Someone Else's Farm

September 24, 2010

I’m still here!

Filed under: Uncategorized — M @ 16:42 PM

I haven’t gone anywhere, except for deep in the world of work. But I have two weeks of haul to show you, and tomorrow we get to pick up a couple of chickens that we ordered! So, look for a complete rundown in a few days, when I have time to surface and breathe again. But until then, it’s back to work for me!

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September 08, 2010

Tomatoes and Potatoes, Oh My!

Filed under: Uncategorized, what we did — Tags: , , , , — M @ 16:17 PM

We haven’t used much of what we got this week. But we have pitched several of the tomatoes and potatoes, as they went bad before we could use them.

Casey made some potatoes for breakfast over the weekend. He discovered that probably half a dozen of the little ones we’d gotten were mushy, and dumped them so we don’t get fruit flies. As far as the tomatoes, one of the slicing tomatoes was beaten up when we got it home, and had started to ooze by Friday morning, when I tossed it. Another looks about at that stage now. And three or four of the plum tomatoes went straight from green to black on the shoulders, without passing through any intermediate red stage.

The remaining tomatoes and all the tomatillos will each get made into a salsa, which will get shared with my bandmates tomorrow night.

The squash, we believe, is either a carnival squash or a sweet dumpling squash. We haven’t used it yet, but may bake it tonight since it’s quite cool and windy.

August 28, 2010

Watermelon

Filed under: Uncategorized — M @ 09:18 AM

We cracked open our watermelon last night.

It was sweet and juicy, with a little bit of crunch. But that’s pretty much it. And there lies my main gripe about watermelon, and the reason why I don’t much care for it. It’s sweet and juicy. But that’s it. End of story.

I like sweet, but I need to have my sweet balanced with acid. Apple pie needs a good squirt of lemon juice. Peach cobbler is also tremendously improved by some lemon. I like coconut cookies with a tart lime glaze. And don’t forget about mango slices with a squeeze of lime (and a dusting of chile)! Even my mother-in-law’s sweet pasta salad, which I love, has a dressing of sugar and vinegar boiled together. I’ve been accused of making some rather tart ice creams in the past, largely because I dislike overly sweet things, and my sweetometer is apparently calibrated a little differently from my husband’s. (A couple of summers ago, I made a very tart concord grape sorbet, which I served alongside a peanut butter ice cream that I thought was a bit too sweet and really needed the tartness of the sorbet to be palatable. I loved the combination. He wasn’t as fond, but he’s not a big fan of peanut butter in his ice cream anyway.)

Speaking of frozen things, when I’ve had a watermelon in the past, I’ve been known to chunk it, run it through a food mill to get rid of the seeds (or if there’s a little kid around, get their help in picking the seeds out by hand), add a good dose of lime juice, and spin it into sorbet in my ice cream maker. I’ll sometimes add a splash of rum to keep it from freezing too hard, though I suspect my husband might prefer a splash of tequila. In the freezer, it lasts longer and doesn’t take up a whole shelf.

In this case, we cut it in half and gave one half to the neighbors. I think they appreciate watermelon more than I do, and they were planning on a picnic anyway. We each ate a slice of our half last night, leaning over the sink to make it easy to deal with both the dripping juice and the seeds. It’s supposed to be getting warmer this weekend. Which, if I’m going to eat watermelon at all, is when it’s best.

August 15, 2010

Almost a pity

Filed under: Uncategorized — M @ 13:44 PM

It’s pouring rain, it’s only about 70 °F, it’s almost feeling like a soup day. And we have no greens with which to make soup this week.

July 30, 2010

Did you miss me?

Filed under: Uncategorized — M @ 13:52 PM

I’m back from a vacation. But fear not: I have a bunch of catch-up posts to tell you what happened in the last couple of boxes. I’ll fill you in over the next few days!

June 16, 2010

Welcome to my CSA blog!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — M @ 21:20 PM

My husband Casey and I have decided that this would be the summer we joined our local CSA. Then, I got the idea to blog the CSA: what we get each week, and what we do with it. This way, we’ll have a record of this year, so we can decide whether we want to renew next year, or if we want to change our subscription in any way.
Our CSA is Grindstone Farm, in Pulaski, NY. They’re an organic farm, which actually matters less to me than getting good local produce does. We got a full season share from them, which means that each week we’ll get a bunch of produce; they say that earlier share selections generally are smaller than what we’ll get later in the season. In addition to the vegetable shares, we also have the option to sign up for an egg share (a dozen free range eggs each week, or we can just order eggs each week by the dozen), a flower share (a bunch of seasonal flowers each week), various meat and poultry products (we’re omnivores, and are particularly excited about being able to get goat and rabbit), and other food products including nuts and maple syrup from other organic farms. As we live in Oswego, we’ll pick up our share each Thursday afternoon here in Oswego. Thursday also happens to be the day when our weekly farmer’s market is held, so if there’s anything we want more of, we can pick it up there.
We’ve already gotten several e-mails with versions of what this week’s share will be, in slightly differing versions, and a newsletter with a few ideas and recipes for things included in this week’s share. The most recent version was sent to us on Tuesday. As some people in the area have Tuesday pickups for their shares, this is probably the real deal.
The intent is that each week, we’ll tell you what we’re supposed to get and any suggested uses. We may also tell you some of what we’re thinking of doing. We’ll take any suggestions under advisement, although we make no promises. We’ll do our best to get that out on Tuesday, when we get it. Then, once we actually pick up our share, we’ll show you what we got, and as we use it up, we’ll tell you how it happens. We’ll do our best to give you both words and pictures. And when the CSA season ends, 21 weeks from now, we’ll be able to see exactly how well this worked out for us.
So, sit back and enjoy the ride….

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