What’s Growin’ On
UP-TOT&D WILLEY FARMS’ CSA NEWSLETTER KEEPING YOU UP-TO-DATE AND IN SEASON.
24, 25, 26 June 2008
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“One swallow does not a summer make.”
DOWN ON THE FARM
Eating sweet corn is one of the great joys of summer. Native to the Americas, sweet corn has become an icon of American picnics and barbeques. For many people, corn on the cob is a testament to summer’s arrival, to a time of abundance and celebration. While new hybrids Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC) stay sweet longer than old-fashioned varieties, we still recommend that you eat sweet corn within a day or two of its arrival. If you must delay eating corn, leave the husks on and refrigerate the ears in a plastic bag for as short a time as possible. After about four days the corn’s sweetness diminishes. Though it is perfectly edible and tasty, older corn is more suited for use in recipes than for eating right off the cob. – John Peterson, Angelic Organics
MARINATED CUCUMBER SALAD From Farmer John’s Cookbook, Angelic Organics “If you
have a mandoline or a food processor to make an easy job of the slicing, it is almost absurdly easy to assemble this version of classic Danish marinated cucumbers.”
ALL PRODUCTS ARE CERTIFIED ORGANIC 2 Tbls. water 1-1/2 tsp. caraway seeds OR 1 tsp. chopped dill YUKON GOLD POTATOES (SB)(FB) 2 tsp. honey 6 thin slices Italian Sweet Red Onion RED LEAF OR RED BATAVIAN 2 Mediterranean Cucumbers, thinly sliced LETTUCE (FB) Mix vinegar, water, honey and mustard (or other choice of seasoning) in a glass mixing MEDITERRANEAN CUCUMBER (SB)(FB) bowl. Add unpeeled cucumber and onion; toss until well combined. Marinate 30 minutes
ITALIAN SWEET RED ONIONS (SB)(FB)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp. Dijon mustard OR 1 tsp. celery seeds OR
Devine’s SWEET CORN
at room temperature or refrigerate overnight. Serves 4. BASIL-GARLIC CREAM CHEESE From Farmer John’s Cookbook, Angelic Organics “Use as a
ITALIAN ZUCCHINI SQUASH (SB) (FB) spread on crackers or bread, as dip for vegetables, as a sauce for warm pasta with artichoke hearts and sliced black olives. Stir into warm tomato soup, scoop it over a steaming hot potato, CANTALOUPE (SB) (FB) or pipe it onto halved cherry tomatoes arranged on a salad plate. Try using the oil from RED CHESNOOK GARLIC (SB) (FB) preserved sun-dried tomatoes or anchovies or experiment with either cottage cheese, ricotta or GENOVESE BASIL (SB) (FB) yogurt instead of cream cheese.” Peterson’s FLAVOR CREST PEACHES 8 oz. cream cheese , softened 2 cloves Garlic, minced
SB= SEEDLING BOX, FB= FAMILY BOX (Substitutions may be necessary) Certified Organic from Other Farms
If you pick up at YLP, Oakhurst, Kristina’s, Bentley’s, Coarsegold, Armstrong/Bullard you must collect your box on time next week.
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh Basil 2 Tbls. extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup minced Sweet Onion 1/2 tsp. salt & fresh ground pepper to taste Stir all ingredients in a medium bowl with a wooden spoon until smooth. Alternately, use a food processor. Transfer the herbed cheese to a small covered dish and put it in the refrigerator to let the flavors develop for about 1 hour. Makes about 1 1/3 cups.
CAPER POTATO SALAD Adapted from Biddy White Lennon’s Best of Irish Potato Recipes
The Irish add 3 or 4 bacon rashers, grilled until crisp, then crumbled into salad at the last.
1 lb. Yukon Gold Potatoes 1 Tbls. minced drained capers 1 small clove Garlic, peeled 1 Tbls. minced parsley 2 or 3 pinches of salt 1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice salt and black pepper to taste NO LATE PICKUPS WILL 1 Tbls. minced Sweet Red Onion 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil BE ALLOWED ON 1 tsp. Dijon mustard 1 cup Sweet Red Onion, thinly sliced THURSDAY JULY 3. Place whole potatoes in a pot of cold water to cover, add 1 Tbls. salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat and simmer, covered, until just tender, drain and allow to cool to room temperature. (This can be done a day ahead.) Meanwhile, mash garlic clove with pinches of salt until a paste is formed. Whisk in lemon juice, minced onion, ORGANIC ABUNDANCE mustard, capers, parsley and lemon zest. Add salt and pepper to taste, Drizzle oil in a slow steady stream, whisking until blended. Peel (if desired) and slice cooled potatoes. (comes in a separate carton) Gently toss with onion slices and dress with the caper vinaigrette. Serves 4. FOR NEXT DELIVERY Look for ZUCCHINI FRITTERS or other recipes on our website www. TdWilleyFarms.com. From the home page, select RECIPES. Each crop is listed by season THESE PRODUCTS ARE CERTIFIED ORGANIC with a drop down menu of previous newsletter recipes. New! Devine’s WHITE
SWEET CORN, $12 / DOZEN
MORE RECIPE AND STORAGE TIPS…
for yet more tips try: www.tonytantillo.com
New! SWEET 100 & SUNGOLD CHERRY TOMATO MEDLEY
4 -1/2 PINT CLAMSHELLS / $14
Refrigerate everything except potatoes, onion, basil and peaches. Store potatoes in a cool dry place, protected from light. Keep all leafy items, zucchini and cucumbers in microperf bags, which may be washed and reused. Eat Mediterranean Cucumbers raw in sandwiches or
