italian basil and lime basil. Both are terrific for pesto… or just putting in a vase and enjoying the aroma.

Scallions – a nice big handful of tender green onions.

Peppers – a handful combo of sweet and hot.

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

Broccoli Florets – the plant that keeps on giving.

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 The hen house ladies seem to be back in business again.
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 always 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 2:00 pm.
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 15: Mr. Magoo, Elvis, and Picasso.

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Perhaps I’ve been spending too much time with vegetables. Lately I’ve been finding a number of celebrity look-alikes hanging out in the garden. I found Mr. Magoo masquerading as a tomato, and this pepper doing a pretty good impersonation of Elvis.

If Picasso was a gardener, I’m pretty sure he would grow carrots like this one. Carrots can be very creative. Over the years I have harvested carrots that look like ghosts, cow udders, aardvarks, entwined lovers, (ahem) boys, cats, and dogs. But this is the first time I found one that is truly a unique piece of art.

Ok, I digress… enough food art for now. You’ve probably guessed that you’ll find tomatoes, peppers, and carrots in your box this week, plus a whole lot more. So here’s the scoop.

Rainbow carrots – Orange, red, and white, in a range of sizes to satisfy everyone in the family – Papa bear, Mama Bear, and Baby bear. I had a carrot catastrophe earlier this season. One of our WWOOFers got a little over-ambitious doing some weeding and ended up removing all of the newly-sprouted carrots as well. Oops. A few survived, but most were replanted late in the season, which is why the sizes vary so much.

Colorful potatoes – A variety pack of four different colors of potatoes: red, white, blue, and yellow. If you find some with a piercing stab wound, fear not… it is not from some pest or monster living in the soil who may have taken a bite out of it. It is merely a flesh wound from a trowel while hand-harvesting them. You will notice that they are also quite dirty. This is on purpose. Dirty potatoes will store longer than clean potatoes. An added benefit is that after handling the dirty potatoes, you will be able to sport a fancy farmer’s manicure, complete with dirt under your fingernails. Very chic.

Apples – A bag full of a random selection of several varieties: Sweet Sixteen, Zestar, Red Baron, Honeycrisp, Mantet, Haralson, Beacon, Wealthy, Haralred, and a few more. Granted, they’re all mixed together so you won’t know which variety is which, so each one will be a little surprise for you. Some varieties are great for eating, others for cider, or baking. The texture and flavor will vary. but all of them are delish in apple crisp or even juiced. Just like the potatoes, the apples also have not been washed, but since they are all 100% certified organic right from our orchard here at Sapsucker Farms, there are NO nasty chemicals clinging to them… just a little dust from our dirt road.

Edamame – If you’re a sushi lover, you have no doubt had a side of edamame along with your sashimi. And if you’re not familiar with what edamame is, I know you will become an instant fan of it once you’ve tried it. And it doesn’t get any fresher than this. Edamame is a Japanese soybean that is harvested while the beans are still young. Just boil them until tender, add some salt and enjoy as a healthy snack or side dish. Please note that edamame MUST be cooked before you eat them. Not because they will hurt you if you don’t cook them, but they sure will be pasty, hard and unappetizing if you don’t. For your convenience, I have included a simple edamame preparation recipe for you, and if you’d like to try something different, just do a quick google search and you’ll find all kinds of different options to try.

Garlic – One whole head of large cloves. Wouldn’t this world be a much better place if we all ate garlic and considered it to be a breath freshener? I sure think so. And by the way… why are vampires so afraid of garlic??! Wimps.

Onions or scallions – There will be either some smaller-sized red and white onions, or scallions in your box.

Kale – the super-trendy leafy green for all of you super cool folks.

Vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes – the usual tray of various sizes and colors.

Peppers – some sweet, some hot.

Herbs – a sampler of sage, thyme, and rosemary. Sage is the large-leaf herb; thyme is the tiny-leafed herb, and rosemary is the spiky-leafed herb. They are all combined into one container. If you don’t know what to do with them, you can always just keep them in the container, let them dry and just enjoy the aroma.

No zucchini – There is still plenty to harvest, but I opted to not include it this week. I hope you don’t go through withdrawals.

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 – Sorry, the ladies have been uncooperative this week, so there are not any additional eggs available. Fingers crossed for next week!
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 always 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 2:00 pm.
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 14: Color Spuds and ‘shrooms.

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As I write this newsletter, it’s the last day of August, which in our minds, marks the last day of summer…even though the official first day of autumn is still 23 days away. But the good news is that there is still a LOT of goodies here on the farm yet to harvest.

Here is what you will find in your box this week:

Shiitake Mushroom(s) – In the photo, it looks like a pancake. But it’s not a pancake, it’s a very large mushroom. You may find in your box either one very large mushroom, or a couple of smaller ones. If you are not a mushroom fan, perhaps you can use it barter for something else with your neighbor or co-workers… whatever you do, do not throw it away, as organic shiitake mushrooms are very expensive if you were to buy them at your local grocery store or food co-op, so please be sure to have someone enjoy them.

Multi-colored potatoes – You will never have fresher potatoes than these. They were harvested today, so they haven’t even had any chance to cure (skins dried) for long-term storage. That’s why you will find these spuds still covered in dirt. But thats GOOD NEWS because if you desire to keep these for a longer period of time, just let the skins dry, then wash off the dirt when you’re ready to eat them. You’ll find FOUR different colors potatoes – red, white, blue, and yellow. But no matter what the color, they can all be prepared just the way you like them.

Artichokes – You’ve had a little practice with these in previous boxes. This week you’ll find two of them.

Scallions – My favorite way to enjoy these tender green onions is to dip them in Home Town Hummus and munch. Or just slice them up and add to your favorite dish.

Broccoli florets – Some big, some small.

Peppers – Some sweet, some hot.

Vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes – a combination of colors and sizes.

Kale – Really cool, and really smart people eat a lot of kale. And since you are all so cool and smart, I want to be sure to keep you well-supplied with kale.

Zucchini – of course.

In other farm news, this week we say farewell to our WWOOFers, Anna and Joe from St. Paul. They have been very hard workers and have helped harvest and clean most of the veggies you have enjoyed over the past month. They are aspiring farmers, and hope to have their own farm up in this area sometime in the near future. Meanwhile, you will find Anna volunteering at the wildlife habitat rehabilitation center in St. Paul. Or you’ll find her playing with other healthy critters she finds, like this little baby garter snake she found today while harvesting your potatoes.


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, sturdy 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.

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 13: 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 goes 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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