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Thank you, Summer Members!

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Thank you, Summer Members!
This Week's Vegetable Harvest:
  • Broccoli
  • Arugula
  • Fresh Dill
  • Red Radishes
  • Garlic
  • Honeynut Winter Squash
  • Salad Turnips
  • Green Beans - the last!
  • Red Beets with Greens
This Week's Fruit Harvest:
  • Honeycrisp Apples
  • Mutsu Apples
  • Bosc Pears
  • Apple Cider
What's New at the Farm Stand
  • Apple Cider - For our cider lovers out there, we have additional Mick Klug Farms cider available in our farm stand this fall. The Klug's cider is nothing but apples and UV-treated for safety.
  • Hours: Open daily, 7am-7pm 
Farm Journal
Good evening, from your farm!
As we mentioned within the title, this is the final week of the Summer Share season. Next week, we will begin our 4-week Fall Share season. We're grateful to our summer share members for joining us for a bountiful summer vegetable, fruit and egg season. We hope your farm goodies will help you stay nourished throughout the fall and winter, too.
Photo Credit: Mick Klug Farms
Our good friends and CSA partners, the Klugs, provided Michigan fruit for Fruit Share which will end this week. They've experienced many of the same frosts and freeze warnings so they'll wrap up their outdoor growing season soon, too. We will work together for our Winter Share program and we're already making plans for next season's Fruit Shares together. 
Photo Credit: Joe's Farm
We started our new partnership with Joe's Farm for our Egg Shares this year, and from the feedback we've received, the Egg Shares were enjoyed! We appreciated working with Joe's Farm, too and we plan to work together for the Winter Shares and the 2023 farming season as well.
We're happy to provide you with delicious foods and support our trusted farming friends, especially in times when they could use our support. We took advantage of a wonderful sweet corn season from our friends at Didier Farm and we lent an ear to other farmers' tales of frustration fighting pests and diseases that wiped out some prized summer crops. While we weren't able to source everything we wanted for you this summer (yea, we're talking about you, summer melons!), we sure tried!
Thank you for being a part of the partnership between farms that allows us to all do better to serve you. We build these relationships and partnerships to provide value, quality, and diversity to you. This wide web of relationships, partnerships, and frankly, farmer fellowship is truly essential to supporting the viability of our collective farms. We all thank you for supporting midwestern, family-scale farmers.
Please enjoy the final late summer harvest from all of us, and then, it's full steam ahead to fall!

~ Jeff, Jen, Owen, Gavin, Arlet, Cleto, David, Yamany
Notes from the Farm Kitchen
We're wrapping in the fruit share harvest with bosc pears (which can store well into October), apple cider (best enjoyed within two weeks or frozen), and two types of late summer apples. This week's apple varieties are Mutsu (green with excellent tart taste and texture) and Honeycrisp (red with wonderful sweet taste and texture). Both are often used together in the Klug's cider making, so try using them together in your baked goods!

Honeynut Squash was a part of the SeedLinked and University of Wisconsin seed research project we conducted in 2020. Our role in this research project was to grow, from seed, several different varieties of squash. We recorded extensive observations from yield to flavor, and vegetable growers from across the midwest region did the same. During our taste tests of the varieties, honeynut was the clear winner within the butternut category. Our friends at Stonebarns are part of the interesting story of this variety's development

The lovely, fairly dry autumn weather in addition to great soil conditions in our field are making broccoli stunning this season. We're harvesting from our second broccoli 
succession now. Enjoy the sweetness last weekend's freeze brought to this crop! To make the most of your broccoli, place it into plastic, and use it within a week. Or, chop and briefly blanch in boiling water or lightly sauté before tossing it into your freezer for winter.
Seasonal Recipes in the Farm Kitchen

Broccoli Soup

Roasted Honeynut Squash with Maple and Pecans

Fresh Turnip and Greens Quiche with Almond Crust

Lemon Dill Pesto

Apple and Pear Crisp - use any of the apples you may have on hand in this forgiving recipe!

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