MORE ORGANIC ABUNDANCE salads; top cucumber rounds with egg, tuna or shrimp salad; take marinated cucumbers to potluck suppers or picnics; use cucumbers in chilled summer soups. We’ve had their broccoli in the past, ALL PRODUCTS ARE CERTIFIED ORGANIC TABLE TOMATOES $10/5 LBS now, we’re pleased to feature delicious White Sweet Corn from Bob and Brent Devine of Limited! CHESNOOK GARLIC Coalinga. CCOF certified since 1997. Treat Genovese Basil like a bouquet of flowers, placing the stems in a vase of water, add a plastic bag tented over the bunch, leave unrefrigerated in a cooler FOR ROASTING $15/3lb. Nakata’s MURRIETA PLUMS part of your kitchen. Chiffonade (shee foh nahd) is a French culinary term that refers to herbs or other leafy green vegetables (like lettuce) that has been cut into long, thin strips. Add basil $12 / 4 LB. chiffonade to salads, pasta primavera, or spaghetti sauce. Start with dry basil and a sharp knife. SUGAR BABY WATERMELON Stack 10 to 15 leaves, with the biggest leaves on the bottom. Roll the basil tightly, lengthwise $10 EA. MINIMUM 8 LB (parallel to the leaf midrib), into a tight bundle of leaves, resembling a cigarette. Slice the roll, Hirahara’s BLUEBERRIES crosswise, into very thin slices. The result will be dozens of thin basil ribbons for garnish and $14 / 3- 6 OZ. CLAMSHELL seasoning. Flame Crest Peaches are from Dick and Karen Peterson’s CCOF certified farm in Peterson’s PEACHES Kingsburg. It is an old-fashioned variety that blushes crimson with yellow flesh and red around $11 / 3 LB. the pit. Leave peaches at room temperature until desired firmness, THEN refrigerate. Italian Sweet Red Onions can be sliced and sautéed, cubed and barbequed, or eaten raw on sandwiches BASIL $ 10 / 6 BUNCHES and in salads. Store in a cool, dry place where plenty of air can circulate around them. Try Red ITALIAN SWEET RED Chesnook Garlic roasted by cutting garlic head in half horizontally and placing cut-sides-down ONIONS $10/ 7 lb. GEORGIA BOY SWEET WHITE onto a small casserole dish, then douse garlic with a generous measure of olive oil and roast covered at 300o F for about 45 minutes. Save the oil in an airtight container for use later in your ONIONS $10/ 7 lb. week’s cooking. LETTUCE $10 / 6 HEADS
MEDITERRANEAN CUCUMBERS $12 / 4 LB.
Back when I managed one thousand acres of Panoche Loam in the Westlands Water District, locals mused that such vintage soil was so good “you could eat it with a spoon,” while some added, “its productivity could make almost any fool look like an accomplished farmer”. Many thousand acres of that loam, which commonly produces crop yields twice those of less fertile east side soils, will now sit idle for lack of irrigation water to farm them. Meanwhile, millions of Iowan and other Mid-western corn belt acres today resemble rice paddies, submerged under flood waters that will likely not recede soon enough to replant for this year’s harvest. The assumption we’ve operated under for several decades, that plentiful and cheap food can be taken for granted, may be proven tragically flawed, by climatic events playing out in the drama of a single season. Ignoring the biblical story of Joseph, which warns that lean years follow the fat, complacent governments and industry across the globe have drained world grain surpluses to perilously low levels. Under pressure from aggressive biofuel initiatives in both the US and EU, plus rocketing demand for grain intensive, Western style diets for billions in the rapid developing economies of India and China, the planet’s 2008 harvest must be nothing less than a bell ringer. However, that high yield scenario appears more remote by the day, as massive floods in China are reported (AP, 6-17-08) to have damaged in excess of another two million acres of precious crops in the wake of last month’s earthquake. Am I trying to frighten you? I honestly don’t know, but feeding seven billion mouths in a time of climate change and diminishing resources is a challenge unprecedented in human history. We must not pave another acre of productive farmland in this valley. For the time being, we may need to forgo anticipated environmental enhancements, even shifting scarce water resources to the most productive soils to maximize crop yields per gallon. Manufacturing of biofuels from food crops should cease immediately. The speculative frenzy overwhelming food commodity futures markets, in the wake of the real estate collapse, must be seriously reigned in. Public investment in agricultural research, which has withered for decades since the Green Revolution, needs to be ramped up tremendously. Our daily bread in nothing to take for granted. The land and the hands that produce it cry out to be shown greater regard. –Tom Willey For more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/summer_2008_China_region_floods
FRESH RED IRISH POTATOES
$10 /8 lb
FRESH YUKON GOLD
POTATOES $10 /7 lb.
THE SALADMEISTER $10 BRAGA FARMS PISTACHIOS In the shell $13/2 X 8 OZ. BAG Shelled kernels $16/2 X 8OZ.BAG Braga Farms Roasted & Salted ALMONDS $15 / 2 X 8 OZ. bag
MICROPERF BAGS $6 / 12 LARGE
BATES & SCHMITT World’s Best!
APPLE JUICE $15 /2-64OZ.bottles
$38 / CASE OF 6 BOTTLES
CAFÉ MAM, WHOLE BEAN, ORGANIC FAIR TRADE COFFEE,
FRENCH ROAST $11 / 12 OZ CAN OR 4 for $35 OR DECAF ITALIAN BLEND $12 / 12 OZ CAN OR 4 for $38 ORGANIC OLIVE OIL from SCIABICA $20 / 25.4 OZ. SAVE! $60 / 1 GALLON (128 OZ)
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY DRIED FIGS: BLACK MISSION OR WHITE CONADRIA $10 / 2- 12 OZ tubs
VICTOR’S ORGANIC RAISINS
$12 / 3-15 oz cans
T&D WILLEY FARMS CANVAS SHOPPING BAG - 100% ORGANIC & USA MADE $15
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