Many of you have probably noticed the lack of updated Hoopla from last week. Please keep Jess's family in your thoughts and prayers. She and her husband are at John's Hopkins. I don't know details, but Jess says he will be okay.
Thus, I get to write the Hoopla this week.
Undoubtedly, you have noticed a difference in the shares the past couple of weeks. Mother Nature took her finger off the hot button and we're having a nice reprieve from the heat. What plants still alive are beginning to blossom and grow again.
Your share this week contains:
* signifies small share contents
With school sports starting and other fall activities, I was working to coordinate our nightly meals with the share and limited time and came up with the following recipes:
Moosewood's Fish Algiers
**Put all ingredients in a baking dish, covered, 350 for approx. 20 minutes
Fish Algiers (Moosewood) Recipe
||pound fish fillets
||tbsp olive oil
||tbsp lemon juice
Not your mother's green beans (Moosewood)
I'm a huge fan of the Moosewood 30 minutes or less meals. We eat a lot of raw vegetables, and I admit, I'm a DIY'er kind of person, so recipes are kind of foreign to me. As I think of what I'll do with this week's share, this is my plan:
Cook beets, slice and serve plain as a side. This is a weekend veg, as it will last and I have more time on weekends.
Cut watermelon off rind, chunk up and serve in bowl with lime juice and cayenne. Perfect snack before dinner when we're all starving.
Greenbeans - the Moosewood recipe
Peppers - feed them to unsuspecting people and dice into all our meals.
Grape tomatoes - toss with avocado, chicken breast, lime and cilantro for a quick lunch.
On the farm, we are planting lots of greens for the end of the season. Kale, swiss chard, lettuce, arugula, mustard, vitamin green, etc. Also lots of turnips, radishes and other fall root crops. The brocolli and kale are beautiful. it's fun to see the fall crops coming along, breathing some life into our farm crew and eventually the CSA boxes.
Winter squash is maturing nicely and will be in the boxes in a few weeks. Powdery mildew has been confirmed in Maryland, which is cause for GREAT concern. We spray weekly with an organic fungus that keeps the leaf surface of the plants inhabitable for disease. Hopefully,it will continue to do it's job and keep the mildew away long enough for us to harvest the squash crop.