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Monday, July 4, 2016

Powisset Farm CSA: Week 5

Broken tractor
Howdy folks. The fields have perked up a bit from the spurts of rain we got last week. We are still behind on rainfall for the summer but it sure was nice to get those thunderstorms. As with the crops, the weeds do better when we get rain. We spent a good amount of time last week weeding. We weed using tractors, hoes, and our hands. One of the tractors we use for mechanical cultivation (weeding) broke last week adding to the challenge of keeping the weeds at bay. Hand weeding is by far the most effective tool we have in the seemingly unending battle. Seed, transplant, weed, harvest, repeat. Welcome July!

The first crop of tomatoes have started to set fruit. It will be a few weeks yet until we begin to see ripe tomatoes but it is a sure sign that we are into July. Other signs of the shift into full blown summer is that the summer squash is in and the cucumbers are not far behind.

For those of you who have been wondering what to do with garlic scapes check out this simple recipe for garlic scape pesto:

10 garlic scapes
1/3 unsalted pistachios
1/3cup parm cheese
salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup olive oil

Put all ingredients but the oil in a food processor. Finely chop then slowly add olive oil.

It's great on pasta or veggies

In the stand this week we have some new items:

- Single serve ice cream from Crescent Ridge
- Spindrift lemonade

Also checkout Bushel and Crumb Pies in the freezer

You are invited to enter the second Powisset Farm Photo Competition!  Register & bring in your photos by July 17th. Exhibit & Voting July 21-August 11at the Powisset Farm barn on Powisset Street in Dover. All photographs must be taken at Powisset Farm (anywhere on the 100 acre property). Photographers of all ages, and all skill levels are welcome. Come be part of the fun! For complete show guidelines, and to register, email or pick up a flyer in the barn!

In the share this week:
- Lettuce
- Arugula
- Choice of cooking green
- Garlic scapes (these also hold in the fridge for several weeks)
- scallions
- summer squash and zucchini
- choice  of root crop
- Bok Choi

fava beans

Zannah, on behalf of the farm staff

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