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CSA week 1 Summer

Posted 7/25/2011 9:18am by Gregg Keckler.
Dear Folks,

Welcome to our summer CSA session.  I had a few errors on my "CSA extras and stuff" email that you received last week.
   1.  Wednesday deliveries begin on July 27.
   2. Add 7 inch sausage links @5.99/lb (4/pk) under pork extras
   3.  Add Colby Jack cheese @9.99/lb under cheese items.

I want to remind
WEDNESDAY deliveries
FRIDAY deliveries
That you can order extras at any time to be included in your next delivery.  We will keep a running total and send you a bill at the end of the session and then you can send a check.
Tthis week's share will include:  peaches, plums/apricots, bell pepper, new potatoes, yellow squash, tomatoes, Swiss chard, and cucumber.

     The peaches are free stone and delicious.  If they are firm let them sit on your counter to soften them.  If they are soft refrigerate then.  The plums are Methley if they are light purple, Santa Rosa if they are red, and Shiro if they are yellow.
       New potatoes are perfect for the grill.  I put them in the microwave for about 7-10 minutes and then put them on skewers and grill them basting with a mayo, garlic, and oregano mixture.  I also did some creative grilling with squash.  Try new things or make a different marinade for the veggies.

   I know some of you balk at Swiss chard.  Try if in different ways - sautéed, steamed, put a leaf or two on a deli sandwich.  Remember Americans seem to have developed an aversion to greens.  Try to overcome it.  If you don't think you  or your children can handle a whole skillet full of Chard, just throw in a leaf or two in here and there.  Even if the chard goes limp, it is still usable.  Challenge yourself to use EVERY piece of it throughout the week.

    The cucumbers could be large pickling cucumbers or straight eights (the dark skinned ones).  With all the heat and no rain the skins could be getting bitter, if you find them too bitter just peel them.

   The tomatoes this week could be any kind.  We are picking heirloom tomatoes now as well as plum, grape, and cherry tomatoes.  Every tomato is ripe and ready to eat regardless of color.  We have purple Cherokee, black Tula, Germanhead, pink Brandywine, pineapple, Beefsteak, Pink girls and lemon boys big green giants and others.   So enjoy these.  DO NOT PUT TOMATOES IN THE FRIG unless you plan to make sauce with them.  The temperature of the refrigerator is too cold for them.
    We converted an old milk house (where the milk cans were kept in a trough of cold water until the truck could pick them up) into a tomato house.  We insulated the house (6x8) and installed an air conditioner set at about 60 degrees.  The tomatoes love it! and sometimes we sneak in there ourselves since our house is not air- conditioned.

We also have some extra items for sale if you are interested.
  pickling cucumbers - $4.00/quart
  Sage - $2.00/bunch
  Blackberries - $3.50/half pint
  Plums - $3.50/pint

Have a great week eating healthy!  

Gregg and Louise Keckler - Orchard Country Produce

Extras List:


$9.99/lb                                                              $11.99/lb                                                       $14.99/lb
Farmers                                                               Smoked Cheddar                                           mild Goat Gouda
Cheddar                                                               Smoked Jalapeño
Baby Swiss                                                          Sharp Cheddar
Dill and Bacon
Tomato and Basil
Colby Jack


 $4.50/lb                                                              $6.99/lb                                                        $3.50/lb
Lean Ground Beef (1 lb pack)                                 Round Steak                                                 Beef liver (1 lb pk)

$11.99/lb                                                              $13.99/lb                                                      $15.99/lb
New York Strip (2 steaks/pk)                                 Flat Iron (2 steaks/pk)                            Filet Mignon (2 st/pk)
Sirloin Steak                                                          Delmonico (2 steaks/pk)  
Sirloin Tip (2 steaks/pk)

7 inch sausage links $5.99/lb (4 per pack)
Ribs $5.99/lb  (about 1.5 lbs/pack)  
Fresh pork steaks from the shoulder $5.99/lb (1 per pack)
Pork chops $5.99/lb (2 per pack)
Smoked pork bologna $8.00/lb or $4.00/half lb

about 3 lb whole chickens    $5.99 /lb

JAMS                                                                    EGGS                                                              BUTTER
$4.50/half pint jar                                                 $4.00/doz                                                     $3.50/half pound
Red Heart Plum
Black Cherry                                                          HONEY
Grape                                                                      $5.00/half pint jar
Orange Marmalade
Pink Lady and Pomegranate