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Farm Happenings for July 8, 2020

Posted on July 6th, 2020 by Janet Aardema

July sees us getting the last of the root vegetables out of the ground (carrots, beets, onions) as well as taking great care to keep leafy greens healthy to harvest as much of the summer as we can (lettuces, salad greens, rainbow chard). It is hot, folks! Our harvest tubs get heavier as we haul in delicious fleshy vegetables that are fruits by botanical definition (seeds inside = fruit, as in tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, summer squash...). Cucumbers are still producing nicely, so enjoy their coolness, crispness, and flavor! 

For our family, we aim for meals this time of year to be the opposite of farming this time of year: Cool and easy, versus hot and challenging. :) We dice up lots of vegetables with garlic, onions, oil, salt, and pepper and eat them raw. For dinner one night last week we had just a *huge* bowl of fresh salsa. We stuff peppers with Salmon Salad. We make Lettuce Boats with all sorts of cool and flavorful fillings. Sometimes we grill and bake, but only when really motivated. This week is a fantastic week to make Zucchini Boats. We made a fantastic batch last night and even our sometimes-squash-averse children devoured them with gusto. Our Gold Zucchini has a terrific flavor, small seeds, and the skin so tender it melted down under the fillings. Try it!

*REMEMBER your TOMATOES - in separate paper bags, with names, in white crates. Bright pink sign is on crate saying "LOOK! Collect your Tomatoes!" (This is because refrigerating them compromises texture and flavor, and so we don't refrigerate them with the green boxes.)*

Farm Share logistics reminders:

- When you arrive at pick up: Find the bin with your name, take the contents, and leave us the empty green bin.

Check your label for any circled items that will be separate from the bag. (Ie: Tomatoes, Bread, Flowers.) Collect those items. 

- You are responsible for collecting all of your items at the location you choose, and during the time frame indicated. 
The software we use does not have vacation weeks built in. Instead, if you can't pick up a particular week you can reschedule that week's share for a future week in this software (Harvie), or you can have a friend or family member pick up for you. Just forward this email to them so they know the details. 

With Phase 3 starting soon in this area and restrictions relaxing, all of our farm staff are all still completely healthy and continuing diligent hand washing, social distancing, mask-wearing, and extremely limiting the activities any of us are involved in off the farm. We continue to monitor the health of all staff. We are strictly following the CDC's recommendations for how to live life safely and with appropriate precautions, plus the governor's orders about our activity, as well as the Va. Dept of Ag's rules about farm business and farmers' market logistics. Any questions at all? Reach out! 

Blessings on your meals, and wash your hands often ~

Janet, Dan, & the whole Broadfork crew (Julie, Caity, Karen, Ray, Diana, Rachel, Mare, Tom, and the kids: Sylvie, Joren, Elletta, and Beckett)
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