Greetings Farm Fans -
I don't know about you, but I am totally done with this heat! Every day is just a little more exhausting than the one before! Thankfully, the weather gal says that we are going to get a little bit of a break this weekend - temperatures should max out at ONLY 100. While our farmers are also tired of the heat, they are excited about their first melon harvests. Scott Goodpasture (The Fallon Melon Man) picked his first Pioneer Cantaloupe today. Then he walked up and down four rows before deciding that he really needs one more week for enough to be ripe to make it worth his while. And this last Tuesday, the kind folks at Lattin Farms offered our box packing crew our first watermelon of the season. So - not only does it feel like summer, it tastes like summer too!
Coffee Of the Week
This is the final week of Costa Rica Candelaria Estate. Roasted to a pleasant medium, this coffee is smooth with a round mouth feel and plump with flavors of poached pear, caramel and chocolate. The Candelaria Estate includes over 148 acres of coffee near the town of Palmares in Alajuela Province, which is part of Costa Rica's Central Valley. The Otto Kloeti family, of Swiss and Costa Rican heritage has operated the estate since 1965. The family and estate are very involved in the local community and have sponsored a school and soccer field, among other contributions.
Fruit Bread of the Week
We are back to offering EVERYONES FAVORITE - Lemon breads! Choose from Lemon Raspberry, Lemon Lavender, and Lemon Poppyseed. Whichever you choose, this bread is bright and tangy, perfect for a morning treat.
The good folks at Lattin Farms are locked into their summer harvests. They have listed small seedless watermelons, bell peppers, slicing tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and their first mixed eggplant! The summer squash is coming on with a vengeance as well. Scott @ Pioneer Farms is all in with alliums. He has listed cippolini onions, red torpedo onions, mixed spring onions, and leeks this week. Pioneer is also throwing some peppers into the mix with the first pimento peppers and banana peppers. The real winner this week is Scott's fennel! If you haven't tried some local fennel (also called sweet anise) I recommend you give it a go. Fennel pairs well with onions and apples, and is a great addition to a roasted beet salad served over arugula.
Which reminds me, Farmer Jaime is harvesting more of her spicy rocket arugula.
A number of you have reached out to help Salisha after her tragic encounter with an imprecise crop-duster. We have decided to set up a channel for folks who would like to contribute to the Salisha assistance fund to do so. If you would like to make a donation, please click on the link to our website HERE and click the donate button. Any contribution that comes through the website from now until the end of the farm share season (the first week of October) will be passed along to Salisha. As the Fallon Food Hub is a 501c3 nonprofit, your contributions are fully tax deductible.
Thank you for your support of the Fallon Food Hub and for your commitment to Nevada farmers!