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Produce Share Bags Week of July 26

 

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Week of July 26th
Produce Share Bags @ $25 each:

green peppers
zucchini and/or yellow squash
green beans
tomatoes
sweet onions
mixed herbs

Starting this week we have an additional pick up location in Perrysburg:
1. Monday at Innate Chiropractic, 26580 N. Dixie Hwy, Perrysburg 5:00-5:15pm
2. Tuesday at the Common Good, Crim St., BG 2:45-3:00 pm
3. At the farm, Tuesday 5-8pm or Wednesday 5-8 pm, or by appointment

Thank you for your continued support on this adventure!

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Notes from a Less Wet Farm

I am almost afraid to say it (lest some pop up suddenly!), but we made it through today without any of the predicted thunderstorms!  It was hot and sunny most of the weekend, and the vegetables are responding to this more summer-like weather.
The broiler chickens are thriving in the brooder and will be outside on pasture by next week.  I will start making contacts later this week to take orders for chicken (August 29th approximate processing and pick-up date) but feel free to contact me first to reserve your birds.
The laying hens are around the garden and orchard eating Japanese Beetles (hooray!) and growing every day, hopefully to be laying delicious, wholesome eggs in a couple of months.
Life at English Acres is looking pretty good this weekend!
Share bags are $25 this week and will be ready for pick-up/delivery Wed.
You have several options to collect them:
1. I will be at the Common Good, 113 Crim Street, BG from 10:15-10:30 Wed.
2. You can come to the farm Wed. 4-8pm or by appointment
3. I can deliver with your meal order, catch up with you at a play date, etc. Let me know if you anticipate that our paths will cross and I can bring your veggies with me!
This week our share bags will include the following:
2 cucumbers
zucchini and yellow squash….quite a bit of it!
1 kohlrabi
1 pint tomatoes (mixed varieties, I have grape, cherry, yellow pear, roma, and 4th of July.  All are producing, but none are in great shape due to the wet, so every bag will likely be a bit different)
1 bunch Sweet onions (sweet like vadalia, but golf ball size.  Green tops can be used, too)
Mixed bunch of herbs
Have a great week and enjoy the sunshine!
Amanda
English Acres Farm
What do I do with…..
Kohlrabi and herbs
-Peel and slice for a deliicously crunchy raw vegetable.
-Kohlrabi Slaw-peel and grate or finely chop kohlrabi.  Whisk together 1 TBSP olive oil, 1 TBSP fresh lemon juice, 1 clove minced fresh garlic, 2 TBSP chopped fresh dill.  Pour over kohlrabi and stir to coat.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Cucumbers, Sweet Onions and Herbs
Cucumber Salad-thinly slice cucumbers and sweet onions.  Mix with several TBSP sour cream.  Chop  3 TBSP each dill and chives, mix into cucumber mixture.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Sweet Onions and Herbs
Slice zucchini, yellow squash, and sweet onions.  Mix with enough olive oil to coat.  Either saute in skillet OR place on large piece of foil, fold into a pouch, and cook on grill until desired tenderness.  Just before serving sprinkle with fresh thyme (run fingers from tip down on stems to easily remove leaves from woody stem) salt and pepper.

Notes From a Very Wet Farm

Yesterday I was out checking the vegetables and thought, “We might just be ok with a couple more of these warm sunny days.”  And then I woke up early this morning, before the sun was even up, and heard the all too familiar pitter-patter of raindrops outside my window.  Two inches of rain later, and things are looking pretty soggy.  The plants are yellowing and just crying out for some July heat!
Farmers in Northwest Ohio are having a tough (and wet!!) year.   There is a lot of crop loss with fields full of standing water, plants rotting, etc.  It is hard on the animals (and the farmers who take care of them).   So we thank you for sticking with us and supporting your local food source through the good times and bad!

This week I have share bags at $20 each.  Remember, all of our crops are produced using our “beyond organic” methods of natural fertilizers, no pesticides and earth friendly practices.  Please email me if you would like a bag–first come, first served.

Large bag Leaf lettuce
1 large kohlrabi*
2 cucumbers
2 summer squash/zucchini
Herbs*

All share bags must be picked up Wednesday, July 14th!  You have several options:
1.   You may come to the farm between 2pm and 5pm, or by appointment
2.   I will be in the parking lot of Sundae Station in BG from 6:15-6:30.
3.   I will deliver with your freezer meal order if you have one scheduled
4.  I see many of you in the week at playgroups, story time, appointments, etc. so if you know our paths will cross let me know and I can likely bring it with me!
Thank you so much for your support!  We look forward to seeing you all soon!
Amanda
English Acres Farm
*What do I do with……
Kohlrabi-peel it and eat it raw—crunchy and mild!  Peel, cube and boil it-add a little butter and salt.  Shred it and toss with olive oil, white wine vinegar, garlic and salt for a delicious slaw—my favorite!
Herbs: Dill and chives go great with cucumbers.   Slice your cucumbers, toss them with a few tablespoons of sour cream, and snip in the chives and dill-delish!  Thyme and chives are fantastic with sautéed zucchini, just snip them in at the very end of cooking.  Mint is delicious crushed  in lemonade or iced tea (just smash it up a bit to release the flavors, but leave the leaves intact on the stem).  You’ll look very fancy, too!

Week of 7/5/15

Lettuce

Hello everyone!  We are drying out and the vegetable fields are producing!  It hasn’t been an easy year to be increasing our production so drastically, but we are learning a lot (including to be patient with mother nature!)
This week I have share bags at $20 each.  Remember, all of our crops are produced using our “beyond organic” methods of natural fertilizers, no pesticides and earth friendly practices.  Please email me if you would like a bag–first come, first served.
Each bag contains the following:
Large bag of green leaf lettuce
2 Cucumbers-the pickling variety, great for slicing into salads or eating on their own, they are crisp and flavorful.
1 bunch beets (greens intact so you can eat these too!)
2-3 zucchini or yellow squash
Assorted fresh herbs such as chives, oregano, mint, and dill
All share bags must be picked up Wednesday, July 8th!  You have several options:
1.   You may come to the farm between 2pm and 5pm, or by appointment
2.   I will be in the parking lot of Dayspring church from 12pm-12:25pm.
3.   I will deliver with your freezer meal order if you have one scheduled
4.  I see many of you in the week at playgroups, storytime, appointments, etc. so if you know our paths will cross let me know and I can likely bring it with me!
Thank you so much for your support!  We look forward to seeing you all soon!
Amanda and Phil Cobb
English Acres Farm