Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Fresh this week at Summer Creek Farm

I am paraphrasing from Rick Hood's email for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) at Summer Creek Farm.

This week, Summer Creek Farm is harvesting wheat. Rick has figured out how to mill his soft wheat to make pastry flour and is hoping to have some for the farmer's market starting next week. (I can not wait to try it).

Cherry tomatoes and grape tomatoes are coming in. All of Rick's tomatoes are "grown under 100% organic conditions, picked when fresh and ripe, then handled with care to give you a tasty healthy product."

Have you considered signing up for a CSA for next year? Rick's CSA customers are getting the following in their boxes this week:
  • potatoes
  • beans
  • garlic
  • cherry tomatoes
  • yellow squash
  • zucchini
  • carrots

What are the "fruits and vegetables that are most important to eat organic? Which typically have the most pesticide residue when grown under conventional methods? Here are the ones most often considered to have the highest pesticide residue when not organically grown:"

  • apples
  • cherries
  • grapes
  • nectarines
  • peaches
  • pears
  • raspberries
  • bell peppers
  • celery
  • potatoes
  • spinach

Summer Creek Farm is also baling straw this week. "Straw is the stem from a harvested grain while hay is a grass cut for feed." They are also "getting ready for our next flock of baby chicks, 250 will be arriving on Wednesday."

"Fall crops like broccoli and winter squash are being planted."

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