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Theme: It Looks Like the Nairobi Desert Here

Updates from the fields:

In our never-ending pursuit of food for you, we gave Pete Chero, the owner of Yonder Farms, a ring on Wednesday. We were checking in on the raspberry and blackberry crops. Pete’s response was “Not looking good. It looks like the Nairobi desert out here. We need rain. We are irrigating but we are running low on water. The wind is killing us too. We spray and the water is flying all over the place. If we don’t get rain soon the raspberries are gonna blow away.”

Okay, yet another call to Randi Bartolata, at Kline Kill Farm. Randi—“Yea, I am not trying to ignore you just irrigating out here. My plums are good but I gotta bring all the other stone fruit up from the south.”

Hooray it rained yesterday!

So here is the scoop. Most farmers in the region are experiencing a drought with rainfall 25% below normal. This is made worse by the lack of snow this winter, which means the water table is low. The drought is challenging and a big problem for some products but good for others, like eggplants, which “don’t like their feet wet.”

The other thing that is going on is that the stone fruit crop (cherries, peaches, apricots…anything with a pit) was all but wiped out around here. The very warm winter coupled with the spring killer freeze did them in. It is so bad that the New York City Green Market is allowing farms to bring the fruit in from the south.

On the positive side, our farmers way up in Essex County are having one of their best years ever.

And, so it goes with local produce in the Northeast. A distance of just a couple hundred miles or even 10 miles can make all the difference. The most remarkable thing is that no matter what happens the farmers take it all in stride.

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Sweet Corn
Migliorelli Farm (IPM)

We love fresh summer corn right off the grill or tossed in a salad. For a super easy, fresh summer salad, toss with diced cucumbers and tomatoes, then drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice. Add red onion or garlic and an herb like basil or mint.

Garlic Corn on the Cob
Roasted Summer Corn Salad
Grilled Corn with Cheese and Lime
Mexican Street Corn

Greig Farm (OG)

Organically-grown blueberries! These are quite the rare treasure on the local scene. They are a sweet, simple snack. Throw in a smoothie or add to any blueberry baking recipes You really can't go wrong with any kind of eating or cooking your blueberries.

Blueberry Muffins
Blueberry French Toast
Blueberry Honey Sauce

Summer Rainbow Mix
Crooked Carrot Farm (OG)

Yellow and green zucchini, green and red Russian kale, cabbage, and golden beets salad mix. This is your opportunity to make a killer summer salad! Add shredded parmesan, crunchy nuts, and a dijon-based dressing with balsamic, olive oil, and garlic or a standard mayo-based dressing. Toss in your spinach and dice your peppers. If you've got any apples, slice 'em and mix 'em in too!

Chopped Salad with Maple Sesame Vinaigrette
Two-Minute Creamy Salad Dressing

White and Green Peppers
Holmquest Farm (IPM)

White bell peppers are best raw or lightly cooked, and they are beautiful and sweet. Their crisp texture is perfect in salads and quick stir-fry.
Vegan Bell Pepper & Corn Soup
Bell Pepper Relish

Green peppers are less sweet and slightly more bitter than yellow or orange peppers. Sauté with onions, garlic, and oil.
Green Pepper and Tomato Salad
Grilled Mixed Peppers and Onions

Patty Pan Squash
Rexcroft Farm (IPM)

The name "patty pan" sounds a bit silly for this variety of summer squash. Its French name, pâtisson, derived from a Provençal word for a cake made in a scalloped mold. This will seem obvious when you get a look at them!

Sauteed Patty Pan and Zucchini
Stuffed Patty Pan
Stuffed Patty Pan with Quinoa
Grilled Patty Pan Pizza
Baby Greens 
Remembrance Farm (OG)

Mix of tatsoi, arugula, purslane, red mustard, red russian kale, cress, mizuna, and red and green baby lettuces. Put fresh salads on your table as often as you can. For a more filling and flavorful boost add roasted nuts, died cranberries, roasted sunflower seeds, shaved parmesan, or chick peas.

50 Salad Dressing Recipes
Great Summer Salads
Fledging Crow Farm (OG)

Spinach is best when eaten raw or lightly braised. To braise, toss with hot oil and garlic for a few minutes and then add splash of liquid. We like to add Parmesan cheese. If you choose to steam the spinach, wash and steam for just 5-10 minutes. This preparation method preserves nutrient content.

Strawberry (or Blueberry!) Spinach Salad
Spinach with Nutmeg and Lemon
Garlic Sautéed Spinach
Perfect Spinach Salad

Additional Subscriptions

  • Herb & Allium: Rosemary, Tarragon, and Thyme from Sparrowbush Farm (OG)
  • Fruit: Blueberries from Greig Farm (OG)
  • Cheese: Feta from North Country Creamery (OG)
  • Bread: Olive Loaf from Bread Alone (CO)
  • Pasta: Emmer Radiatore from Flour City Pasta (CO)
  • Yogurt: Whole Milk 32 Ounces from North Country Creamery (OG)

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Key for Growing Methods
  • CO - Certified Organic
    Farm uses organic methods and is certified.
  • OG - Organically Grown
    Farm uses organic methods but does not have certification.
  • IPM - Integrated Pest Management
    Methods used to reduce the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
  • FAM - Family Farm
    Farm often uses organic and IPM methods but may also use chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Small farms use far fewer chemicals than large industrialized operations.
  • All of our products are non-GMO!
    GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism.

Veggie Guarantee and Tips!
  • Our Veggie Guarantee: If you have an issue, let customer service know! This is one way to reduce waste. Items are subject to change depending on weather and farm availability. 
  • Tip 1: Any item you would cook, you can also freeze.
  • Tip 2: A dull knife conspires against you and slows you down. A sharp knife makes your food taste better, and look better too! NY Times
  • Tip 3: Any greens need to be as dry as possible, wrapped in a paper towel in a plastic bag, and kept in the fridge crisper.
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