Week of July 26, 2010

Dear All,

I  have now lost count of the number of days that have passed since we had rain. Yea!! As all of you know, we have had days of sunshine – yes days. What a nice break!

Reminder: Harrisdale/Rolling Acres Field Day this Saturday July 31st from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. We will start with a potluck at Harrisdale. Please bring a potluck dish to share. We will eat and talk and then make our way to Rolling Acres to look at a couple of projects we have been working on. We are working hard this week to get the weeds under control – some days I think we are about there and other days, I don’t see how we can ever get ahead.

From Atlantic, Harrisdale, 60182 Dallas Rd., is 2.4 miles north on Highway 173 to Dallas Rd. Take a right on the dead end road and drive 1.1 miles. The house is on the left. If you are coming from the north, drive 2.5 miles south on Highway 173, turn left on Dallas Rd. and drive 1.1 miles.

This week’s produce:

Sweet Corn



Green/purple beans

Assorted Summer Squash



There continue to be disappointments with our production this summer. The potatoes that you will be getting today taste good and are nice, but there are not many of them. We dug a 125 foot row this morning and we barely got any potatoes. Those of you who have been with us over the past few years know that our potato crop has always been great. The only thing I can come up with is the excess moisture. We found quite a few spoiled potatoes as we dug.

The beets are not maturing as I had hoped. I have mentioned previously that the deer have been hindering their growth.

I will have to replant some green beans, beets, lettuce and carrots. I planted all of these before the last round of rain and cannot find any of them – again, I think too much rain is the culprit.

We picked the sweet corn over the weekend and have been storing it in our cooler. I would highly recommend eating it very soon. Sweet corn can be touchy about keeping its flavor – once picked the sugars turn quickly to starch. Corn is best stored with the husks on to keep that good flavor in.

We are nearing the halfway mark through the produce season. I hope that you all are enjoying the produce that we are raising for you. If you have any favorite recipe that you would like to share with us, please bring it to the market when you pick up your basket/bag or email it to me.

Hope to see you Saturday.


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