July seventeenth, 2023 E-newsletter | Monroe Natural Farms


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Expensive Mates of the farm,

That is week 6 of 18 weeks of CSA.  This week you may be receiving crimson potatoes, onions, slicing cucumbers, pickling cucumbers, summer time squash, carrots, garlic, kale, and MUSK MELON!!!!!  Let’s go, July!

Fruit Shares:  One other scrumptious week of cherries is headed your manner.  They are going to be Rainier cherries, a good looking white with a blush of pink.  Yum.  

 

We’d like your assist harvesting garlic on Saturday the 29th and Sunday the 30th of July from 8 AM -11 AM.  Come and go as you please!  ***Not this weekend, however the subsequent weekend***First, we roll by way of the rows of garlic with our useful harvester which lays the bulbs of garlic on high of the soil.  We then come by way of with trays and gather all of the garlic.  This garlic lasts for the remainder of summer time CSA and throughout winter CSA, too.  We might be honored in case you would come out and assist us gather the garlic into trays out within the discipline.  We then make stacks of the trays all through the sphere and are available decide them up with our tractor.  It is a tremendous child pleasant process, and we welcome your family and friends members.  Dad and mom, you may be 100% answerable for retaining your children secure and away from all vans, tractors, any tools, and volunteers carrying trays.  Convey your entire crew and make a morning of it!  Ensure that to put on lengthy sleeves and pants, a hat, sun shades, deliver a number of water and snacks for the way in which right here and residential. If you wish to use bug spray and sunscreen, please apply them at house after which wash your palms completely earlier than coming to the farm.  We develop a really scrumptious heirloom number of onerous neck, porcelain garlic.  The bonus is that you would be able to take house garlic seconds!  Come out and assist us put the unity in Group Supported Agriculture. You don’t want to contact the workplace in case you can be a part of us. Simply present up! The extra the merrier!

Flower bouquets out there!  A few of you will have observed that we’re dipping our toes into flower manufacturing this yr.  We’re actually stoked to be rising blooms.  Better of all, we now have sufficient to supply them to you all.  This week, we shall be sending out pattern bouquets to every of our distribution facilities.  There shall be bouquet sign-up sheets at every distribution heart, as nicely.  The bouquets shall be $20 every.  Please add your identify to the sign-up sheet if you want to obtain a bouquet made with the flowers at the moment ample on our farm.  We select what contains every bouquet.  We are going to invoice your account accordingly.

Muskmelon:  Many individuals aren’t conscious of the distinction between muskmelon and cantaloupe.  There may be truly a large distinction!  Musk melon has an identical taste to cantaloupe, however they’re stronger and sweeter with a barely “musky” style.  The upper the sugar content material, the earlier the melon must 

be eaten.   Because of this, you don’t see them on grocery retailer cabinets.  Muskmelon have been initially grown in Egypt alongside the Nile River.  They love sandy soil, scorching days, cool nights and a great deal of water.  Our farm could be very sandy, and we regularly discover fossilized mollusks within the rocks right here! Musk melon has the identical netting as their cousin cantaloupe besides with ridges that run from high to backside.  Trace:  They’re greatest eaten at room temperature.  When you like them chilled, reduce them open and allow them to sit for ten minutes.  Like a wonderful wine, they should breathe to boost their taste.

Betty Jo’s Fast Scoop Melon Trick

-Wash your melon nicely

-Minimize your melon in half and take away all seeds (don’t have a compost? Scatter them for the birds!)

-Seize a big spoon or an ice cream scoop

-Scoop out melon flesh right into a mason jar or storage container, safe lid onto jar or container

 (You may get actually cute with this and use a tiny scoop for little fingers to seize, or current them tapas fashion and put a toothpick in every scoop on a platter with or with out prosciutto)

-Refrigerate

-Take pleasure in at your leisure

The solar goes down lengthy and crimson. All of the magic names of the valley unrolled – Manteca, Madera, all the remaining. Quickly it obtained nightfall, a grapy nightfall, a purple nightfall over tangerine groves and lengthy melon discipline; the solar the colour of pressed grapes, slashed with burgundy crimson, the fields the colour of affection and Spanish mysteries. I caught my head out the window and took deep breaths of the aromatic air. It was essentially the most lovely of all moments.

Jack Kerouac

Thanks for being right here with us!

Kyle, Sam, Jerry, Jacquie, Linda, and The Crew

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