Friday, August 13, 2010

Picket Fence Farm Newsletter #11

Picket Fence Farm Happenings
Season 2 Issue #11

What’s Happening on the Farm

The garden this week is more like a swamp with all of the rain we have had this week. In three nights of storms we received 8 1/2” of rain at the farm. More rain is likely today. We were not able to dig potatoes this week because it is just too muddy. The excess rain has caused our ripe melons to crack open in the field, so the melon crop is not looking so great. Same happened with some tomatoes (but luckily not all of them)! It looks like some of the new seeds we planted for fall crops have washed out as well. We’ll have to see how they come up and if we need to replant some things. This season has been so trying with the weather. We appreciate our customers hanging in there with us! Hopefully next season will be better with the new greenhouses and possibly same raised bed gardens.

What’s in the Box?

Sweet Corn- Incredible (this is the last of the corn)
Tomatoes- Big Beef, Celebrity, Roma, Lemon Boy
Cherry Tomatoes- Red, Grape, Sungold, Yellow Pear
Okra--Clemson Spineless
Cucumbers- Tendergreen or Diva
Zucchini- assorted varieties
Herbs--Rosemary and Garlic Chives

Recipe Ideas

Herb Focaccia Bread

11 oz tube of refrigerated French bread dough
2 T. olive oil
1 t. kosher salt
1 t. pepper
Fresh or dried herbs or choice (oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary, chives, etc.)
Optional: marinara sauce, warmed
Unroll dough and pat into an ungreased 15X10 jelly roll pan. Press the handle of a wooden spoon into dough to make indentations. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and herbs. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden. Cut into rectangles and serve with warm marinara if desired. This would also work with homemade pizza or bread dough.

1 comment:

  1. So sorry to hear the troubles in your garden. It's so discouraging with all the work put in. I have been impressed with what you guys are getting though. Our garden now looks like our lawn. I have about 5 tomato plants that made it. Some volunteer gourds, and square yard of cut flowers pulled through too. The rest is being mowed and what is there is being mowed around. Ethan talked to someone we know from Turtle Farm, who has around 100 CSA customers. Due to their rotation, most of their crops were in the low area this year. They said that their season has completely fallen apart but thankfully they have understanding CSA customers. Although our animals can stand the rain a bit better than our garden, we have not made the progress we hoped for continuing to set up our farm this year either. Praying for a more cooperative year next year, especially for the CSA's!