Happy Saturday! This week, we'll be bringing even more summer veggies: sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, carrots, basil bunches, parsley, green beans, and some really big, beautiful heads of garlic! The first tomatoes are ripening, and in the next few weeks we will have enough for market. It seems that in the last week or two, crops have REALLY started growing quickly and the garden is finally lush with foliage.
So, a few weeks ago we began delivering to the Health Care Shares program, a program of the Vermont Farmers Food Center in partnership with Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. In this program, families who need access to healthy food are given prescriptions for CSA shares by their physicians. Along with several other farms, we deliver produce every week to go into a multiple farm CSA. Our crops for this program are cucumbers, peppers, eggplant, green beans, tomatoes, and lettuce.
Speaking of lettuce, the deer had until recently been having quite a "field day" with our lettuce. In the past, we've used an organic-approved spray that has kept the deer from eating too many crops, but this year it didn't seem to work for us. We've lost thousands of dollars worth of head lettuce--the deer like to come and take a bite right out of the middle as they near maturity. Scott has now installed a three line electric deer fence, and we are watching closely to be sure that the deer are staying out!
Here's a link to one of Scott's favorite summer recipes: Grilled Eggplant Salad with Walnuts, a recipe from the republic of Georgia that we came across years ago and absolutely crave once eggplant season arrives!