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Welcome to Late Summer!

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Welcome to Late Summer!
This Week's Vegetable Harvest:
  • Tendersweet Cabbage
  • Leeks
  • Green Beans or Arugula Salad Mix
  • Cucumbers
  • Bell Peppers
  • Eggplant
  • Zucchini
  • Heirloom and Beefsteak Tomatoes
  • Cantaloupe - from Tipi Produce in Evansville, WI
  • Parsley
This Week's Fruit Harvest:
  • Peaches
  • Italian Red Plums
  • 'Jupiter' Red Seedless Grapes
  • 'Himrod' Green Seedless Grapes
Pizza Night on the Farm this Sunday! Our final summer Pizza Night on the Farm takes place this Sunday August 25th from 4-7pm. Pizzeria DeVille offers wood-fired pizzas made with farm fresh ingredients, Ryan Herrick provides live music and Prairie Wind will offer farm tours, beverages, desserts and farm produce. All are welcomed and the event is FREE, with a suggested donation of $5/pp. Bring your lawn chairs, friends and enjoy a summer evening on the farm. 
Farm Journal
Good morning from the farm! This week's harvest is a plentiful one that we're all excited about sharing with our members.
Late Summer is a fun season because we see big bursts of harvests. As we closely watch for a burst in the field tomatoes, the tomatoes growing in hoophouse soils continue to thrive. We tend to these plants daily, watching for their nutritional needs, keeping an eye out for pests, trimming, and lowering the trellises so there's additional room for the plants to grow upwards. 
The recent rainfall (nearly an inch this past weekend) was welcomed by our plants. We irrigate our crops regularly but as Jeff says, there's nothing that can compare to a solid rainfall that provides water to all crops! The team started harvesting greens again this week, and there will be more in weeks to come.
The chickens look forward to more late summer greens and bountiful harvests (the extras of which we share with them, too).

Now its off to planting before more rainfall. Enjoy this first harvest of late summer and we look forward to sharing more!
Jeff, Jen, and the farm crew
Notes from the Farm Kitchen

Cabbage is a staple in our home this time of year. Cabbage not only adds crunch in our salads, sandwiches or condiments but also provides a nutritional boost rich with vitamins C, K, B6 and folate. This week's variety is called tendersweet, and its slightly sweeter in flavor and takes on a flatter appearance. Store in plastic or just within its own wrapper within your refrigerator.

This week's vegetable shares will also receive cantaloupe. We include in vegetable shares because melons grow on vines like many other cucurbit crops (e.g., zucchini, cucumbers) and typically grown by vegetable growers. This week's melons are grown by Steve Pincus and Beth Kazmar of Tipi Produce, who grow 45 acres of certified organic crops in Evansville, WI. They are interested in understanding the biology of their crops so they can grow them better, using cover crops, rotten leaves and composted manures as natural fertilizers. We've known Steve for many years, and we always enjoy visiting his beautiful farm when we're in Wisconsin.  

This week's Italian Plums from Mick Klug Farm are a variety that is large in size, slightly soft to the touch. These plums are a wonderful all-around plum, deliciously sweet as a fresh plum and also good for baking. Our neighbor, Linda Wiens, always inspires us with her delicious German plum cakes that she shares with us so I've shared a recipe that tastes almost identical to her homemade treat. Enjoy!
Recipes from the Farm Kitchen

Simple Cabbage and Apple Salad
Ratatouille - Feel free to modify this recipe with what you have on hand -- its flexible and delicious!
Authentic Zwetschgenkuchen (German Plum Cake)

Next Week's Harvest (our best guess)... cucumbers, red onion, watermelon, tomatoes, zucchini, poblano peppers, grapes and more!

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