Eggplant - This week, Wilmette, Evanston, Northbrook and Deerfield members will receive. We will distribute to the other sites in the coming weeks.
This Week's Fruit Harvest (from Mick Klug Farms, St. Joseph, MI)
Late Summer Strawberries
'Loring' Yellow Peaches
'Sommerset' Red Seedless Grapes
What's New at the Farm Stand
Heavy Produce Continues! = Watermelon and Cabbage - Our farm crew conducted their own experimentation with organically growing watermelons this season. They are bringing in a nice harvest available now at the farm stand. Cabbage is also available for your late summer slaws or preparing kimchi and sauerkraut for winter storage. The Farm Stand is open daily, 7am-7pm.
Tomato Forecast: September!: Since we've received questions, we thought we'd share an update on ordering tomatoes in bulk. Yes, we intend to provide this availability in early to mid-September. The selections we can offer are dependent on the weather. When we are ready to take orders for cases, we announce via this newsletter. Thank you for your patience and enjoying our organic tomatoes.
Mark Your Calendar! CSA Farm Share Member Event
When: Saturday, September 9th, 9 am-12 pm. Where: Prairie Wind Family Farm, 560 Harris Road in Grayslake. Directional details on our website. Parking signs will be posted. Who: All 2023 Farm Share members and guests are welcome. What to Bring: Rain or shine, so please dress for the weather. Please wear sturdy walking shoes and bring a water bottle. We also encourage bug repellant.
U-Pick. We will offer family-friendly U-pick vegetables:
Potentially more crops -- please watch for a final pick list in next week's newsletter.
Farm Tour. Farmer Jeff will lead a walking tour from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Farm Stand. The farm stand will be open and available for shopping.
Refreshments. We will offer light refreshments.
Open House. We welcome you to visit the animals (small flock and goat, Twix), relax, or take a peaceful stroll.
Good evening from the farm! This week's farm journal is short and sweet, just like our topic: honey!
Gavin and Jeff spent last weekend harvesting honey from Gavin's hives.
As we mentioned this spring, Gavin increased his beekeeping operation from one hive to four hives. His bees spent their spring and summer happily feasting on pollen from nearby flowering vegetables, prairie flowers, and cover crop flowers including buckwheat and clover flowers.
On Saturday, Gavin and Jeff worked to extract, strain, and bottle the honey.
On Sunday, they bottled the brightly colored, delicate honey.
Gavin likes to offer both smaller jars of his honey for gifts and jars including both honey and honeycomb. While Gavin enjoys snacking on honeycomb, we also use the honeycomb alongside aged or blue cheeses on a cheese platter, or alongside plums on a fruit plate.
Gavin's honey will be on sale starting this upcoming Labor Day weekend. The proceeds will be re-invested in Gavin's beekeeping.
Thank you for supporting local beekeepers. Please enjoy the late summer harvest and your Labor Day weekend!
Your farmers, ~ Jeff, Gavin, David, Cleto, Miguel, Anacleto and Jen
Notes from the Farm Kitchen
Poblano peppers have arrived! Each poblano pepper is different, and we expect these poblanos to be slightly spicier than previous years due to the heat waves they have grown through. Throughout the coming weeks, members may see a variety of poblano shapes, colorations, and sizes but rest assured, they are all wonderful for stuffing, adding heat or roasting on the grill.
Strawberries are a treat as the Klug's ever-bearing strawberries are enjoying the heat and dry conditions as of late, providing a late-season harvest to share. Grape season also continues. This week's variety is 'sommerset' a red seedless variety, which is sweet and held in beautiful clusters.